July 24, 2002
Molly Shore During the school year, Brian Kukan teaches math at John Burroughs High School. But come summer, the 26-year-old sheds his educator's persona and becomes what many young boys and grown men fantasize about -- a rock 'n' roll musician. Kukan and three other residents formed The Reese Place Band, making its first professional appearance Saturday at The Whisky in West Hollywood. "We're classic rock, but at the same time we're funky," said Mike Lizarraga, acoustic guitarist and lead singer.
April 18, 2007
ON THE AGENDA The following items are scheduled to be discussed at Thursday's school board meeting: REMAINING MODERNIZATION FUNDS Steve L. Bradley, assistant superintendent of business services for the district, will report on the remaining funds available for work on four schools still undergoing modernization construction. Available funds for the four remaining projects are estimated to cover the expenditures with more than $7.8 million to be left over in the budget when construction is complete.
February 4, 2004
Molly Shore There is plenty of award-winning music to go around the city following the performances of the show choirs at John Burroughs and Burbank high schools. Burbank High's In Sync choir tied for first place with the Powerhouse choir representing Burroughs High at the Aztec Sings Show Choir Competition on Jan. 23 at Citrus College in Azusa. Burbank and Burroughs beat out choirs from 12 Southern California schools. Mary Rago, Burroughs' vocal music director for the past 25 years, said there had never been a tie for first place at the Aztec Sings competition.
June 20, 2001
Joyce Rudolph GLENDALE -- In a variety show that spanned hilarious celebrity impressions to dynamic vocal selections, Debbie Reynolds proved she's still America's Sweetheart. Reynolds appeared at a benefit performance for VNACare/Hospice in the Home Saturday night at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. More than 1,000 people attended, raising funds for the nonprofit organization that specializes in home health care for the terminally ill, regardless of their ability to pay. Opening the show with "I Feel a Song Coming On," the songstress moved deftly from show tunes to country music and on to a Judy Garland medley.
July 28, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- Playing high school ball is getting expensive. Burbank Unified School District Supt. David Aponik heads an 18-member task force that has identified "immediate needs" of the district's athletic facilities, which will cost $9.4 million for upgrades and improvements. The expense of the projects has prompted the school board to approve the hiring of a grant writer for one year -- at a cost of $7,500 -- whose sole job will be to research available grants and find funding to help the district bring its athletic facilities up to speed.
November 17, 2004
Mark R. Madler After serving in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps, Leo Plascencia was set to be part of the boys' soccer coaching staff at John Burroughs High School. But the 22-year-old's coaching plans had to be put on hold when he was ordered to return to duty in Iraq. Plascencia died Nov. 8 following a fatal car crash on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway after losing control of his car and being struck by another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.
July 15, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- It wasn't hard to tell the winners from the losers in this battle of Burbank's high schools. One team wore its school colors while the other wore mostly brown. Burbank High may be known as the Bulldogs, but it was John Burroughs emerging as top dog Wednesday when 10-member squads from the schools' football teams competed in the Wienerschnitzel chili tug-of-war. In the end, both schools benefited from the promotion, which was held at the Alameda Street restaurant in celebration of National Hot Dog Month.
October 13, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Jean Minniear was not about to miss the open house at John Burroughs High School where she, her husband and her son are all proud to be alma maters. The Burroughs High School that Minniear graduated from in 1976 was a lot more shabby than the school she visited Saturday. "It's a really good thing they decided to [renovate it]," she said. "There were a lot of things that were really run down." Burroughs is now a modern haven for learning.
March 2, 2005
Rosette Gonzales When the lunch bell rang at Burbank High School, most students pushed their way through classroom doors and headed straight to the quad to eat and socialize. But other students headed back into class, opting to use their lunch break for music rehearsal in the band room. Students tuned French horns, flutes, trumpets and bassoons and warmed up on the piano as they prepared for the 14th annual solo/ensemble performance Saturday at San Marino High School.
November 25, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- For some, their only exposure to the legal system may be the melodrama of popular television shows, but on Tuesday local students will wage legal battle at the Los Angeles County Courthouse. Mock trial teams from John Burroughs and Burbank high schools successfully argued against 65 local high schools to join 18 teams in the third round of the Los Angeles County Senior Division Mock Trial Tournament. "I'm interested in law, so for me it's been really exciting," said Burroughs team member Greg Agamalian, a 17-year-old senior.