Tag Archives: Burbank High School

Sarah Brown Resigns as Burbank Girls Volleyball Coach

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

During the past three years, the Burbank High girls’ volleyball program became one of the region’s most improved and successful squads. Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, the orchestrator of their rise to prominence has stepped down.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Coach Sarah Brown resigned on Monday after seven years on the job to spend more time with her family.

“I just realized my heart wasn’t in it 100 percent anymore. I just really love being home with my kids,” Brown said. “My daughter starts preschool in the fall, and I just thought that I am never going to get these years back and they are going too fast.

“I still love coaching, and I am sure I will be doing it again in my life. I felt like I wasn’t going to do as good of a job as I should. I wanted to be fair to everyone. I ask a lot of my athletes, and if I wasn’t willing to give the same amount of effort, then I shouldn’t be there.”

It was a tough decision for Brown to leave a job she cherished and a group of girls that she truly loved.

“I will miss the girls the most. I really love watching them grow up,” she said. “There is a big difference between 14 (years of age) when they start, and 18 when they leave. It is so amazing to watch them turn into young women. I still keep in touch with many of my ex-athletes.”

Brown established the groundwork for a successful program when she arrived to Burbank in 2007. Attention to detail and an emphasis on fundamentals and team play led to positive results not seen at Burbank in more than three decades.

In 2011, the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs for the first time in 36 years. A third place finish in the Pacific League (10-4) and an overall mark of 11-5 set the stage for 2012.

For Brown and her hard-working and dedicated group of ladies, it was a season to remember.

2012 Pacific League Champions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

2012 Pacific League Champions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brown led Burbank to its first league title since 1975. The Bulldogs went 13-1 in league en route to a 15-2 overall record and another postseason appearance.

This past fall BHS placed third in league (11-3) and finished the season, 16-7. For the second time in three years, Burbank reached the second round of the CIF playoffs.

“As I look back on my years at Burbank, I am most of all proud. I think we have not only turned Burbank volleyball into a league contender every year, but I really feel like we helped a lot of girls have a great high school experience,” Brown said. “Being a part of a team is learning how to be a teammate; putting something else ahead of the individual.

“I am proud of the traditions we established. Not only the desire and determination to win, but also the little things like our sleepover, big/little sister program, treats when all three teams win, etc. It has been a great experience for me and I can only hope the girls that have been a part of my program have had just as much fun as me.”






Burbank Boys Volleyball Off to Strong Start

Burbank is off to a high-flying start in boys volleyball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank is off to a high-flying start in boys volleyball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Don’t look now but the Burbank boys volleyball team is on the rise. Only in their third year of existence after bringing back the program in 2012, the Bulldogs have quietly put together a strong season thus far.

Entering next week’s big match at four-time defending league champion Burroughs, Burbank is 10-1 overall and 3-0 in league.

The Bulldogs are 10-1 overall (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs are 10-1 overall (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It’s been fun. All three of our levels are experiencing some success right now,” Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin said. “I want us to stay humble because we are approaching the heart of our season right now. It’s nice to have some of the previous years of work and even some losing start to go away and see success start to arise.”

After going 11-18 a year ago and losing 10 players to graduation, McMenamin has done a masterful job of taking this year’s crop of athletes and molding them into a cohesive unit playing sound and fundamental volleyball.

“These kids are becoming students of the game in terms of understanding our opponents, analyzing film, our approach to practice,” he said. “I think it’s starting to pay off and the kids are noticing that too.”

On March 18, Burbank stunned defending league co-champion Claremont on the road in a five-set thriller, 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-27, 15-8).

After losing the first two sets, Claremont roared back and tied the match at two apiece. Then the Bulldogs displayed the maturity they have developed by regaining their composure and winning the all-important fifth set in convincing fashion.

“We had an opportunity to put it away in the fourth set,” said McMenamin. “But it was definitely nice to see our boys respond in the manner that they did in the fifth set taking them 15-8.”

Senior opposite hitter Joseph Servin led the way with 12 kills and 11 digs. Dylan Anderson added nine kills, Robert O’Brien eight kills, Justin Saisirikul 11 digs and setter Peter Jang with 22 assists.

One day later Burbank shutout Arcadia, 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-16). Leading 13-11 in the first set, BHS rattled off five of seven points to take an 18-13 lead and Servin’s kill gave the Bulldogs the first set. They never looked back in the easy three-set victory.

“Our passing was strong and our ball control was there so it helped us to diversify our offense a little bit,” McMenamin said. “From there we found a rhythm.”

Burbank has stuffed its competition thus far (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank has stuffed its competition thus far (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior middle blocker Willie Perryman recorded 10 kills, Servin nine kills, sophomore libero Paul Shim 16 digs, Anderson nine digs and Jang had another productive match with 22 assists.

Servin’s steady play has helped propel Burbank into first place in the Pacific League alongside Burroughs (8-3, 1-0). The two rivals will tangle on Wednesday, April 2, at Burroughs at 6 p.m.

“Joseph (Servin) is starting to hit the way we need him to,” McMenamin said. “He’s a four-year player who has been around since we started our program. He’s definitely clicking when he’s hitting.”

Burbank has been clicking on all cylinders thus far. The match on Wednesday against the Indians will be a good indicator how far they’ve come in just three short years.


Burbank Baseball Rallies for 4-3 Win Against Granada Hills

Ryan Porras looks at the umpire for final confirmation that he is safe at home. He was and the Bulldogs won 4-3 (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Ryan Porras looks at the umpire for final confirmation that he is safe at home. He was and the Bulldogs won 4-3 (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Just like their cross-town rivals were in a need of a win last week, Burbank held its collective breath for seven innings only to exhale a sigh of relief after rallying for an exciting 4-3 win against Granada Hills on Wednesday afternoon.

Cameron Briggs (rt) is congratulated by Conner Lockheimer after Briggs' game winning hit (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Cameron Briggs (rt) is congratulated by Conner Lockheimer after Briggs’ game winning hit (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Cameron Briggs’ one-out single down the right field line brought home Ryan Porras as the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak heading into spring break.

“Hopefully that’s what it’s all about- resiliency, but I feel we come out flat and not with the concentration that we need to have early in games,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said. “It puts us behind quite a bit and then we have to muster a way to win. That’s a tough way to win in the long run.”

Burbank (3-6) has been facing a gauntlet of tough teams such as Loyola, Hart, Westlake, El Camino Real and Chatsworth in the early going of the season. Entering the tilt against the Highlanders in the Babe Herman tournament, Burbank was 2-6 and searching for that elusive win.

On the opposite side of the city, Burroughs began its season 1-4 only to sweep Malibu in a doubleheader last Saturday which gave the Indians a shot in the arm as they begin the Coachella Tournament next week. Burbank followed suit and found a way to win despite only four hits.

Trailing 2-0 after one inning, the Bulldogs responded scoring a run in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. Granada Hills tied the game at three apiece with a run in the sixth setting up a dramatic seventh inning.

With Highlanders on second and third and nobody out in the top of the seventh frame, Burbank reliever and starting shortstop Cameron Briggs faced difficult odds. The junior remained calm and first induced Granada Hills’ Conner Dreyer to hit into a pop up to Randy Higgens.

After an intentional walk to load the bases, Briggs struck out Noah Weinberg and then got Justin Castaneda to hit into a fielder’s choice at second base ending the threat.

Cameron Briggs escaped a 7th inning jam (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Cameron Briggs escaped a 7th inning jam (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“I was trying to just focus and throw strikes,” Briggs said. “That’s all I needed to do because our defense will take of the balls put in play. I wanted to mix up my pitches and not throw any of the same stuff and I got out of it.”

Briggs followed up his solid pitching performance with the game-winning walk-off hit in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Porras and Conner Lockheimer were hit by pitches setting up Briggs’ dramatic RBI single to right. Porras slid in safely and the Bulldogs celebrated the come-from-behind win.

“I noticed the pitcher was struggling with his location and I was thinking he would want to throw a fastball down the middle so I am going to expect it,” said Briggs, who earned the win on the mound. “I saw one and took it the other way.”

“He’s talented,” Hart said of Briggs. “When he’s fluid and cuts down the emotion he can be very effective.”

Alex Minnick threw an effective five innings for the Bulldogs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Alex Minnick threw an effective five innings for the Bulldogs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burbank pitcher Alex Minnick threw a solid five innings after giving up two runs in the first. He gave up one earned run on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Minnick left the game with an apparent hand injury suffered on a bunt attempt.

“I felt like I did a good job locating and everything,” Minnick said. “The changeup was really working and when it does I feel really good. I thought I pitched a good five innings.”

With spring break next week, Burbank will take some time off to refresh and regroup and then begin preparations for defending its league title against Arcadia on April 1 at BHS at 3:30 p.m.

“I think building momentum is really important,” said Minnick. “We will have a lot of confidence coming into the Arcadia game. Momentum is a big thing for us.”



Burbank Hires Richard Broussard as its New Football Coach

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Burbank football has found its leading man. After serving as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs since 2008, Richard Broussard has been promoted to head coach the school announced yesterday. Broussard replaces Hector Valencia who resigned in late February to spend more time with his family.

“It brought a big smile on my face. I’m very excited and a little relieved,” Broussard said. “I’ve worked hard for this. We’ve been headed in the right direction and now I can continue what we’ve been working on during the off-season.”

Richard Broussard takes over as head coach for Burbank football (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Richard Broussard takes over as head coach for Burbank football (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Broussard, 33, was the team’s offensive coordinator the last few years. The passionate, dynamic and vocal leader of the coaching staff inherits a program that won 30 games as a whole in 2013 including the varsity team which won a school-record 10 games this past season.

The Bulldogs advanced to the CIF Southeast Division semifinals where they lost to the eventual CIF champions, La Serna High School. It was the farthest that BHS had gone in the school’s 100-year plus history.

“The excitement level is about the process getting there. One step at a time,” Broussard said. “But our players want that ring. If they want it, then I want it. We got a taste of what it felt to almost be there.”

The Bulldogs return running back James Williams and quarterback Ryan Meredith. They were a part of the high-tempo Burbank offense that averaged 43.8 ppg in 2013.

Broussard has been overseeing the program during the winter months. Burbank has been focusing on weightlifting and agility in the off-season and Broussard has been very impressed with the team’s commitment and development so far.

Richard Broussard will continue to have Hector Valencia (left) by his side for the upcoming 2014 season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Broussard will continue to have Hector Valencia (left) by his side for the upcoming 2014 season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Now that the baton has been passed from Valencia to Broussard, it should be a seamless transition for the players and coaches. Broussard said he doesn’t expect any major changes on the coaching staff emphasizing continuity and consistency for everyone involved.

Having been solely focused on the offense in year’s past, Broussard will continue to call plays but also be hands on with the defense and special teams. As the head coach now, everything falls under his umbrella.

“I love football. This game has given so much to me,” he said. “I want to give back. I want to mold these kids into good people and coach exciting football.”

Valencia will remain on staff as an assistant. The role reversal is fine with both men and Broussard is just as happy having Valencia stay by his side as if nothing ever happened.

“I owe him a lot,” Broussard said. “He will always be a part of Burbank football. He’s the reason where I am today.”

Burbank Baseball Preview: In Defense of a Title

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

To the victor go the spoils.

Last spring after Burbank High School won its first league championship since 1991, the Bulldogs were showered with praise and congratulatory wishes. And rightfully so. Finally, after many long years, they were kings of the diamond.

Burbank players rush the field after winning its first league title since 1991 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank players rush the field after winning its first league title since 1991 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There is truly nothing like being crowned a champion. Whether it is a league title, a CIF title or a State title, the word “champion” will forever be linked to the Burbank Bulldogs in 2013.

Yet, at the same time, comes the toughest task of all: defending the title. While a new season brings fresh faces to the field and plenty of unanswered questions for a coach, the expectations and pressure to defend its title will hover over Burbank.

It comes with the territory but is being welcomed with open arms by Burbank coach Bob Hart and his players.

“Early on I’ve kind of put that bug in their ear that I want them to understand that they have a chance to continue to carry the torch rather than starting over,” Hart said. “I don’t look at it as a rebuild but as more of a retool. The expectation is now to defend what you have. That’s our approach.”

Rory Roughtean

Rory Roughtean

On April 1, for the first time in 22 years, Burbank will take the field as defending league champions against Arcadia to begin the quest of defending its Pacific League title. Rather than being the hunter, Burbank becomes the hunted.

“It’s a big deal especially being a part of the team last year. For me, it’s big to try and defend it,” catcher Sam McKinnon said. “We are young but I’ve made it clear how important it is to us. Hopefully we can rise up to the occasion.”

In order to prepare for the challenge, Hart entered his team into two tough tournaments. Playing in the Easton Tournament followed by the Babe Herman Tournament will pit the Bulldogs against some great competition.

“We feel that’s how you get them ready. You test yourself against the better teams and learn what you are all really about rather than a false sense of bravado going into league,” said Hart, who enters his 10th year as coach at BHS. “It’s how you get better. Or you can thump your chest and beat all the little guys.

“We want to play against the big guys and get them ready. It might be humbling at times for us but if you can weather that storm I think when you come out the other side it could go really well for you.”

Second baseman Camden Palmisano is one of three seniors on the roster ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Second baseman Camden Palmisano is one of three seniors on the roster (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank graduated 15 seniors from its championship roster of a year ago. Returning are three players who will be expected to provide the necessary leadership to a very young team. McKinnon and fellow seniors Camden Palmisano, a second baseman, and outfielder Alex Tarandek are the “meat and potatoes” of the team according to Hart.

McKinnon takes over behind the plate and will help develop the pitching staff.

“I’ve always been close to the pitchers but now giving them a few pointers here and there has really helped them but they’ve also helped me kind of grow,” he said. “It’s a mutual relationship and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow during the season.”

Despite the lack of experience on the team, the Bulldogs do have a plethora of young talent that helped the Burbank junior varsity team also win a league title last spring. Many of these players are versatile and can play multiple positions.

“We are looking to get better every time out. Varsity and JV is day and night,” said Hart. “It’s been an adjustment for them and more recently they’ve made that adjustment. They are starting to warm-up to the concept of competition at the varsity level.

“We try to not let them get locked into ‘a’ position but fortunately they are talented enough to play two or three positions. Our depth is probably a little bit better than some years that I have been here.”

First baseman and pitcher Ryan Porras is one of a handful of young talented players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

First baseman and pitcher Ryan Porras is one of a handful of young talented players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Talented newcomers include pitcher Randy Higgens, shortstop Cameron Briggs and pitcher Ryan Porras (all juniors) along with three talented freshmen in Andy Reyes, Branden Phillips and Danny Porras. Juniors Alex Minnick, Chandler Robbins and Rory Roughtean also will contribute in the Bulldogs lineup.

“It’s a lot of fun being out here with this new team. This is a young and exciting team,” said Palmisano. “We all gel well together and we are excited getting the season underway. We’ve come a long ways and we have a ways to go. We are definitely getting there.”

Winning back-to-back titles won’t be easy for Burbank. Crescenta Valley, Arcadia and Burroughs will field top-notch teams and a fierce battle will ensue in the Pacific League.

Champions embrace the challenge. These Bulldogs already have.

“Being a senior it’s going to be great to defend our league title. That is what we are all about here,” Tarandek said. “We have a really young team but we are all enthusiastic about it.”




Hector Valencia Resigns as Burbank Football Coach

Burbank defeated Burroughs three out of five years under Valencia including this past season above (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank defeated Burroughs three out of five years under Valencia including this past season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Hector Valencia has resigned as football coach at Burbank High School after five seasons. Valencia compiled a record of 37-20 during his time including making the CIF playoffs in four seasons.

Hector Valencia

Hector Valencia

Under Valencia, Burbank reached new heights the program had seldom seen before. The Bulldogs won a school-record 10 games this past season and reached the CIF Southeast Division semifinals for the first time in school history.

Burbank won a league title in Valencia’s first year at the helm in 2009, the first for BHS since 1972. The Bulldogs finished in second place three different times.

Among his other accomplishments, Valencia led the Bulldogs to victories against Burroughs in the “Big Game” in 2009, 2012 and 2013. That marked the best stretch of success for Burbank vs. its cross-town rivals since winning three straight from 1983-1985.

Valencia graduated from Burbank in 1993 and instantly brought credibility to a program that mired below mediocrity for many years. Now the Bulldogs feature a high-octane offense and aggressive defense that has raised the level of excellence in the program.

Nickelodeon Augments BHS Animation Program, Mentors Students

By Lisa Paredes
Associate Editor

Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank has developed quite the rapport with the Burbank High School Animation program since last year’s inaugural relationship. BHS Animation instructor Jonelle Pickett and Carson Smith, Nickelodeon Human Resources Manager, were introduced by BUSD Arts Coordinator Peggy Flynn in the summer of 2012. Ms. Pickett, Ms. Flynn and Mr. Smith worked out a partnership in which Nickelodeon artists and professionals teach classes several times every year to reinforce major topics of the Animation program. Now in its second year, the relationship has evolved to not only include in-class workshops but also a mentoring program for 10 top students.

“The partnership with BHS seemed a natural fit for an animation studio filled with talented artists with an eagerness to share their knowledge,” reflected Mr. Smith. On two separate occasions this month, storyboard director Tuck Tucker and background designer Randol Eagles III presented master classes in their respective fields to two of Ms. Pickett’s Animation program classes.

Randol Eagles discusses background technique with the class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Randol Eagles discusses background technique with the class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Mr. Tucker, storyboard director for Nickelodeon’s ubiquitous hit Spongebob Squarepants, visited with two classes on November 15, to work on storyboarding and presentation while the classes were developing storyboards for their own stop-action projects. He explained the process of creating shows and then showed an animatic – an uncolorized, rough sketch of the show with dialogue and sound effects. Mr. Tucker then asked the students to work in their groups and finish the last 12 panels of the storyboard, concluding the story.

Students then conferred with Mr. Tucker, ultimately presenting their ideas to the class. Mr. Tucker gave constructive tips on how take the presentation to the next level, adding sounds and delaying the reveal, or resolution of the story.

Mr. Tucker’s take on how to end a story: “Start at the end and then work backward to the starting point,” he advised. When storyboarding, “work fast, keep drawing and keep moving and make your presentation exciting with sound effects!”

Photo By Lisa Paredes

Photo By Lisa Paredes

Background designer Mr. Eagles, whose most recent credits include Fairly Odd Parents and The Simpsons Movie, stopped by on November 21, to discuss background design while students had started to work on colorizing their own scanned background designs in Photoshop using the classroom’s Cintiq tablets/work stations. He brought in some examples of his work and gave a lesson on perspective and composition. Mr. Eagles showed an episode from the Fairly Odd Parents, in which background scenes range from The Matrix, to Lord Of The Rings, to Harry Potter and The Terminator.

“I have a seen a real difference in student output as their learning is inspired by the advice from professional and experienced artists,” commented Ms. Pickett. “These special classes reinforce what I am teaching them and they are all working towards creating their own animated short which we will show at the big BASH event at the end of the year.”

The BASH event, Best Animated Shorts Festival, is the culminating event of the Animation program at Burbank High, put on in conjunction with BAFA (Burbank Arts For All Foundation.) During the school year, Ms. Pickett teaches 12 principles of animation and students are challenged at all levels between beginners and advanced, with creating “the magical illusion of animated life in their own short films,” explained Ms. Pickett. In May 2013, at the end of the previous school year, 15 students presented their shorts to an audience of over 100 fellow students, teachers, administrators and industry professionals at the BASH Festival.

Tuck Tucker works with BHS students, prepping their storyboard presentation. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Tuck Tucker works with BHS students, prepping their storyboard presentation, while teacher Jonelle Pickett checks it out. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“It’s okay to have fear,” Mr. Eagles told the class. “The more you challenge what you haven’t done, the more progress you will make. That’s artistry, making that journey.”

“I get some of my best design ideas from being out surfing, from nature,” added Mr. Eagles. “Lighting sequences… it will all just occur to me. When you’re building worlds, there’s a lot of visualization going on.”

Randol Eagles talks about a challenging 360 degree background design. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Randol Eagles talks about a challenging 360 degree background design. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Students in both classes were engaged and excited and presented creative ideas. Both Mr. Tucker and Mr. Eagles remained after their respective classes to answer questions, along with Mr. Smith, from eager students. Most students asked about the best colleges and art schools in California for study to become a working animation professional. Mr. Tucker, Mr. Eagles and Mr. Smith offered basic advice, such as taking standard art courses first. “You have to know the rules to break them,” commented Mr. Smith.

The guiding principle behind the Animation program’s focus on the BASH Festival, according to Ms. Pickett, “is sponsoring a healthy competitive spirit and helping to push students to create high level animations. The entire experience is giving students an understanding of the Animation industry, the hard work and education it involves, and the possibilities it provides as a career choice.”


Burbank High’s ‘Night Of Magic’ Gala Honors Shawn and Kaylene Stevens

Night of Magic -3

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High School presented its 17th Annual Night of Magic recently at The Pickwick Gardens. The night had surprises, great music, good lighting and most of all, Burbank High School’s Award Winning Choirs under the Direction of Brett Carroll.

Night of Magic 12

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Night of Magic is a showcase of the different choirs and a night of raising money for the Vocal Music Association of Burbank High School.

The evening started with a silent auction of gift baskets with everything from Original Art pieces to scripts signed by famous actors. One basket had enough Disney videos to keep a family with several kids busy for the complete winter break.

Night of Magic -1

Shawn & Kaylene Stevens Honored by Brett Carroll. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One of the highlights of the evening was, after intermission, when Choir Director Brett Carroll took the floor to honor a long time Burbank High School Choir Support Member.

This year’s recipient of The Honor Council of Voce Ostinato Award was bestowed on Shawn and Kaylene Stevens, who, over the past 17 years, had kids in the choir programs and have held every elected and volunteer position available. The Stevens have always been there providing a helping hand, from making wardrobe pieces to Shawn’s technical assistance back stage.

Night of Magic -8

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

To make the night as fun as possible, there were live auctions between musical numbers with former Principal Bruce Osgood at the microphone. Knowing almost everyone in the room, a pull on the ear or a itch of the nose raised the bid amount. Trips to distant locations, guest appearances from choir members and even front row court side seats at an upcoming Lakers game were auctioned off.

Even though the room had over 300 in attendance, and plenty was raised, the VMA is always in need of donations to carry the program through the year. Their next upcoming event will be their annual Holiday Program next month.

Night of Magic -2

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The choirs that performed were the Out of the Blue, BHS Voices, Sirens, Impressions, Sound Dogs, Gentleman’s Octet and In Sync.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Sean Holland who has been seen in the feature film ‘The Clueless’,  ‘The Watcher’ and whose additional credits include ‘Any Day Now,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Sister Sister’ and ‘Good Company.’








Freshman Wins Annual BHS Boat Float Race During Spirit Week

On Thursday, November 7, Burbank High School held the 7th Annual Boat Float Class Competition in which each grade’s class officer and adviser build a boat to race in the pool during lunchtime as part of the annual Spirit Week BHS holds every year leading up to Homecoming and the big football game against Burroughs High School Friday evening, November 8.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) organization contributed the same supplies for each grade level boat project: 2 U-Haul boxes, 5 rolls of duct tap and PVC pipe for an oar. Students have one lunch period in which they build the boat and then set sail in the race on the following day.

Kyle Lucero, Freshman class President and 7th Annual BHS Boat Race victor. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Kyle Lucero, Freshman class President and 7th Annual BHS Boat Float Class Competition victor. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Freshman class President, Kyle Lucero won the race with a big lead, according to Wendy Miller, ASB Adviser and Senior English Teacher. His Class Adviser is Ms. Given and ASB Adviser is Mrs. Miller.

“We love the spirit of competition within the classes, but the really competitive nature comes out at the rally tomorrow morning and, of course, at the big game tomorrow night!” exclaimed Mrs. Miller on Thursday afternoon, November 7. “I am proud to be a Bulldog! Go BHS!”


Burbank Firefighters Wear Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

Members of the Burbank Fire Department are wearing pink t-shirts for the next couple of days to bring attention to the ongoing effort to help eradicate breast cancer.

Battalion Chief Eric Garcia and Fire Firefighter Nick Rosche model the Breast Cancer Awareness Tee Shirts.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Battalion Chief Eric Garcia and Firefighter Nick Rosche proudly display the breast cancer awareness t-shirts (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

All on-duty personnel are wearing the pink shirts with Burbank Fire Department logos on the front and back. This includes Fire Prevention personnel, and Department clerical staff.

The shirts have been purchased by the Firefighters which are also being made available to the public along with several other items. All proceeds go to help fight cancer.

The shirts would be worn under protective clothing in the case of a fire or other emergencies.

The website with items for purchase is: http://burbankfirefightershop.com