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Burbank Unified High School Teachers Talk About Remote Education

Four Burbank High School teachers took time to share their perspectives on remote teaching and education, now that the Burbank Unified School District has had two full weeks of 100% distance learning since the first day of classes on Monday, August 17.

Overall, teachers responded positively to the new learning model, noting they spent a lot of time over the summer preparing for the new approach. Their general consensus is that remote education is a viable approach, given the constraints of a national and international pandemic, but it is not without some very real challenges.

Many noted the limited social engagement that students receive through virtual classrooms and breakout groups with other students and their teachers. Additionally, teachers have taken on a huge amount of extra work in order to teach the required materials, connect with students and manage their classrooms to the best of their ability. Technology access and resources and special equipment or software, particularly for advanced or specialized classes, remain a top concern.

Burbank High AP Stats and Algebra I teacher Robert Hammell shows off his at home remote teaching setup. (Photo Courtesy Robert Hammell.)

Robert Hammell teaches AP Statistics and Algebra I this year at BHS, so his students are from all grades 9 – 12. He teaches from home, “My wife is also a teacher in the district and she is teaching from school as it is hard for both of us to be teaching at the same time because the noise travels very easily in our house.

His average class size is about 30 students, over two sections of AP Stats and four sections of Algebra I. His classes draw students from all grades 9 – 12.

As a statistics teacher, I must point out that my average is a slightly misleading number as I have one class that is much smaller than the rest. If I remove the small class, my average is 32.4,” he said.

“To prepare for the remote/online learning approach, I went through the district created modules which covered instructional modules, digital classroom community, supporting special populations and grading and assessment,” Hammell explained. “These modules were created by colleagues throughout the district and had a lot of useful information and ideas. They were organized in the format: learn and explore, create, and share. There was enough material in these modules to spend at least a week exploring and learning.”

“In addition to the district modules, I also self reflected on what went well and did not go well last spring, read student feedback from surveys I had my students fill out last spring, talked to colleagues and read many articles online.”

“At this point, I think the biggest thing that needs attention is how to get my students to interact with me and each other more during live instruction,” Hammell continued. “I am quickly learning the best way to utilize some of the features in Zoom to help with this including the chat window, breakout rooms, nonverbal feedback, reactions, virtual and literal hand raising, waiting rooms and controlling mic/video settings.” 

Burbank High School’s front entrance is devoid of students currently. (Undated file photo by Ross Benson)

“I feel one of my strengths is adjusting my teaching in real time based on student feedback and interactions and I am missing that piece in my class right now.”

“As far as what worked well, I think I was successful in communicating a mathematical mindset to my students,” he continued. “I want students to change their perspective in my class from earning points for a grade to receiving feedback to help them master learning objectives.”

“With this change in perspective, I’m hoping students will find the value in asking questions to gain understanding of concepts, learning from mistakes, being creative, learning math (and not just performing/memorizing), communicating their thinking and appreciating depth over speed.”

“I am confident that my students will learn the material and that I will be providing a rigorous course.  However, I would not say I feel comfortable yet, but I am getting there,” Hammell also said. “We ask students to have a growth mindset, ask questions, learn from mistakes and think critically to problem solve. This is the perfect time to model that as teachers as this is a brand new model for teaching for most of us in the district.” 

Burbank High AP Biology teacher Rebecca Cooper believes in a “dress for success” approach to remote teaching from her dining room table office. (Photo Courtesy Rebecca Cooper)

“The hardest part for me is figuring out how to build a classroom community where all the students can share their thoughts and I can adjust my teaching in real time based on students verbal and non verbal feedback,” he added. “The virtual classroom setting makes it very difficult to get feedback in the usual way, but I am quickly learning new ways to get the feedback that I need to be a more effective teacher.”

Rebecca Cooper, who has taught for 18 years – 16 of those at BHS, is currently teaching five periods of AP Biology from home. She is also the Burbank High Science Department Chair.

“If it becomes too challenging (due to technology and materials needed), then I may start working more at BHS,” she said.

Cooper has a lot of students this year; she is averaging 37 students per class.

“Preparing for remote learning has been an ongoing work in progress. Fortunately, I was already using Google Classroom (GCR) with my students last year for a variety of purposes, so that made the shift to going all online for distance learning a little smoother for me,” she commented. “However, with that being said, distance learning/teaching is about far more than simply knowing how operate GCR.”

“Over the summer I was part of the district Professional Development team that helped build the training modules for the staff this year. They were designed to help everyone have supports in place as they started preparing individually for this new format.”

“And from that moment on, it has been read, learn, create, discuss, share,” Cooper continued. “The same model we try to impart on our students. I am in a number of teacher groups on social media where I am constantly getting or sharing ideas and am in constant communication with my colleagues as well  I am always looking for ways to engage my students better, or to help them feel supported and more connected to one another.”

“I have mixed feelings about teaching this way. While I am grateful for the opportunity to maintain safety and good health and feel confident that I can do a good job teaching, it is still overwhelming,” she acknowledged. “It’s hard to not have the opportunity to engage naturally in conversation with people. For students to have to sit silently in class, rather than socialize and build relationships between classes.”

“On the logistical side of things, it’s challenging to manage Zoom windows, chat windows, student ‘hand raise’ icons, screen sharing, etc. AND develop a natural flow to the class. And building classroom community takes a very intentional approach – it’s not just going to happen on its own in this sort of setting.”

Burbank High AP Bio teacher Rebecca Cooper’s Zoom profile includes a background of her classroom view. (Photo Courtesy Rebecca Cooper)

For AP Bio students and other high school classes that usually incorporate lab work, that hands on approach can be a real challenge for distance learning.

“We’re going to do the best we can to still make lab experiences happen. Many of the labs are possible to do at home with some basic materials (like cups, water, seeds, soap, etc.), so for some classes, students may be surveyed for their home access for certain materials, and can be provided with the additional supplies,” said Cooper. “In other cases where material distribution is too cumbersome (or involves supplies that are not safe to use at home), students will be provided with live or prerecorded demonstrations of the labs, or alternatives such as virtual labs, or samples of lab data that they can then be asked to analyze.”

Burbank High AP Bio teacher Rebecca Cooper watches her students in a Zoom call work in teams to build a presentation as they work on a shared document that is projected on a wall behind her computer. (Photo Courtesy Rebecca Cooper)

“It’s certainly not the same experience, but we will do our best to make it as interactive as we can. In my AP Biology class, we will be attempting our first at home lab on Monday where students will be investigating the properties of water. Students were provided with a materials list, and if they are able to gather materials, then great! And for those who are not able – no problem!”

“I have embedded video clips into the lesson that are demonstrating the activity,” she explained. “They can use these videos as their experience to assist in answering their lab questions and doing data analysis.”

“Overall successes so far include pretty great student attendance and overall improved communication between students and their teachers (lots of students reaching out via email and comments in GCR),” Cooper went on to say. “And in my classes, most students have been doing an excellent job of keeping up with their assignments, and putting in good effort not only with their work, but attempting to get comfortable with a room full of digital strangers.”

“It continues to be very difficult to manage all of the responsibilities that need to be done daily, while also remembering the importance of self-care. For the last 10 days, I have spent the better part of every day (probably about 12 hours is a fair estimate) sitting in front of my computer – just to stay caught up.”

“We want to do a good job, but sometimes that means catching up with 100s of work-related emails gets put in front of working on our lesson plans, activities, building presentations/lessons and providing feedback on student work,” Cooper also said. “And all of those listed responsibilities end up getting put in front of our home responsibilities (cleaning, cooking, exercising, tending to our own families, resting, etc.)”

“I think for everyone – both teachers and students – we need to establish some healthy routines, schedules and boundaries. Today [Thursday, August 27] I started my day at 4:30 a.m. just so I could make time to exercise (for the first time in two weeks) and accomplish some work [before] school started, and before the new emails for the day started pouring in.”

“Same goes for students… several shared that their work was pretty manageable last week until Friday, when they became overwhelmed,  as they didn’t realize there would be so much new work assigned on Fridays for their classes (and they had procrastinated on assignments from earlier in the week.)”

“Several students recognized it is their responsibility to hold themselves accountable, and mentioned their new goal for week two was to tackle their school work on the day it is assigned, during school hours (from 1:30 – 3:00), rather than waiting until it was due.”

“I think eventually, we will all get more accustomed to how the different technology tools we are using work, and we will start to figure out a groove of routines that work well for us,” Cooper also said. “I’m enjoying getting to know my students a little more everyday, but am going to have to work on having a cut off time to be looking on my phone or computer, or doing work for school – my brain needs a forced break every day.”

“I’m sure right around the time where it all starts to feel comfortable, will be the same time where we get to go back to school in person and will have a whole new set of norms to learn and establish.”

Burbank High teacher Amy Winn shares remote teaching and learning space with her son Matthew Winn, a seventh-grader at John Muir Middle School. (Photo Courtesy Amy Winn)

Amy Winn is in her 19th year of teaching at Burbank High. Before taking over the Digital Video Production classes five years ago, Winn taught Special Education and English classes at the school. She  teaches seven sections at BHS, covering grades 9 – 12, and averages 37 students in her Video Production and Yearbook classes, 27 in Broadcast Journalism and 10 in Advanced Video Production.

“The first week was very challenging personally – it was probably the most anxious I have ever felt in my 19 years of working in Education,” Winn commented. “Overall – my classes went great, the students were great and it was good to be back with them again. It was just a lot to prepare for, fear of technology not cooperating and I had true anxiety about trying to maintain an academic setting on a Zoom call in my living room.”

Burbank High Digital Video Production teacher Amy Winn logs in students to her Zoom classroom. (Photo Courtesy Amy Winn)

“I collaborated with Richard Lightfoot at JBHS [John Burroughs High School] who teaches Video Production, he was a huge help as we figured out together how we could even attempt to do this,” Winn added. “It’s taken hours upon hours to prep for four different classes and transform the material into a new digital, virtual format.”

Winn is very concerned about her students not all having access to video editing software at home that the school typically provides in the physical classroom.

“The real test will come when the students will work independently on video assignments at home which they would normally have in class to use software and edit their work. It’s a gamble right now if they will be able to complete projects at home not having the right technology.”

“I am not confident at all in my ability as a teacher or in my ability to adequately teach my subjects this way without the proper tools,” Winn continued. “I am constantly working – I don’t think I leave my desk at home all day… continuously answering emails, figuring out lesson plans, having Zoom call classes, grading, etc.  I know every teacher is going through this, but it’s A LOT of extra work that I didn’t expect.”

“The kids were happy to be back and interacting with each other,” she acknowledged. “There is still a lot that needs to be addressed like technology access. It feels impossible to be able to teach these Arts/Digital Media classes which are hands-on and interactive in this particular format.”

Digital Video Production teacher Amy Winn in her at home remote teaching office. (Photo Courtesy Amy Winn)

“I have computers and editing software that students are able to use at the school and I am not sure what editing software or apps my students have access to at home, meaning then my whole curriculum is having to be modified and manipulated to take on this challenge of distance learning.  I have a huge broadcast studio that we film our announcements in at BHS and now are forced to do them on a Zoom call.”

“We have a Yearbook to produce with no activities, no sporting events, we aren’t even on campus… so, everything in my digital media world is a challenge and will be until we are able to be physically back at school.”

“Until then, we do what we can – I teach the subjects the best way I can and pray that this all works out. The students are definitely not getting at home what they could be getting in the classroom, especially in my classes and I feel like I’m failing them already and the year hasn’t even really started yet.”

“I know it’s no one’s fault, but this is very very difficult for me and I’m doing the best I can,” Winn also said. “I like things to be perfect and they aren’t and it’s hard for me to accept that – it is what it is.”

John Wells teaches the Associated Student Body (ASB) class in addition to Phys. Ed. classes at Burbank High.  His classes average 40 students per section.

“I am working from both home and BHS. I live in Burbank so makes it easy to go back and forth,” Wells said. “I have a young son, age three, that my wife and I share duties teaching and entertaining right now so that determines when I go in and when I don’t.”

“I am beginning to feel more comfortable. It isn’t easy being on screen for hours a day but [I’m] making it work,” he added. “The confident side is a bit harder because shifting Physical Education to all online has challenges and I think as we go on I will get more confident with what I am teaching each day.”

Burbank High ASB Advisor and Phys. Ed. teacher John Wells works from his remote teaching setup. (Photo Courtesy John Wells)

Wells talked about how Burbank Unified is handling Phys. Ed. classes.

“These are a bit challenging but I think are slowly getting better. As a Physical Education department, our goal is how can we get these students as active as possible while maintaining the necessary social distance and health protocols.”

BUSD requires two years of Physical Education classes and passing the State Physical Fitness exam (or additional semesters of Phys. Ed. until passing the exam) for graduation.

“We are creating at home workout videos that the students will workout to during class as well as they create their own and share them with us. We will also have different activities and sports that will be covered. Those will be covered with videos in and out of class that students can watch and answer questions to.”

“We hope to get creative when it comes to demonstrating different sports and lack of equipment students have access to. So that will be a challenge and fun at same time.”

Wells notes that ASB, which runs school spirit campaigns and a lot of special activities at the school, has really been impacted by remote learning.

“With the distance learning ASB activities have shifted. Students are disappointed at this time there isn’t our annual Foam party, which kicks off the year, and then into homecoming celebrations which are postponed at this moment, with hope they can happen in the spring,” Wells explained. “So ASB students have shifted their mindset of what they can do to engage and keep that Bulldog pride alive.”

“We will be having our first virtual spirit week next week. This is where students will dress to different themes each day for their classes and can post their outfits in Burbank High ASB Instagram. ASB will choose a most spirited for each day.”

Student members of Burbank High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) class meet with advisor and teacher John Wells via Zoom. (Photo Courtesy John Wells)

As ASB advisor, Wells seeks to “[encourage] the students to continue to think outside the box and get creative. Which these students are. As their advisor I support and help with any logistics they need with their ideas. I really try to make ASB about them and creating excellent leaders.”

“For our virtual classes, I meet with ASB president Carmen Blanchard and ASB VP Bella Bowman at [the] end of each week to plan out the following week,” he added. “We are currently engaging in a lot of leadership activities and having ASB students create their own lesson plans and then present their leadership lessons to rest of class. These are going well thus far.”

Currently, Burbank Unified remains focused on providing 100% distance learning for its students’ education, while planning for an eventual return to in person education.

“Reopening will depend on current health conditions and guidelines,” Superintendent Matt Hill has stated. “Current guidelines require six feet of physical distancing, so when it is safe and appropriate to reopen we would phase in with a hybrid model.”

Hill has also emphasized that the District does not want to reopen schools, only to have to shut them down again. Thus, BUSD’s approach to reopening to in person education will be cautious and follow County and State guidelines.


Congratulations to the Burbank High School Class of 2020

While the senior class of 2020 was forced to miss all of the pomp and circumstance of a graduation ceremony, myBurbank wanted to salute all of the seniors with this special page that will live on here for years to come! Our deepest gratitude to the Burbank administration for their help and assistance in supplying the following information…

Burbank High Presents Their 2020 Senior Class

Senior Class Officers
Sarkis Terpetrossyan – ASB President
Edward Bowman – President
Sophia Brice – Vice President


Students who have maintained membership in the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) for four or more semesters, including one in the senior year, achieving at least three A’s and one B each semester. CSF is nationally recognized. These students will be receiving a Gold Tassel.

Aghajani, Evelyn
Agraviador, Kristina
Akopyan, Ani
Alazali, Amr
Almer, Samuel
Alvarez, Andy
Apelian, Emily
Arsenian, Allen
Audette, Rebecca
Baghoomian Sangbarani, Ania
Balos, Joshua
Baltutis, Jessica
Benson, Christopher
Bethel, Geneva
Bethel, Simone
Bittencourt, Izalina
Bowman, Edward
Briggs, Haley
Castro, Matthew
Chung, Corine
Chung, Irene
Clendenin, Willem
Danesh, Ava
Darwich, Katrina
Dhamodharan, Ashwini
Dolatshahi, Kourosh
Duarte, Jakob
Ecker, Lia
Escalante, Luis
Fabian, Prissila
Feldman, Ryan
Fernandez, Sol
Fontanez, Gabriela
Galadzhyan, Elizabeth
Galoustian, Eric
Garrison, Sidney
Gerami, Mona
Ghadimian, Nikita
Ghanbarian, Celine
Griffith, Abby
Gushchyan, Daniel
Hovhannisyan, Artush
Hutchin, David
Isayan, Natalie
Jang, Hana
Jun, Haley
Karanovic, Connie
Kawmi, Grais
Khachikian, Natalie
Kim, Minju
Kirakosyan, Kristina
Kivijian, Geourg
Klohn, Alexa
Koussa, Sarah
Lee, Troy
Lee, Tyler
Levin, Alexander
Ley, Jorge
McKinnon, Jack
Mezhlumyan, Elizabeth
Minella Prazeres Velloso, Vict
Moosisian Konaraki, Sintia
Morin-Gaona, Cassandra
Nelson, Samantha
Nicklaus, Carter
Pape, Kim
Patel, Pranav
Petrossian, Anthony
Pilavjyan, Hakop
Preciado, Gabriel
Rojas, Katie
Safar, Tiffany
Sandaljian, Shant
Sayadi, Azat
Selva, Cielo
Setaghayan, Adrian
Shabani, Patrick
Shanazari, Tadeh
Slaughter, Nicolas
Smith, Jessica
Smyth, Connor
Stott, Cody
Sumera, Dominik
Tahmassian, Leah
Teixeira, Kiara
Tennyson, Autry
Thornton, Hannah
Tomasek, Grace
Tong, Anna
Uhm, Andrew
Werner, Mark
Zadikian, Gregory
Zaroukian, Kalin

Burbank High’s Top Dogs of 2020

Burbank High School –  Graduates of 2020

Andrey Jericah Abad

Jansen Kyle Abarabar

Anasheh Abedian

Tigran Abelian

Andranik Abnusyan

Elgar Aboulian

Inesa Abrahamyan

Sofya Abrahamyan

Derek Acuna

Sedrak Adzhemyan

Alexa Agakhanian

Evelyn Aghajani

Beniamin Aghajanyan

Gabriela Aghajanyan

Hamlet Aghajanyan

Milena Aghajanyan

Kristina Marie Agraviador

Alyssa Lei Aguinaldo

Narek Akelian

Levin Akhkashian

Ani Akopyan

Amr Alazali

Marc Alcala

Gwenalynn Alcomendras

Emin Aleverdi

Rubina Alexanderyan

Samuel Almer

Mary Alnamh

Tiffany Altounian

Andy Alvarez

Chelsea Alvarez

Natalie Ambartsumyan

Eliana Amour

Elena Anesyan

Joaquin Carlo Antonio

Emily Apelian

Lauren Applebaum

Leobardo Apreza

Armo Arakelian

Abigail Aranda

Diego Ardon

Madeline Arriola

Allen Arsenian

Milena Arshakyan

Anna Artenian

Savannah Artinian

Patrick Arzoumanians

Stella Atarbekyan

Rebecca Audette

Abigail Auon

Aram Avagyan

Raymond Avetyan

Irene Avila

Giselle Avitia

Alberto Ayala

Hagop Ayanyan

Matthew Aytayan

Shushana Ayvazyan

Andrew Ayyoub

Alex Azri

Sydney Azurin-Sugars

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Kevin Babakhani

Emanoel Babakhanlou

Nellie Babujyan

Tania Badivian

Ruben Bagdasarian

Patrick Baghdasarian

Edrin Baghomian

Ania Baghoomian Sangbarani

Anahit Baghshetsyan

George Bagumyan

Joshua Balos

Jessica Baltutis

Rebecca Banda Trujillo

Adelina Bandarian

Sofia Baptiste

Talin Barseghian

Narek Barska

Christine Basalious

Jessica Bassuk

Kenny Beainy

Edgar Bedrosian

Mariam Bejanyan

Andrea Bengoa

Carolyn Benson

Christopher Benson

Savannah Benson

Jesse Bergen

Ronaldo Bermudez

Angellica Bernal

Nicholas Bertino

Galo Betancourt

Geneva Bethel

Simone Bethel

Zaina Bitawi

Izalina Bittencourt

Anthony Blake

Jesse-Tyler Blake

Kyanna Block

Seto Blutyan

Denis Bogatin

Manya Boghos

Morgan Bolger

Leilani Boquin

Andranik Bostanjyan

Luca Bovelli

Edward Bowman

Sophia Brice

Clark Bridges

Haley Briggs

Christine Gail Briones

Benjamin Burnham

Adriana Cabrera

Devean Cabrera

John Henry Cabula

Isabella Calderwood

Brenton Campa

Brandon Campos

Kevin Campos

Jasmine Cap

Jhosseline Carballo

Isabella Cardenas

Aidan Carney

John Cartier

Brianna Castro

Matthew Castro

Athena Cendejas Rodriguez

Maher Chahla

Daniel Chakerian

Alexander Chakmakian

Hayden Chase

Rami Chasib

Angelina Chavez

Bret Chavez

Valerie Chavez

Hakop Chebishyan

Anthony Chiaravalle

Thomas Chiaravalle

Juliana Chichil-Velasquez

Emily Choi

Myoungji Choi

Jesse Choy

Corine Chung

Irene Chung

Elijah Claxton

Mason Clay

Willem Clendenin

Samuel Colon

Daniel Contreras

Lewis Coto

Isaiah Covarrubias

Robert Cranston

Shaindel Crookall

Josian Cruz

Michael Cruz

Leslie Cubas

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Isaac Dally

Noah Damasen

Ava Danesh

Camila Dapuetto

Shant Darabedyan

Emily Darbinyan

Mery Darghali

Katrina Darwich

Bryan David

Jan De Guzman

Jeremy De Guzman

Armando De La Cruz Garcia

Alexis Kimberly Decena

Jordan Delgado

Harouth Dellalyan

Alison Demirchyan

Sophia Demirchyan

Siddharth Denduluri

Zachary Denton

Sylvia Dermendjian

Ashwini Dhamodharan

Jaylen George Dick

Kourosh Dolatshahi

Aidan Dolph

Madelaine Dolukhanyan

Isabella Drewes

Jakob Duarte

Elizabeth Dyslin

Araksi Dzheyranyan

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Maya Ebrahimian

Lia Ecker

Lianne Elbittar

Dayne Ellis

Alexis Englander

Luis Escalante

Ashley Eskander

Anahit Essayan

Tiffany Estrada

Nina Estrada

Xitlaly Estrada

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Prissila Fabian

Maddox Fair

Milagro Fajardo

Noah Fakhourian

Ryan Feldman

Heather Fergus

Sol Fernandez

Evelyn Fischer

Giovanni Fischer

Kaitlyn Fishman

Jaaliyah Fletcher

Olivia Flosi

Gabriela Fontanez

Joshua Franco

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Avetis Gadyan

Elizabeth Galadzhyan

Stefanie Galindo

Eric Galoustian

Roni Galstian

Garnik Galstyan

Meri Galstyan

Andrew Gamez

Noah Gamm

Araksi Garadzhyan

Tina Garaghonians

Alyssa Garcia

Ashley Garcia

Jacqueline Garcia

Kristta Garcia

Yulianna Garcia

Nicholas Gardner

Sidney Jordan Garrison

Iann Garza

Aram Gasparyan

Alice Gazazyan

Andrea George

Mona Gerami

Eric Gerigooriyan

Ara Gevorgyan

Gevorg Gevorgyan

Nikita Ghadimian

Melanie Ghaffari Baechli

Celine Ghanbarian

Mirrey Gharibian

Amy Ghazarian

Erina Ghazarian

Lusine Ghukasyan

Thomas Ginn

William Girgis

Isaac Glover

Victor Goli

Joe-Maxwell Gomez

Matthew Gomez Rivera

Juan Gomez Roman

Aaliyah Gonzaga

Giselle Gonzaga

Aidan Gonzalez

Kassandra Gonzalez

Lexi Gonzalez

Alexis Gonzalez Lopez

Luis Antonio Gozum

Abby Griffith

Evgeniya Grigoryan

Lilit Grigoryan

Sargis Grigoryan

Sarah Gross

Gisele Guerrero

Jaycob Guerrero

Otto Guillermo

Lusine Gukasyan

Daniel Gushchyan

Kenya Gutierrez-Parada

Jaqueline Guzman

Justin Jordan Guzman

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Krista Haddad

Arada Hairapetian

Eric Hakobyan

Vahram Hakobyan

Narek Hakopyan

George Hannawi

Jolene Hardege

Brianna Haros

Andre Harutyunyan

Maria Harutyunyan

Milena Harutyunyan

Susanna Harutyunyan

Adam Hatun

Jennie Helo

Sehun Heo

Abner Hernandez

Joziah Hernandez

Yara Hernandez

Michael Hess Witucki

Brandice Hibbard

Hailey Holliman

Devin Housholder

Alycia Houston

Artush Hovhannisyan

Davit Hovhannisyan

Mariana Hovhannisyan

Shant Hovsepian

Mayte Hoxsie

David Hutchin

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Ximena Ibarra

Diego Iniguez

Natalie Isayan

Julia Issa

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Quiara Jackson

Irada Jalilova

Amitiss Jamal

Hana Jang

Lorenzo Jemison

Jalon Johnson

Seth Jones

Marko Jovicic

Nikki Julian

Haley Jun

William Jurman

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David Kabakchuzyan

Alex Kadzhabashian

Ruby Kahan

Hana Kalliel

Lillian Kamm

Isabella Kapriellian

Connie Karanovic

Anahit Karapetyan

Ashley Karazi

Lenore Kassab

Parker Katz

Grais Kawmi

Caroline Kazarian

Phoebe Kellogg

Olivia Kerr

Alisa Keshishian

Ashot Keshishyan

Gor Kesishyan

Emmanuel Khachadourian

Albert Khachatryan

Natalie Khachikian

Rita Khalil

Martin Khanlerian

Andrew Khechatourian

Nareg Khechoomian

Sahak Khobiarian

Kevin Khodagholian

Daniel Khrlobian

Brandon Kim

Minju Kim

Natalie Kinlow

Kristina Kirakosyan

Marianne Kiramidzhyan

Geourg Kivijian

Alexa Klohn

Niamh Kochout

Mari Kostanyan

Sarah Koussa

Tyler La Marsna

Nikita Lal

Cole Le’au

Cooper Lebeda

David Lee

Troy Lee

Tyler Lee

Andrea Lemus-Garcia

Cameron Leon

Alexander Levin

Jorge Ley

Khyla Lipscomb

Adam Loera

Augustus Long

Ariele Longacre

Anthony Lopez

Juan Lopez

Luna Lopez

Rebecca Lopez

Siena Lopez

Jolie Lorimer

Cole Lovejoy

Hayden Lucsik

Kamryn Ludwick

Victoria Lujan

Marisol Lujano

Trent MacDonald

Ayla Machado

William Machon

Araz Madadi

Meray Mahfoud

Nathan Mai

Richard Makinen

Diana Malakyan

Mohamed Malla

Michael Manoyan

William Mansoorian

Khalil Mansour

Simon Manukyan

Svetlana Manukyan

Peter Manzo Castillo

Andrea Mardirosi

Suzy Mardirossian

Henry Margaryan

Loreta Margaryan

Talin Markarians

Alexander Martin

Luis Martinez

Robert Martinez

Valerie Martinez

Matthew Masoudi

Arlene Matavoos

Alexander Matiossian

Jasmine Matthews

Brian McCarthy

Dana McClusky

Devin McClusky

Ian McDougall

Jack McKinnon

Joshua Medrano

Jerrod Mejia

Melody Mejia

Yatzary Mejia

Evita Melkomian

Ani Melkonian

Izabella Meza

Elizabeth Mezhlumyan

Affan Mian

Adeline Miller

Ian Miller

Lindsey Miller

Morgan Miller

Geghayer Minassian

Nelli Minasyan

Victor Minella Prazeres Velloso

Aleksandr Mirumian

Michelle Mirzoyan

Jadin Mitchell

Violet Mitchell

Nicole Molina

Emma Molloy

Sebastian Moncayo

Sintia Moosisian Konaraki

Elsie Mora

Elizabeth Morin

Cassandra Morin-Gaona

Lilly Mouradyan

Chloe Moser

Daniela Movsessian

Nicole Mukelyan

Davit Muradyan

Robert Muradyan

Tyler Murphy

Rydge Mva’a Mbongo’o

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Sona Nalbandian

Angelina Nalchyan

Hovik Nargizyan

Desere’ Navarro

Sebastian Navarro

Livia Nazari

Melvin Nazarian Masihi

Beryan Nazarimassihi

Anthony Nazaryan

Mathew Nazaryan

Veronika Nechaeva

Samantha Nelson

Emin Nercissian

Jeremiah Nersissian

Travis Nichols

Carter Nicklaus

Serle Noshadian

Christian Nunez

Nicole Nunez

Kaiynesochi Nzenwa

Maria O’Kane

Aidan O’Neill

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Alexander Orudzhyan

Ani Osikyan

Joshua Otero

Amira Ottosson Menjivar

Julian Pallini

Valentino Pallini

Adam Pamias-Ramos

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Tiffany Papazian

Kim Pape

Shushan Papoyan

Erik Paria

Jerisa Pasco

Neel Patel

Pranav Patel

Rebecca Patino

Andreea Paun

Livia Pearlman

Jose Peralta Gomez

Alec Perez

Christian Perez

Priscilla Perez

Anthony Petrossian

Argishti Petrousian

Duc Pham

Noa Pierce

Hakop Pilavjyan

Danovin Pirnazari

Kiarah Pollas

Emmanuel Powell

Gabriel Preciado

Leilani Pyeatt

Maximus Quezada

Brenda Quintero

Leah Quiroa

Maryjane Radillo

Kimberly Ramirez

Amy Ramos

Rafael Ramos

Jessica Reslan

Andrew Rivas

Fernando Rivas

Ricardo Rivera Rodriguez

Jordyn Rivero

Justin Robinson

Luis Rocha

Christina Rodriguez

Erol Rodriguez

Jazlyn Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez

Amelie Rojas

Katie Rojas

Allison Romagnino

Precious Romero

Sandra Rosales-Zamora

Stella Rosenberg-Markland

Maximus Roth

Nicholas Rotter

Saskia Rubin

Craig Rushton

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Tiffany Safar

Emma Sahakyan

Julieta Salas

Joseph Salim

Alexis Sanchez

Samid Sanchez

Saraly Sanchez-Hernandez

Shant Sandaljian

Esteban Sandoval

Martin Santelli

Naomi Angelle Santiago

Alexis Saravia

Samantha Sardarov

Alina Sargsyan

Hakob Sargsyan

Kevin Sarkes

Rafael Sarte

Miranda Saunders

Azat Sayadi

Kaethe Schaefer

Kya Seals

Cielo Selva

Gavin Serrano

Priscilla Serrano

Adrian Setaghayan

Christina Setikian

Dominik Severo

Patrick Shabani

Madelayne Shadkam

Edeline Shahbandarian

Mane Shahbazian

Sera Shahbazian

Sharlette Shahbazyan

Roneh Shahgaldian

Sandra Shahin

Milena Shaljyan

Margarita Shamiryan

Tadeh Shanazari

Riley Share

Jacob Shaw

Julie Shehirian

Chris Shirinian

Videsh Shrestha

Nataly Siordia

Hakob Sirekanyan

Michelle Sirekanyan

Katia Sismondi

Julia Skillsky

Nicolas Slaughter

Jessica Smith

Connor Smyth

James Smyth

Tiffany Soto

Lela Spellman

OakLee Spens

Grey Stewart

Cody Stott

Arthur Suchy

Jena Suh

Leanna Sulakhyan

Dominik Sumera

Alyssa Swadling

Parker Swierczynski

Leo Tahmasian

Leah Tahmassian

Ani Tarakchyan

Feliks Tarposhyan

Leechelle Tate

Leah Tawil

Alison Taylor

Autry Tennyson

Nazeli Ter Abramyan

Kristina Ter Akopyan

Emily Ter-Mkrtchyan

Sarkis TerPetrossyan

Artur Terteryan

Michael Terzyan

Hannah Thornton

Nicholas Toczek

Anne Toni Tolentino

Grace Tomasek

Anna Tong

Khachatur Tonoyan

Pavlina Torgomyan

Luz Torres Antonio

Katherine Treadway

Alain Trenzado

Ysabel Edennor Tumala

Svetlana Tumasyan

Analei Turnbull

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Monika Uguryan

Andrew Uhm

Tera Un

Saul Uribe

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Deepak Ramanujam Vaduganambi Rangaswamy

Susanna Vahramyan

Andrea Valencia

Lucas Van Dam

Vincent Vang

Elza Vardanyan

Brenda Vardeh

Sarkis Vartanyan

Leliana Vazquez

Daniela Velasco

Brenda Voskanian

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Jah Atiba Walker

Eli Weinstein

Mark Werner

Marcell Whitehead

Julian Whitewolf

Colin Wilkinson

Shawn Wilson

Iman Winfree

Steven Wright

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Andre Yanez

Chadi Yousef

Gregory Zadikian

Luke Zakarian

Lusine Zamkohian

Alex Zargaryan

John Zargaryan

Kalin Zaroukian

Julietta Zharazhyan

Please Note: Some of these pupils may be non-grads, as this list was printed prior to final grades.


Alma Mater

Hail, Burbank High School, the blue and white wave high, 

To our own dear high school, we raise it to the sky. 

All honor to thee we sing, oh long may our praises ring.   

Hail Burbank High School!  Hail! Hail! Hail!


Burbank Unified Ponders Elimination Of Stage Craft Technology, Many CTE Programs

Faced with the proposed elimination of the popular and, as many see it, vital Stage Craft Technology program at both Burbank and John Burroughs High Schools, many Burbank Unified School District parents, students and other stakeholders are rallying support and sending statements on the importance of the program to members of the Board of Education.

Since parcel tax Measure I narrowly failed to pass in March, proposals to cut $3.8 million to balance the budget and pay the District’s looming annual pension bill will be discussed, along with fundraising strategies at the next school board meeting on Thursday, April 16.

“Last year, we worked with our elected officials to request one-time funding from the State to reduce the pension liability,” commented BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill. “The Governor included it in this year’s budget, but did not include additional funding in his January budget proposal for next year. We were continuing to advocate for more funding, but with COVID-19, it is unlikely that will occur; however, we are going to advocate for the Governor to use the Rainy Day funds to assist school districts during this difficult time.”

Many Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs are on the chopping block, in a bid to cut $250,000 from that section of the 2020-21 budget. The cost to run the Stage Craft Technology program is roughly $100,000 per year for both schools combined, according to District officials.

Also referred to as Tech Crew, the Stage Craft Technology programs currently have 52 students in two classes at JBHS and 30 students in one class at BHS. The program at JBHS is held during periods five and six of the school day, while Burbank High’s Stage Craft Tech students meet after school for a credited class that meets twice weekly for a total of five hours.

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Burbank High Stage Craft Technology students work on “Alice in Wonderland”: lights, sound and stage management, run of show.
(Photo Courtesy Karen Broderick)

The Burroughs High Performing Arts Department (instrumental music, vocal music, drama and dance), along with ASB, is heavily supported by teacher Jon King and Tech Crew. Similarly, teacher Karen Broderick and BHS Stage Craft Technology students also support all performing arts department shows as part of their curriculum, with the exception of BHS show choir performances, which hire professionals.

Stage Craft Technology students run lights and sound and manage the stage for each high school’s shows, as well as build sets. There has been significant financial investment by the school district and parents in each school’s tech and stage setups and auditoriums over the years, and without oversight of a Stage Craft teacher, there is high risk of loss, theft and damage.

The district also rents out school auditoriums, with BUSD Facilities requiring that the Stage Craft teacher is hired to oversee and run lights, sound and manage stage. The concern is that outside vendors and employees will not care for the equipment as the Stage Craft teacher does.

Many Stage Craft Technology students have found work right after high school graduation, while several others go on to study lighting and sound design at college and other technical programs. Stage Craft Tech is one of the most successful programs in BUSD that follows the State mandate for schools to develop College & Career Pathways, and which BUSD has received grants for their efforts. Students are easily placed as interns and hired outright in the many local media and entertainment businesses, for lighting, sound, props and production, for independent and major film, television and video studios.

JBHS Tech Crew buildling a set. (Photo Courtesy Liz Bax)

BUSD partners such as Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. have also invested in the high school Stage Craft programs. Concerned stakeholders are worried about the kind of message abandoning a well-established and growing program sends to BUSD partners.

The Stage Craft Technology class has been in place at Burbank High and John Burroughs High for more than a decade, officially, and for a lot longer as part of the Drama and Choir programs before becoming an official class.

JBHS parent Malia Whitaker recently started a Facebook Group called “Save BUSD Tech Crew Programs,” that she hopes will motivate and garner support for the program from throughout the community. Many parents, BUSD graduates and local professionals have joined to organize their support for the high school program.

“We have many Burroughs graduates in our entertainment union earning area standard wages with health benefits due to working in the entertainment business. Most of this is from taking part in Jr. High school and High School (at that time called) Drama classes,” IATSE Local 33 Business Agent, Ron Valentine, a graduate of JBHS, commented on the Facebook Group page. “This class and the Techs are of vital importance to the future in the live entertainment business.”

BHS Tech Crew supports Drama Department’s “Alice in Wonderland”, October 2019, stage build 1 (Photo Courtesy Karen Broderick)

“With the non-stop change of technology, these classes are of value. Not only do we do entertainment but take part in city functions such as setting up political rallies with platforming, audio/video, rigging city streets for special events, we have an emergency response team for setting up temp hospital shelters for the recent COVID-19 event, or any other disaster claimed area to assist with first responders,” Valentine added. “These are the middle class jobs that support our city economically while putting food on the table, healthcare for your family, and a little money in the bank.”

What CTE programs will be recommended to be cut at April 16’s Second Interim Budget meeting?

Play Production at Jordan Middle School (after school class), Stage Craft Technology at John Burroughs High School, Stage Craft Technology at Burbank High School and after school classes in Animal Care, Retail Marketing, Film/Video Production and Animation, according to Sharon Cuseo, BUSD Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. The Digital Media and Animation classes held during the school day would remain intact.

“The dual enrollment courses that are offered in partnership with Los Angeles Valley College and Glendale Community College will continue. The colleges pay for the staffing and the district pays the cost of the facility and the textbooks. These courses include: Armenian 1 & 2; Communication Studies (Speech); Child Development; Media Arts (Introduction to Screenwriting); Art (Drawing).”

JBHS Tech Crew lighting design. (Photo Courtesy Liz Bax)

“The impact of the elimination of the Stage Craft Technology courses at John Burroughs High School and Burbank High School will have an impact on the schools,” Cuseo admits. “We do not have another mechanism of support for the schools and their productions.”

“The reductions would be in effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board and Superintendent will be discussing the proposed cuts at the next Board meeting and will also discuss potential fundraising strategies… [and priorities for the entire 3.8 million dollars worth of cuts, not just the 250K specifically for CTE],” Cuseo added. “It is our hope we can work creatively with the community to mitigate some of these terrible cuts.”

“Not only do they help to run all shows in the [Performing] Arts Departments, the Tech Crew also works to make all assemblies, pep rallies, dances, extra school events, as well as graduation, to run,” commented JBHS parent Liz Bax, who co-chairs the Tech Crew parent volunteer group with Dawn Mateo. “All this work is done on top of their academic school day. I really wonder how all of these jobs will get done without these non-paid students.”

BHS Tech Crew: “Alice in Wonderland”, set build 2. (Photo Courtesy Karen Broderick)

“These students are all devastated that this program has become a recommended cut,” Bax added. “By being in this program, these students have the chance to get real hands on training along with being able to go directly into the job force after graduation, if they choose. For these students it has become their passion and their community.  For some, their time in high school has dramatically changed, making a difference in these students lives.”

“I do know the district  and the school board has a hard job ahead of them,” she also said. “I am aware that Tech Crew is not the only program that is on the chopping block. These cuts are incredibly hard to make. Please understand I think very highly of the school board and the administrators. My hope is that ultimately the school board will chose to NOT cut this valuable CTE program or find another way to at least fund the Burroughs and Burbank High School Tech Crew Program.”

“I was in the program from 2014-2017,” commented JBHS ’17 graduate Katrina Villareal, who currently works in Entertainment Tech Services for Disney doing lighting and SPRAT rigging. “It became such a passion I would spend hours learning lighting and quickly started designing shows. I was the LD for almost all our big productions in Drama, and the VMA. Tech Crew is such a special craft that truly did bring together kids from all walks of life and extremely different personalities but we all managed to become best friends after.”

JBHS Tech Crew set building. (Photo Courtesy Liz Bax)

“The program taught me a foundation to lighting design, networking, and programming that I needed to get jobs in the outside world. We went through hours of packets breaking down audio, lighting, and rigging, to make sure we understood the ins and outs of all the equipment we had and the intricacies and science to how our tech works. Through Jon King and the program, he allowed me this creative freedom I really didn’t believe I had. I’ve gotten nominations from the Jerry Herman Awards, Certificates for Lighting, and just seeing the shows I even impressed my family when they saw what I did.”

“If it wasn’t for this program I wouldn’t have been able to travel around the country and the world doing what I love. When I graduated and got that volunteer service medal I had over 900 hours of work because that’s how much I cared for the program and wanted to be better at the craft,” Villareal also said.

“This program is a true testament to hard work really paying off. Me and some of my best friends from the program today found secure jobs because of what we knew and who we met through this program. Otherwise we would’ve been in very different places in our lives today,” she said. “I care a lot about these kids and the program that I came back this year to help them as they went to different choir competitions and to teach them whatever they needed to learn lighting and video wise.”

“The Technical Theatre class at Burroughs is the main reason of where I am today. I was only in the program for 3 years, 2012-2015, but it gave me all the knowledge I needed to go in to the event lighting industry,” commented Billy Yakes, a JBHS ’15 graduate. “Thanks to this class I already had a great connection with a local lighting company and was able to start working almost immediately, I think it was within a month or two of graduating.”

Aaron Wilson (BHS graduate), helps with lighting class, Spring 2019. (Photo Courtesy Karen Broderick)

“Typically I’m hired as a Lighting Technician but am starting to move towards a crew lead/master electrician role. I probably work on over 100 different productions yearly so the titles are always changing,” added Yakes, who has returned to JBHS to mentor students for recent large shows.

“No performing arts program, be it band, choir, or theater, can exist without a support crew. The people behind the scenes are the ones who literally  make these performances happen,” commented JBHS parent Scott Whitaker, whose sophomore son Connor started taking the class for the 2019-20 school year. “What is JBHS going to do to replace the kids in Tech Crew? Parent volunteers? Unlikely. Hire out? That would cost more than two teachers’ salaries.”

“Tech Crew is what motivates my son to do his best in school. I am truly afraid of what will happen if that is taken away,” continued Whitaker. “He struggles academically and is unlikely to attend any college or university. Tech Crew would give him a skill set that would allow him to enter a career right out of high school, especially in a city like Burbank where the entertainment industry is so pervasive.”

“The repercussions of eliminating Tech Crew goes well beyond cutting the budget,” Whitaker added. “It would essentially cripple JBHS performing arts programs and, for kids like my son, would do permanent damage to their ability to have a career out of high school.”

JBHS Tech Crew. (Photo Courtesy Liz Bax)

“I joined the stage tech class my freshmen year after doing it at my middle school,” commented Burbank High sophomore Elen Vardanyan. “After experiencing the class last year, I decided I want to pursue something in the industry as a career and the class gave me opportunities to learn and experience how different shows were set up and ran. The class offered an experience I won’t be able to get anywhere else.”

“Students were allowed to work directly with the directors of each performing arts program and discuss what they wanted and figure out a plan that worked for everybody. I was planning to take the class for all four years of high school and I planned my schedules around the class,” Vardanyan continued. “I’ve been a student for over a decade and I’ve never felt more connected to a class and the students in the class and especially the teacher.”

“This class not only provided a fun work environment but it provided us with opportunities and real world experiences that would shape us to be our best selves the industry. For many of us it was a safe space where we could be ourselves and simply focus on what we loved to do without any judgment from anyone since we were all so similar,” Vardanyan added. “Our class worked like a well oiled machine and it’s very sad to think that my friends and I won’t be able to make any more memories in our favorite class.”

Burroughs senior Owen Chamberlain said, “Tech Crew made me more confident in myself. Tech Crew taught me how to work with people that I don’t get along with. Tech Crew taught me how to work hard. Like really hard. And it taught me to love to work. Tech Crew taught me how to juggle loads of responsibilities. Tech Crew taught me how to work calmly under pressure. Tech Crew taught me how to bounce back from mistakes. Tech Crew gave me unforgettable friends and memories. Tech Crew gave me loads of practical knowledge for various jobs. Tech Crew gave me direction in high school that I lacked before.”

BHS Stage Craft Tech class set building. (Photo Courtesy Karen Broderick)

“My son Robert is part of Tech Crew this year and it’s the best thing that has happened to him since he started going to school,” commented Burroughs parent William Roth, whose son is a sophomore. “The hard work and genuine hands on learning is something rare in this day and age. Even rarer still is the enthusiasm these kids bring to the program which has the spill over effect of also improving their other grades and general attitude about school in general. I am truly hoping that we can find a way to keep this program going not only for our kids in Tech Crew but for the wide ranging activities that they support on campus and off.”

“When I was going into high school I asked my dad what I should do in high school. I said that I wanted a small group of closely knit people that work really hard and he told me to join tech,” commented BHS ’18 graduate Aaron Wilson, who is currently a sophomore studying lighting design at California Institute of the Arts. “So I did it on a whim and I can’t imagine my life without it now.”

“I came into tech not really caring about school and just going to school cause I have to but tech changed that about me. I had a reason to get up and go to school and I was always excited to go to school. Well I was excited to get through the day and be in class at the end of the day,” he continued.

“I was never a good classroom learner and tech helped me calm down while also teaching me important skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. It taught me leadership and working with other people in stressful situations which now in college is extremely useful,” Wilson said. “Without tech I don’t think I would have a future because I didn’t see one for myself before tech.”

JBHS Stage Craft Technology in action. (Photo Courtesy Liz Bax)

Burbank High Stage Craft Technology teacher Broderick, who’s taught the class at BHS for the past five years, had this to say, “While the vast majority (64%) of Burbank voters supported the parcel tax that would have filled this gap and allowed the district to keep these programs, it was just shy of what was needed. In our district where entertainment is our leading industry, Stage Craft was recently added as a class to introduce students to jobs requiring creative problem solving, teamwork, empathy and openness to using new technology in creative ways.”

“Stagecraft students have learned to be the first team there, the last to leave, to help with anything, and they are the bright, creative problem solvers who you want to have your back,” Broderick added. “Exactly the type of people we need now as we shelter at home watching entertainment and media content to help in our current crisis. I wish the 3% of Burbank voters who could have made the difference in the parcel tax vote could have understood this.”

Burroughs High Stage Craft Technology teacher King shared some background on the development of the program at JBHS over many years: “Stagecraft was a section of a choir class that I coached starting in 2004. Mary Rago, the choir teacher, was not educated in stagecraft, so she hired me to teach the students about sound, lighting, and how to run a show. There were less than 10 students at the time, and they only worked on choir shows.”

“Each performing arts program had to fend for themselves for their events, and did not work together or share any equipment or resources. In 2008, Stagecraft became a separate class through the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), and enrollment numbers, along with our collaboration with the other performing arts programs, began to grow. At first classes met during period 0 and 1, but later I moved them to period 5 and 6 so that students could easily continue work in progress for after school rehearsals and shows. Now I have 52 students and we support events for Choir, Band, Drama, Dance, ASB, and other organizations both inside our theater and elsewhere.”

BHS Tech Crew prep for Dance performance, Fall 2019. (Photo Courtesy Karen Broderick)

“We collaborate with each other on shows and are able to invest in equipment that benefits all of us. My students earn double credit and put in at least 180 hours per semester (and sometimes upwards of 400 hours per semester) learning the trade and getting hands-on experience with professional equipment while helping these other programs excel,” King continued.

“Over 600 students from these other organizations will be directly impacted when there in no longer anyone to run their events behind the scenes, and thousands more will be negatively affected as the quality of over 50 events annually will decrease. Parents and boosters in these organizations may need to raise thousands of extra dollars to hire outside professionals to run these events, instead of saving that money or using it to provide more educational opportunities for the students.”

“Many of my students have gone on to careers in the entertainment industry, working for companies like Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, and Marvel,” King also said. “It would be a shame if this career pathway ceased to exist for students like them in Burbank. I can only hope that the damage to Arts Education in the city is not too great.”

The Burbank Board of Education will discuss the Second Interim Budget on Thursday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. More information will be forthcoming from the District about the meeting by Friday, April 10. Public comments should be mailed, emailed or phoned in by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

As this will be BUSD’s first virtual meeting, patience is requested by District officials. Live audio of the meeting is expected to be available via the Board of Education’s webpage, with the possibility of video as well. The agenda for April 16 should be posted online with the updated information by Friday, April 10.

Videos and agendas for past meetings are available on the Burbank Board of Education webpage as well. Email addresses for the Burbank Board of Education members are listed here. The mailing address for the Burbank Unified District office is 1900 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506 and the main number is 818-729-4400.

Burbank High Seniors Honored As Leukemia And Lymphoma Society Students Of The Year

Burbank High seniors Emily Darbinyan and Natalie Ter-Abramyan won the top award at the fourth annual Los Angeles Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year gala on Friday, March 6, for their teamwork in raising $229,953 during a seven-week campaign.

The Los Angeles Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) gala “was the culmination of raising over a million dollars for blood cancer research by 16 high school candidates in L.A. County,” explained 2020 Los Angeles County Co-Chairman of the LLS Students of the Year campaign, Wendy Miller, who has also taught English at Burbank High School for the past 24 years.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year Burbank High seniors Natalie Ter-Abramyan and Emily Darbinyan, as team “Sisters of Survivors,” raised $229,953 for the fight against blood cancer. (Photo Courtesy Wendy Miller)

“There is simply nothing more gratifying than being a part of this organization,” Miller also said. “This evening rivals one of the most poignant moments of in my life, and I will continue to dedicate my time to LLS each year with this campaign. I am so proud of all candidates!”

The seven-week campaign to fight blood cancer ultimately raised $1,228,886 for LLS. In addition to Darbinyan and Ter-Abramyan’s “Sisters of Survivors” team’s efforts, Burbank High junior Carmen Blanchard received honorable mention for raising $68,336 and sophomore Sierra Brogmus raised $23,566.

Miller also noted that Darbinyan and Ter-Abramyan were nominated for the program by her former English student and BHS ASB President David Khechumyan, a recent Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year, Burbank High seniors Natalie Ter-Abramyan and Emily Darbinyan, flank BHS English teacher Wendy Miller, 2020 Los Angeles County Co-Chairman of the LLS Students of the Year campaign, at the annual gala. (Photo Courtesy Wendy Miller)

“When I was 12-13 years old, my brother, Alex, was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia,” said Darbinyan. “At only six years old, he did not understand what was happening to him.”

“All he knew was that he had cancer. Seeing him go through that firsthand taught me to appreciate life and never take anything for granted, so I decided that I was going to do everything I can to help people with his diagnosis.”

“That’s when I started hosting an annual toy drive with my mom to help children that were stuck at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for the holidays,” Darbinyan explained. “After our fifth year of hosting toy drives, I was nominated to compete in the 2020 Student of the Year campaign with Natalie.”

Although the LLS Student of the Year campaign could only raise funds during the specified seven week period, Darbinyan and Ter-Abramyan spent months of planning in advance – efforts which took up most of their time.

“We put together a great team of 25 successful and beautiful women who helped us tremendously with the campaign (team name Sisters of Survivors #SOS),” explained Ter-Abramyan. “Our most effective form of raising funds was a 300+ person gala that we threw beginning of the campaign. Since all the expenses to the gala were donated (venue, catering, entertainment), we were able to make a lot of profit.”

“We also had a few smaller events, such as a charity poker night and a vision board party, which helped us raise funds. We couldn’t have made it this far without our events.”

“I participated in the Student of the Year campaign in honor of my little sister who battled cancer at the young age of eight,” continued Ter-Abramyan. “She had a very rare type of cancer: Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma, stage 4.”

“My parents spent countless days and weeks at the hospital with my sister for her treatment. She was getting treated at City of Hope, which was about a 40 minute drive from my house. I was rarely able to go visit. Most of my days were spent home alone with my grandma. I could not focus on school or anything else; I was constantly thinking and worrying about my sister and parents. The separation was unbearable.”

(Photo Courtesy Wendy Miller)

“What I didn’t realize at the time was that nothing would ever be the same. After getting chemotherapy for six months, my sister was doing much better and was finally back home,” Ter-Abramyan continued. “My sister was in remission, which was great, however, we had to be extra careful with her. Every little cough or ache scared my parents, leading them to think the cancer was back.”

“They lived in fear… to this date they still do. I am glad to report that my little sister is now a 16-year-old high school student and also a cancer survivor… she’s my little warrior.”

“I wouldn’t want any other family to go through what my family went through,” Ter-Abramyan said. “This is why I am so passionate to helping this cause.”

Darbinyan hopes to attend UC Irvine in the future and become a BioMedical Engineer, “My dream is to help patients with their treatments as a researcher.”

Although Ter-Abramyan hasn’t yet decided on a college after graduation from Burbank High, she plans to study Business and eventually earn an MBA, focusing on business in entertainment.

“No matter where my career takes me, I will always be involved in cancer research to help find a cure,” Ter-Abramyan added.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year campaign is a seven-week philanthropic leadership development program during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer, according to LLS’ website.

The title “Student(s) of the Year” is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community who raises the most funds during the competition.


How Burbank High School Is Responding to COVID-19

In an emergency meeting held this past Friday, March 13, the Burbank Unified District School Board voted to close all Burbank schools from March 16 through the 27 in wake of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Among those closed is Burbank High School. For the time being, the school is implementing online learning resources to continue curriculum progression. 

“All districts are launching their version of distance learning platforms,” Burbank High School Principal, Thomas Crowther, said. “Ours will be a combination of resources. A lot of our teachers are already on Google Classroom. I know teachers who are already sharing their curriculum with one another, and collaborative efforts like these are powerful. We will be prepared when the time comes as we have a lot of good people working on this.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

With the school currently shut down, Crowther says that one major impact will be in regards to the seniors’ graduation ceremony. While money was previously being raised for the ceremony to take place on campus, recent events have forced a stop on donations. 

“While we wait to see how this unfolds before making a decision on whether we can have a traditional graduation ceremony, we have determined we won’t have the time or resources to have it on our campus,” Crowther said. “We hope to still have graduation at Memorial Field, but we have to see how the next month or so unfolds.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

As spring sports have also been put on hold, Crowther says there’s difficulty in seeing student’s and athlete’s schedules being stopped after showing strong dedication to their work.

“My heart breaks for all students, especially our athletes impacted,” Crowther said. “ To see the seasons they have worked so hard for literally taken from them is hard. I also feel for our seniors for the same reasons, which is why we will wait as long as is reasonable to [be] making decisions on culminating events.”

Other than daily on-campus classes, more major student events are either canceled or up in the air. Grad Nite has been called off, and prom, which is planned for early May, is currently in limbo. A final decision will be made as to the date approaches.

While there is uncertainty regarding when Burbank High will resume its usual on-campus activities, preparation is key to moving forward.

“We are working with stakeholders on developing a plan for distance learning – a hybrid of online work and handouts – in preparation for the possibility of being closed longer, but we don’t know yet how long,” Crowther detailed. “Yes, Governor Newsome suggested last night that some schools will be closed into the summer months, but at this point it is speculation that could go one of a number of directions.

Our superintendent has kept the community informed. We know this week is a shuttered week after the Governor (officially) shortened the school year by five days. He’s likely to extend this, we think. We know next week is our scheduled Spring Break – but obviously it will be a different sort of week now. We are working with stakeholders on developing a plan for distance learning – a hybrid of online work and handouts – in preparation for the possibility of being closed longer, but we don’t know yet how long.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

There are more than 6 million California public schools closed as of right now, which has created a strange scenario for students and teachers alike. 

“It had to be done in an effort to keep everyone safe, but now that we are several days into this week it is a pretty surreal feeling,” Crowther explained.

One of many tough aspects of the shutdown for Crowther is missing the student/faculty social aspect that goes along with working in education. 

“I love being a principal and an educator,” Crowther said. “I love interacting with our students and staff. Suddenly, days are quieter, slower and less hectic. I miss the chaos if I am being honest.”

Crowther urges all BHS personnel to be cautious and good to their loved ones. In addition, he believes that the Burbank High School community will bounce back and make it through these tough and unpredictable times.

“Chances are that whoever you are in close proximity to these days are family you love, make sure you tell them that daily,” Crowther said. “Listen to the experts in the field of science and medicine, respect their guidelines. Stay strong and stay safe – we will get through this.”

Burbank High School Students Receive Nation-wide Award for Original App

Four Burbank High School students have been celebrated in a nation-wide competition for a Congress-lead computer science app initiative.

The Congressional App Challenge launched in 2013, and stands as one of the most esteemed computer science awards in the country. The competition is run district-by-district throughout the U.S. and encourages both middle school and high school students to create an original app using any topic, platform, or programming language of their choice. 

High school juniors Armen Arkelyan, Jhan Pogosyan, Haroutyun Joulfayan, and sophomore Leah Breyer are the four members of Burbank High School’s Coding Club who won for their app, “Go Green.” The app aims to create awareness surrounding global warming and the carbon footprints created using vehicular transportation. 

The initial focus that sparked the idea for the app revolved around creating awareness for universal problems, with the final decision being a global warming initiative. 

Burbank High School students (from left) Jhan Pogosyan, Leah Breyer, Haroutyun Joulfayan, and Armen Arkelyan display their award-winning app on the BHS campus. (photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We wanted to not just create an app that’s interesting for us but something that can actually have an impact on the world, something about major problems,” said club member Armen Arkelyan.

The app starts with a visual of a forest that is dead with no visible vegetation. By entering one’s vehicle model, miles per gallon, and number of miles driven, a carbon footprint is calculated. Over time, reduction of carbon emission leads to a healthier looking forest. A graph will track users’ carbon footprint, and the objective is to get the forest looking as green as possible. 

The students’ goal with the app was to shed light on the urgency of climate change and how each individual can change their habits to make a difference.

“It’s about raising awareness to show how much people are actually contributing even though you might not think it’s a lot. It is a lot when you look at the numbers. The main factor was raising awareness,” Arkelyan added. “Even though individually maybe it might not seem like there’s much of a difference, together as a group an impact can be made.”

The students learned of their win through a call from California 28th District Representative Adam Schiff, who expressed his approval of their impressive accomplishment. 

“I am incredibly proud of the talented local students who submitted entries in the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. They designed creative solutions to challenges we face every day, while learning how to code and building technical skills for their futures,” Schiff said in a statement.

The Coding Club has gained popularity in recent years at BHS, and is focused on student initiative and self-starting participation. Computer science teacher Brenda Kosbab is in her sixteenth year teaching at Burbank High School and contributes to an advanced and rare program that has enabled students to reach success in their computer technology endeavors.

“The coursework that we have for computer science here is fairly unique. We have three different courses that students can take in computer programming, and a lot of high schools still don’t have any sort of programming courses that they offer,” Kosbab said. 

For students thinking of joining the program, Kosbab emphasizes to them what a great opportunity it is for their future.

“What I always say to students is ‘You are setting yourself apart, this is a unique program.’ ”

Club member Haroutyun Joulfayan echoed a similar sentiment and feels that the recognition they’re receiving will motivate other students as well. 

“It’s a worthwhile investment of your time. It’s a chance for new opportunities. I think that [the award] will really inspire people to join and better themselves,” Joulfayan explained.

In addition, he hopes the app will have an emotional appeal for people by helping them gain a clearer picture of how we contribute to global warming in our daily lives. 

“I think it’ll play on the pathos of people. It helps you to visualize it in a more realistic sense,” Joulfayan said.

Burbank High School Principal Thomas Crowther says he is thankful to have BHS kids going the extra mile to show their passion in their areas of interest.

“It’s nice when you have students who are already taking really rigorous coursework, already spending a portion of their day in AP computer science, doing it as an extracurricular activity, entering an optional contest and winning. That’s pretty cool,” said Crowther.

Beyond computer science awareness, Crowther expressed the award’s representation of the variety of opportunities present within the Burbank public educational community. 

“I just hope it signals to the community what a great experience the public high schools in Burbank are. There is a pathway for everybody, whether it’s athletics, activities, or placement courses. There really is something for everybody here.”

Senior For A Day Program Matches High School Seniors With Community Leaders

Burbank and John Burroughs High School seniors spent a day with community leaders, in an exchange of ideas and life experiences, for the annual program Senior For A Day on Thursday, November 7.

Representatives from local businesses,  elected officials, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and leaders in the non-profit world were paired with BHS and JBHS students to learn about life as a high school senior. They attended classes, toured the campus and had lunch together.

Students learned about their mentor for the day’s work and their life experiences and career path.

“Senior for a Day was absolutely awesome!” commented JBHS ASB President Maddie Medina, who is also involved in Cheer and Link Crew at the school, along with other clubs. “I loved being a part of it and I learned so much in such little time.”

Students and staff at John Burroughs High School were joined by Burbank community leaders for the annual program Senior For A Day on Thursday, November 7, 2019. (Photo Courtesy John Burroughs High School.)

Medina was paired with Councilmember Bob Frutos, and they attended her AP Government class and AP Spanish class together.

“The whole time he was telling me stories about his life and what has inspired him to continue to do the things he loved,” she explained. “It was so inspiring to hear from him and be able to connect with him on what I plan to change about the school on a professional level but also on a personal level.”

“Both of us discovered that we come from Latino descent so it was awesome to both share our stories with one another.”

The participating JBHS seniors all found a connection with their paired mentor and expressed gratitude for the experience, Medina said. She was pleased the school and students received a lot of compliments from the adult visitors.

“We thank them for that and for taking the time to come to our school to see how it operates in 2019,” Medina added. “I can’t wait to see this program continue to grow in the coming years. Senior for a Day was something I won’t forget about my high school experience.”

At Burbank High, senior Ashley Karazi also found the experience enlightening and positive.

“We got to speak to successful adults, hang out with them for a day,” Karazi said. “They helped us understand how the real world works, how to be successful and taught us how to set goals and accomplish them with skills we learn in school.”

“As a senior it’s important to reach out to working adults and learn from their experiences.”

“My interests and goals are to study civil engineering, work for the city for a while and eventually start my own construction company,” Karazi commented.

“My partners and I were paired with Zizette Mullins and Krystle Palmer from Burbank City. They were great company and super helpful in our search for a better future. It was a great experience spending the day with my partners Angie Chavez, Jessica Reslan and Ashley Eskander.”

“We learned life long lessons from Zizette and Krystle,” Karazi continued. “They spoke about calculating your risks and taking the ones you know will benefit your future. They also spoke to us about mental health, making sure we know to reach out if there’s help needed.”

“We loved having Senior For A Day,” she added, expressing thanks to the school for hosting the event. “Thank you to the adults who took the time to visit and speak to us. We appreciate you guys and are honored to have the chance of participating.”

“BIG GAME!!” 71st All-Time Meeting; Burroughs Leads Burbank, 42-28

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind rivalry since 1949

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind cross-town rivalry since 1949

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Emeritus


70 Meetings

1949 – 2018

Burroughs leads Burbank, 42-28

1949 – Burbank 12, Burroughs 7.  The “Big Game” made its debut in 1949. Former junior high and first year high school, John Burroughs, made what was supposed to be an easy Burbank victory a hard fought battle. The stronger Bulldog team prevailed, however, paced by Pete LiPera who later became head coach at Burbank, and Paul Cameron, who later starred at UCLA.

1950 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs avenged the previous year’s loss on a rain drenched field as Louie Elias went 41 yards through “Lake Memorial” for the only score of the game. He later recalled that the rivalry was already intense even though it was only two years old.

1951 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 12. Having already won the Foothill League Championship, the Bulldogs could have let down and been upset; but showing true championship caliber, overpowered the Indians.

1952 – Burbank 33, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs were led by Bob McCalmont and shut out the Indians for their second straight series win.

1953 – Burroughs 7, Burbank 0.  Paced by a 44 yard touchdown run by Maurice Elias, brother of Louie, Burroughs returned the previous year’s favor, scoring their second series shutout.

1954- Burroughs 49, Burbank 0.  Again paced by Maurice Elias, who set a then single game school record of 162 yards rushing, the Indians recorded their second straight and third overall series shutout. This stands as the most one-sided victory in the series.

1955 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 14.  On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.

1956 – Burbank 18, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs scored their second shutout of the series in a battle for the Foothill League title (first time in the series). Played before an estimated crowd of 11,000 people, the Bulldogs were quarterbacked by Bob Alfred and paced by Fred Tunnicliffe, whose nephew, Tom, would later start at both schools, winning CIF Player of the Year as a senior at Burroughs.

1957 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 19.  In another rookie coaching victory, Leon Shortenhaus guided the Indians, led by Bob Hand, to the victory. Playing for Burroughs was Pete Lubisich, who would later go on to play at USC.

1958 – Burbank 32, Burroughs 0.  Posting their third series shutout the Bulldogs were led by the three touchdown performance of Tom Pulford. Tom, whose son, Darrin, also played for the Bulldogs, is one of the many players to have relatives also compete in the series.

1959 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Trading shutouts again, the Indians scored their fourth win with an assist from Burbank, who was forced to use many J.V. players after having 19 of the varsity members declared ineligible for the game for “egging” the mural over the Burroughs Auditorium. Conde Lick and Brent Vance led the Indians with a TD each.

1960 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 7.  Indian coach Leon Shortenhaus closed out his coaching career at Burroughs with a 3-1 record in the “Big Game”, beginning and ending with a victory.

1961 – Burbank 25, Burroughs 13.  In the fourth of his 22 seasons as a coach at Burroughs, and first as Head Coach, Bob Dunivant watched his Indians and the Bulldogs battle to a 7-7 tie into the third quarter, only to see the Tribe fumble three times in the second half, helping Burbank to the victory.

1962 – Burbank 34, Burroughs 0.  Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 “Big Game” record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.

1963 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 7.  Burroughs finally ended a string of seven straight shutout losses since the second game of the season but were unable to contain the Bulldogs’ Gerry Altman, whose 100 yards helped Burbank to its third straight series win.

1964 – Burroughs 27, Burbank 7.  The Bulldogs’ Tom Paggi set a school record with a 74 yard run from scrimmage for one of his two touchdowns on the night but Burroughs snapped a three game losing streak to Burbank.

1965 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  The Indians notched their fifth series shutout.  Bob McCorkle, who passed or ran for a then school record 17 touchdowns on the year, hit Mike Erickson for one touchdown and while playing defense, picked off a Bulldog aerial and returned it 78 yards (also a school record) for another score.

1966 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Posting its sixth series and fourth season shutout, Burroughs coasted to its favorite score in the rivalry (the Indians have won three 19-0 “Big Games”), and third consecutive series victory.

1967 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 19.  Undefeated going into the game, the Indians again scored 19 points. Burbank, however, on the 173 yard passing of Dale Cirscione and the 85 yard fumble recovery of Randy Ivie for a touchdown, scored 20 for one of the biggest upsets in the series. The win prevented Burroughs from going ahead, for the first time, in the rivalry.

1968 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 13.  The Bulldogs again scored 20 points, led by Bill Johnson who scored all three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.

1969 – Burbank 44, Burroughs 8.  Dan Flavin passed for four touchdowns and John Minor rushed for 91 yards for the Bulldogs. The game was so dominated by Burbank that the only Indian score came on a 95 yard kickoff return by Jess Talamantes which remained a school record until 1978. Burbank again won three in a row versus Burroughs.

1970 – Burroughs 15, Burbank 12.  In a well played game, Bulldog star John Minor scored both touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards, only to see his heavily favored team lose to a fired up Indian squad. Burroughs was led by QB Tim Molina who passed for 113 yards and threw two touchdowns to Bruce Wallace. Jess Talamantes rushed for 111 yards.

1971 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  Jeff Budrick and John Funk scored the two Indian touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Lawson completed 19 passes, 10 to Scott Nelson for 117 yards, all of which were single game Indian records at the time. Bob Mendoza booted a 29 yard field goal to seal the victory.

1972 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 0.  Burbank notched their fifth shutout in the series as quarterback Leo Orange and Kenny Walker scored the two Bulldog touchdowns. The game was played for the Foothill League title, and with the victory, Burbank knocked the Indians out of a playoff berth.  Jim Galbraith caught seven passes in a fine effort for the Indians, who went on to shut out Burbank the next three games. The Bulldogs won their fourth league title and would not win another one for the next 37 years (2009).

1973 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs tied Crescenta Valley for the league title with their seventh series shutout and went into the CIF Playoffs for only the second time in school history.  Jerry Howell scored the games only touchdown played in pouring rain at “Lake Memorial”.  Indians’ quarterback Curtis Ilhe and wide receiver Randy Simmrin were the inspirational leaders on the team. Simmrin later starred for USC and played for Buffalo and Tampa Bay in the NFL.

1974 – Burroughs 36, Burbank 0.  A boisterous crowd of 12,000 fans came to Memorial Field to witness Burroughs dominate the helpless Bulldogs. Burbank could have tied the Indians for first place in the Foothill League with a win, but were dominated as Burroughs recorded their second consecutive and eighth series shutout, holding the Bulldogs to 36 total yards. All-CIF quarterback Tom Miller passed for three touchdowns and 179 yards, mostly to wide receivers Bob Frishette, Hans Anderson and Kirk Morales. Tony De Felicis, Joe Mersola, Mike McDonald and Ron Wollard all contributed in the convincing win. The Indians went on to post an 11-1 record, tied with the 1979 team for the best record ever, and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.

1975 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 0.  Burroughs took the series lead for the first time ever, 14-13, with their ninth series shutout and third consecutive over Burbank. The game also marked Bulldog coach Pete LiPera’s last contest. The rout was highlighted by All-CIF linebacker Mike McDonald, who later played at USC and for the Rams, returning an interception for 67 yards as the Indians finished their first regular season under Craig Bell at 8-1.

1976 – Burbank 17, Burroughs 14.  Burbank avoided a fourth consecutive Burroughs win by upsetting the Indians on a 41-yard field goal by George Florez on the last play of the game. The kick was set up by an interception with 17 seconds left by Rich Good who ran it back 46 yards to the 24-yard line. This was Good’s second pick of the night, both of which set up two Burbank scores for the game. Al Penaranda and George Williams, both of whom had brothers who later played for Burroughs, scored the two Indian touchdowns, while the Bulldogs were paced by Denny Caira.

1977 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 10.  Burbank surprised everyone by taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Indians roared back in the second half with a fine passing performance by quarterback Dean Townsend.  Mike Pate intercepted a pass for the Indians for a touchdown. George Williams, Lupe Yanez and Reuben Torres also scored for the Indians. The defense was sparked by the play of linebacker Jeff Fitzgerald. 

1978 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 16.  Burbank, led by Tom Tunnicliffe who passed for 182 yards, again came out on the short end of the score. Lincoln Simonds scored three Indian touchdowns and the defense, led by Nick Manocchia, held the Bulldogs to six yards rushing and sacked Tunnicliffe seven times for a loss of 67 yards.

1979 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 12.  In a unique twist of events, Burroughs, now quarterbacked by Tom Tunnicliffe, who transferred from Burbank, the Indians went into the game rated the number one team in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Southern California, the State and the Nation. The Bulldogs put up a strong fight, scoring 12 points against a team that had badly beaten the previous #1 team, St. Paul, 27-12, and allowed only one touchdown to four previous Foothill League opponents, outscoring them 152-7. The Indians were paced by the 191 yards rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Tunnicliffe’s 123 yards passing while the defense held Burbank to 90 total yards.  Burroughs finished the season 11-1 (tied with the 1974 team for the best record ever) and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.  Head Coach Bob Dunivant would later step aside from his coaching duties.

1980 – Burroughs 25, Burbank 17.  Taking a four game lead with their fourth consecutive win in the “Big Game” series, a first for either school, the Indians also knocked the Bulldogs out of a playoff berth while recording their fourth consecutive Foothill League Title, also unprecedented in the history of the league. Led by the rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Rick Williams, plus the passing of Gary English, the Indians managed to hold off a stubborn Burbank team, led by the rushing of Eric Burcham. The Indians went on to the CIF Semifinals.

1981 – Burroughs 44, Burbank 21.  Burroughs jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the passing and rushing of quarterback Rich Strasser (34 and 87 yard touchdown completions) and the rushing of Paul Kibala and Joe D’Alessio. The Indians would advance to their first-ever CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups while winning their fifth consecutive league title.

1982 – Burroughs 42, Burbank 6.  Burbank took to an early lead, going 55 yards on 11 plays to take a 6-0 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Indians, behind the rushing of Bret Mersola, Jeff Markland and Eli Montemayor, finally got on track and cruised to a rather easy victory. It was Burroughs’ sixth consecutive win over Burbank.

1983 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 21.  In one of the more exciting games of the series, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a one yard run by Derek Trabilcy.  The lead changed hands several times in the game until late in the fourth quarter when Burroughs tied the score on a 61 yard pass from Sean Spring to Bret Mersola. Burbank, led by QB Gary Lotka, took their last possession of the game and marched down the field to the Indian 10, and lined up for a field goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock. The first Bulldog attempt was deflected and went wide, but the Indians were called for defensive holding on the play. After the penalty was assessed, Alfredo Velasco nailed his second attempt from 21 yards out with no time showing on the clock for a dramatic, upset victory for the Bulldogs. The win snapped the six “Big Game” winning streak of the Indians.

1984 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 0.  Quarterback Gary Lotka threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing and led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory in the series and their first playoff berth since 1977.  It is Burbank’s first shutout of the Indians since 1972 and sixth in the series. Lotka’s efforts cement his name in “Big Game” lore and he went on to win the Most Valuable Player of the Foothill League.

1985 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 10.  For the first time since 1967-69, the Bulldogs win their third straight “Big Game” behind the leadership of quarterback Sal Velasco.  Burbank overcame a 10-7 deficit as Velasco hit wide receiver Robert Jarrin with what proved to be the game winning pass on the first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs marched 69 yards in seven plays and the defense shut out the Indians the rest of the way.

1986 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 26.  In his return to the sideline for the first time since he left coaching in 1979, Bob Dunivant led the Indians to victory and snapped the three-game winning streak of the Bulldogs in the rivalry.  After trailing 14-12 at the half, the Indians took the lead at 19-14 entering the fourth. The Indians’ Danny Cusumano scored from two yards out to make it 26-14. Quarterback Jeff Barrett led the Indians with 177 yards and two touchdowns.

1987 – Burroughs 41, Burbank 0.  Quarterback Jeff Barrett shined on offense as he completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. He even rushed for two more touchdowns.  Burbank’s Gabe Jimenez ran for 118 yards on 24 carries and was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs. Burroughs won their tenth series shutout and first vs. the Bulldogs since 1975. The Indians would eventually reach the CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups as they did in 1981.

1988 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 15.  The magic of former head coach Bob Dunivant was evident again as he helped head coach Butch McElwee lead the Indians to victory.  Having the headsets on again for only the third time in the season, Dunivant surprised Burbank by calling a reverse, flea-flicker for a 65 yard completion early in the game to spark the victory.

1989 – Burroughs 23, Burbank 19.  The Indians were led by a trio of running backs in the win.  Andre Banks rushed for 33 yards in 12 carries, Lionel Portugal ran for 31 yards on eight carries and Danny Suarez added 33 yards in eight carries as Burroughs defeated Burbank yet again.

1990 – Burroughs 20, Burbank 7.  Sean McDermott rushed for 183 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown as the Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive year.  Ben Goldwasser added a touchdown and Eddie Gavilan had an interception for Burroughs.

1991 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 12.  The Brenes brothers led the Bulldogs to victory and halted the Indians winning streak in the series at five games. Steve carried 19 times for 123 yards and Frank scored both Burbank touchdowns en route to 72 yards on 14 attempts.  DB Mike Lyneis made a diving interception of a Marco Esquivel pass at the Bulldog 15 to clinch the win.

1992 – Burbank 21, Burroughs 17.  Down 17-14, Bulldog quarterback Brian Casey completed a 30 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kendricks Lewis with 53 seconds left to give Burbank the four point victory. Bulldog running back Hector Valencia, who later would become head coach at Burbank, scored on a 56 yard run up the left sideline to put Burbank up 7-3 late in the first quarter.  Burbank increased their lead to 14-3 only to see the Indians come back and take the lead. Burbank wouldn’t be denied as they took their second straight “Big Game”.

1993 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 6.  After finishing 0-10 a year ago, the Indians completed their turn around with a decisive win that sent them to the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Eddie Melgar rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns as Indian head coach Gary Bernardi earned his first win in the “Big Game” and snapped the brief two game winning streak for Burbank in the series. This win began a run of 10 consecutive victories for Burroughs over their hated rivals.

1994 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  The Indians scored the winning touchdown on a four yard pass from Mike Barrett to Tony Listro with 7:05 left in the game. Carlos Moreno ran for 134 yards on 28 carries as Burroughs stormed back from a 13-3 halftime deficit. Burbank’s Carlos Baker rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries.

1995 – Burroughs 21, Burbank 0.  In a game that will be remembered for ending early due to a brawl with 3:21 left, Indians quarterback J.K. Scott led the way completing 9 of 15 passes for 166 yards. Wide receiver Glenn Adriatico caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 23 yard pass from Scott that gave Burroughs their final touchdown.  Burbank was last shut out in the “Big Game” in 1987 and it marked Burroughs’ eleventh series shutout. The Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the third straight time.

1996 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 6.  Quarterback J.K. Scott completed 16 of 29 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns as the offense continued to put up big numbers and the defense was led by Danny Kang who had two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble. Scott would later take his talents to the University of Washington.

1997 – Burroughs 29, Burbank 14.  Glenn Adriatico finished his illustrious prep career catching an 89 yard TD pass from quarterback Chris Santoyo and added an 11 yard TD run too as Burroughs won their fifth straight in the series. Adriatico completed his career with 199 receptions for 3,069 yards. The Indians jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in Bulldogs alum Keith Knoop’s first “Big Game” as head coach for Burroughs.

1998 – Burroughs 26, Burbank 21.  In the 50th meeting of the “Big Game”, wide receiver Kyle Cremarosa caught eight passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory. Burroughs quarterback Joe Kroells completed 11 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians took an 18-7 halftime lead and held off Burbank. Alan Gutierrez led the Bulldogs with 161 yards on 32 carries.

1999 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 14.  The Indians won their seventh consecutive game (longest in the series) over the Bulldogs by overpowering them from the very start.  Jonathan Overturf scored on an 83 yard trick play on the first play from scrimmage in the game. Randy Beckmann and Michael Perez added a touchdown apiece and Spencer Steward caught a TD pass from Joe Kroells as Burroughs rolled to victory. The game marked the 1000th point ever scored by the Indians against the Bulldogs in their storied rivalry.

2000 – Burroughs 54, Burbank 36.  The Indians’ Mike Perez rushed for 214 yards on 31 carries including a 57 yard TD run with less than a minute to play. Teammate Lonn Salmon threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 6 of 10 passing. Burroughs’ 54 points set a record for most points scored by one team in the “Big Game” and the 90 points combined was also a record.

2001 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 21.  Mike Perez rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns and Gabriel Moise Jr. picked up a fumble and rumbled 88 yards down the field for the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Trailing 26-21, Burbank was driving deep into Indian territory only to have the turnover. Moise’s score made it 32-21 and it ended any hope of a Bulldog win. Perez reached the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season. He also had an 80 yard touchdown reception in the game.

2002 – Burroughs 43, Burbank 31.  The Indians had a commanding 30-7 lead early in the third quarter behind the play of quarterback David Brooks, who rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns. However, Bulldog signal caller Mike McDonald, son of former Burroughs star Mike McDonald Sr., rallied his team to within 37-31 with 3:51 to play on a TD pass to Rico Clark. Burbank was on the drive again looking for the win when Burroughs’ Darrel Ditri intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a score with 24 seconds to play to cap the win. This marked the tenth consecutive win in the series for Burroughs and the longest such streak in the “Big Game”.

2003 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 18.  Finally! The Bulldogs snapped the 10 game “Big Game” winning streak of Burroughs as Mike McDonald finished 14 of 28 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald connected with Jesse Ayers on an 11 yard TD pass with 3:28 to play which turned out to be the decisive score.

2004 – Burbank 26, Burroughs 12.  Jason Barbic did it all for Burbank in their second consecutive “Big Game” win over the Indians.  Barbic rushed for 50 yards in six carries and a TD, caught two passes for 108 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass.  Mike McDonald finished his “Big Game” career completing 7 of 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

2005 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 28.  As Mike Perez did back in 2000, the Indians’ Thomas Kyle put his team on his back and rushed for 249 yards on 32 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 62 yarder that put Burroughs ahead 26-14 early in the third quarter. Burbank’s Robert Linda completed 16 of 36 passes for 283 yards and a score. The Indians regained control of the series after Burbank had won back to back contests the previous two years.

2006 – Burroughs 24, Burbank 6.  First Mike Perez, then Thomas Kyle.  Now Joe Wiggan. He did it all in a convincing manner as he rushed for 288 yards on 47 carries and scored two touchdowns.  Wiggan rushed for 178 yards in the second half alone.  The Indians scored 24 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs who could have shared the league title with a win. Led by head coach Keith Knoop, Burroughs finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark and 7-0 in Pacific League play, its first league title since 1981.

2007 – Burroughs 30, Burbank 20.  The Indians rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit and scored the game’s next 23 points to lead 23-13 late in the third quarter. After a Bulldog touchdown with 4:39 left in the game trimmed the Burroughs lead to 23-20, Indians’ tailback Dominique Barnes scored on a 27 yard run to seal the victory. Barnes finished with 149 yards in 16 carries as Burroughs won their third straight in the series.

2008 – Burroughs 58, Burbank 22.  Following in the legendary footsteps of Indians’ Mike Perez, Thomas Kyle and Joe Wiggan, Dominique Barnes put on a performance of a lifetime in the 60threndition of the “Big Game”. Barnes rushed for 304 yards, a school record, on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Indians to the dominating win. The 58 points scored by Burroughs set a “Big Game” scoring record for one team. Barnes scored on touchdowns runs of seven, 20, 48, 85 and nine yards. In the process, Barnes set the school record for most points scored in a season by a player. The Indians won their fourth straight in the series. On a historic note, Burbank made the CIF playoffs and won their first playoff game since 1927, a stretch that lasted 81 years. 1927 also marked the year when Burbank won its first league title.

2009 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 21.  The Bulldogs snapped a four game losing streak vs. Burroughs and in the process won their first league title in 37 years! (1972 the last) Before 8,800 fans, these two teams clashed in a thrilling contest.  It marked the first time in the 61 year history of competing against each other that both teams finished as co-champions together (each team finished with identical 6-1 records in the Pacific League. For Burbank, it was their fifth league title. Burroughs won their 10th league title the previous week).  After Dalton Williams gave the Indians a 21-20 lead on a 79-yard touchdown dash down the Burroughs’ sideline late in the third quarter, Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa scored on a one yard touchdown run with 5:36 remaining in the game to give the Bulldogs a 28-21 advantage that they would not relinquish. Williams led Burroughs with 203 yards rushing while Ochoa ran for 127.  Burbank quarterback Adam Colman completed 14 of 23 passes for 174 yards and teammate Jackson Diamond caught 10 passes for 111 yards and was rewarded with the game ball by first-year head coach and Bulldog alum, Hector Valencia. Burbank finished its season with a school-record tying nine wins (9-3) and advanced to the CIF quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

2010 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 35In front of a boisterous crowd of 9,000 die-hard Indian and Bulldog fans, Burroughs mounted the greatest comeback in “Big Game” history and defeated arch-rival Burbank, 38-35, on a last-second field goal to win a share of the Pacific League title for the second consecutive season. Amidst an electric atmosphere that only this rivalry could produce, the Indians rallied from a dire 28-0 deficit early in the second quarter and stunned Burbank when junior Cristobal Escobar kicked a 20 yard field goal as time expired to cap off one of the greatest games in “Big Game” annals. Trailing 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Indians scored back to back touchdowns to tie the game. After forcing Burbank to punt with 1:15 to play, Burroughs quarterback Lucas Yanez completed three passes to set up Escobar’s game winning field goal. Burroughs fans rushed the field to celebrate as all of us bore witness to the last “Big Game” to be played at venerable Memorial Stadium prior to a complete renovation of the historic facility. Yanez completed 14 of 26 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 63 yards while his twin brother Tyler Yanez caught eight passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa finished with game-highs of 188 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns (two rushing, one interception). Burroughs would go on to defeat El Rancho in the first round of the CIF playoffs and advance to the quarterfinals, their first postseason win since 1987.

2011 – Burroughs 34, Burbank 7. In the first-ever “Big Game” played outside the city limits, John Burroughs won their third consecutive Pacific League title with a 34-7 victory over Burbank. Due to the ongoing renovation of Memorial Stadium, the 63rd “Big Game” was played at Arcadia High School.  More than 5,000 fans traveled to the game to witness a rushing performance like none other in “Big Game” lore. Indians’ star tailback Zander Anding broke the single-game “Big Game” rushing record with 349 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Anding’s 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Burroughs a 14-7 halftime lead. His 46-yard TD late in the fourth quarter cemented the win and gave the Indians back to back city bragging rights over the rival Bulldogs. It was Anding’s fifth 300 yard-plus effort of the season. He finished the regular season with 2,453 yards rushing which is not only the best single-season mark in the school’s history, but the best single-season mark in Pacific League history as well. He also has scored 25 rushing touchdowns and 29 touchdowns overall heading into the CIF playoffs. Burroughs claimed its fourth league title in the last six years (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), its 12th in their storied history, and have won three consecutive league titles for the first time since 1977-1981 when they won five straight championships.

2012 – Burbank 37, Burroughs 14. After a year hiatus away from the city of Burbank, the 64th “Big Game” returned to venerable Memorial Stadium which received a facelift in 2011. Before 8,000 die-hard football fans, Burbank won the cross-town matchup with a dominating 37-14 effort for its first win in the series since 2009. It was Burbank’s largest margin of victory against Burroughs since a 28-0 shutout of the Indians in 1984. The Indians avoided what would have been their worst defeat in the history of the Big Game. Burbank pounded Burroughs 44-8 back in 1969. The Bulldogs outgained the Indians, 288 to 148. Burbank held the Burroughs ground game to 75 yards on 24 carries. In contrast, the Bulldogs rushed for 246 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night. Sophomore James Williams rushed for 149 yards on 14 carries; including an 89-yard touchdown burst on Burbank’s first play of the second half that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 30-0 lead.

2013 – Burbank 47, Burroughs 21. Before a raucous capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank won its second consecutive game against rival Burroughs, 47-21, in the 65th renewal of the “Big Game.” The Bulldogs had not beaten the Indians in back-to-back years since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The victory marked the third win in the rivalry over the last five years for Burbank, its best stretch in the cross-town duel since winning three straight from 1983 through 1985. Meanwhile, the 26-point loss marked the worst defeat by Burroughs at the hands of Burbank since suffering a 28-0 loss to Burbank in 1984. It was the most points scored ever by Burbank against Burroughs in the 65-year history of the BIG GAME. The 47 points eclipsed the previous high set in 1969 in which Burbank won, 44-8. The one-two punch of James Williams (173 yards on 23 carries) and Joseph Pendleton (132 yards on 14 carries) was too much to handle for Burroughs as the two talented running backs sliced and diced their way to the tune of 305 combined rushing yards and six touchdowns. Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Indians, 30-0, in the third quarter en route to the easy victory.

2014 – Burbank 16, Burroughs 10. For the third consecutive game, the Bulldogs were victorious against their cross-town rivals. The last time that happened was 1983, 1984 and 1985. Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Warren that proved to be the game winner late in the third quarter. Leading 9-7, Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez recovered an Indians fumble and one play later Meredith found Warren on a screen pass that resulted in a touchdown with 23 seconds to play in the third period. Burroughs committed five turnovers to aid the Bulldogs’ effort as BHS clinched third place in the Pacific League and an automatic playoff entry. The loss knocked JBHS from earning a postseason berth.

2015 Burroughs 47, Burbank 21. The Indians rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to score 40 unanswered points en route to a resounding victory and with it the outright Pacific League championship, their first title since 2011 and 13th overall. The win propelled Burroughs to a 10-2 season where the Indians advanced to the CIF quarterfinals and achieved their best season since 2006. Burbank jumped out to a quick 14-point lead only to see its cross-town rivals respond with 19 second quarter points. Junior Chance Bell (164 yards on 20 carries) broke off a nifty 76-yard touchdown run that gave the Indians a 26-14 advantage early in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell (17 of 28 for 268 yards) threw five touchdowns to four different receivers as JBHS snapped the three game series win streak strung together by the Bulldogs. Burbank has never defeated Burroughs four straight times in the 67-year history of this phenomenal and historical rivalry.

2016 – Burbank 36, Burroughs 7. Behind a dominating effort, the Bulldogs defeated their cross-town rivals for the fourth time in five years, the first time that Burbank has accomplished that feat during the 68-year history of this rivalry. Darnell Williams, younger brother of former BHS star James Williams, scored two touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards on 10 carries. Senior quarterback Guy Gibbs threw for 128 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Burroughs’ offense was stifled throughout the game by a tenacious Bulldogs’ defense that limited Indians’ standout Chance Bell to just 12 yards on 20 carries. The decisive win marked Burbank’s largest margin of victory over Burroughs since 1969 when the Bulldogs won, 44-8. The victory propelled Burbank to historic heights as the Bulldogs advanced to their first-ever CIF championship game only to lose to Yorba Linda, 31-21, in the Division VIII final. Burbank won a school-record 10 games during a magical season and one for the ages.

2017 – Burbank 41, Burroughs 14. The Bulldogs capped off an unbeaten run through league en route to their first Pacific League title since 2009 and sixth overall with a convincing 41-14 win over Burroughs. Burbank won for the fifth time in the last six meetings against its crosstown rivals. Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Porras finished 21 of 32 for 239 yards with four touchdowns. The Bulldogs broke up the scoring as Porras and fellow junior Duncan Smith hooked up on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds left in the first half. It was the first of three touchdowns the pair would team up for. Darnell Williams scored the first of his two touchdowns in the third quarter to give Burbank a 28-14 advantage. Williams finished with 152 yards on 30 carries. Burbank (10-3) used the unblemished campaign in league to catapult and win two playoff contests only to fall short in the CIF Division VII semifinals. The year before the Bulldogs reached the CIF championship game. The last two seasons have served as the greatest two-year run in Burbank football history.

2018 – Burbank 54, Burroughs 20. In the 70th edition of the “Big Game,” Burbank (7-4) continued its recent dominance in the rivalry with a convincing victory behind the record-breaking efforts of senior quarterback, Matthew Porras. Doubtful to play the morning of the game while battling the flu, Porras responded with a legendary performance that etched his names in the annals of Burbank football and the crosstown showdown. Porras threw a school-record seven touchdowns completing 20 of 30 passes for 305 yards. He connected with Erik Harutyunyan (eight catches, 173 yards), Ben Burnham and Duncan Smith for two touchdowns apiece. Burbank raced out to a 27-13 lead at halftime and never looked back as the Bulldogs defeated the Indians for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. Porras put the icing on the cake with a touchdown pass to Burnham with 1:58 left that set the all-time single game touchdown record. He also became Burbank’s single season and career touchdown leader on a night he will never forget. The 54 points scored by the Bulldogs were the most ever against Burroughs in the 70-year history of this storied rivalry. The 34-point win was the second largest margin of victory by Burbank, second only to its 44-8 win versus Burroughs in 1969.

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Dr. Bertram Steps Down as Principal at Burbank High School

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

In a letter to Burbank High Families sent today, May 31, Burbank High School Principal Dr. Mike Bertram announced he is stepping down to focus on his health and family.

Here is what Dr. Bertram sent out to parents Friday:

Dear Burbank High School Families:

Being the principal at Burbank High School has been such a blessing.  It is a rewarding job, however, it is also tough at times.  I have had a rough year personally, and I feel that it is time for me to step down from my position as principal and refocus on my health and my family. I have appreciated all the love and support I have received during my time in Burbank. I will always cherish the relationships I have formed with you and your student(s).  It is all of you that makes Burbank High School a wonderful place to go to school.  I am looking forward to some recuperation over the summer and taking the time to decide where my journey will take me next. 

The Burbank Unified School District will be conducting a search for the next principal of Burbank High School over the next several weeks. The school will be ready to open when the school year starts in August. Have a great weekend …

Thank you for everything, and always remember, “It’s great to be a Bulldog.”

Mike (Dr. Bertram)

Burbank High School Seniors March in Graduation Ceremonies

Congratulations to the following Burbank High graduates who received their diplomas on May 24, 2019 at Burbank High School

Andraine Jeamelle Abad
Eric Abnoosian
Edgar Abnoosian
Sona Abrahamyan
Leilauni Acevedo
Aaron Acosta
Karin Adamian
Rita Adamian
Michael Aghajani
Beniamin Aghajanyan
Maria Aguilar-Barba
Christopher Aguirre
Stacey Aivaz
Pawee Akkharachotmongkhol
Tania Al Boghos
Mackenzie Aladjem
Christopher Alexan
Brianna Alger
Anispetros Al-Hasani
Miguel Almario
Esper Alsayegh
Macheal Altwal
Maile Ambeguia
Grace Amour
Trent Anderson
Dorian Andrei
Isaac Anglade
Mariam Arabyan
Pablo Aragon Maruri
Deric Arami
Jessica Ardgoli
Joaquin Ardon Alvarado
Ivan Aroush
Hasmik Arshakyan
Natalie Arshamian
Vache Artunyan
Tereza Arutunyan
Anzhela Asatryan
Sonya Ashikyan
Dara Ashrafi Saadat
Milena Asilbekyan
Justin Askar
Sofia Aslanyan
Arpine Assadourian
Andre Avagyan
Nazli Avanesian
Mario Avendano
Silva Avetisyan
David Avetisyan
Alice Avetyan
Jeremy Azar
Kristopher Azizkhani

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Jasmine Baccanico
Yuri Badalyan
Aleana Bahy
Aidan Bailey
Katherine Baker
Ryan Ballash
Angela Celynn Baluyut
Ayushi Banerjee
Edita Barakyozyan
Orbel Barooni
Anna Barseghyan
Jasmine Bashian
Molly Bastian
Jazmine Belcher
Christian Benavides
Nailan Benitez Armentero
Sergio Bernal
Angella Bernal
Danna Biba
Varuzhan Bilbulyan
Luca Bily
Brooklynn Bisordi
Conner Blanchard-Kyle
Devin Blazon
Kaleb Bluhm-Sexton
Kazzandra Bolanos
Katelyn Bonk
Savannah Booker Al Baqir
Satchel Bootchk
Kavon Borghani
Francesco Bovelli
Luis Briano Delgado
Alexandros Brice
Amaya Broyls
Regin Buendia
Alen Buniatyan
Melanie Burckes

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Ethan Cabalquinto
Barbara Cabrera
Armilene Cabreros
Kya Cabunoc
John Caldwell
Isaiah alles
Bernard Calzado
Julian Camacho
Carmen Camacho-Platas
Alyssa Dei Canos
Andy Cardenas
Gabrielle Carns
Alexus Carrillo
Erin Carter
Mariela Castaneda
Luis Castellanos
Andrea Castresana
Julian Catello
Hannah Marie Cericos
Aaron Chang
Scarlet Chapman
Stephanie Chau
Zion Chavez
Jasmine Chavez
Alden Choe
Ashley Choy
Terrapin Christensen
Manuel Chu
Esther Chung
Camelia Churchian
Joseph Clark
Isabella Clark
Jalen Clark-Baldie
Margaret Clay
Ciara Reanne Clutario
Henry Cook
Nyeria Cork
Dakota Cortez
Casey Coy

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Miles D’Agostin
Reginald Dallas
Natalie Danao
Michael Danielian
Breanna David
Alexandra Davis
Nicoletta Davis
Olga Davis
Meledit Davoodi
Lia Davoodian
Audrey Dawoodi
Oscar De La Cruz
Andres De La Torre
Nathan DeCamp
Ashley Demirchyan
Aidan Diamond
Alejandra Maria Diaz
Jean Diaz
Esmeralda Diaz Delgado
Kendelle Dickens
Jayleen Dilig
Gariden Dixon
Raymond Dones
Richard Duenckel
Guram Dumbadze
Darren Durnbaugh
Karo Dzhgalian

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Samantha Eaton
Isaac Echeto
Dylan EffleHoy
Ahmed Elkordy
Madison Emi
Justine Dominic Encontro
Katherine Escarilla
Raquel Espinoza
Arman Essaghoolian
Vidalia Estrada
Juan Euan
Kamille Eugenio
Kelin Eyvazi

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Siena Fagiani
Johana Faraj
Georgy Fedirko
Benjamin Fillman
Robert Fleming
Lydia Forsyth
Lisa Fox

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Linsey Gagliardi
Samantha Gallegos
David Galsor
Artavazd Galstyan
Edgar Galvez
Adrian Garcia
Delia Garcia
Hana Garcia
Yulissa Garcia
Shellsy Garcia
Lucia Garcia
Sarah Garelick
Trent Gaskill
Zaven Gasparyan
Artush Gasparyan
Brianna Gatzka
Ashot Gavurmadzhyan
Knar off stage Geghamyan
Charlotte Getz
Greg Gevojanyan
Tigran Gevorgian
Imelda Gharapetian
Garni Gharibian
Armin Ghoolian
Timothy Gibbs
Dylan Giliberto
Nicholas Glover
Austin Gnasso
Ethan Godfrey
Zindel Gogh
Jonah Goldman
Raquel Goli
Alexa Gomez
Kaycee Danice Gonzales
Cesar Gonzalez
Erick Gonzalez Villeda
Aylin Gonzalez-Perez
David Grdilian
Andranik Grigorian
Andrew Guerrero
Chad Guerrero
Daniel Gurieli

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Andre Haddad
Ani Hakobyan
Zhora Hakobyan
Emin Hambarchian
Peter Hartooni
Paolin Hartounian
David Harutyunyan
Erik Harutyunyan
Hovsep Harutyunyan
Aubrey Hayman
Samantha Heintz
Andrea Hernandez
Christian Hernandez
Guadalupe Hernandez Perez
Leo Herpetian Haftvani
Victoria Heyn
Oladele Hospidales
Nairie Hovakimian
Alexander Hovakimyan
Sophia Hudson
Krissy Hunter
Olivia Huntley

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Angel Ibarra
Asadullah Ibrahim
Ennie Ilasco
Ashley Im
Vivian Iniguez
Anne Ishida
Arman Iskikian
Allen Issa
Meream Issa
Avag Issagholian

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Paula Jaramillo Montoya
Maya Jarrah
CJ Jobelle
Luke Micah Johnson
Jasmine Johnson
Kobe Jones
River Jordan
Daniel Juarez

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Alexander Kadian
Lilit Kadzhikyan
Arthur Kadzhikyan
Stuti Kahar
Gevorg Karakulyan
Daniel Karapetyan
Levon Karapetyan
Katelynn Kasitz
Robyn Kassens
Jaylene Kassir
Karen Kasyan
Elizabeth Kazanchian
Griffin Kazanegras
Nshan Kazaryan
Marine Keshishyan
Eric Keshishyan
Averi Kessee
Garooneh Khachatori
Sirak Khachatryan
Eric Khachatryan
Zhora Khalatyan
Marly Khanlerian
Emin Khodadadian
Erin Khodaverdin
Daisy Kim
Benjamin Kim
David Kirakosyan
Carlos Knight Reyes
Mineli Kordijan
Karo Koshkaryan
David Kouyoumdjian
Isaac Kratz
Arpine Kuchuryan
Ava Kuiper
Michael Kunza
Gevork Kvryan
Jason Kwon

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Natalie Landaverde
Shushan Lazaryev
Jae Hyeon Lee
Samuel Lee
Ethan Lee
James Lee
Joshua Lee
Demarco Lee
Gevork Leklyan
Britney Leon
Arnold Lev
Jamie Levin
Anya Lewis
Edenilson Liborio Trujillo
Justin Lim

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Carolina Machuca
Narek Manachian
Jayce Dominique Manlangit
Zahira Manriquez
Nicole Manukyan
Christopher Manvelyan
Chase Marcy
Abrielle Marsden
Alejandro Martinez
Nazeli Martirosyan
Bryan Masuzumi
Nicole Mattera
Nathan Mehta
Ryan Mehta
Shalom Mejia
Ayda Mekikian
Kevin Melkomian
Artin Melkomians
Isabella Mendoza
Nicole Menendez
Fredy Merida De Leon
Ani Merikyan
Davis Mieliwocki
Johnny Mihranian
Patil Minassian
Narek Minasyan
Arkadik Mirzakhanian
Juliana Misirian
Susan Misiryan
Garabed Missirlian
Alexander Mize
Nicolette Mogadam
Rebecca Moke
Erin Monji
Precious Mora
Melody Moradi
Daniela Morejon
Michelle Morlock
Sofia Muller

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Marcos Munoz Aksacki
Ardashes Nalbandyan
Nino Narinyants
Karla Navarrete
Julia Navarro
Sharlene Nazari
Patrick Nazarian
Franchesca Nazarians
Inga Nazaryan
Romeo Nazaryan
Emineh Nercissian
Miles Nevarez
Khuong Nguyen
Veyoncei Dorthee Nino
Jake Noren
Shakira Noriega
Celeste Nunes
Haylie Nutt

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Ilona Oganesian
Albert Ogannisyan
Andrew Ohanian
Tina Ohanian
Daniel Ohannessian
Carly Oldfield
Jahir Olvera
Fatima Orellana
Cynthia Ornelas
Isabel Ortega
Frank Osorio

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Christopher Pakhanyan
Isahak Pampukyan
Alex Papazian
Suzy Papikyan
Kalam Park
Isabel Partida
Dylan Pasco
Percival Jared Pasion III
Hunter Paterra
Amber Paterson
Uma Patil
Muhammad Ali Payind
Jacob Pearlman
Meg Pendarvis
Isaiah Penn
Monica Peregrino
Juan Pereyra
Leah Perez
Santiago Perez
Jessica Perez
Amber Perkins
Christopher Peterson
Melody Petrosian
Kristina Petrosian
Rebeka Petrosians
Natalie Petrosyan
Alisa Petrosyan
Irena Petrosyan
Michelle Pham
Kayla Pino
Yevangelina Poghosyan
Emma Pomes
Alyssa Porras
Matthew Porras
Andrey Postikyan
Serli Pouladian Ghalemamakai
Brandon Powell
Olivia Price
Karine Prusalyan

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Chloe Quattro
Airish Querubin

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Cynthia Racique Gonzalez
Nellie Rafaelian
Safee Rahman
Nidhi Ramesh
Matthew Ramirez
Christian Ramos
Andrew Rangel
Trisha Mae Raymundo
Jackson Raytis
Sheridan Renfroe
Matthieu Resurreccion
Brian Reyes
Anthony Reyes
Kevin Reyes
Max Reynolds
Ryan Rickey
Sophia Rivera
Chloe Roach Fernandez
Jessica Rocha
Clifford Roll
Vincent Romano
Dominic Romano
Emily Rostami
Samantha Ruelas
Daniel Ruiz

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Armen Safarians
Susanna Saghatelyan
Darrin Sahagon
Ani Sahakyan
Gurgen Sahakyan
Karine Sahakyan
Camila Salas
Alan Salciccioli
Lola Salinas
Emilia Salmon
Kamau Samaroo
Isabella Sanchez
Matthew Sanchez
Anthony Sandoval
Arturo Santana
Anahit Sargsyan
Erika Sargsyan
Daniel Sarkisian
George Sarkissov
Christian Scott
Yuri Sedrakyan
Janet Sevilla
Kevin Shahbaziyan
Sydney Shamasyan
Patrick Shamirian
Minkyu Shin
Sophia Shirinyan
Ethan Sicoff
Isabel Silva
Emily Simonian
Karo Simonyan
Lia Sinaei
Duncan Smith
Paulina Smith
Robert Smith
Javier Solis
Christopher Stanis
Matthew Stein
Kodai Stout
Emma Strattan
Aizhan Sulaimanova
Devin Sullivan

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Yzavel Beatrice Tablan
Shinnosuke Tada
Clarense Tahmasian
Daniel Tashchyan
Damon Tate
Monique Telalyan
Ariana Telimi
Ariel Telimi
Ocelotlcuauhtli Tellez
Eduardo Tenorio
Bryan Tenorio
Tigran Ter Stepanyan
Rita Ternakalyan
Nelly Terteryan
Andreas Theoharides
Charlie Thorpe
Osanna Tirityan
Milena Tofanyan
Steven Tom
Mia Tominaga
Analise Torres
Natalia Torres
Vahagn Tovmasian
Keon Tran
Andrew Trigueros
Catherine Trujillo
Arthur Tsarukyan
Alexander Tsaturyan

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Emily Udall
Nicole Urrego

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Neil Vaghashia
Chadz Vang
Chance VanHook
Vahan Vardanyan
Gevorg Vardanyan
Samouel Vaseghyzand
Ruby Vasquez
Linda Vasquez
Renny Vasquez
Nathaniel Vassaux
Ashley Vega
Andrea Velarde
Angelica Verduzco
Alyssa Villa
Brandon Villaflor
Genesis Villalta
Dylan Viyar
Caterina Vosgien
Kevin Vrtani

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Tyler Wahe
Ashton Watts
Chloe Elizabeth Weller
Michael Westwood
Aidan Williams
Cody Winters
Kenneth Won
Isabelle Wong

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Dina Yahoum
Jessie Yang
Michelle Yazdzhyan
Aram Yerkanyan
Vardan Yerkaryan
Paul Yi
Penelope Yokas
Jennifer Younan

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Andrew Zadourian
Shadi Zagheb
Patricia Zambrano
Alexis Zamudio
Celeste Zappaterreno
Leo Zaroukian

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