Bell Gardens, California
Bell Gardens is a city in Los Angeles County, California. The population was 42,072 at the 2010 census, down from 44,054 at the 2000 census. Bell Gardens is part of the Gateway Cities Region, or Southeast Los Angeles County is a urbanized region located in southeastern Los Angeles County, Southern California between the City of Los Angeles, Orange County, the Pacific Ocean. Bell Gardens is notable for being one of only six Los Angeles County cities to permit casino gambling and for being home of the oldest building in Los Angeles County. Bell Gardens is named after James Bell; the “gardens” of its name derives from the many Japanese who, early in Bell Gardens’ existence established vegetable gardens and rice fields in the fertile soil. The city of Bell Gardens has a Native American history dating back thousands of years. In the late 18th century, when the area was associated with a large amount of land situated along the lower basin of the Rio Hondo area in Los Angeles County, Bell Gardens was once a bustling agricultural center for Californios during the Spanish Empire, 1509–1823, the Mexican government, 1823–1848, the United States, after the Mexican-American war concluded in 1848.
Among those early Spanish settlers was one of the Lugos. While stationed at Mission San Antonio de Padua near Salinas, Francisco Lugo's son Antonio Maria Lugo was born in 1783. In 1810 Antonio Lugo, a 35-year-old corporal in the Spanish army, was given the 29,514-acre Rancho San Antonio land grant; the land grant was a reward for his military service during the establishment of the Franciscan Missions in California while being the attendant of colonization for the area. Today the grant includes the cities of Bell Gardens, Maywood, Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate and Commerce. Antonio Lugo built several adobe homes within the boundaries of the Rancho San Antonio grant, raised cattle. One of the adobe houses, built in 1795, is the oldest house in Los Angeles County and is still standing at 7000 Gage Avenue. Lugo was given a term as Mayor of Los Angeles. According to Dr. Roy Whitehead in his book Lugo, "Don Antonio Maria Lugo…rode around Los Angeles and his Rancho San Antonio in great splendor.
He never still spoke only Spanish. He rode magnificent horses, sitting in his $1,500 silver trimmed saddle erect and stately, with his sword strapped to the saddle beneath his left leg…People knew him far and wide, the Indians sometimes named their children after him, as he was one Spanish Don that they admired." Antonio María Lugo died at the age of 85 in 1860. One of his nine children, Vicente Lugo and built a two-story adobe home in 1850, located at 6360 Gage Avenue. A daughter of Antonio Lugo married Stephen C. Foster, Mayor of Los Angeles in 1854, lived in an adobe house just east of 6820 Foster Bridge Road, now a parking lot. A granddaughter of Antonio Lugo married Wallace Woodworth, an early-day merchant and civic leader in Los Angeles, their eldest son, Joseph Woodworth, built a two-story colonial style house at 6820 Foster Bridge Road in 1924. The land's original adobe dwelling was named Casa de Rancho San Antonio by Lugo; when Henry T. Gage, a lawyer who married Antonia Lugo's granddaughter Frances V. Rains, occupied the residence, he added two wings and redwood siding, installed bronze fireplaces, imported expensive fabric wallpaper from France to serve as background for the Gage coat of arms, which enjoys a place of prominence in every room.
The Bell Gardens’ school system began in 1867 when the San Antonio School was built where Bell Gardens Elementary stands today. Area farmers sent their children to the San Antonio School, one of the earliest educational institutions in the County of Los Angeles; because of the rich soil and abundant land, many Japanese immigrants are part of Bell Gardens’ early history. Japanese Gardeners farmed to produce quality vegetables for the marketplace. Rice fields mushroomed within the city limits of Bell Gardens. With some of the richest agricultural land in the country, Bell Gardens remained a farming community until the 1930s. Beginning in the 1930s, cheap homes were constructed, filled by defense plant workers. In 1927, Firestone Tire Company bought some of the land at $7,000 an acre. By 1900, Bell Gardens was divided into tracts of 40 to 100 acres; the land adjoining. Both Bell Gardens and Bell are named for James George Bell. In 1930, O. C. Beck purchased property and begins to build affordable homes for those suffering through the depression era.
It was during this period that the area was known as'Billy Goat Acres'. To this day, Bell Gardens is affectionately known by this moniker. World War I and World War II brought defense plants to the area that helped build the economic stability and the population, which led to construction of new homes, more schools, a prosperous business climate; this land used to be floodplains, farmlands split into long, narrow plots by depression-era developers. Tiny houses were sold and rented to Oakies, the Cherokee, the Cree, forced from their homes by dust bowls and Manifest Destiny. By the 1980s, high-wage factories had left, taking with them all of the whites and many of the blacks. In their places—coming from the Mexican states of Michoacan, Jalisco and Zacatecas— were large families of immigrants. Latinos moved here for work and some brought their small businesses. Thousands of Central Americans fleeing civil wars in the 1980s came to the region and created small businesses and worked in the same service industry jobs.
By the 1990s, Colmar Elementary chang
Los Angeles Unified School District
The Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest public school system in the U. S. state of California and the 2nd largest public school district in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. During the 2016–2017 school year, LAUSD served around 734,641 students, including 107,142 students at independent charter schools and 69,867 adult students. During the same school year, it had 33,635 other employees, it is the second largest employer in Los Angeles County, after the county government. The total school district operating budget for 2016–2017 is $7.59 billion. The school district consists of Los Angeles and all or portions of several adjoining Southern California cities. LAUSD has its own police force, the Los Angeles School Police Department, established in 1948 to provide police services for LAUSD schools; the LAUSD enrolls a third of the preschoolers in Los Angeles County, operates as many buses as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The LAUSD school construction program rivals the Big Dig in terms of expenditures, LAUSD cafeterias serve about 500,000 meals a day, rivaling the output of local McDonald's restaurants. The LAUSD has been criticized in the past for crowded schools with large class sizes, high drop-out and expulsion rates, low academic performance in many schools, poor maintenance and incompetent administration. In 2007, LAUSD's dropout rate was 26 percent for grades 9 through 12, but more there are signs that the district is showing improvement, both in terms of dropout and graduation rates. An ambitious renovation program intended to help ease the overcrowded conditions has been completed; as part of its school-construction project, LAUSD opened two high schools in 2005 and four high schools in 2006. Los Angeles Unified School District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education, which appoints a superintendent, who runs the daily operations of the district. Members of the board are elected directly by voters from separate districts that encompass communities that the LAUSD serves.
The district's current superintendent is Austin Beutner. The district's former superintendents are Ramon Cortines; the Board of Education selected King for superintendent in January 2016. Vivian Ekchian became acting superintendent until the Board election of Beutner in May 2018. Cortines was appointed acting superintendent after the school board decided to buy out the contract of David L. Brewer III, a former Navy Vice-Admiral who served as head of the Navy's Education and Training Division and was in charge of the SeaLift Command. From 2001 until his retirement in October 2006, the district was led by former Governor of Colorado and Democratic Party chairman Roy Romer; the six current members of Board of Education include George McKenna, Board President Monica Garcia, Scott Schmerelson, Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez, Richard Vladovic. District 5 is vacant following the resignation of Dr. Ref Rodriguez in July 2018. In the March 2015 Los Angeles City Council and School Board elections, voters approved Charter Amendment 2, which allows the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education to change their election dates to even-numbered years.
It will take effect with the March 2020 Primary election and the runoff in November 2020. Every LAUSD household or residential area is zoned to an elementary school, a middle school and a high school, in one of the eight local school districts; each local school district is run by an area superintendent and is headquartered within the district. The Los Angeles Unified School District was once composed of two separate districts: the Los Angeles City School District, formed on September 19, 1853, the Los Angeles City High School District, formed in 1890; the latter provided 9–12 educational services, while the former did so for K-8. On July 1, 1961 the Los Angeles City School District and the Los Angeles City High School District merged, forming the Los Angeles Unified School District. On January 31, 1957, a DC7B crashed into the schoolyard of Pacoima Junior High School in Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California following a midair collision with a US military plane, resulting in the deaths of the four crew members aboard the DC-7B, the pilot of the Scorpion jet, two students on the ground, a third died three days later.
Additionally seventy-eight students suffered injuries which ranged from minor to life-threatening. The annexation left the Topanga School District and the Las Virgenes Union School District as separate remnants of the high school district; the high school district changed its name to the West County Union High School District. LAUSD annexed the Topanga district on July 1, 1962. Since the Las Virgenes Union School District had the same boundary as the remaining West County Union High School District, on July 1, 1962 West County ceased to exist. In 1963, a lawsuit, Crawford v. Board of Ed. of Los Angeles was filed to end segregation in the district. The California Supreme Court required the district to come up with a plan in 1977; the board returned to court with what the court of appeal years would describe as "one of if not the most drastic plan of mandatory student reassignment in the nation." A desegregation busing plan was developed to be implemented in the 1978 school year. Two lawsuits to stop the enforced busing plan, both title
South San Gabriel, California
South San Gabriel is a census-designated place in Los Angeles County, United States. The population was 8,070 at the 2010 census, up from 7,595 at the 2000 census. South San Gabriel is located at 34°2′57″N 118°5′43″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.8 square miles, over 99% of it land. The 2010 United States Census reported that South San Gabriel had a population of 8,070; the population density was 9,684.6 people per square mile. The racial makeup of South San Gabriel was 2,198 White, 83 African American, 56 Native American, 3,990 Asian, 4 Pacific Islander, 1,427 from other races, 312 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,444 persons; the Census reported that 7,834 people lived in households, 7 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 229 were institutionalized. There were 2,249 households, out of which 874 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,249 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 393 had a female householder with no husband present, 211 had a male householder with no wife present.
There were 96 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 15 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 308 households were made up of individuals and 150 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.48. There were 1,853 families; the population was spread out with 1,648 people under the age of 18, 737 people aged 18 to 24, 2,108 people aged 25 to 44, 2,225 people aged 45 to 64, 1,352 people who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males. There were 2,353 housing units at an average density of 2,823.8 per square mile, of which 1,597 were owner-occupied, 652 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%. 5,545 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,289 people lived in rental housing units. As of the census of 2000, there were 7,595 people, 2,091 households, 1,727 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 9,106.3 inhabitants per square mile.
There were 2,166 housing units at an average density of 2,597.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 0.39% African American, 1.17% Native American, 33.34% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 19.93% from other races, 4.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino 64.96% of the population, 11.72% White. There were 2,091 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 17.4% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.52 and the average family size was 3.85. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $51,136, the median income for a family was $50,451. Males had a median income of $35,598 versus $30,091 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $16,345. About 8.2% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over. The community is served by the Montebello Unified School District, the Garvey School District. Schools include: Potrero Heights Elementary School Macy Intermediate School Schurr High School In the state legislature, South San Gabriel is located in California's 22nd State Senate district, represented by Democrat Susan Rubio, in California's 49th State Assembly district, represented by Democrat Ed Chau. Federally, South San Gabriel is located in California's 27th congressional district, represented by Democrat Judy Chu; the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department operates the Temple Station in Temple City, serving South San Gabriel
Alhambra Unified School District
The Alhambra Unified School District is a school district based in Alhambra, United States. AUSD serves the City of Alhambra, most of the City of Monterey Park, parts of the Cities of San Gabriel and Rosemead. District headquarters is located at 1515 W. Mission Road, California 91803. In January 1886, the citizens of Alhambra withdrew from the San Gabriel School District and formed the Alhambra School District. During the spring semester, classes were held in the second floor of a livery stable on a corner of what today would be 300 South Chapel Avenue; the Alhambra School District purchased the land for its first school, Garfield School, from John and Ellen Conner for the price of “…one thousand dollars gold coin…” on June 12, 1886. Garfield School began classes on September 15, 1886 in grades 1-9, the first commencement was held June 14, 1889, with five pupils receiving diplomas. On April 22, 1898, a successful election was held to establish a high school in Alhambra; the election, which passed with a vote of 49 to 9, established the Alhambra High School District.
The high school began classes for twenty-three students on the second floor of Garfield School on October 1, 1898. At the first commencement in June 1899, three students received diplomas; the need for schools grew with the population, the communities approved bonds to provide these schools. The second building program began in 1905 with the completion of the first of three Alhambra High Schools, continued through the completion of Monterey Highlands School in 1965; the Alhambra School and High School Districts unified in 2005 to create the Alhambra Unified School District. Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education members are represented by a geographical district composed of five members; the elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years at the same time the Alhambra City Council holds its elections. Students in grades Kindergarten through 8 are required to wear school uniforms; the policy, which applied to the Alhambra School District, began in September 1996.
The policy remained after the consolidation of ASD and AHSD, with the policy applying to all Kindergarten through 8th grade students. About every one to three years, the school board gives out surveys for the parents to fill out, asking for the opinion of whether or not the students should wear uniform; the school district asks for the students to wear uniform, but has made the exception of letting students include any color jacket or socks. Uniform colors include navy white. Ramona School Martha Baldwin School Brightwood School Emery Park School Fremont School Garfield School Granada School Marguerita School Monterey Highlands School Park School Repetto School Ynez School William Northrup School Alhambra High School, serving the western portion of Alhambra. Mark Keppel High School, serving the southern portion of Alhambra and most of Monterey Park. San Gabriel High School, serving the eastern portion of Alhambra, the southern portion of Rosemead and a small portion of San Gabriel. Century High School Independence High School Garvey School District, a K-8 district, "feeds" into AUSD.
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Bell is an incorporated city in Los Angeles County, near the center of the former San Antonio Township. Its population was 35,477 at the 2010 census, down from 36,664 in the 2000 census. Bell is located on the west bank of the Los Angeles River and is a suburb of the city of Los Angeles. At 2.5 square miles, Bell is the thirteenth smallest city in the United States with a population of at least 25,000. In 2007, the U. S. Census Bureau ranked Bell's land area at 1245 out of 1257 cities and two unincorporated areas that had a population of at least 25,000 in year 2000. Ten cities in the list of 1267 cities had no land area data. City residents voted to become a charter city in a special municipal election on November 29, 2005. Fewer than 400 voters turned out for that special election. More than half of those votes were dubiously obtained absentee votes. Being a charter city meant that city officials were exempt from state salary caps. A scandal ensued, in which several city officials were indicted for giving themselves extraordinarily high salaries.
The area comprising the city of Bell has a Native American history dating back thousands of years. The Gabrieliño Indians migrated to the place now called Bell in 500 BC. Spaniards have been living in this area of California since the mid-18th century. Among the early Spanish settlers was one of California’s first families, the Lugos. While stationed at Mission San Antonio de Padua near Salinas, Francisco Lugo’s first California son, Antonio Maria Lugo was born in 1775; that son became Don Antonio Maria Lugo, Spanish aristocrat and soldier, who settled on 30,000 acres of land that encompasses what is now the city of Bell. In 1810, the King of Spain formally granted the land to Lugo as a reward for his military service. Lugo became the mayor of a little town called Los Angeles, from 1816–1819, the acreage became known as Rancho San Antonio; the grant was confirmed by the Mexican governor in 1838. By 1865, the Lugo family's fortune had dwindled and most of the Rancho was sold for less than a dollar per acre.
The Lugo family did manage to retain its home, built about 1810, the now oldest house in Los Angeles County. The original adobe house was on Gage Avenue. Between 1870 and 1890, settlers arrived to the area and among those was the city’s founder. In 1876, the pioneer residents for whom the city is named, James George Bell and his wife Susan Abia Hollenbeck Bell, their two children, Maude Elizabeth and Alphonzo Sr. moved from Los Angeles where they lived for a short period with Susan's brother, John Hollenbeck, in their Victorian style home — the Bell House, now a historic landmark located at 4401 East Gage Avenue. On April 6, 2000, the Bell House was dedicated as a California State Historical Resource, they acquired about 360 acres of land and in the next decade, helped in its development as a small farming and cattle raising community. The Bell Family lived at the Hollenbeck’s “Town House” on 4th and Breed Street until they moved into the “ranch” Bell House in 1876; the Bell House was an early Victorian style farm house.
In 1898, the town’s name was changed from Rancho San Antonio to Bell, in honor of its pioneer founders. At the turn of the 20th century, the Bell area was a sparsely settled countryside with a scattering of houses, including the Bell family's home. Between 1900 and 1915, more people settled into the area. More homes, churches and a library were built, several small businesses were established by 1913; the citizens agreed to provide all services for the library, except for the books. Between 1920 and 1935, an explosive growth in population occurred in the Bell area. Old and new residents built new businesses, established schools, founded community organizations, such as the Bell Chamber of Commerce and the Woman's Club. An area-wide sanitation district was formed in 1923 to provide sewer facilities. In 1924, George O. Wheeler founded the local newspaper. By the early 1960s, the Bell Industrial Post had become the Bell-Maywood-Cudahy Industrial Post, it was renamed the Community News, became part of the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Group.
In 1998 it was sold again. The Community News disappeared not long after, facilitating a chain of corrupt practiced that led to criminal convictions for city administrator Robert Rizzo, hired around 1998, six other Bell city officials. In 1925, the Alcazar Theater to show "talking pictures", was opened, it has since been demolished. In 1926, Bell High School was opened. Bell was incorporated as a city in 1927. Since its incorporation, the city of Bell has acquired land for public parks and the recreational program; the city has constructed an adequate sewer system, widened all major streets, built a city hall, provided fire department buildings, with the cooperation of the city of Maywood and the County of Los Angeles, the city of Bell constructed an indoor public swimming pool at Bell High School. The city's Chamber of Commerce is located at the historic James George Bell House, which serves as a meeting place and in addition, a museum showcasing artifacts from the city's founding family and period furniture.
The house is open to the general public with free admission. In March 2007, the city of Bell held its first contested election for city council in a decade; the next election for City Council was held in March 2011, included the recall of all the city council members save one, not re-elected. In March 2000, Bell gained worldwide publicity, as the media announced that a shipment of 55 Oscar statuettes was stolen from a trucking company loading dock in Bell. In addition to the Los Angeles and Bell police departments
East Los Angeles College
East Los Angeles College is a community college of the Los Angeles Community College District in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park. Fourteen communities comprise its primary service area. With an enrollment of 34,697 students, ELAC is the largest campus in the Los Angeles Community College District, it was located in northeastern East Los Angeles before that part of unincorporated East Los Angeles was annexed by Monterey Park in the early 1970s. ELAC is a two-year college, offering associate degree programs in over 25 fields as well as both occupational programs and academic transfer courses to prepare students for admission to the University of California and California State University systems. ELAC is home to the Vincent Price Art Museum, a contemporary art museum named in honor of American actor and art collector Vincent Price. In 1957, impressed by the spirit of the students and the community's need for the opportunity to experience original art works first hand and Mary Grant Price donated 90 pieces from their private collection to establish the museum, the first "teaching art collection" owned by a community college in the United States.
The Price's donated 2,000 pieces over the course of their lifetimes and the museum's permanent collection now contains over 9,000 pieces valued in excess of $5 million. All clubs in East Los Angeles College are operated and chartered with the ELAC Associate Student Union; the East Los Angeles College Alumni Association is responsible for continually connecting graduates to the student body and holds annual and bi-annual events to raise money for scholarships. East Los Angeles College Campus News is the college's newspaper, it was established in 1945; the paper is managed by the students after they have completed Journalism 101. A print edition comes out every Wednesday during the Fall semesters; the current adviser is Jean Stapleton. Other organizations include East Side Spirit and Pride, the organization that founded the Husky marching band on campus, as well as helping to restore the football program in 1995. In addition ESSP is now the alumni association for the college with Dennis Sanchez as the Chairperson and a board of directors of 23 members.
The East Los Angeles Honors Program, which are recognized by the UC system, the Pomona colleges and Loyola Marymount, offers rigorous courses that are designed to help students transfer and transition to four-year universities. The Honors Program is open to both part and full time students and requires a 3.0 GPA to apply and be considered for enrollment. Successful completion of the Honors Program guarantees priority consideration for admission at 11 four year universities throughout California and Washington. ELAC's football field is the site of graduation ceremonies for local high schools such as Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, it has hosted the "East L. A. Classic" football game between Garfield against Theodore Roosevelt High School, that traditionally draws over 20,000 fans. Leroy D. Baca, former Sheriff of Los Angeles Raymond Cruz, actor Ben Davidson, former Oakland Raider Clarence Davis, retired NFL football player Antoinette Harris, football player Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sylvia Mosqueda, long distance runner Julian Nava, former U.
S. Ambassador to Mexico, writer Edward James Olmos, actor Bob Pacheco, former 60th District Assemblyman Richard Polanco, former California State Senate Majority leader and member of the California State Assembly Luis J. Rodriguez, novelist, critic and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Ruben Salazar, former reporter for the Los Angeles Times Dennis Sanchez, founder of East Side Spirit and Pride Art Torres, California Democratic Party Chairman Esteban Edward Torres, former United States Ambassador to UNESCO, Special Assistant to President Jimmy Carter, U. S. Congress Member Kent Twitchell, muralist Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles Howard E. Dorsey, Los Angeles City Council member, 1937, supported establishing new college in East Los Angeles Official website
Schurr High School
Schurr High School is a public high school, part of the Montebello Unified School District, has an enrollment of 3,500 students in grades 9-12. Its campus is located in Montebello, United States, a suburb of the Los Angeles metropolitan area; the majority of students attending this school live in the Montebello and Monterey Park area, while some come from neighboring cities and communities such as Commerce, East Los Angeles, South El Monte and Rosemead. Schurr was established as a high school in 1971, with the campus having been the site of a junior high school; the school was named for George Miller Schurr, a former board member of the Montebello Unified School District. A placard honoring him is displayed in the main office on campus; the school served as Schurr Junior High School, but due to the growing population of students in the area and the significant distance from the two local public high schools at the time the school became a high school in 1971. The first principal was Walter Wohlheter.
Most of the students who attend Schurr come from either Jack F. Macy Intermediate School, located in the city of Monterey Park, or Eastmont Intermediate School, located in East Los Angeles, just a few blocks from the Montebello city border. Though Schurr and Macy are a few blocks apart, both schools are located on Wilcox Ave.. Due to Schurr sitting atop a hill, it is said that Macy students "climb the hill" upon graduation from middle school. While Macy and Eastmont students maintain a rivalry both academically and athletically, their differences are considered to be put to rest once they become acclimated to Schurr and one another. Schurr High School was built to accommodate 1,700 students. Today, Schurr's population has nearly doubled, school officials expect that during the 2015-2018 school years, the population will increase to around 3,700 students; the exponential growth in terms of student population has led to many students having to share lockers. The Alma Mater is based on the National Anthem of Russia and the words were written by music and history/government teacher David A. Lebow.
Band director, Barry Ulrich composed the official "unofficial" fight song, "Taco Mambo", played by the Spartan Legion at home athletic events and school rallies. The Schurr High School mascot is known as Sammy the Spartan, the school's students and alumni are referred to as Spartans. During the 2017-2018 school year, solar panels were added to portions of both the teacher and student parking lots, giving the school a new source of energy. Schurr offers and encourage students to participate in a variety of sports and after school programs that foster critical thinking and problems solving skills. Clubs and activitiesEdit Schurr High students take part in more than 30 clubs and activities, including Astronomy Club, Green Earth Club, Plant Posse, National Honor Society, Youth Community Service; the sports teams are referred to as the "Schurr High Spartans." The school official colors are white, with gold being an unofficial accent color. The school has an athletic rivalry with nearby Montebello High School.
The rivalry is intensified by several geographical reasons, such as the fact that both schools are located on N. Wilcox Ave. and are separated by only a few blocks, so close in fact that depending on where someone stands on either campus, the other school is visible. The campus is divided into two levels, with the upstairs level serving as the home for the physical education department as well as the home of all the athletic venues, such as Ken Davis field, two separate gymnasiums for basketball and volleyball which are shared between both sports, the baseball field, the softball field, enclosed tennis courts, the outdoor aquatics center, built in 2012 and has an Olympic sized pool; the school's most noteworthy athletic organizations are the football, cross country, track and field teams. The Spartans football team won the California Interscholastic Federation championship in Division 5A in 1980, 2006, with the win coming against Santa Fe High School; the 2006 game was played in Fullerton, CA.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the girl's water polo team won the CIF title by defeating Riverside Poly High School 6-4. A scoreboard for the baseball field was added in for the 2014 school year. In the year 2015, the football field began undergoing long-awaited renovations to transition to an artificial turf surface. Todd Spitzer, 1978: Orange County, California politician Catherine J. K. Sandoval, 1980: first Latina Rhodes Scholar and Associate Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. Bobby Logan, 1973: writer and director of TV and films, including Meatballs 4 and Repossessed, starring Leslie Nielsen and Linda Blair Lorin Sklamberg, 1974: member of The Klezmatics and winner of a Grammy Award Ada Maris, 1975: actress Daryn Okada, 1978: cinematographer and director of photography Ramona Pagel, 1979: American record holder in the shot put Rodney Eastman, 1985: Canadian actor best known for playing Joey Crusel in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Myles Kovacs, 1991: founder/president of DUB Magazine Jay Hernandez, 1996: actor best known for his roles as Brian Chavez in the film Friday Night Lights and Chato Santana / El Diablo in the film Suicide Squad Sergio Mora, 1997: winner of television boxing show The Contender and former WBC light middleweight champion Darin Maki, 1997: a Japanese-American professional basketball p