Michael Guarnotta, Class of 1973 Passed Away on December 13, 2010
Former Colt gets Helping Hand
Dorcus Bangenyi faced incredible challenges when her family fled the Congo; she lived in a refugee camp and eventually came to the United States. Where she began her academic career as a freshman and was the first in her family to graduate from high school. Dorcus graduated from Crawford CHAMPs and plans to study nursing at San Diego State University. Dorcus is screen far right in the photo… and...
*Winter Break - December 20 through 31, 2010 *Traditional School Sites Reopen - January 3, 2011
Robert Cleveland, Class of 1961 Passed Away on October 23, 2010
Senior Prom 1971
Victor Perez, Class of 1971 and Mollie Novidor, Class of 1972… Will C. Crawford High 1971 Senior Prom.
Hard work pays off
18 year old girl who could not read or write in her native tongue, or speak English, 6 years ago was the first female Somali Bantu student to graduate from the Crawford Complex. Learn more about this amazing Crawford High student in an April 2010 article of the UT at: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/apr/24/hard-work-pays-off-for-somali-student/
Senior Prom 1969
Steven Garrison, Class of 1969 and Rondey Mitchell, Class of 1971… Will C. Crawford High 1969 Senior Prom.
Science and Food bridge cultural divide
Crawford High students tested five different food dishes for lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. Lab beakers holding blended samples of rice, beans, chile verde, sandwich and sambusa for students to test. Read more about this program in an article in the January 2010 UT at: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/21/ethnic-cuisine-helps-bridge-cultural-divide/
ASB Ball 1964
Fredrick Lewis, Class of 1964 and Barbara Lamb, Class of 1964… Will C. Crawford High 1964 ASB Ball.
Steven Ray Schoenwald, Class of 1962 Passed Away on October 30, 2010
A design project created by students from Crawford High’s IDEA school won three awards at the 2010 Canstruction San Diego Design-Build Competition. Engineering students designed and built the display, which contained more than 2,700 (full) cans of diced tomatoes and other products. The sixth annual competition is among San Diego’s top architects and engineers who create works of sculptural art...
Fly Like an Eagle
Motivational speaker and NFL Chaplin Ken Johnson encouraged 11th and 12th grade students at the Crawford Complex to “fly high like an eagle and not cluck like a chicken.” Johnson’s anti-drugs and anti-violence messages focus on empowering young people to make solid choices for their future.
Small schools facing cuts
Themed academies at three district campuses may be consolidated to save money as the school district eyes the Crawford Complex. Crawford High School engineering and auto shop students conducted an experiment to see how many pennies their paper boats could hold before they sank. In 2004, the campus was divided into four autonomous schools, which are now vulnerable to budget cuts.
IDEA Celebrates 4.0 GPA Students
On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Interim Superintendent Bill Kowba, Board Member Shelia Jackson, Executive Director of Atypical/Charter Schools Tony Burks, and Project Ujima Facilitator Dr. Pat Washington helped celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of 53 bright young men and women at the IDEA school at the Crawford Complex. Each student had obtained a 4.0 by the end of last semester.
The first Will C. Crawford High graduation was held on June 18, 1959 on the school track/football field.
You Are What You Eat
Last April, Max Sturman, author of “You Are What You Eat, Dude,” donated 1,000 copies of his book to Crawford Complex. The book is a simple guide to a healthier lifestyle. Sturman is 91 years young and has 60 years of experience in the field of nutrition. He is president of the Do It Naturally Foundation, an organization that produces and distributes educational material to educate...
Teen Court at School of Law and Business
Student interns converted a Crawford Complex School of Law and Business classroom into a courtroom over the summer. The interns were part of the summer Hire-a-Youth program and received valuable experience in addition to pay. The conversion provides the opportunity for students to hold mock trials and host guest speakers in a setting similar to real courtrooms.
Farm to School
Did you know that Crawford has a Farm to School Program? It’s now growing as close as possible to the cafeteria with the launch of the Garden to Cafeteria program at Crawford High School. Michelle Raymond, Crawford’s Garden Coordinator and Math Teacher, and Vanessa Zajfen, Food Service Department’s Farm to School specialist, have been looking into bringing Crawford garden’s fresh...
Proposition MM money at work
It was six years ago that the San Diego Unified School District dedicated a new library on the Crawford campus during the Small Schools Open House of March 2004. The event drew a large crowd for the dedication ceremony of the new library. Hundreds of parents and students gathered, which served as a kick-off to the evening’s community festivities to promote the small schools that were to...
JROTC Academic Challenge
Teams from five SDUSD schools including Crawford High Complex will compete in the JROTC Academic Challenge, which will test their knowledge of high school math, science and language arts as well as JROTC leadership curriculum. These five high schools were among more than 1,300 high school Army JROTC programs through the nation that participated in the College Options Foundation, Level 1 JROTC...
Councilwoman Hosts Meeting at Crawford
City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, Board Member Katherine Nakamura and Principal William Laine at the February 20th, 2010 Conference on At-Rick Youth held at Crawford High Complex. The event included a panel of youth experts, School Board members Katherine Nakamura and Shelia Jackson, Mid-City Division Police Captain Lawrence McKinney, and representatives from Youth Empowerment Focus,...
A Winning Partnership
Crawford CHAMPs and other students from the Crawford Complex regularly attend an Education Studies class at the University of California, at San Diego. Crawford CHAMPs has formed and continues to strengthen a partnership with UCSD where CHAMPs students participate in a lecture/discussion on current issues and trends in education. In exchange, UCSD students tutor in CHAMPs classrooms and after...
CHAMPs has a Commitment to Excellence
Things have been busy at CHAMPs, the Community Health and Medical Practices school at the Crawford Complex. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency recently hosted students from CHAMPs for the “Be Healthy San Diego” half-day active learning adventure. Students learned about career opportunities in public health, as well as some good health tips for themselves. In other CHAMPs news,...
Crawford Composting Program
As a result of a waste audit that the Crawford Garden Club completed in the spring of 2010 with the help of the Solana Center, a campus wide composting effort was launched in the fall of 2010. When visiting Crawford, you may see two green 45-gallon garbage bins being rolling around the campus. These heavy-duty bins were purchased for the purpose of collecting discarded fruit and vegetable scraps...
This October, students from the Multimedia and Visual Art School (MVAS) were invited to attend the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) and meet the festival’s staff. This field trip was in collaboration with the Asa Diamond T.V. Intern Project.
MVAS Partners for Art Program
Last year, students in the Senior Art Studio course at Crawford’s Multimedia and Visual Arts School (MVAS) taught a series of art lessons to two third grade classes at Fay Elementary School. The lessons were designed by the high school seniors and followed the state’s third grade visual arts standards. This is a unique program in the district and is part of MVAS’s priority to connect with its...
Students Attend Career at SDSU
On Friday October 15th, fifty students from IDEA (Invention Design and Engineering Academy) at Crawford Educational Complex were invited to San Diego State University campus to learn about all the exciting career possibilities in the field of construction. The students from IDEA along their Engineering and Architecture Teacher Mr. Darcel Glover and Dean of Students Mr. Ross White were...
Center for Social Justice
One of the programs in the Crawford Center for Social Justice is creating “legislative liaisons”. The students develop relationships with the offices of elected officials (typically chief of staff). They meet periodically to track pending or proposed legislation that may effect education in general or the cluster community in particular. Of particular importance to the Crawford students is...
The New Crawford High Mascot in Action
Last month, students at the Multimedia and Art School (MVAS) got the opportunity to work with professional graphic recorder Jeanell King. Ms. King uses giant sheets of paper to record meetings and planning sessions for businesses and organizations. It is a method of working that King calls Process Arts and Facilitation. She has used her unique graphic recording skills to help companies like...
Toolbox for Education
Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson signs the engine located in the IDEA Automotive Technology Center. Two small schools at the Crawford Educational Complex received large grants from the Jimmie Johnson and Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant during the 2010 school year. IDEA’s Automotive Technology Department was the recipient of $32,000 Jimmie Johnson and Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant. Instructor...
Colt Runs Away with the Race
William Gore is pictured here with a crowd of his supporters at Golden Hall celebrating his victory in the June 8, 2010 General Election for the office of Sheriff of San Diego County. By the next day on June 9, 2010, it was clear that by a solid 56.8% margin, Bill Gore, Class of 1965 won reelection to another four year term as Sheriff of San Diego County. You can read more in his successful...
Crawford Students Help Bridge the Language Gap
Crawford CHAMPs Principal William Laine is pictured with Crawford students involved in communication partnership program. Crawford Complex students reach out to newcomers to America and not just in their own school community, but with their neighboring school… Ibarra Elementary, where Crawford students serve as translators for teacher conferences. Click on this link to read more from this...
A League of Her Own
Monica Pacheco Zech, Class of 1972 was honored at the Women In Leadership Award luncheon held on November 14, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley. Monica was given the award in the category of Art/Culture/Media by the East County Chamber of Commerce for her dedication to Safety in the community, through lectures and through safety messages delivered through TV, radio and print....
Storm is a Whirlwind
Yale Strom, Class of 1975 (violin, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, playwright) is a pioneer among Klezmer revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities since 1981. For an interesting read on a talented and unique artist visit his wikipedia page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_Strom or go to...
Back in the day… it was PSA all the way
Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) was a United States airlines headquarted in San Diego, California, that operated from 1949 to 1988. Crawford High Lady Colts pictured are Flight Attendants, Adele Rabin, Class of 1969 and Debbie Roel, Class of 1968.
Fifty Percent plus one is a Win
Ernest Dronenburg, Class of 1961 won his bid to become San Diego County Assessor Recorder-Clerk in the 2010 General Election. The final count for Ernie was 51.19% out of 2050 precincts with a total of 352,317 votes.
Class of 1974
There’s Something About Mary
Did you know that (Mary) Susan Wilkerson, Class of 1971 is a Colonel, USAF Reserve and has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona? And that she was selected to be an astronaut and assigned to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and was a semi-finalist in NASA Group 9 Selection. Susan also worked for Boeing-SVS, Inc. as a program manager and has also worked for TASC, Flight Safety Services, and...