Former BHS student and Hillsborough resident, Nathaniel Crosby, son of the late Bing Crosby, has been selected to captain the US golf team in the 2019 Walker Cup. Nathaniel Crosby first played golf at the Burlingame Country Club and eventually went on to play golf at BHS. After graduating from the BHS class of 79’, Crosby later won the U.S Amateur Golf Championship in 1981 at 19 years of age. He eventually made the US team in 1983 that won the Walker Cup.
Since passing Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana use for those over 21 in California, there has been an increased awareness of the dangers posed by high drivers. As the state works to adapt to this recent change, there has been controversy on the correct way to deal with high drivers, especially opposed to drunk drivers.
District board trustees and schools administrators are currently discussing the possibility of creating teacher housing on district campuses. If the plan is approved, Mills High School will be the first school in the district to offer housing to its employees. First, the district needs to find money to finance construction.
Since late December, the East Coast has faced relentless cold weather. First, a bomb cyclone, which is a severe storm formed by an unusually rapid drop in barometric pressure, blanketed the coast in snow in early January. However, when the cyclone finally subsided, a polar vortex emerged, bringing even colder temperatures.
Over winter break, the administration and freshman teachers met in hopes of finding a solution to the problems that students, particularly the freshman class, have been causing in the classroom this year.“Our freshman teachers were looking for ways to better meet the academic needs for our 9th grade students,” Assistant Principal Valerie Arbizu said.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, almost a month after student election polls closed, Principal Paul Belzer announced that the 2018-2019 ASB co-presidents would be juniors Lily Navab and Evan Mahaffey. The election was deemed compromised by administrators when polls closed on Thursday, Dec. 14, the day after an unknown student leaked information to the advanced leadership class regarding who was in the lead.
After flocking to stores to buy their last minute corsages and dresses, students arrived at around 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 draped in formal attire to the Peninsula Italian Social Club for a night of dancing, conversation and a little bit of sweat.
On January 9, Design Tech High School, a charter school authorized by the San Mateo Union High School District, moved from the North, industrial side of Burlingame to the spiffy Oracle campus in Redwood Shores. The move had been in progress for years, seeing as d.tech had known since its opening in fall of 2014 that its original campus could not fit the maximum number of students.
Every December, the Students In Action Club embraces the giving spirit of the holiday season by organizing the annual toy drive.The annual drive is in collaboration with the organization Moms Against Poverty that was founded in 2008, with the mission to “nurture and educate underprivileged children to their fullest potential so that, one day, they can contribute and lead within their own communities; thus breaking the cycle of poverty.”
The Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame is offering a paid environmental internship program for high school sophomores and juniors next semester. In a partnership with the city of Burlingame, the eight-year-old nonprofit is ramping up community outreach efforts, especially among teens.
A committee of parents is currently planning Senior Spotlight, a variety show event for the seniors that will take place on April 14 next semester. There will likely be a showing at 3:00 in the afternoon and 7:00 in the evening. Tickets will cost around $25.
On Dec. 9, the robotics team, the Iron Panthers, held a competition on campus. Sixteen teams from across northern California attended, including four teams that won World Championship titles last season.The Burlingame Qualifier lasted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, and the alliance composed of Team 12635 (Kuriosity Robotics) and Team 5220 (RoboKnights) won. The two teams are now guaranteed to move on to regional competitions.
After inquiries from the Burlingame B, Principal Paul Belzer has reviewed the California Education Code 46012 and has decided to bring back the former practice that allows 18-year-old students to call themselves out of class, effective immediately.
The excitement surrounding winter formal always begins early, with talk of corsages, dresses and, of course, dates. But this year, the buzz has been more focused on an unofficial possibility of this year’s winter formal becoming a ‘Sadie Hawkins’ dance; this would mean that girls would be asking boys to be their dates instead of the ‘traditional’ guy-ask-girl format.
Former vice president Al Gore brought an important message about climate change to an audience at Aragon High School on Dec. 7. Apart from having served as vice president under Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, Gore ran for U.S. President in 2000 but lost to George W. Bush. Gore now devotes most of his time to environmental efforts.
On Thursday, December 7th, audiences witnessed the collaboration between the San Mateo and Burlingame High School choirs in their “Season of Song” at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Director Shawn Reifschneider put together an incredible concert, making history for the San Mateo High School District Music Department by directing Franz Schubert’s Mass Number 2, being the first major choral work done by the music department.
35 years ago, on Nov. 20, “The Play” occurred. It was a moment that changed the Cal-Stanford football rivalry forever.Stanford, on the verge of a seemingly inevitable win in a hard fought game was poised to kick off to Cal with four seconds left on the clock. In a crazy play involving five laterals, the University of California football team miraculously pulled off the win that no one saw coming, especially the Stanford band.
Due to the prevalence of cheating on campus, the school administration is looking to revise the academic honesty policy.“[The administration] is trying to make certain that [the policy] is representative of how we want to best address issues of academic integrity violations,” principal Paul Belzer said.
On Dec. 1, the San Mateo Union High School District plans to implement new websites for all schools, including Burlingame, using the new “Schoolwires” program instead of School Loop.The change is part of a district initiative to make school websites uniform because all the high schools currently use different platforms. The change is intended to make navigation across all school websites in the district much more intuitive and user-friendly.
Even before 2008, the popular and long-held tradition of the kNOw Limits event put on by the Student Impact Team will not take place this year. In addition, the Student Impact Team is no longer an active club at school. kNOw Limits was recognized by many students as a way to meet new people and get to know peers on a deeper and more personal level.
On Nov. 4, BHS students attended Homecoming 2017: Panthers Around the Globe. The event, which was held in the school gym and took place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, was put on by the Burlingame cheer team.The event was held on the night of a victorious Little Big Game, creating an air of pride and enthusiasm among students.
At 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, many California wine country residents headed to bed, unaware of the uncontrollable and raging fires that had that would soon threaten their homes. Hours later, many of them were pulled out of their beds by firefighters and family members to evacuate the area. As of now, more than 20,000 residents from multiple towns throughout Northern California have been evacuated.