Claremont School News

Claremont Courier high school sports roundup: week of September 1, 2023

Fifty-five-year-old Claremont resident Harold Sanin hopes to reinvigorate connections between the high school and the city at large in his new role as Claremont High School’s athletic director. “I’m here and I want to be able to make this place as good as possible,” said Sanin, who has lived in Claremont since 2001. “What can I do for the Little League? We used to have a Junior All-American [Football] program here, why isn’t it here anymore? My son played in that program.”

It’s going to be a year of firsts for Julie Pak. Chaparral Elementary School’s new principal has spent her entire career at Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, and this is her first year as a principal. “Claremont as a district, their core values of excellence, equity, innovation, and integrity just really spoke to me,” Pak said. “Making the leap to just even apply was easy because I felt like I could align myself to the vision and mission of this district.”

High school sports round-up: week of August 25, 2023

James Mitchell has been readying for the first day of school for a long time. The first-year Claremont High School principal has for the past eight years served as assistant to Brett O’Connor, who retired in June after 16 years at the helm. “I have big shoes to fill, no doubt,” Mitchell told the Courier. “The impact that Brett — Dr. O’Connor — had on the school is fantastic. Culturally, he was here a very long time.”

Like most Claremont Unified School District employees, Jessica Rodriguez has been busy these past few weeks getting ready for the upcoming school year. But 2023-24 is unlike any of her previous 11 years at CUSD, as she’s gearing up for her new assignment as principal of Oakmont Outdoor School. Rodriguez, 34, who served in an interim status since March, succeeds Jennifer Adams, who had led the school since 2015.

The Claremont High School girls volleyball team hosted South Hills Wednesday, coming away with a 3-1 victory. The team was back in action after press time Thursday at home against West Covina. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo

Theresa Smith, 52, is lucky number seven.

In July, the Denver native was officially confirmed as The Webb Schools’ seventh head of schools, succeeding Taylor B. Stockdale who served from 1988 until last month. Smith told the Courier her appointment was both inspiring and a huge honor.“ I think one of the exciting pieces about working here is, if you’re trying to provide the most compelling, relevant education that students can get in the world, we have the history and tradition of doing that and the resources to continue to expand on what it looks like in the future,” she said. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo

Students from the seven Claremont Colleges are due back in class Monday, August 28. Ahead of the big start, first year and international residents will move into their dorms this weekend with orientation next week. For more information visit

Whether it be through morning team runs or afternoon heat-laden football practices, Claremont High School and The Webb Schools athletes have been hard at work over the last few weeks preparing for the 2023 fall sports season. Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come for the football, boys and girls cross-country, girls tennis, girls volleyball, girls golf and boys water polo teams.

As election night tallies go it was one of the shortest on record as candidate Alex McDonald needed just the first vote dump to decisively defeat his rivals and claim the Trustee Area 4 seat on Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education. When the mail-in ballot and early count was announced at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, McDonald had claimed 70% of the votes, an insurmountable lead for his two rivals. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

Ballots are due Tuesday, July 25 in the special election for the Trustee Area 4 seat on Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education.

Claremont High School cross-country athletes raised $3,175 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training at the team’s annual 24-hour relay on July 7 and 8. More info is at

On June 25, Pomona College welcomed 33 high schoolers for its annual Pomona College Academy for Youth Success, or PAYS, four-week academically rigorous summer program meant to prepare students for college and life beyond. The program began in 2002 with a similar goal of serving underprivileged and under-resourced youth from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

by Andrew Alonzo | Earlier this year, Joshua Rogers began circulating a petition to compel Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education to hold a special election to fill […]

The presidents of the Claremont Colleges responded quickly with messages of disappointment and resolve following the United States Supreme Court striking down affirmative action for student admission on June 29. “We write today to share our disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision that removes the ability for our Office of Admission to consider race and ethnicity in its admission decisions,” Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe said in a statement.