Claremont School News

In early February, the California Interscholastic Federation’s State Federated Council voted unanimously to add girls seven-on-seven flag football to the list of state approved sports.

The move paves the way for female athletes across the state to have their fill of fall football at the high school level, effective the 2023-2024 school year, including at Claremont High and The Webb Schools.

Claremont High swim and dive: The teams both lost at Glendora on March 9, the boys, 103.5-66.5, the girls, 97-73. Claremont then welcomed Bonita Wednesday. The boys (3-1) won, 87-77, while the girls (1-3) fell, 76-61.

The Wolfpack travel to Mt. San Antonio College Friday and Saturday for the Mt. SAC Winterfest meet. The team is back in the water at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, when Colony comes to town.

Aerial view of the Claremont School of Theology

Claremont School of Theology announced Tuesday it will likely be relocating to Los Angeles over the summer.

The school, which has been in Claremont since 1957, is awaiting on final approval for its move to Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

A three-year-old Title IX complaint filed against Claremont Unified School District is poised to be resolved by next school year if a softball site is constructed on the campus of Claremont High School, according to Kevin Ward, CUSD Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources.

In January 2020, former CHS softball booster president Rocio Herrera sent a letter to CUSD officials and the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights outlining inequities between the school’s baseball and softball programs.

Of the 115 petition signatures, 102 were deemed valid by the registrar’s office, three more than the required 99.

The L.A. County Superintendent of Schools will determine the date of the election, which will take place on a Tuesday prior to July 29. California Education Code section 5091(c)(2)(A) includes information on the date range.

We asked the registrar if there an alternative to holding a stand-alone special election, such as folding it into the November 7, 2023 local and municipal elections. Sanchez’s one word answer was “No.”

In 1993, Gabby Giffords graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in sociology and Latin American history. Eighteen years later, she had just begun her third term as an Arizona Congresswoman when on January 8, 2011, while speaking at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson, she survived a gunshot to the head. Six people were killed and 13 others injured in the mass shooting.

Giffords, who now runs an eponymous gun-safety advocacy group, embarked on a difficult and ongoing road to recovery, captured in the recently released documentary “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down.”

Over the last decade, Christian Watts has had several titles, including college athlete, military police officer, probation officer, and master’s degree student. He picked up his latest — Claremont High School varsity swim coach — in November.

His love for swimming started early — at 5 — when he began swimming for the Exeter Eels, in the San Joaquin Valley. He stayed with the Eels through high school and began to coach youth teams in his downtime. He graduated from Exeter Union High School in 2012 after competing on its varsity swim team for four years.

by Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com Claremont High School Baseball The team’s February 25 South Hills Tournament home game against Arcadia was rescheduled to Tuesday due to the recent storms. Claremont […]

A special election to fill the now vacant Trustee Area 4 seat on the Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education will go forward.

The Los Angeles Department of Education notified CUSD Superintendent Jim Elsasser Wednesday morning that the petition drive to force the election had 102 valid signatures, three more than the apparent required amount of 99.

The notification also meant Hilary LaConte, who was appointed by to the board of education January 18, was immediately removed, returning it to a four-member body.

Claremont High School Principal Brett O’Connor still loves his job and the students he helps guide through their important transitional years, but after 38 years in education the time has come for him to step aside.

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Boys and girls wrestling

Results from the February 17 and 18 California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Masters tournament: for the boys, senior Simon Bachman did not place in 182-pound weight class. For the girls, freshman Lauren Malvitz did not place in the 189.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Former Claremont Unified School District Board of Education President Steven Llanusa and two other people in connection with a December 3 holiday party at Llanusa’s Claraboya home.

“The allegations involved inappropriate behavior and furnishing alcoholic beverages to members of the Claremont High School Choir program,” read a news release from Claremont Police Department Lt. Karlan Bennett.

Claremont Unified School District teachers, including Lorrie Brown, pictured here, gathered outside the Claremont Helen Renwick Library Wednesday evening to protest a petition drive for a special election being held there.

The petition, if successful, will compel the school district to hold a special election to fill the Trustee Area 4 seat on the CUSD Board of Education, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $273,000. Those pushing for the special election have until Tuesday, February 21 to gather the 99 signatures they say are required to force the election.

by Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com Two student athletes each from both Claremont High School and The Webb Schools made strong contributions to their teams this winter and have been named […]

Normally I try to stay out of these us vs. them conflicts, or at least weigh in gently. But this time it’s too important to be anything but clear: this proposed special election is a colossal waste of money.

Pitzer College biology grad Ben Sievers is very comfortable wearing a crisp white coat in the sterile environment of a lab. That’s been his M.O. for the last several years as a research fellow at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla. These days, work looks a little different for the 23-year-old.

“Picture me — I have this big blue tarp on, three layers of gloves, these white boots, and two masks. We’re at a pig slaughterhouse and there’s like a thousand pigs,” he said. “It’s blazing hot and I’m sweating through all my layers of personal protective equipment. Everyone’s watching me, chasing these pigs trying to swab their noses.”