The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian


Firefighters and police investigate the scene last Friday after the fire was put out by history teacher Daniel Sweetnam.

Students start garbage can fire

Sami Tripasuri, News Editor May 27, 2022

As history teacher Sarah Eddings was walking through the first floor hallways in the main building last Friday, she heard two girls whispering about something with urgency.  When she questioned them,...

Joke ASB president candidate Bransen Tong flashes his stunning ‘presidential’ smile.

Joke campaign is never going to give you up

Shravya Salem Sathish, Online Editor May 27, 2022

Every year, elections represent the ambitious aspirations of innovative students striving to make a serious difference. Except for junior Bransen Tong, the fake ASB President candidate who was more...

Students were asked to make two Vans designs that reflected their hometown. “Hometown Pride” featured drawings, and “VanD(IY)oren Legacy” involved more sculpting and 3D art.

Art students place top 50 in Vans Culture Contest

Ylin Zhu, Staff Writer May 27, 2022

Imagine having your flashy design grace a pair of Vans worn by skaters pulling off kickflips at the San Ramon Skate Park. This could have happened for Cal High students Nicolette Ogne and Sathvika Sitaraman,...

A girl and her father fly a kite on a field at Central Park, where the Art and Wind Festival will be held this weekend.

Art and Wind Festival returns

Anirud Lappathi, Staff Writer May 27, 2022

San Ramon’s highly anticipated Art and Wind Festival is returning on Sunday and Monday after the annual event was shut down the past two years because of COVID-19. The festival will be hosted on both...

Ethnic studies teacher Ben Andersen supervises his students while they work during class. His students have been working on their Youth Participatory Action Research projects.

Ethnic studies YPAR projects enact change

Asiyah Ally, A&E Editor May 27, 2022

The ethnic studies class rounded out the school year through a project with a purpose.  The project, called Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), involves students researching issues they are...

Hundreds of students walk through the quad like they have for a full year since the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine.

End of the year sparks mixed feelings

Parwaan Virk, Staff Writer May 27, 2022

With the last day of school coming next Thursday, many students have mixed emotions about the end of this unusual school year. Compared to last year, the end-of-year vibes have changed. With the highly...

The rates of high school students vaping are in decline, according to the CDC.

Vaping on campus not blowing away

Daphne So, Features Editor April 29, 2022

How often do Cal High students really do drugs? From nicotine to weed, drugs are often depicted as a large part of high school culture in popular media. Although heavily dramatized, drugs in school...

Students desperately cling to a DoorDash order. Many have recently been stolen.

DoorDash thieves whisk away lunches

Sydney Cicchitto, Staff Writer April 29, 2022

As sophomore Aneesha Reddy watched someone stroll past her with a familiar-looking bag of food in their arms, she realized they were stealing her DoorDash right in front of her eyes. “I went up to...

Senior Nicholas Harvey, left, and librarian Jessica Bailey review student budgeting votes.

Students vote on library additions with budgeting program

Abhinav Purohit, Staff Writer April 29, 2022

Cal High’s library will be receiving upgrades, including a chair with a charging outlet and a seed library, after students voted last month on how the school should spend $1,300 in library funds. Students...

In Cal High’s back parking, a majority of cars display the required permit on the rearview mirror.  However, about 20 percent of cars from a random sample did not display permits.

Parking permit system creates controversy

Alice Oh, Staff Writer April 29, 2022

After paying $100 for his parking permit, senior Jeren Cuenco pulled into Cal High’s back parking lot in his Toyota Camry, expecting to be greeted by a stretch of empty parking spaces. But to his...

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