The Californian

Senior Explores World of Medicine

Nadya Higgins

Liann Bielicki and Jeana Lee

October 10, 2019

Not many high school students can say that they’ve conducted laboratory research at Stanford University. But after this summer, senior Nadya Higgins can. Higgins received the eight-week experience of a lifetime through the Stanford Institute of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR), a program for hig...

Junior Returns After Year in Italy

Image of Layla Duran-Jakubec

Ronnie Gogoi and Angela Paloma

October 10, 2019

Most students can’t entertain the thought of moving to a new high school, but a brave few dare to learn in a completely different environment. Junior Layla Duran-Jakubec is one of them. Without knowing any Italian, Duran-Jakubec attended Instituto Clasico de don Bosco in Sardinia, Italy, from Sep...

Meet Cal’s New Principal

Picture of Principal Keefer.

Ananya Nag, Christine Oh, and Emily Burrus

August 29, 2019

Cal High has gone through its fair share of principals recently, the newest of whom is Megan Keefer. Keefer, who is Cal’s third principal in the last 12 months, was hired in May to replace Christopher George after 2018-19 school year. George is now the assistant director of secondary education for ...

School faced with even more threats

Christine Oh, Vidhima Shetty, Kate Hong and Rachel Pak, Staff Writers

May 28, 2019

A series of four shooting threats targeting Cal High this month have shaken students and staff and resulted in the lowest attendance in school history. San Ramon police and the FBI continue to investigate threats that led to about 80 percent of Cal’s 2,811 students staying away from campus on May...

Where in the world is Nick Harvey?

Harvey studies a world globe in geography teacher Hannah Cheng’s classroom.

Ananya Nag, News Editor

May 28, 2019

Freshman Nick Harvey is pursuing his passion in geography, going on to win awards on a national level.  In April, Harvey competed in the National History Bee and Bowl in Arlington, Va., reaching the semifinals in the National Geography Bee portion of the competition.  This placed Harv...

A student’s guide to getting a summer job

Many students work in the fast food industry during the summer, serving up hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, and other culinary delights.

Priyanka Krishna and Maira Nigaar, Staff Writers

May 28, 2019

Summer is right around the corner, which means the hunt for summer jobs has begun.  Searching for summer jobs is a seemingly intimidating and tiring task, and many are unsure how to begin looking for one.  For those students who are confused during the grueling task of sorting through endless j...

Prodoehl is more than a teacher

Ananya Nag and Brynn Kan, Staff Writers

May 28, 2019

Former EMT, part time professional fisherman, and current Cal High teacher Danny Prodoehl has done it all.  Prodoehl has been a biology teacher at Cal for three years now, but his time before Cal extends far beyond a small classroom in San Ramon.  The journey all started after college....

Summer different for seniors and juniors

As seniors soak up the summer sun, juniors are stuck in windowless classrooms preparing for standardized tests and essays.

Michelle Kuperman, A&E Editor

May 28, 2019

For seniors it’s time to kick their feet up and sip on some iced tea under the sun. All their hard work paid off and they know exactly where they are headed in the fall.  But for juniors this summer is their last chance to squeeze in as much volunteering as possible, put in final preparations for...

Students gear up for summer internships

Sophomores Celeste Paapanen, left, and Kimi Shirai are among the Cal High students who landed internships this summer. Paapanen will be interning for Supervisor Wilma Chan at Alameda County District 3, while Shirai is part of UCSB’s Research Mentorship Program.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

May 28, 2019

The two and a half months of summer that are approaching give students the perfect opportunity to get an internship.  This is exactly what many Cal High students have already begun doing. Sophomore Kimi Shirai has landed herself an internship at the UC Santa Barbara Research Mentorship Progr...

Cal looks for new principal

Christopher George explains his future with the district.

Gina Wu, Editor in Chief

May 2, 2019

Cal High Principal Christopher George will be leaving the school and starting his new job  at the district office. Beginning on July 1, George will be the new assistant director of secondary education for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. He will oversee the district’s eight mid...