The Californian

Students are picking up hobbies during shelter-in-place

Many students have turned to baking as a cure for their boredom during quarantine.

Nick Harvey, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Students have been up to a variety of interesting activities during the stay-at-home orders, from mastering the art of lockpicking to adjusting to online learning. Although students have had to continue doing their schoolwork, most students are doing less schoolwork and as a result have found themselves...

How many tries does it take to get the right teacher?

How many tries does it take to get the right teacher?

Wyatt Golla, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Throughout my first year of high school I’ve been faced with a conundrum: Who are my math and health teachers? In both my first and second periods, I’ve had at least eight different teachers combined. Yes, that’s right. Eight.  It’s been a mix of substitutes, people who’ve been coddled...

Grizzlies shine in postseason

Grizzlies shine in postseason

Andrew Sousa, Sports Editor

May 29, 2019

Senior Daniella Hawkins ended her high school swimming career on a high note. Hawkins placed second in the 500 freestyle event at the CIF State Championships on May 17-18 at Clovis West High School.  “I was really excited to get second, because I had never placed that high in state befo...

Banding together

Above, Cal Band director Kent Johnson instructs wind ensemble before their sight reading session.  Below, an alto sax soloist from Pittsburg High’s freshman Jazz Band performs. Schools throughout Northern California attended the festival.

Christine Oh, News Editor

May 2, 2019

Cal High hosted schools from all over Northern California on April 13 for the NCBA spring festival.  The festival at Cal was one of three festivals that the Northern California Band Association (NCBA) hosts throughout the year. “It’s a great privilege to be able to host other schools on our ow...

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...

AP tests see a price hike this year

Increasing test prices are causing many students at Cal High to wonder how their money is actually being used. Schools throughout the district have varying prices that students pay to take their AP tests, but that could change next year.

Julia Tjan, News Editor

March 29, 2017

Everyone knows what time of the year it is when the 5 Steps to a 5, Princeton Review, and Crash Course books come out. That’s right, it’s AP test time.  The pressure not only to pass but to get a 5 starts to emanate not only from parents with high expectations but from the students themselves.  The...

On the Efficacy and Need of Monday Schools

Neel Baronia, Guest Writer

May 13, 2015

Monday schools are like magistrate-run courts. They try to make it seem serious, but in reality everyone just walks away with some form of discipline that’s enough to irk you, but not enough to actually change your behavior in any way. The similarities between high school correctional programs and...

Cal High has come a long way

Cal High has come a long way

Chandni Mistry, Staff Writer

April 10, 2014

Forty years ago, California High School first opened with about 1,050 students and 25 teachers. Math teacher Gary Triebwasser said students started Cal as sixth graders and stayed until they graduated. All of the teachers comprised a new, young faculty and included some familiar faces still on...

A brief history of the Grizzly ‘newsiverse’

A brief history of the Grizzly 'newsiverse'

Heather Wong, News Editor

April 10, 2014

It was January of 1987.  As editor in chief of the first school paper, senior Christine Lew (then Christine Martin) eagerly watched as the Cal High Newspaper was distributed on campus. For the first time in the history of the school, an after-school club had been established in order to create...

Cal earns No. 3 seed in NCS; hosts Dougherty Valley Friday night

Cal earns No. 3 seed in NCS; hosts Dougherty Valley Friday night

Eric Yee, Sports Editor

November 12, 2013

Cal's varsity football team earned the No. 3 seed in the NCS playoffs and will host crosstown rival Dougherty Valley Friday at 7 p.m.  It is the first time in school history that Cal and Dougherty will meet in a football game. The Grizzlies (8-2, 6-0 EBAL) are coming off their first outright EBAL tit...