The Californian

Patton sings good-bye to Cal High

Choir teacher Nicholas Patton raises his hands and rouses his class to attention. Patton has directed Cal High’s concert, treble and chamber choirs for the past five years, but he is leaving the school this week due to personal reasons.

Christine Oh, News Editor

May 29, 2019

After five phenomenal years of a thriving choral department, choir director Nicholas Patton is leaving Cal High this week because of personal reasons. Patton’s sudden announcement of his departure came as a surprise for many students, who were left devastated by the news.  “He had called a department meeting and we all...

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...

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...

Standout fencer reaches new heights

Sophomore Chuyi Zhang.

Christine Oh, News Editor

March 26, 2019

When it comes to sports, people often think of basketball, soccer and baseball.  But what about other sports such as fencing?  Although fencing isn’t a traditional sport with a ball and two teams, it’s still quite rigorous and challenging.  But for sophomore Chuyi Zhang, ...

Gender-neutral bathroom is relocated

The first floor female bathroom is now designated the gender-neutral bathroom.

Christine Oh, News Editor

February 12, 2019

The second floor female restroom had been designated the gender-neutral bathroom at Cal High since the end of the 2017-18 school year. But when students returned to campus after the winter break, they found the gender-neutral bathroom had been moved to therst oor women’s bathroom. The change was ...

Hockey players head to Canada

From left to right, Anton Roepken, Cade Llewellyn, Nick Franzwa, and Tanner Curtis helped the Tri Valley Blue Devils 16AU '03 team win the Western Regional Championship and qualify for the International Silver Stick in Ontario.

Christine Oh, News Editor

December 18, 2018

The horn goes off and a swarm of ice hockey players mob each other in celebration. There are hugs and high fives as the Tri Valley Blue Devils hockey team celebrates their latest accomplishment: Western Regional Champions. The undefeated Blue Devils 16AU ’03 team, which features four Cal High...

Reflecting on her passions

Sophomore Maddie Harris, left, sings with her theater group, Grand Performance Arts in Livermore. Harris recently self-produced a documentary about her theatre company and the heroes in it for the PTA Reflections contest.

Christine Oh, News Editor

November 28, 2018

Can you imagine being behind a camera, adjusting sound and light effects, all while directing at the same time? Sophomore Maddie Harris recently did just that while di- recting, and producing her own documentary for the 50th Na-tional PTA Re ections contest. The annual competition, spo...

Freshman’s first homecoming memorable

Christine Oh, News Editor

November 7, 2017

As a middle schooler, I would always scroll through upperclassmen’s homecoming pictures on social media and hear about high school dance stereotypes.  A good week after my first homecoming experience, I have to say that the homecoming week, game and dance didn’t disappoint at all. Seeing...