The Californian

Rettig returns with sage advice

Patrick Rettig, Former Editor inChief

May 31, 2018


Filed under Senior Issue

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! You all have just completed a long series of lasts and are about to embark on a new exciting series of firsts.  Some of these firsts will be hard and some will fun. But all of them will make you better and should remind you how you are exactly where you n...

Recap of year

Patrick Rettig, Editor-in-chief

May 25, 2017


Filed under Senior Issue

What a year it has been for the world, our country and especially our school. Cal continues to prove itself time and time again that there never is a dull moment here, for better or for worse.  Cal was a host to many series of events and as usual  it was a mixed bag of positive and negative....

Student interviews Justice Ginsberg

Student interviews Justice Ginsberg

Patrick Rettig, Editor in Chief

March 29, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Most students groan when they have research papers, especially when the topic is as mundane as the Supreme Court.  But not for junior Brytney Lee.  When Lee was assigned a paper on Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she decided to give the 84-year-old justice a call...

Staff speaks out about our government in action

Staff speaks out about our government in action

Patrick Rettig and Gabby Reid

February 17, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive

What an eventful and stressful week Cal High. On a national scale, a week has never given me so much anxiety, but then again I find myself saying that pretty much every week for the last month. By the way congratulations to the Trump administration for surviving its first month. You guys really de...

2016: A Burrito Odyssey

2016: A Burrito Odyssey

Brendan Ogburn, Josh Iverson,, Patrick Rettig, and Aaron Velasquez

November 7, 2016


Filed under News Lite

Four men on a quest to satisfy their hunger the only way they know how, a fat burrito that sits in their stomach.  The quest was long, ardous, and dangerous but all who embarked survived. This is their story. Mexxi’s calls itself a “authentic Mexican restaurant,” but that couldn’t...

Students stand up to racist graffiti

Students stand up to racist graffiti

Patrick Rettig, Editor in Chief

November 7, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Racism reared its ugly head on campus last month, destroying the feelings of safety, acceptance, and belonging felt by many students. Students and parents are outraged with the way that school administrators have dealt with the racist graffiti that was scribbled on the walls of multiple bathrooms...

Freshman football player injured

Freshman football player injured

Brendan Ogburn and Patrick Rettig, Californian Editors

September 2, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

During Thursday night’s freshman football game at Cal High, a Foothill defensive player was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Oakland, after sustaining a neck injury. The incident occurred on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, when the player ended up on the bottom of the pile wh...

Cal High says goodbye to 4 teachers

Cal High says goodbye to 4 teachers

Cameron Harris, Jessica Yuan, Patrick Rettig, and Rebekah Cha

June 3, 2016


Filed under Senior Issue, Senior Issue 2016

Julie Bitnoff is retiring this year after 32 ½ years at Cal. She previously taught at Pine Valley Middle School, but moved to Cal during the second semester in the 1983-1984 school year as her goal was to teach at the high school level. Bitnoff’s favorite memories are of the students and staff...

GNN episode appropriates Mexican culture

GNN episode appropriates Mexican culture

Patrick Rettig, Staff Writer

June 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Way to go GNN! You did it! You have brought your credibility to a new low. Your Cinco de Mayo episode was Fox News cringeworthy. Instead of just offending Mexican people with hateful rheotoric and discriminitory comments like Fox News, you guys opted for the route of death by appropriation, and...

Aqua Bears sink under corporate ambitions

Aqua Bears sink under  corporate ambitions

Patrick Rettig, Staff Writer

June 3, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

What started as an abrupt removal of a historic swim team may result in a change for the entire community surrounding the San Ramon Golf Club. The San Ramon Golf Club was sold at the end of 2015 to Michael Schlessinger and Beverly Hills attorney Ronald Richards. The new ownership is in the preliminary...

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