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The Californian

The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

Photography teacher Paul Fortayon explains to a student how to develop film. He has taught at Cal for 24 years but is leaving for an administrative role at Golden View Elementary.

Paul Fortayon leaves after 24 years

Sherlyn Hernandez and Sophia Liu December 15, 2023

After 24 years of teaching at Cal High, Photography 1 and Advanced Photography teacher Paul Fortayon is leaving Cal to begin a new path in his life. Fortayon has accepted a vice principal position at...

Cal High students leave campus through the newly installed gate on a path that leads to the Iron Horse Trail.

Admin enforces new safety measures more strictly

Andrew Chen, Vedant Desikamani, and Sophia Liu October 5, 2023

School administrators have implemented new policies and started enforcing some old ones more strictly this year to keep Cal High students safer. Some of the new policies include hallway/bathroom passes,...

Tutorial may move to twice a week for 45 minutes

Sophia Liu, Assistant News Editor April 28, 2023

As another school year at Cal High draws to an end, teachers and staff are discussing more potential changes to the bell schedule next school year. In particular, Cal staff are considering adjusting the...

Cal High’s mock trial defense team stands on the steps of the County Superior Court in Martinez. The defense team won the finals against Campolindo High School on Feb. 13.

Mock trial team wins sixth straight title

Sophia Liu, Assistant News Editor March 15, 2023

Cal High’s mock trial team was victorious again last month when it won a record breaking sixth straight Contra Costa County championship. The team won its ninth title in the past 13 years and 12th overall,...

​​ChatGPT sparks debate about whether it is a friend or foe to education.

ChatGPT seen as a new way to cheat

Sophia Liu and Andrew Chen February 9, 2023

A new AI chatbot called ChatGPT is upending teaching at Cal High because of its potential for cheating. ChatGPT is an AI-powered language model launched by OpenAI last November. It can hold conversations...

A festive senior feverishly types an early action college essay in the dead of night as application deadlines approach.

Seniors look back on college apps

Sophia Liu, Assistant News Editor December 19, 2022

As college and university early application deadlines pass, seniors who applied early action and decision now have time to reflect on their experiences during one of the pivotal moments of their lives. The...

Sophomore Pi Stephenson catches a softball. Stephenson started a foundation to sponsor girls who can’t afford to purchase the expensive gear needed to play the sport.

Softball player creates new opportunities for young girls

Sophia Liu, Assistant News Editor November 18, 2022

Girls who have dreamed about playing softball locally can now discover their full potential thanks to Cal High sophomore Pi Stephenson’s Play Like Pi Foundation. Founded by Stephenson last October,...

Signs promoting city council candidates are displayed throughout town before Tuesdays midterm elections. Four candidates are vying for two of San Ramons four city council seats.

Two city council seats up for grabs

Shravya Salem Sathish and Sophia Liu November 4, 2022

The 2022 San Ramon midterm elections have brought both familiar and new faces to the stage for San Ramon’s city council race. Out of San Ramon's four districts, District 2 and District 4 will be having...

The current council member for District 2, Mark Armstrong, is running again in the 2022 midterm elections.

District 2 candidate Mark Armstrong

Sophia Liu, Assistant News Editor November 4, 2022

As the incumbent District 2 city council member, Mark Armstrong has been in charge of managing the city budget and overseeing city functions for two years.  Armstrong’s leadership history dates back...

Sara Lashanlo is a 2013 Cal High alumni and now running to be the District 2 council member on the City Council.

District 2 candidate Sara Lashanlo

Sophia Liu, Assistant News Editor November 4, 2022

Sara Lashanlo, a 27-year-old mechanical engineer with a bachelor’s degree in science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo State University, is running for the District 2 city council seat. Lashanlo has lived...

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