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South Pas High Earns High Ranking In Survey — and Kudos From Holden

South Pasadena High School was recognized by Assemblyman Chris Holden last week for a stellar ranking in a recent U.S. News and World Report nationwide survey.

Out of the nation’s 17,000 public high schools, SPHS ranked No. 622, with a scorecard of 96.39 percent, placing it within the top 5 percent, according to the magazine.

“South Pasadena High School demonstrates that public education can be highly successful,” Holden said at the school’s homecoming assembly last Friday.

“This is a significant achievement that wouldn’t be possible without the amazing teachers, administrators, staff, students and parents of the school.”

SPHS also ranked 87th among California schools, 32nd within the Los Angeles metro area and 138th best STEM high school nationally.

The U.S. News report also commended the school for its high minority enrollment and AP participation rates.

Holden presented a framed proclamation to SPHS Principal Janet Anderson, Assistant Principal Janet Wichman, South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Geoff Yantz and School Board Member Jon Primuth.

“It was a proud moment to have Assembly member Holden present a State Assembly resolution in honor of our school’s progress,” Anderson said in a statement to the Review.

“This was something he initiated several months ago, and our homecoming assembly was an appropriate time for his presentation. He was very specific and gracious in sharing with the student body and staff his congratulations on our high achievements and comparative rankings. After attending the assemblies and seeing our school in action, Assembly member Holden also acknowledged the positive vibe and spirit of SPHS. He was gracious, and we were very appreciative of his outreach.”

Said Primuth: “I’m glad we can celebrate our teachers, students, supportive parents, administrators and staff whose dedication and hard work made this high level recognition possible.”