Irvine High

Irvine High

4321 Walnut Ave.

Irvine 92714

(949) 552-4211

* Enrollment: 2,600

* Established: 1975

* Team name: Vaqueros

* Newspaper: El Vaquero

* Principal: Gail Richards

* Student president: Mai Ngo

* Famous student: Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard

* Winning moment: Learned about cultural diversity at Tri-School Cultural Conference with University and Woodbridge high schools

* Memorable events: Book drive--held by California Scholarship Federation, Key Club and Students for Social Responsibility--that donated 1,000 books to a local shelter; Holocaust exhibit from the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance; Japanese Internment Camp exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute

* Graduation: June 17, 5 p.m., at the stadium


Phillip Palmer of Irvine

* Achievements: Earned a 4.2 weighted grade-point average; wrote six musical compositions; selected most valuable junior and sophomore of music department; chess club founding member

* Connections: Youth orchestra; marching band; wind ensemble; full and pit orchestras; Students for Social Responsibility; tennis; freelance bassoonist; salesperson at Manhattan Bagels

* Ambitions: Attend Eastman School of Music or Indiana University; to make music "by any means possible"

* Family: Parents are Michael and Linda Palmer: "They're helping to send me to college. What a pair!"

* Claim to fame: "I'm the only Irvine High student to have four original compositions performed by four different high school ensembles"


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