Western High

Western High

501 S. Western Ave.

Anaheim 92804

(714) 220-4040

* Enrollment: 1,550

* Established: Built as a junior high in 1954, became a high school in 1957

* Landmark: Big Blue "W" in Senior Square

* Hangouts: Hub Cafe; downtown Fullerton; Huntington Beach Pier

* Team name: Western Pioneers

* Principal: Ray Chips

* Student president: John Metzidis

* Famous alumnus: Golfer Tiger Woods

* Unsung heroes: Janice Cook, who coached

the school's drill team in the early '60s

and now runs the school's business department; Tom Houston, who ran the print shop in the

old days

* Winning moments: One of 32 high schools to receive State of California Golden Bell award for diversity in ethnic programs and safe campuses; Pioneer Outreach Network for Diversity (POND) program recognized by the Orange County Human Relations Council; Kiwanis Bowl Team finished second; participated in Disney Mentoring Program; took part in Vital Link, a job mentoring program with community businesses

* Tradition: If an underclassman enters Senior Square, he or she is told to kiss the "W" painted on the concrete

* Graduation: June 11, 5 p.m., at the stadium


Rosanna Park of Anaheim

* Achievements: Earned

a 3.98 weighted grade-point average; Western International Week coordinator; Key Clubber of the year; Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge's 1998 Miss International; Community Service award after donating 700 hours; World Language award of excellence; most valuable player for tennis

* Connections: Pioneer Outreach Network for Diversity; Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica; tutors students; volunteers at the AIDS Walk; Paint Your Heart Out Anaheim; Red Cross; Special Olympics; Children's Hospital of Orange County; plays baseball, hockey and tennis; travels; dances; ice skates

* Ambitions: Attend UC San Diego, major in business, with an emphasis on marketing or advertising; make Pepsi commercials

* Family: Parents are Steve and Yeong Park; brother Daniel; sister Liz; best friend Chanda Rentiquiano

* Claim to fame: Lives by adage that "stupidity is the only valid sign of genius"


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