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Matthew Warren Baker, Burbank High School Class...

Matthew Warren Baker, Burbank High School Class of 1996

co-valedictorian and ARCO AM/PM CIF Southern Section Scholar-Athlete

of the Year (1995-1996), graduated with honors from Harvard

University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies


with an emphasis on Chinese literature and culture.

He took leave from Harvard following his first year to serve a

two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

in Taiwan, where he learned to speak, read and write the Chinese



While in college, Baker was a member of the junior varsity

basketball squad, was captain and participated in several intramural

championship teams in basketball, football and volleyball, was

engaged in youth mentoring and tutoring programs in the community,

and helped to lead the college-wide Latter-day Saints Student Assn.

He has now returned home to Burbank to write songs and

screenplays, while pursuing employment opportunities in the


entertainment industry.

His parents are longtime Burbank residents George and Maureen


Dimas Martinez of Burbank has enrolled at the Universal Technical

Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.

He plans to start coursework in October and will train to become a

professional air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technician.