High Schools Celebrate Founder’s Day

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Reflections winner, state level, Austin Borusiewicz, with Principal Doug Dall and Assistant Principal Lena Kortoshian.

Reflections winner, state level, Austin Borusiewicz, with Principal Doug Dall and Assistant Principal Lena Kortoshian.

By Isiah REYES

Clark Magnet High School celebrated its Founder’s Day with the presentation of Reflections and Honorary Service Awards at the school’s auditorium on Feb. 26.

The PTA auditorium was decked out with decorations and complimentary food was available for all in gratitude for the contributions of Clark Magnet High School’s administration, custodial staff, committee members, PTA volunteers and more. Each year the PTSA recognizes individuals who give their time and talent and go above and beyond what it is expected of them.

An Honorary Service Award this year was awarded to David Black, engineering and robotics teacher.

“I’m so honored to receive this award,” said Black. “I couldn’t ask for a better place to come to work every day. It’s not every school that you have a quality of students as we do here in Clark; they’re really the ones that keep me driven. I don’t do it alone. We have a lot of help from volunteers, mentors and parents, and community members who support the program and I’m thankful for all their support as well.”

Conrad Pruitt, English Dept. teacher, and Matt Stroup, cinematography teacher, also received Honorary Service Awards as well as PTA parents Julietta Hovakimian and Amy Taylor.

“It’s not easy to do anything on your own. We have a lot of really great support,” said Stroup. “We work really hard as a team to make sure all the students benefit.”

The two Continuing Service Awards were awarded to English Dept. teacher Stephanie Sajjadieh and PTA President Lucy Petrosian.

“I’m honored to be on this wonderful board serving as president,” Petrosian said. “I really have had fun these past two years and I know there are so many volunteers here tonight who are well deserving and I would like to thank them all.”

The two Very Special Awards this year were given to Jennifer Rangel, office staff, and Frank Arevalo, security staff.

A contribution was made in each recipient’s name to the Honorary Awards program of California State Parent Teacher Association. These funds are used for student scholarships.

The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Crescenta Valley High School’s PTSA also held their Founder’s Day celebration recently in the  school’s cafeteria.

The organization took this time to honor and recognize those that do so much for the school, students and PTSA.

Honorary Service Awards were given to Lyn Repath-Martos, Laurie Hanson, Sabrina White and Glenn, Michelle and Stephanie Shintaku. Tina Singh was recognized with the Outstanding Teacher Award, Melinda Clarke was given the Very Special Person Award and Matt Schick and CV Instrumental Music was given the Continuing Service Award.


PTSA members with Principal Doug Dall and Assistant Principal Lena Kortoshian.


HSA Honoree Conrad Pruitt (with his daughter) is congratulated by Dall, Kortoshian and a student.


HSA Honoree Matt Stroup, cinematography teacher, with student, Dall and Kortoshian.


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2 Responses for “High Schools Celebrate Founder’s Day”

  1. Art Barnett says:

    I was hoping to learn something about the founders of these schools. I attended Anderson W. Clark Jr. High in the early 1970s but never learned who he was. Does anyone know?

    • Here’s a copy of Mike Lawler’s Treasures of the Valley column from April 15,2010:
      Clark Magnet High School – Who Was Clark Anyway?

      The Crescenta Valley, because of its location, has been fortunate in having some of the great names in America as residents. Being near Hollywood and the entertainment industry has supplied us with a never-ending stream of famous names, and the proximity to Disney made us home to some of the greatest animators of all time. We’re bracketed by the early aerospace industry in the San Fernando Valley on the west, and on the east, ongoing space exploration and scientific discovery at JPL and Caltech, making the valley a natural home for test pilots, scientists, and professors. Our natural beauty attracted world-famous artists to live here. But who knew that one of the greats in social work lived here? Today he is virtually unknown, but his name has survived on various schools in CV for the last 70 years.
      Rev. Anderson W. Clark came to La Crescenta in 1922 to retire from a lifelong career in helping children. Clark was an highly educated man, possessing two doctorate degrees in divinity and economics. He was ordained a Baptist minister and formed a congregation in Nebraska. In the 1890’s he found himself drawn to the court system where children were systematically victimized by cycles of abuse and neglect. These children had no one, and were physically and emotionally scarred. Andy Clark gathered them up, healed them and found them homes with other families, what we’d call “foster care” today. He founded the Child Saving Institute, which is still active today as a charity for abandoned children. Clark placed over 4000 abandoned children in new homes before he retired from the Institute. Since then they’ve expanded to adoption services, care for unwed mothers, and family counseling and intervention. On their website at they state: “Child Saving Institute is committed to the tradition begun by A. W. Clark 117 years ago of ‘Responding to the cry of a child.’”
      When WWI started Clark volunteered for the Red Cross, and headed the first Red Cross delegation to cross into Germany with aid for the allied prisoners. His work won him international acclaim, and service as a presidential advisor.
      Now in his 70’s, he was ready to rest. He settled in for retirement with his wife, son, and daughter in a tiny little house on Glenada near Holy Redeemer Church. But like most “givers” he couldn’t stop serving others, and he immediately threw himself into local charities. He was a whirlwind of activity, heading civic groups, coordinating charitable organizations, and teaming with ministers and priests of local churches. Peruse any local paper from the ‘20s and ‘30s and his name is everywhere as a head of various local service groups. He was nicknamed “The Good Angel”, and one old timer who knew him describes him as “a palpable saint”.
      But his reward would be personal tragedy. In December of 1933 a grateful resident rewarded Clark and his wife with a New Year’s holiday in Palm Springs, a chance to get away from the constant rain that had been plaguing the valley. While he was gone the famous New Years Flood swept though the valley, destroying his house, critically injuring his son, and killing his daughter. He raced back to head the rescue efforts, and helped dig his daughter’s body out of the mud piled up against the church on Montrose Ave. across from Holy Redeemer. Bowed, but not broken, he served the valley for four more years with the same energy and selflessness he had before his family and possessions were taken from him. He helped the valley rebuild, healed families that had been torn apart, and then died quietly in April 1938.
      In an outpouring of gratitude for the work he had done, the local residents renamed the local school Anderson W. Clark Junior High. Various local schools have carried his name continuously since then as a perpetual tribute to the man who made service to the community and volunteerism a local trait that survives and thrives today.

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