October 10, 2003
I think west high is a great school. My kids graduated from there this year. I don't think the school's academic level is deteriorating. I think it is the exact opposite. For example, in the graduating class of this year, there are three students accepted by Harvard, two by MIT, two by Caltech, one by Stanford, and one each by Johns Hopkins and Harvey Mudd among lots of other good schools and the UC flagships, UC Berkeley and LA. Isn't the college acceptance rate what a school is judged by among others? As for the ex-principal, Mr. Morrison, I have good things to say about him too. When Academic Decathlon team went to Modesto for the State competition, he drove with the vice-principal, Mrs. Daugherty, to Modesto that Sunday morning to be with the team. He and Mrs. Daugherty also attended every year's Academic LA county award ceremony to show support for the kids. Just so you know, during Mr. Morrison's reign, the West High Academic Decathlon team was the LA county champion in 2002, and second placed in 2001. When my son was on the football team for four years, I saw Mrs. Daugherty at every home and away game. That football team went to CIF. As for the website, if you don't like it, why don't you encourage your kid to do something about it? for example, volunteer his/her time or form a club to maintain and fund raising for the web site? It sure looks good in the college applications.
- submitted by a parent