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University High School Education Foundation

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Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Reunion Information, Class of 1974
1974           Lisa Duffy Atkin 

                  Vendor – Reunion Committee

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Posted by: Nathaniel Rock
Published: 5/28/13

Reunion Information, Class of W'1956
W 1956  50 Year Reunion

                  Marsha Cohen

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Posted by: Nathaniel Rock
Published: 5/28/13

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Uni High Education Foundation 2013 Update

Uni High Education Foundation 2013 Update


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This past year Uni garnered praise from the visiting WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), the accrediting commission for California schools. The committee recognized our students as being among the nicest young people they have seen, and LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy sent Uni a letter of commendation. This summer, the principal was  notified that Uni received a 6-year accreditation with a 3-year revisit. When the 2013-14 school year started, Uni had 11 new teachers to carry on this tradition of excellence.


The 2013 class Valedictorian Lilian Peng was recognized as one of 147 Presidential Scholars. Clearly, Uni is maintaining the academic reputation of the “Warrior” years.


A new tartan turf track and field will begin construction in January. Come the start of school in 2014 the track and football teams will finally have a new facility and Uni will be able to host track and field meets at home again.



Class of 1965 Raises the Stakes!


All of us are aware of the difficulties facing students and teachers in public schools today. The media is filled with data about decreases in funding for education and state and national budget issues. It is abundantly clear that public education needs private philanthropic support if it is to compete successfully with the growing number of private institutions and to cope with the challenges of diminished State support.


LAUSD has no way to disburse donated funds to an individual school. In 1985, the Uni High Education Foundation was established to address that issue. All funds that come to the UHEF go directly to Uni. None of it goes through the District.


Members of the ARTESIANS and PELEANS, the Classes of 1965, have brought a challenge to all their classmates: mark the 50th anniversary of graduation with a significant class gift. They believe that their classes can reach a goal of $1,000,000! To kick off the reunion fundraising drive, one class member has already pledged $50,000! This is an exciting campaign. The Class of 1965 had about 1,000 members, and the committee is seeking to enlist more ’65 classmates to make the effort a complete success. Please link to to start your active support.


Certainly, the goal set by the class of ’65 is high, but the time is ripe and the community is ready. For many years, UHEF has raised funds primarily through membership and the newsletter. This ambitious new campaign will initiate the model for on-going support through reunion giving. This is a challenge to all classes celebrating reunions, particularly upcoming Golden Anniversary reunions. As each of you plans to celebrate your reunion, include giving back to Uni. This way class reunions can not only be fun, but also become a more meaningful event.


Your experience at Uni was more than racing up the steps to get to class on time before the bell rang. Your education at Uni laid the groundwork for lifelong success. Help carry on the tradition of great public education that University High School has provided for all of its graduates. Meet the challenge in your own way, but meet the challenge.



This past year the UHEF made the following allocations to support the University High School community, totaling $32,007 plus newsletter production and mailing.

  • The College Advisor - $17,100 to cover health insurance. The LAUSD agreed to pay her salary as a professional expert, not a contract employee, and would not cover benefits. We are delighted that we could help so many of Uni’s students. Her position became full-time for the new school year .
  • Counselor’s Office - $4,776 for 2 years Naviance, a college and career readiness software provider that partners with high schools and other K–12 institutions to provide students with college planning and career assessment tools.
  • Boys Soccer Trust Fund Account – $1,367 Matching Funds
  • The Boosters - $624 Royal Blue T-Shirts for sale at games.
  • Theatre Department - $580 (net) Rights for 2 performances of Rent @ Uni
  • Social Studies Teacher  - $1,000 Museum of Tolerance admission 49 students, 4 adults.
  • University High School Donation Account - $3,000 Jupiter Grading Program. This program enables all parents and students to go on-line and check progress in each class. It provides mutual accountability for students, parents and teachers.
  • Various  - $560 (includes $200 to Community Based Instruction)
  • $1000 to enable Dr. Deborah Robbins to accompany Presidential Scholar Lillian Peng to Washington D.C. to receive teacher recognition.
  • UHEF presented two $1,000 Community Service Awards.  One to Jose Ernesto Lopez for 928 hours of community service, and one to Tyler Jackson-Zeno for 663 hours of community service.
  • Mailing expenses - $4,409 (postmaster & L.A. Mailing Services).  Envelope, Newsletter printing, collating, folding expense - $8,110 (Dennis Bolton Enterprises).
  • For more information regarding UHEF contact on of our Co-Presidents:

      Ivan Finkle at or 310.556.1415

      or Judy Wolfenstein at

What is the UniHi Foundation?

The UHEF Mission:
to raise funds to support the instructional program of University High School. In California, the instructional program: is to “communicate the full spectrum of instruction, from general core, to supplemental or intensive to meet the academic and behavioral needs of students.”

Is the UHEF the Uni Alumni Association?
The UHEF functions as an organization for sharing information with alumni and the community through the annual Newsletter. We don’t schedule reunions. Class representatives do that. We do provide contact information to reunion representatives. Sometimes classes share their plans with the UHEF, but in recent years people are increasingly turning to the internet for class and reunion information.

Why does Uni need supplemental funding? California's per-pupil spending ranks 47th nationwide. Current Uni High funding supports the Core courses e.g. English, Math and Science, and those departments receive supplemental funding from the Federal Title I program. Electives, the performing and visual arts and foreign languages in particular, as well as library support need extra funding.

How does the UHEF achieve its goal? Established in 1985 as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, the UHEF allows people to support public education, by supplementing the money allocated by the Los Angeles Unified School District. This Annual Newsletter is the main fundraising instrument. Out of a database of 11856 names 444 people responded this past year. That's 3.7 %, a number we hope to increase.

Where do donations come from? The bulk of support comes from alumni, but an increasing number of parents of current students are seeing the UHEF as as way to help out the school. Support comes from you, the University High School Extended Family. The percentage of respondents to the newsletter last year is 3.7%. We can do better.

What can you do? If you are reading this you can support Uni. Help us with your skills and time. If you are an alumnus, become your class conduit. If you know of an alum who doesn’t get the Newsletter let us know, so we can send it to them. To share your stories and information, we have to have get them. If you write the annual update for your classmates, we would like to have them for the annual Newsletter. If you are at Uni today and would like to be active in the UHEF, let us know. We’re all focusing on the same goal of supporting Uni today


CONTACT Ivan Finkle '50 or Judy Wolfenstein, Co-Chairs at for information.