Thursday, March 19, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: CA Senate Leader Returns to Speak at His Alma Mater San Diego High School

Media Advisory

March 19, 2015

Contact: or or (916) 651-4024

              Linda Zintz, San Diego Unified Communications Director, 619-847-6637


CA Senate Leader Returns to Speak at His Alma Mater San Diego High School

Kevin de León, leader of the California State Senate and the first in his family to graduate from high school, will share his personal story with the students at his alma mater and tour the school’s California Partnership Academy classes in medical science and engineering.

WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2015

            10-10:30 a.m. Assembly in the Performing Arts Theatre with 250 students in grades 10-12

            10:30-11 a.m. Student Tours of Technology Classes including Principles of Biomedical Science, new Prop 1D Biotechnology Facility and Green Technology

WHO: Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Superintendent Cindy Marten, San Diego High School Principal Dianne Cordero, and 250 students grades 10-12

San Diego High School, 1405 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

BACKGROUND: San Diego High School is the oldest high school in the San Diego Unified School District and the oldest California public school still on its original site. San Diego High is home to three academies established within the scope of the California Department of Education California Partnership Academies (CPA) program. The CPA model is a three-year program (grades ten-twelve) structured as a school-within-a-school. The first one, the Academy of Finance, was established in 2007 at the School of Business and Leadership.  Two more, the San Diego MedTech Academy and the Green Engineering Academy were established in 2011 and 2012 respectively at the School of Science and Technology, with the first class graduating in 2014.  The curriculum at Medtech Academy is based on the Biomedical Sciences program by Project Lead The Way (PLTW).

San Diego High School is the site of three Prop 1D CTE facilities improvements including state of the art culinary kitchen and video production studio. Almost completed is the newest facility, a biotechnology lab. This remodel allows for state of the art health science/biomedical/biotech facilities on the campus and will allow for the growth of the Project Lead the Way biomedical program. Students study recombinant DNA technology, forensic investigations and other uses of living organisms to make new beneficial products and medical tests.


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Linda Zintz

Communications Director

(619-725-5578 office

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