Alumnus appointed to First District Court of Appeals

Gabriel Sanchez ’94 was appointed associate justice, Division One of the California First District Court of Appeals Oct. 26 by California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. If confirmed by the California Commission on Judicial Appointments on Nov. 26, Sanchez will be the first male Latino justice ever appointed to this court. Sanchez will replace Justice Robert […]

Eric Garcetti ’88 wins second term as L.A. Mayor

Incumbent Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’88 won reelection Tuesday in an election marked by low turnout. Garcetti decisively defeated his 10 challengers, earning approximately 81 percent of the vote. Garcetti campaigned on his record as mayor, which included raising the minimum wage and lowering business taxes. Garcetti was endorsed by former President Barack Obama […]

Alum challenges school board president

Alum challenges school board president

Alum and District Four L.A. Unified School District board candidate Nick Melvoin ’04 aims to lead the charge in implementing necessary change to modernize the LAUSD. Melvoin is in the final month of his campaign process, with elections set for March 7. Melvoin is challenging LAUSD school board President Steve Zimmer. Melvoin credits his interest […]

Alumnus designs, prepares to launch new technology website

Charlie Stigler ’11 created Zaption, a website that allows users to add interactive elements to clips of videos from sites like Youtube. Zaption will be open for public use in the coming weeks.  A user can add multiple choice questions when the video pauses to quiz viewers. “Medical schools have large databases of surgery video, […]

Alumnus wins '20 under 20' Thiel fellowship

By David Lim Charlie Stigler ’11 won the “20 under 20” Thiel Fellowship and will use his $100,000 grant to develop new digital platforms for education over the next two years. Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, the founder of Pay-Pal and an early investor in Facebook, created the fellowship in his name to encourage students to […]

Alumnus wins Caltech teaching prize

By Eoijin Choi The California Institute of Technology presented professor Paul Asimow ’87 with the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Asimow said he felt surprised and gratified “because I care about teaching and try to do it as well as I can, and it gives me a chance to reflect on teachers […]

Alumnus advises students on high-stakes entrepeneurship

By Eli Haims and Elana Zeltser Scott Becker ’05, who sold a company he co-founded to Google for $70 million last year, spoke to a nearly packed Rugby Auditorium March 14 at break. Later in the day, he met with students in the Emery Room for a lunch reception, Upper School Mathematics Department Chair Paula […]

Alumnus’ book places on national bestseller list

By Vivien Mao “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.”, by Sam Wasson ’99 reached 13 on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover non-fiction books on Aug 13. The book is about the making of the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” starring Audrey Hepburn. “[Being on the bestsellers list] was a total shock. I started screaming […]

Teacher, alumnus perform in play

By Michelle Nosratian   English teacher Adam Howard ’93 and former Head of the Performing Arts Department Dan Fishbach ’94 performed side by side in playwright Howard Korder’s “Search and Destroy.” The play ran from July 10 through Aug. 23 in Hollywood. “Search and Destroy” tells the story of Martin Mirkheim, an ambitious man who […]

Alumnus urges integrity

As an alumnus of Harvard High School ’91, I was deeply saddened to learn of the cheating scandal. What makes Harvard-Westlake so special is the tremendous pride that students and alumni feel to be associated with such a prestigious institution.  I am equally as proud when I receive the quarterly HW Life magazine and learn […]