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LB Students Collaborate on West School Mural

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Student artists from Long Beach High School and West School put their talents together to produce a bright, beach-themed mural that stretches across the wall around West’s outdoor playground area. They were recognized for this endeavor during a City Council meeting on Sept. 17, when they were awarded certificates.

The Long Beach City Arts Council reached out to the district last year to offer this opportunity, which was embraced with enthusiasm by the Class of 2019’s International Baccalaureate art students. They designed the underwater motif and, under the guidance of their art teacher, Eric Fox, hand-cut stencils so that illustrations of sea life could be spray painted onto the wall and then painted over. 

West School art teacher Denise Collins recruited several of the elementary students to team up with their high school peers in painting the coastal scene. They began working on the project last September and finished in the spring. 

Congratulations to Long Beach High School students Alex Call, Kaleigh Destefano, Lizbeth Gomez, Maya Hult, Liz Kelly, Blake Langbart, Jillian Lerner, Lizzy Rooney, Ashley Ruiz, Maggie Swegler and Sophia Techera and West students Mavis Fox, Finn Long, James Long, Jordi Perez, Finn Scanio and Wolf Scanio for enhancing the aesthetics of the school and community. 

Important Letter from the Superintendent of Schools


Updated Statement from Superintendent

As you may know, police are investigating the recent tragedy in Oceanside. They have been present at our high school today, both to investigate and to provide additional security here and in the surrounding communities. We are also aware of social media chatter and threats, and the police are on top of those as well. We want to reassure our parents that our buildings are secure, that our staff is vigilant, and that we are working closely with our own security and the local police to keep our students and staff safe.

Safety Statement from Superintendent

We are aware of the incident in Oceanside yesterday, and our crisis teams are providing support to students who need it. We also have increased security and police presence around our buildings and are proceeding with a normal day at our high school.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our administrative team. 

Long Beach HS Congratulates National Semifinalist Arjun Gupta

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Long Beach High School is proud to announce that senior Arjun Gupta has been named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Arjun is among approximately 16,000 students throughout the nation to earn this distinction out of approximately 1.6 million that took the PSAT last year. 

Arjun is a dedicated student at Long Beach High School, actively involved in various programs and opportunities. He serves as president of the Math Club and a member of the Chess Club and Best Pals organization. He is also a DECA participant and placed within the state’s top 10 in his category last year. An International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, he is focusing his extended essay on the great depression. 

In addition to his academic success, Arjun is an accomplished athlete. He has been on the swim team for six years, tennis team for four years and cross-country team for three years. He currently serves as captain of the tennis team. 

Arjun aspires to study engineering in college next fall. The district congratulates him on his outstanding achievement.