Daniel Kim

Staff Author


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SDUHSD enforces revised, updated attendance policy

On Jan. 26, the SDUHSD sent an email to all parents about the updated attendance policy, available on the district website, in order to clarify common misconceptions regarding absences at school. In the new version, two significant changes regarding unexcused absences have been recommunicated to ensure for widespread compliance and a change was made to policy on leaving campus because of an illness. One clarification made by the SDUHSD is that verified absences and excused absences are considered different in the attendance record. Unless a student is absent because of mandatory attendance in a court case, a...
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Olive earns first career ‘at El Camino’ win

Boys basketball (16-2) defeated El Camino High School (9-7) 57-54 in the Jan. 12 away game that was heavy in rough, physical contact.  After the tip-off, the Falcons did not start off incredibly strong due to the powerful crowd presence. While exchanging free throws and layups with the Wildcats, the Falcons gradually fell behind. “Their crowd was amazing. They really made their presence felt and got to us,” Falcons’ small forward Brandon Angel (10) said. “Once the game got close, rough fans were yelling and throwing things at us.” Not accustomed to the aggressive...
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Staff Picks: Rick and Morty

Full of jokes in between moments of peril, the complicated plot of “Rick and Morty” immerses the audience to this rising cartoon aired by Adult Swim. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon in December 2013, the show boasts 31 episodes in three seasons. Harmon has hinted at a fourth season in the near future in interviews for the show. Revolving around the adventures of Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland), an old genius-scientist with a merciless personality, and Morty Smith (Justin Roiland), Rick’s insecure grandson with constant mood swings, the show takes place in an area just outside Seattle in a seemi...

1 in 187: Laurence Trupe

History is the study of the past, particularly of human affairs, and how the actions of one person or a group of people can have countless effects on others. Recorded in documents over time, history shapes the perspectives of the world as students connect the past to current events. Although Lars Trupe does not use a traditional textbook, he teaches AP World History and AP Art History in his own memorable and impactful way with a unique story of his own. For Trupe, the decision to become a teacher was an obvious one. On his mother’s side, “We were either  teachers, farmers or engineers,” he said....
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Cross Country top 10 in national Mt. SAC Invitational

The cross country team returned with ninth in varsity boys, third in varsity girls, and first in freshmen boys on Oct. 22 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. In a 2.93-mile race, cross country raced alongside schools from all over California and some out-of-state schools. The Mt. SAC Invitational is well-known among high school cross country teams and   competition that many aspire to go to. In this top cross country competition, TPHS qualified for the individual sweepstakes competition, which is an improvement over past years.  “In years past, we have always bee...
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New process of electing SDUHSD board members passed

The SDUHSD passed a resolution on Sept. 27 that will change future board member elections from an “at-large” system to a “by-trustee area” system. In at-large elections, the entire community votes for board members, but in the by-trustee area system, the district will split into five regions; voters in each region will elect a board member residing in that region. “[The change is] kind of a financial decision for the district,” student board representative Isaac Gelman (12) said. “A bunch of districts nearby have been getting notices saying that they are not in accor...
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Hateful

It is the night of Jan. 19, 2017. The next day, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, will be inaugurated.  A student walks through TPHS’ west quad, silently weaving in and out of the mottled shadows of the English building. The only lights abound from the orange incandescent bulbs above the lunch tables and the distant neon signs of the Del Mar Highlands. The student approaches a green electric box and slides his phone out of his pocket. In one hand, the perpetrator holds a photo from Google Images. In the other, a white graffiti marker pen. The artist looks back to the photo before to carefully traci...
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New AP Olander happy to join TPHS administrative team

Tracy Olander, who is a former International Baccalaureate School Coordinator and Academic Dean for Spring Valley Academy, has taken on the role of TPHS assistant principal since June, joining assistant principals Michael Santos and Robert Shockney. Olander’s previous experience in education includes working at the Spring Valley Academy and as a part-time human resources coordinator for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. Olander has additional experience in academic counseling and  with helping students make important decisions about their classes and extracurriculars. “I think she&r...