I feel so fortunate to be writing this article as a proud Dublin High School Class of 2015 alumni. As the oldest child of two Vietnamese immigrant parents with a limited high school experience, I had a blurry idea about what events like Homecoming were like when I entered the school in 2012. As time went on, my experience at Dublin High School became the best and most challenging four years that I had endured.
Track and Field was a memorable part of my high school experience. I came into Dublin High Track and Field with the encouragement from my Fallon Middle School Track coach, Mr. Branson. I am so glad that I followed his advice to compete in high school because this sport helped me make new friends and learn the great value of hard work and perseverance. I still remember freshman year of Track and Field which consisted of many late evening conditioning practices and countless laughs with my hurdle crew. Track helped me make friends with upperclassmen who I looked up to greatly. One of my favorite moments was when I was passed down a “Senior Will” from Noria Mitchell during my freshmen year Track Banquet. Every Track Banquet was so emotional and left me even more inspired by my teammates to work hard.
I never would I have thought that in my high school Track and Field career, I would be running with the talented 2014 CIF 100m hurdles champion Mecca McGlaston and contribute in breaking two school records. In my sophomore year, my teammates, Mecca McGlaston, Jessica Bouchard, Alexxis Kelley and I broke the DHS girls’ 4x100m relay record and qualified for the NCS Meet of Champions. I will never forget the anxiety and excitement attained by my teammates and I as we stepped on the beautiful, glistening, and gold track at UC Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium! When Junior Year came along, Track and Field was difficult as I struggled with my five AP classes. My struggles in the classroom eventually showed in my Track race performances as I was not attaining personal records and meeting my Coach’s expectations. With encouragement and some tough love from my Coaches, I was able to make it through the season and learn from my mistakes of not working hard enough.
Like in any sporting endeavor, it is traditional to elect a Captain, or one that will lead the squad both physically and mentally. For those unfamiliar with high school band programs, it is no different. For the second consecutive year and now as a Dublin High School Senior, this honor will reside with Mr. Davis Zamboanga. While initially a transplant from Rocklin, CA, he and his family arrived in Dublin and he enrolled at Wells Middle School. He already had the benefit of musical experience with the violin, but eventually transitioned to the trombone. As the oldest of three children, he helped his family to matriculate successfully in the DUSD system.
But before exploring his story, it is imperative to understand Davis – the person. He was willing to volunteer some of the most important elements of his life and we are pleased to share them. Dar Luz: He calls his Grandfather “Dar” and his Grandmother’s name is Luz. In English, this means “to give light.” In music and in life, every single note and action should give light – the result of overflowing emotion from the soul. He also clings to the Finnish word “Sisu” which translates to courage and resolve. Mr. Zamboanga also provided a biblical phrase – “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5). He believes in humility over pride, gentleness over harshness, patience over frustration and love over irritation.
Now, within this context, we can partially absorb Davis’ journey from Rocklin to Dublin and now in the vital seat of Drum Major of the Dublin High School Irish Guard. We recently sat down with him and his mother to discuss this odyssey. Read more…
Dublin High School beat all other Tri-Valley schools (both public and charter) in the latest Newsweek America’s Top High Schools rankings for 2015, making the exclusive list of the top 200 high schools in the United States. According to Newsweek, the rankings “assess schools based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college.” Dublin High School recently received the highest accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
According to the Newsweek rankings, Dublin High School and the following neighboring schools made the top 500:
- #165 – Dublin High School, Dublin, CA (college readiness:
- #267 – California High School, San Ramon, CA
- #282 – Foothill High School, Pleasanton, CA
- #366 – Livermore Valley Charter Prep, Livermore, CA
“We are very proud of the efforts of our teachers, support staff, leaders and parents to ensure that every Dublin student is College and Career Ready,” said Superintendent Stephen Hanke. ”Results like these validate that we are on the right track.”
“The Newsweek rankings confirm something we already knew, that Dublin High School is one of the best public high schools in our state,” Board President Amy Miller said. “This distinction is reflective of the vision of leadership, which would be unattainable without the efforts of students and staff who consistently strive for excellence and achievement. We are proud to be recognized on a national stage.”
by Christopher Song (Dublin High School junior)
It is early in the morning and I wake up to the sound of dogs barking. As I struggle to free myself from a mosquito net, I realize that I am not in my room. As I slowly walk out of bed, I find myself surrounded by people I barely know, speaking a language that I can barely understand. I feel a chill outside. I am not in the blazing hot sun, but in the cold chilly winter in the middle of July. I am far from the familiarity of Dublin, California, all the way across the globe in the nation of Paraguay.
Around March, I started researching extracurricular programs in preparation for my summer. As a result, I was able to find two different programs: one in Korea and one in Paraguay. I applied to both those programs and I was fortunate enough to be accepted into both of them. However, I was faced with a dilemma as I had to choose between the two places. It was really difficult to choose between the two, but after thinking about it deeply, I decided upon Paraguay.
Paraguay had a very unique charm to me. I had already been to Korea many times and figured that it would not be a new experience for me. I wanted to visit new places and learn of a new culture (of course while improving my Spanish). Now you may wonder, what was the program and what did I do in Paraguay?
When Dublin High School junior Mathew Glynn joined the drama club his freshman year, he didn’t really consider himself an actor, despite having always been interested in drama. He had taken theatre classes at DHS. He just hadn’t been in any shows. But after a year of helping behind the scenes and being surrounded by people that took drama seriously (and who enthusiastically encouraged him to do the same) Glynn took the plunge and auditioned for My Son Pinocchio at a local theatre company called the Civic Arts Stage Company.
He got the part and officially started his acting career as Gepetto, the love-starved puppeteer that created the beloved childhood character Pinocchio. Glynn enjoyed his experience so much that he auditioned for two more shows, this time at Dublin High School. He played a demon-possessed boyfriend in the student-directed one act He’s Really A Great Guy as well as juror 3 from 12 Angry Men. He says that these experiences have not only jump-started his acting career, but have also changed how he interacts with people everyday.
“I used to be very shy and socially awkward,” he says. “But once I started acting, I noticed that I was becoming a lot more outspoken and confident, and it’s been awesome. I feel like I’ve come out of my shell, and I can gladly attribute that to acting.”
“One thing is certain: the arts keep you alive.” – Vincent Price
In 2010, Stanley Fish declared in the New York Times that the “crisis of the humanities” had officially arrived. In the years following, numerous articles debated and discussed what was happening to the arts and humanities in our schools. Statistics were thrown around. Studies were analyzed. Some lamented the humanities’ apparent end. Others were convinced that they were still thriving.
I sincerely hope that the latter is true, considering all of my experiences at Dublin High School . It was in my English class that I delved into lessons of morality and social responsibility. It was in my art class that I forced my mind to think creatively and unexpectedly. And it was in my Spanish class that made me crave for a world unfamiliar, something that proved crucial when it was time to commit to college.
I could go on and on about why I love the arts and humanities, but I’d rather introduce the heart of this article instead – a new OneDublin.org series: “I am … Arts & Humanities”. This series will spotlight Dublin High School students who are keeping the arts alive in our community. We have musicians, artists, and writers who will hopefully inspire other budding creators to proudly declare “I am a ___.”
Lilla Lavankul (Dublin High Class of 2016) and Marissa Wu (Castro Valley High Class of 2015) emit the same bright and welcoming personality as their online publication, LIME Magazine for girls. Originally a small project intended to keep summer friends together, LIME has flourished into a platform of empowerment, filled with advice, culture, and career spotlights for people of any age to learn from.
“It’s kind of like a lifeguide,” Wu, the one who pitched the idea for LIME, says.
“Like the big sister you’ve never had,” Lavankul adds.
As the editor-in-chiefs, Lavankul and Wu are responsible for publishing articles, managing social media, and overseeing the girls who write for LIME. They have twelve writers, publish approximately six times a month, and have reached over 10,000 views since their founding in 2013. Their magazine spans eight categories: DIY, Beauty/Style, Books, Movies, Music, Food, Travel, and Limelight.
“We’re always curious about what people will write about,” Wu says.
LIME has articles covering everything from orange palmier recipe reviews, graduation gift ideas, and history lessons on Fashion Week. They also have a section called Limelight, dedicated to career spotlights, interviews, and different organizations.