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Students' Statement on High School Rivalry

The Associated Student Body presidents from Palos Verdes Peninsula and Palos Verdes high schools released the following joint statement.


Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Student Leaders Participate in a Summit to Promote Unity and Community Among The Two Schools

Palos Verdes Estates, CA – The Sea Kings and Panthers rivalry escalated to a new height. Unfortunately, both schools did not handle the situation correctly or in an appropriate manner. Throughout the week, school pride conflicted with the greater good of the community. Despite efforts of the administration, key aspects of a healthy collaboration were absent. However, both schools are now confident in what the future holds.

On November 19, 2012, a teen summit involving leadership groups from both Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School took place at the district under the moderation of Martin Griffin, Chief Academic Officer for the school district. During this time, the student leaders came together to discuss the issues that students faced during the past few weeks regarding the rivalry. The students were able to understand each other’s points of view and collaborate towards a healthier future. All those involved in the meeting unanimously agreed that in order to move forward, the administration and student leadership at both schools must set an example to their own student bodies in practicing a pleasant rivalry. In the future, both high schools expect joint events and direct communication between leadership.

On behalf of both the Sea Kings and Panthers communities, we sincerely apologize for the manner in which the incident was handled, as well as for the actions of some students. Our student leaders have been able to accept each other’s apologies and move forward. Consequently, we hope that the student bodies of both schools and community will follow.

School pride has always existed at both schools. While we agree that school pride is an important aspect of high school, we believe that it should not influence the ability to make wise decisions. The pride that a student takes in their school community is developed as a result of the achievements of their school. As a community all stakeholders; including students, staff, alumni, and parents need to be leaders in efforts to create a positive rivalry among our schools. Without adults moving forward in humility, our goals towards a healthier rivalry and community unity will not be met.

We are confident and excited to see what the future embarks and we need everyone’s support.

Pecko Lin
PVHS ASB President

Theo Wendorff
PVPHS ASB President


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