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- “From the Archives: San Diego’s First Junior High Schools Opened 100 Years Ago.” San Diego Union Tribune, September 2022
- La Jolla Music Society “Discovery Artist” Xavier Foley Visits RMS Music, CBS 8 San Diego, March 2022.
- “Roosevelt IB MS Music Improvises During Pandemic.” San Diego Downtown News, March 2021
- “Middle School in the Time of Covid-19.” North Park News, January 2021
- “Assuming the Role of An Ambassador: Junior Model United Nations.” UHCA July 2019
- “A GENIUS LAB FOR BUILDERS, CODERS AND HIGH-TECH TINKERERS.” UHCA, February 2019
Happy 100 Years, Roosevelt International Middle!!
“One hundred years ago, Memorial and Roosevelt Junior High — the first junior high schools in San Diego — opened on Sept. 18, 1922. La Jolla Junior-Senior High, designed by William Templeton Johnson, also opened in 1922.
The middle school trend was part of a new educational philosophy that focused on the development of young adolescents.”
From The San Diego Union and Daily Bee, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1922.
Where Are They Now?
Feature Stories about RIMS Alumni in the News
Master Chef Junior
Nathan Odom, a 13-year-old from Roosevelt Middle School, was crowned the winner of the third season of “MasterChef Junior,” a reality cooking competition on Fox. After preparing a three-course meal in 90 minutes, the North Park resident took the $100,000 grand prize and coveted trophy.
- MasterChef Junior Winner from San Diego, San Diego Union Tribune, February 2015
- MasterChef Junior Champions Since Their Wins, Entertainment Weekly, March 2022
2014 Boston Marathon Winner
Meb Keflezighi gave Boston and America the victory the whole country longed for, but scarcely dared hope for, in the most emotional and significant of all 118 Boston Marathons. He did it with a courage and determination that the whole nation can be proud of. If Boston and America were to find healing from last year’s horrific finish-line attack, there could be no better resolution than by an American winning this Boston Marathon (in 2:08:37), and in such a way. Boston today was a field of dreams. For the Full Story, click here.
U.S. Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera, the U.S. poet laureate from 2015-2017, first found his artistic footing in San Diego, where he spent large chunks of his childhood as the son of migrant farm workers.
In Logan Heights, in the third grade, a teacher asked him to sing “Three Blind Mice” in front of the class. He was scared, but he did it, and the teacher told him: “You have a beautiful voice.”
He remembers that as an awakening, followed by one at Roosevelt Middle School when he joined the choir as a way to get over his shyness and stop feeling like an outsider. For the full story, click here.