US News and World Report Best Schools Report

April 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Here is some wonderful news from our Principal, Ms. Smith.


Aquí es una noticia maravillosa de nuestra Directora, la Sra Smith.

– Jack Tateel


From: Smith, Debbie
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:21 AM

Good Morning Parents, Students and Community Stakeholders,

Here is the latest report from US News and World Report regarding our school’s performance! Once again, we are shining! We are in the top 5% of schools nationwide, rank #845, State rank #134, 16th best magnet in California, Magnet rank #120 which is 5th best in LAUSD, Best High School in the valley~ surpassing all valley charter high schools: Granada Hills HS, El Camino, and Birmingham!

We also ranked ahead of Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Cleveland, Reseda, Taft, CHAMPS, Northridge Academy, Kennedy, Poly, Monroe, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, East Valley, Panorama, San Fernando, Sun Valley, Sylmar, and Grant!

I am very proud of the work my teachers and staff commit every day to the student community at DPMHS! Some of the things we do best are support our students and families through personal connections, recognize student achievement regularly, analyze data and provide interventions promptly, and offer differentiated and rigorous instruction designed to meet the CCSS.

I continue to be so proud of our school!

Best, Deb

Deborah A. Smith

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

Ranked in the top 2% of all high schools in the US!

Parent Conferences-PHBAO Night

October 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

“Click here to see the flyer”flyer

Ms. Hicks is LAUSD Teach of the Day!

December 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm

ABC7 visited DPMHS – see the video

September 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

Greeting DPMHS Community-

Adrienne Alpert of ABC7 came to DPMHS yesterday to do a story about The Pearl Post being named a Pacemaker finalist. The segment aired yesterday evening, so in case you missed it, here is the link to the ABC7 article and video segment:

We are all so proud of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, the dedicated faculty and staff, and of course our talented students!

Please take a moment to watch the video and share with family and friends.

Thank you,


Congratulations to The Pearl Post and Ms. Chavira

September 17, 2014 at 9:50 am

We want to share the wonderful news that The Pearl Post is a finalist in the 2014 National Scholastic Press Association’s Newspaper Pacemaker contest, the highest recognition for a high school publication. The Pearl Post is one of eight finalists from across the nation in the ‘Broadsheet 8 or fewer pages’ category and the only school selected from Southern California!! The winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA National High School Convention in Washington D.C. in November.

Fourteen DPMHS journalism/media students hope to attend this 4-day convention in Washington D.C. this November and they are working hard to raise funds so that they can pay for their registration, airfare and hotel (LAUSD does not provide funds for this activity). If you would like to help these talented students get to Washington D.C., you can donate directly to their cause on the site at

If a copy of the September issue of The Pearl Post didn’t make it home to you last week, you can always visit the online site at for articles and exclusive online content written and produced by our DPMHS students.

Again, congratulations to Ms Chavira and The Pearl Post student journalists!

Thank you,

Mary Bower

DPMHS Short Film Selected for Burbank International Film Festival

June 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

“Don’t Drink & Drive”, a short produced by DPMHS students, has been selected for the 2014 Burbank International Film Festival! The screening is on Saturday September 6th, at 10:00 am at the AMC Town Center 6 Theaters (Theater #1). The Theater address is 770 N. First St. Burbank, Ca 91504. We encourage as many Daniel Pearl Students and their families as possible to go and support the filmmakers work.

More Honors for DPMHS!

May 22, 2014 at 7:16 am

Greeting DPMHS Community,

Our little school was in the spot light again last week!

Ms. Jackie Gorski, our music teacher, was invited to the Queen Latifah Show where she was honored for her work as a music teacher.  Ms. Gorski was award a trip for 2 and accommodations for a week in New York City!  This was a complete surprise for Ms. Gorski and kudos go to the small group of people who were great secret-keepers and didn’t let the cat out of the bag.  The show aired on Monday, May 19th at 2:00 pm on channel 2 and again at 7:00 pm on channel 9. Here’s the link:

The other honor came in the form of a letter from Dr John Deasy, LAUSD Superintendent, to Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, recognizing the success in continuing to raise the Graduation Rate.  Please click here to read what Dr. Deasy wrote.


Mary Bower
DPMHS PTSA (out going) Prez

p.s. On May 15, the DPMHS PTSA elected a new Board for the 2014-15 school year and voted on $4,000 worth of purchases to benefit the school.  A huge ‘thank you’ to the PTSA members and guests who attended this meeting.

2014-2015 DPMHS PTSA Board members:

Charisse Hill – President
Mary Bower – Treasurer
Jean Blas – Secretary
Kane Mara – Membership
Jamie Manzano – Historian
Jill Spector – Auditor

DPMHS Jumps 265 Spots in the National Rankings

April 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

U.S. News and World Report released their 2014 rankings of the best high schools in America (for the 2011-12 academic year), and DPMHS jumped all the way to 515! This puts us in the top 2% in the country.

We also jumped 44 spots to 108th in California.

We have been nationally ranked all three years that we’ve been eligible. Here are the numbers for each year:

Year Academic Year National Rank State Rank API
2014 2011-12 515 (out of 19,411 = 2.65%) 108 (out of 1,872 = 5.77%) 823
2013 2010-11 771 (out of 21,035 = 3.67%) 152 (out of 2,039 = 7.45%) 802
2012 2009-10 746 (out of 21,776 = 3.43%) 139 (out of 1,746 = 7.96%) 776

Great work, Sharks!

Ms. Smith is LAUSD’s Principal of the Day

March 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

On March 14th, 2014 Ms. Smith was featured as the Principal of the Day on LAUSD’s Facebook page.

This is (at least) the third time someone from our school community has been featured by LAUSD.

DPMHS Featured in Magnet Times

February 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Our Journalism and Yearbook students made the front page of LAUSD’s Magnet Times Newsletter for February 2014. Click below for the pdf.

Magnet Times Newsletter February 2014