The House System is based on similar programs and physical “houses” at top colleges and universities like Yale, Harvard, and Cal Tech. They are part fraternity/sorority, part mini-college, and part Harry Potter. The purpose is to integrate students in an already small school into smaller cohesive groups to promote cooperation, discipline, and school service. The by-product is competition, cooperation, and fun.
The primary purpose of this program is to encourage students to become responsible members of communities.
Each student is sorted into one of the four Houses. The Houses are named after distinguished American Journalists who made a significant contribution to both their profession and society as a whole.
Named after Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, who was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (called “the Great American Novel) and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Head of House: Davy Keo
House Fellows: Glenda Hurtado, Robin Share
House Prefects: Daniel Pak, Cidnee Corry, Iridian Jimenez, Ludyn Vasquez, Yousef Fatehpour, Anne Lima
Named after John Hersey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and journalist. Hersey’s account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of journalism of the 20th century by a 36-member panel under the aegis of New York University’s journalism department.
Head of House: Leslie Hicks
House Fellows: Paul Bryan, Robert Hoeks
House Prefects: Gor Mkrtchian, Waldir Henriquez, Beatriz Castro, Yasmine Saraf
Named after Marguerite Higgins, an American reporter and war correspondent. Higgins covered World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam, and in the process advanced the cause of equal access for female war correspondents.
Head of House: Dan Cramer
House Fellows: JaYoung Kim, Jacqueline Gorski, Mark Middlebrook, Mabel Wong
House Prefects: Christopher Bower, Brittney Bayardo, Ayla Allen, Maxim Grinfeld
Named after Rubén Salazar, a Mexican-American journalist killed during the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War on August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles, California.
Head of House: Tammie Celi
House Fellows: Paul Viskanta, Adriana Chavira
House Prefects: Jasper Harris, Michella Mousaed, Elyssa Gorospe, Cedric Eusantos, Saba Mahmoudi