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Upland High School students take Top Honors at Los Angeles County Fair

Upland High School students earn Sweepstakes Awards in Architecture, Woodworking, Robotics, 3D Printing and Design, and Art.



Jorge Padilla (Architecture)

Kyle Whetsel (Architecture)

Anthony Martinez (Woodworking)

Chris Gideon (Woodworking)

Gavin Scott (Woodworking)

Brandin Valdez(Woodworking)

Matt Clyburn(Woodworking)

Dustin Lamb(Woodworking)        

Solei Miner (Art)

Anthony Martinez (Robotics)

Liam Carter (Robotics)

Alina Bacha (Robotics)

Catie Tieken (Robotics)

Melissa Flores (Robotics)


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Architecture visit
Dean Rogan (in black shirt) UHS class of 2017, explains his architecture project from Mt. San Antonio College to current Upland High School Academy of Engineering and Architecture students. Dean came in to show the students in Mr. Brooks’ architecture class what first year projects look like in college.


Are you interested in politics

or social activism?


Come join the Young Democrats

on the 2nd and 4th Fridays

after school!


Room C124


First Meeting this Friday, 9/22


Global Aid Meeting


this Friday, September 22nd


in Room C 124


Help collect bottles and can for recycling


  • Just 30 Minutes a Week!
  • All revenue raised is donated to global charities
  • Earn community service hours for the Service Learning Project or other organizations!

The library hours will be from 7am before school, during the school day, and until 5pm Monday through Friday. 


The library will be open during lunch but the library is meant to be a place in which students have a place to work on academics once they have finished their lunch. All students must be in a seat, working quietly, and there is no food or drink allowed in the library at any time. Student socializing that is not appropriate to a study place will be asked to take their socializing outside.


Printing in which students share school related documents to be printed will not be ready until a later date.

Homework center staffing is still not completed and will also begin at a later date.


When printing and homework center are available, the library will do another notification.


The Black Student Union will be hosting its first field trip of the year and you are all welcome to join us. Juniors and Seniors will have first priority. The date is November 11th (Veterans Day weekend) so please remember that we do not have school that Friday. 


Time is From 2pm-6pm. The bus will pick us up from Upland High School and return to the same location. Details will be discussed at our next BSU meeting. 


Last year several of our students were accepted on the spot, so bring your transcripts and a resume (if you have one). Reserve your spot early as this event is FREE.


BSU meetings are every Thursday in D135 from 3pm-3:45.


See you there


DR :-)


The PSAT will be offered here at UHS on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:45 A.M.  The PSAT is a practice test that will help you get ready for the SAT college entrance exam.  The SAT is required for all four-year universities.  If you have not signed up to take the test, please make sure you sign up in the student store.  The cost is $20.00.  The DEADLINE to sign up is October 6th!  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Gullo or Mr. McCanne in the Guidance Office.  


Cross Country team
On July 24th the Upland Men's and Women's Cross Country team traveled up to Big Bear for their annual running camp. Not only did the 3 day trip allow the Highlanders the opportunity to train in high elevation but it also allowed the members of the team a chance to bond and prepare for the upcoming season. After a rebuilding year last year, the Highlanders are looking to make noise in the Baseline League and clinch a spot in the CIF playoffs. 
Any students interested in running Cross Country this fall can contact Coach Huerta or Coach McGee at either Francisco_huerta@upland.k12.ca.us or William_mcgee@upland.k12.ca.us. All you need is a valid physical and a pair of running shoes. Cross Country is a great way to get in shape for any winter or spring sport!

Cross Country


The Plaid


Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Photographer


    For the first time since the 2012 season, the Highlanders are 4-0, thanks in part to their most recent win against the La Mirada Matadores, last Friday night. When it was all said and done from Highlanders’ Stadium, the final score was 49 to 7, as the Highlanders showed their strength on all three sides of the ball.

    The Highlanders scored an impressive win over La Mirada last Friday night, by dominating all aspects of the game. It didn’t take long for the onslaught of Upland touchdowns to begin, as the home team got their first touchdown, just two and a half minutes into the game. Cameron Davis was able to run in a goal-line touchdown, after the Highlanders’ special teams unit blocked a Matadores’ punt attempt and got the ball down to the one-yard line. The play gave the Upland offense prime position and they made quick work with it, as Davis ran in for the go-ahead touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt meant the Highlanders were up six to zero early.

    With 4:14 left in the first, the Highlanders found the endzone for the second time of the night, after quarterback, David Baldwin, connected with Simon Samarzich, for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was Samarzich’s first of the season. This time, the two point conversion attempt was successful, as Kyle Jones ran it in from two yards out, to put the Highlanders up 14 to nothing.

    La Mirada’s offense had begun to put together a decent drive late in the first, as they worked their way into Upland territory. Unfortunately for the Matadores, the Highlanders’ defense quickly brought an end to the Matadores hopes, as the Highlanders forced a fumble. Upland senior, Leonard Leau, was there to recover the fumble for the Highlanders’ defense. The first quarter would come to a close shortly thereafter and after 12 minutes of play, the Highlanders were up 14 to zero.

    An eventful second quarter saw a major increase in the Highlanders’ lead, as both the Upland’s offense and defense scored touchdowns in this quarter. Quite possibly the highlight of the night occurred with 9:05 left in the second, when Baldwin heaved a pass deep downfield to receiver, Taj Davis. Seemingly locked in a one-on-one battle with his defender, Davis somehow managed to catch the ball around the 10-yard line. From there, Davis hobbled his way into the endzone, as the La Mirada defender was desperately trying to bring Davis down. After a successful PAT kick from Archie Green, the Highlanders were up 21 to nothing.

    The next score came with 6:29 left in the second, as this time it was the Highlanders’ defense making another huge play. Shamar Whestone intercepted a pass from the Matadores’ quarterback and ran it all the way to the house, for a 75-yard pick-six. It was Whestone’s first pick-six interception of the season. Archie Green put up another successful PAT, and midway through the second, the Highlanders were up 28 to squat.

    The home crowd didn’t have to wait long for their team to score once more, as the Highlanders scored another touchdown the very next offensive drive. David Baldwin found an open Bryce Parker, for a touchdown pass, with 2:38 remaining before the end of the half. Although it was Parker’s only touchdown of the night, the senior led the Highlanders in the receiving category, as he caught the ball five times, for 100 yards and a touchdown. After Archie Green’s third successful PAT, the Highlanders were up 35 to nothing.

    As if La Mirada wasn’t already having a bad night, their offense turned the ball over again, just one minute later. Another interception, this time received by Upland defensive back, Jaden Dedman, meant that the Highlanders’ offense was going to get the ball back to close out the half. Heading into the locker room, the Highlanders had a massive 35 to 0 lead.

    The Highlanders quickly scored once more, as soon as the second half got underway, as running back, Cameron Davis, ran the ball in for his second rushing touchdown of the night. The touchdown added to Davis’s stats of the night, which included five rushes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. With 11:24 remaining in the third, the score was 42 to zero.

    Scoring for the Highlanders’ final time of the night would be LeShaun Potts, with seven minutes remaining in the third. Archie Green’s fifth and final PAT of the night was good, and the Highlanders were then up by 49 points. La Mirada eventually scored for the first time of the night, deep in the third, by virtue of a passing touchdown. However, that would be all she wrote, as no scoring would occur after that. The final score from Highlanders’ stadium was 49 to 7.

    Highlanders’ head coach, Tim Salter, had nothing but praise for his team after the game. When asked how the game went, Salter said, “It started out pretty good, when we blocked the punt. We blocked the punt and got an easy score. We had the interception returned for a touchdown.” Salter went on to say, “We did a lot of good things on defense and special teams that kind of ignited everything.” The best way to sum up the night though would be how Salter put it, when he said, “Tonight we scored on defense; we scored on special teams; and we scored on offense. When you do that, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

    Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had another solid performance as he completed 11 passes out of 14 attempts, for 199 yards and four touchdowns. It left Baldwin with a 159.2 quarterback rating, one of his highest of the season thus far.

    The Highlanders will now prepare to take the fight on the road, as their next two games are both away. The first game of the two will be this Friday night, down in Temecula, as the Highlanders will face Great Oak, a team they beat 38 to 25 last season.



Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid Photographer

    The momentous start to the 2017 season continued on Friday night, as the Highlanders travelled to Redlands High School to defeat the Redlands East Valley Wildcats 47 to 26. With strong performances turned in by players Kyle Jones, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, and Justin Flowe, the Highlanders moved to 3-0 in the season, as they prepare to face La Mirada.

    Although the REV Wildcats were able to put up 26 points against the Highlanders defense, the Highlanders ultimately turned in the better overall performance in offense and defense. The scoring began after a nice offensive drive was put together by Baldwin and Co. as they marched up the field, handed it off to senior, Kyle Jones, who promptly ran it in for a three-yard-rushing touchdown, to put the Highlanders up seven to zero early in the first. About six minutes later in the first, it would be Kyle Jones scoring once more, for a 12-yard-touchdown run. Paired with a blocked PAT, the Highlanders were up 13 to nothing, as the first quarter of play came to a close. At this point, it seemed the Highlanders’ offense was finding ways around the Wildcats’ defense.

    After a sloppy drive by the Wildcats, the Highlanders quickly got the ball back in their hands early in the second. Similar to what they had already done twice before, the Highlanders made quick work of the Wildcats’ defense, with ten minutes left in the second. This time, it was Cameron Davis who would run it in from outside of the goal line to score another Highlanders’ touchdown. Although a failed two-point conversion followed, the Highlanders were now up 19 to zero, a familiar sight in the beginning half of this season.

    The Wildcats’ offense eventually found their way to the endzone, as they put up seven points, with eight minutes remaining in the second, by virtue of a passing touchdown thrown by quarterback, Myles Herrera. The pass was caught by Wildcats’ senior, Gabriel Clark. With eight minutes left in the second, the Highlanders were up 19 to 7.

    Perhaps one of the bigger highlights, if not the biggest, of the night, came on the Highlanders’ next offensive drive, with just over seven minutes left before the half. Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, who has turned in an impressive performances in the season’s first couple of games, proved his worth on the next scoring play of the night. Scrambling out of the pocket, Baldwin found an open Taj Davis way down field and the two juniors connected. Baldwin threw the ball at least 50 yards down field, and Davis caught the ball to take it all the way home, to complete a 75-yard-touchdown pass, which then put the Highlanders up 25 to 7.

    An ambitious Wildcat’ home crowd kept their team in the game though, as the Wildcats scored their second touchdown of the night, with three and a half minutes remaining in the second, which complemented a nice drive up the field. Gabriel Clark scored the Wildcats’ touchdown again, this time running it in. Paired with a blocked PAT, the score with three minutes left before the half was 25 to 13.

    Just when the crowd thought the first half was coming to a close, Justin Flowe, the latest phenom for the Highlanders, showed why you can never sleep on the Highlanders’ defense. The sophomore linebacker, who earned 12 total tackles in the night, seven of which were solo, sacked Wildcats’ quarterback, Myles Herrera, in their own endzone for a safety. Two points were thrown Upland’s way and heading into the locker rooms for halftime, the Highlanders were up 27 to 13.

    Midway through the third, junior, Cameron Davis, got his second touchdown of the night for the Highlanders with a 10-yard-rushing touchdown. Paired with a successful PAT kick by Archie Green, the Highlanders were quickly running away with the lead, as the score was now 40 to 13. It would end up being the only scoring play in the third quarter.

    An eventful final quarter of play added some juice to the game, as the Wildcats made a few zigs and zags that earned them two touchdowns. However, it wouldn’t be until after the Highlanders offense scored one more touchdown to cement their lead. On this score, it was Baldwin connecting with Kyle Jones, from six yards out. The completed pass meant Kyle Jones completed the hat trick and scored his third touchdown of the night, an impressive stat certainly. Archie Green kicked another successful PAT, and with 11 and a half minutes remaining in the fourth, the Highlanders were up 47 to 13.

    The Wildcats answered back immediately, as sophomore, Brandon Wells, ran in an 80-yard-plus kickoff return touchdown. The long run to the house got the home crowd excited and added to the already action-filled highlight reel of the night. Then, just one minute later, it was the Wildcats’ offense scoring again after a few passes up the field. After a successful PAT kick by the Wildcats’ kicker, the Wildcats chopped into the Highlanders lead. With 10 minutes left before the end of the game, the Highlanders were up 47 to 26.

    The comeback attempt ended there for the Wildcats, as the Highlanders defense held them at bay for the remainder of the game. Highlanders quarterback, David Baldwin, would exit the game, with roughly six minutes left in the game, due to an apparent leg injury. As of press time, the extent of the injury is unknown, but the injury did appear to be nothing more than bad legs cramps.

    At the end of four quarters of play from Redlands High School, the final score was 47 to 26 and the Highlanders earned their third consecutive win of the season and remain undefeated. Among the notable stats, Kyle Jones carried the ball 13 times for 73 yards, two rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown. Cameron Davis ran the ball 13 times as well, for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Upland junior, Taj Davis, also scored two touchdowns on the night, as he had seven receptions for 178 yards. Taj Davis told the Daily Bulletin after the game, “We know we have things to work on but I still think we’re going to be the best team in our league. We just have to keep getting better.” On defense, Highlanders’ linebacker, Justin Flowe, powered through the Wildcats’ O-line, for seven solo tackles, a safety, and 12 total tackles.

    The Highlanders will now prepare for their fourth game of the season which will be against La Mirada this Friday night. The game will be here at Upland High School, with kickoff at 7:00p.m.



By: Camille Sipple

The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On Thursday, September 7, the L.A. County Fair was host to our very own, Upland Highland Regiment. Recognizing the city of Upland for “Upland Day,” an invitation to perform in the annual parade of the fairgrounds was extended to the regiment. After months of practice, dedication and hard work, the Highland Regiment was ready to give everyone a parade that they would never forget. Even though it was a performance, these students still used it as an opportunity to improve themselves. Sophomore, Raquel Martinez, and bass clarinet player said “[parades] give us a chance to perfect our marching in a much more professional manner.”

    As the regiment marched to their cadences, cheers and smiles surrounded them all, throughout the fairgrounds. The excited cheers of their supporters drove the Highland Regiment to work harder and to enjoy the success after months of hard work. Junior trumpet player, Sebastian Gomez said, “I absolutely love participating in parades because it makes me feel good to hear people cheer for the band.”

    The experience is not new for the Regiment’s older members and some saw it as the kickoff to their last year with the beloved music program. Cameron Nicols, a senior baritone saxophone player said, “It made it so different just taking it all in and realizing I’ll never be able to do that again. It all went by so fast.” Natalie Noriega, a senior flute player also said, “I enjoy marching in the parades […] but it’s bittersweet since it’s my last year.” However, Noriega sees a bright future ahead for the program, long after her class is gone, as she said, “The regiment is continuing to get better throughout the years[...] a lot of the new freshmen are great and strong musicians.”

    With their fall show season about to begin, the LACF parade was a great start to the long season of competition to come. Head Drum Major, E.J. Miranda said that he, “enjoy[s] doing parades because it gives people a chance to see the regiment other than at field competitions.” It was clear that most of spectators cheering the regiment on were Upland High School alumni, who wished to see their alma mater once again and parades just seem to bring a community together to celebrate the good aspects of life. Senior flute player, Delainey Capps said, “Parades are one of the ways that band can represent the community by bringing everyone together.”

     It’s not the end of parades for Regiment seniors, however. The annual Upland Christmas Parade in December will also feature the Upland Highland Regiment on it’s parade route. If you missed this amazing experience at the L.A. County Fair, you can catch it again this winter. See you there!



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