History of WSMA
Some milestones in the history of Washington Steam Multilingual Academy (and PUSD)
1924: George Washington Junior high school opened with 500 students and 25 faculty members.
1926: Jack Parsons, one of the principal founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, attended Washington Junior High School
1935: Jackie Robinson attended Washington Junior High School
1970: Pasadena public schools were desegregated by federal court order
2003: Pasadena Education Network formed with a focus on providing information about the Pasadena public schools and connecting families interested in learning more about their options
2012: Washington Middle School was changed to Washington STEAM Magnet Academy
2013: Pasadena Unified was awarded $3.1 Million Magnet Program Grant by U.S. Department of Education to fund magnet programs at 4 schools, including Washington STEAM Magnet Academy (WSMA).
2018: The U.S. Department of Education awarded an additional magnet grant to implement a Dual-Language Immersion Program (DLIP) at WSMA, renamed as Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy.
"Through hardship to the stars" -- motto of Jack Parsons and his friend from Washington Junior High School, Ed Forman
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." -- Jackie Robinson
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being." -- Jackie Robinson