History of WSMA

  • Washington Junior High School Jackie Robinson Octavia Butler

    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.

    Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an African-American science fiction author. She was a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards and, in 1995, she became the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Butler was born in Pasadena, California.  She attended Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy for junior high school.  Her work exemplifies an integration of science and the arts that we strive to provide for our students. In the spring of 2020, the school's library officially became the Octavia E. Butler Library, a dedication that highlights the accomplishments of our illustrious alumna and the importance of reading and writing in the lives of our students

     

    Quotes

    "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