History of WSMA

  • Washington Junior High School Jackie Robinson


    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