Two popular former teachers died earlier this month, the school's student newspaper The Californian reported.
On April 1, John Korzick, who left Cal High last year to pursue a teaching opportunity in China, died unexpectedly of a heart attack. He was 65.
Korzick was named and helped establish the Engineering Academy in 2009.
“He was a visionary,” said Principal Mark Corti to The Californian. “He helped get the resources to expand (the Engineering Academy.)”
“Mr. Korzick was my husband of 42 years and my best friend,” said Mary Korzick. “He loved his daughters who all went to Cal High and their families very much.”
On April 7, Spanish teacher Margarita Dickenson died from liver cancer. She was 42.
Dickenson taught at Cal High for three years and was described by students as having a creative style that made learning fun.
“It was more than the student-teacher relationship, each person was an individual to her,” Cal High sophomore Jessica Ramsey said to The Californian.
"She was my best friend,” said Spanish teacher Lilliana Maculus. “I loved her with all my heart.”
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