The Kern High School District is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by recognizing the rich history and contributions made by Hispanic and Latinx individuals. This year's theme is Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving our Nation.
According to the Library of Congress, the observation began in 1986 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a month-long observance by celebrating histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.
Over the next month, you will find stories, videos, and information on this page as we reflect on Hispanic Americans' service and contributions to our nation's history.
Board Proclamation: National Hispanic Heritage Month in Kern High School District
Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Yunuen Paramo Garcia, East High School
Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Diego Gutierrez Monterrubio, Central Valley High School
Golden Valley High leadership students create video for Hispanic Heritage Month
Arvin High ASB celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Shafter High students and staff celebrate their culture and heritage
GVHS tribute- Hispanic Americans: A History Serving Our Nation
Arvin High School: DIY Piñata Candy Box
West High History Field Day team (2017) documentary- Lost Headlines: Mendez vs. Westminster
West High History Field Day team (2018) documentary- From Conflicts to Compromise: Civil Rights in the Fields'
GVHS Ballet Folklorico Valle Dorado
Hispanic Heritage Month Highlights:
Golden Valley High celebrates Bilingual Technician, Eutimia Madrid
Shafter High School Hispanic Heritage Month recognition
History Field Day at West High School- Hispanic Heritage Month
The Library of Congress Virtual Event Calendar:
September 16 Presentation: Researching World War II Spanish Posters at the National Archives
September 17 Discussion Forum: Encuentro en el Smithsonian: Rubén Rada y Pedrito Martinez
September 30 Performance: Changüí Majadero | Cuban Roots Music from California
October 12 Special Event: Americas Award Ceremony
Exhibition Opening in 2020: ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now