If Jesse Rodriguez had dropped out of high school, no one would have been surprised. Born in East Los Angeles, he moved to Glendale in his early teens and struggled at one school after another. There were suspensions, arrests and failing grades.
But then something clicked.
“One day, I just thought to myself, ‘What if I have kids one day?’” Rodriguez said. “I would like to have a family and be able to support them.”
He enrolled at Allan Daily High School — a site designed to meet the needs of struggling students —and his grades soared. In November, Rodriguez completed the remaining credits needed to earn his diploma.
And on Sunday, the 19-year-old will be among 135 graduating students recognized for their successful academic achievements at the Adelante Latinos awards assembly at Glendale Community College.
Founded in 2004 by then-Glendale Unified employee Cathie Montoro and school board member Mary Boger, Adelante Latinos strives to support and celebrate Glendale’s Latino students. In order to be recognized, a student must earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0.