Passing of Emilio Urioste

    The Burbank Unified School District is profoundly sad to announce the passing of long-time teacher, principal, and administrator, Emilio Javier Urioste, Jr.

    Emilio began his teaching career in the mid-1980s before joining the District in 1991 to teach Spanish and History at John Burroughs High School, the school site he would call home for more than 20 years. In 1998 he became the school’s Assistant Principal and was quickly promoted to Principal, a position he held until 2012. In 2012, he joined the District Office to serve in the role of Director of Secondary Education. In 2014, he became the Director of the Burbank Adult School, overseeing the creation of the Independent Learning Academy (ILA) and providing leadership to the FACTs Program.

    “Mr. U.,” as many of his students called him, never failed to inspire, uplift, and encourage those around him. Former Burbank teacher and Board Member Dave Kemp described him as a person “with a serious outward demeanor, but a heart that said much more; Emilio was a good man and an outstanding educator and administrator. He so often showed his inner self when it came to dealing with kids and others in tough situations.” During his time as the principal of Burroughs many people will remember Mr. U. greeting the students as they arrived at school with a big smile, his deep voice always giving encouragement, “You got this, my friend!”

    Arrangements are still being made and details of any public events will be shared. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his colleagues, his former students, and everyone who had the good fortune to call him their friend.

    Emillo Urioste

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District Anti-Racist Statement: The Burbank Unified School District officially denounces racism as the product of white default/supremacy culture and recognizes the impact of systemic and generational racism as traumatic to our country, community, and school district. In light of continuing racial violence, including the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Andres Guardado, Dijon Kizzee, and many others, we also recognize that Black people in this country have had a unique and traumatic history in terms of racial relations, equality, and equity. We stand with the truthful and humane statement that all lives cannot matter until Black lives and the lives of indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) matter. We are taking steps to actively work towards being fully anti-racist, not only in word, but also in policy, practice, and accountability. Change is rarely easy, but with the support and cooperation of the entire Burbank school community we know that we will reflect a district that is truly unified.

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