Manual Arts High School has a proud 109-year history.
Alumni include painter Jackson Pollock, actor Paul Winfield, and
tennis champion Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez. Former teacher Josh
Pechthalt was shaped by – and has helped to reshape – the South
CFT President Josh Pechthalt was a student at Fairfax High in
1970, when United Teachers Los Angeles struck for nearly a month.
He later taught social studies at Manual Arts High School for
more than 20 years, and was on the front lines in 1989, when UTLA
struck a second time.