About Tiger

Tiger is the student newspaper at South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030.  Tiger is published by the advanced journalism newspaper class at SPHS. It was established in 1913.

Tigernewspaper.com is the official website of Tiger Newspaper. Tiger and Tiger Online are forums for student free speech, in accordance with California Education Code 48907.

Editorial Board for 2023–24

Editor-in-Chief: Hanna Bae
Managing Editor for Web: Benjamin Regan
Managing Editor for Print: Ellie Nakamura
News: Ethan Kwak
Opinion: Linda Yun Feature: Morgan Sun
Sports: Rose Vandevelde 
Copy: Clementine Evans
Design: Isole Kim and Emiko (Emi) Essmiller 
Photography: Samantha Shiroishi                                                                                                                                  Business Editor: Ada Borredon 
Faculty Advisor: Karen Hames

Mission Statement

Tiger’s mission is to provide a reliable news outlet for SPHS and the local community. Through a variety of coverage, Tiger empowers/enables students to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, solve problems, set and reach goals, and work cooperatively and independently as responsible citizens.

Publication Policies

Editorial Policy:

Tiger Newspaper strives to inform its audience in a broad, fair, and accurate manner on all subjects relevant to students at South Pasadena High School and the South Pasadena community. Because Tiger Newspaper is an independently run student publication, signed articles appearing in Tiger represent the writer’s opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff, student body, faculty or administration of SPHS. Viewpoints and opinions expressed in unsigned editorials are not representative of the views and positions of South Pasadena Unified School District nor any staff member employed by SPUSD.

Tiger welcomes submissions from students and the community but reserves the right to maintain discretion over publication decision-making. The editorial staff will determine the content of all staff editorials. Signed columns or reviews represent only the opinions of individual authors. Original stories will carry bylines, although stories rewritten by anyone other than the original writer will not receive a byline. Contributing writing will also receive bylines.


Copyright permission for student work to be published is inherent in the relationship between Tiger Newspaper and its staff members. Staff members also retain ownership of all respective content, and content may not be reproduced without express written permission. Likewise, permission is assumed for those non-staff members who submit material for publication.

Requests to Change or Remove Content

Once a story is published, our general policy is to not change or remove any content (including quotes, names and information) due to requests from outside sources. However, we evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis and attempt to correct any errors in reporting. Content will only change if it is found to be false, libelous, dangerous or insensitive. If a story is altered, we will make it clear to the readers what edits were made.


Tiger Newspaper reserves the right to refuse any advertising the editorial board deems inappropriate for the newspaper’s readership or is not in accordance with SPUSD policy. Acceptance of an ad for publication does not constitute an endorsement by the staff, adviser, administration, nor the South Pasadena Unified School District. Advertisement options are available for both print and online. Contact the publications office at (626) 441-5820 ext. 2615 between 12:30 and 3 p.m. or contacttigernewspaper@gmail.com for advertising rates.

The advertiser and advertising agency (if applicable) agree to assume liability, jointly and severally, for the content of any advertisement they have caused to be published in Tiger Newspaper and its platforms and any claim arising from such publication, including, but not limited to, claims for libel, invasion of privacy, commercial appropriation of one’s name or likeness, copyright infringement, trademark, trade name or patent infringement, commercial defamation, false advertising, or any other claim whether based in tort or contract, or on account of any state or federal statute, including state and federal deceptive trade practices acts. In addition, the advertiser and advertising agency agree, jointly and severally, to indemnify, defend and hold Tiger Newspaper and SPUSD harmless for all claims, lawsuits, judgments, liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses of any nature (including the assessment of reasonable attorneys’ fees) resulting from or caused by the publication of any advertisement placed by the advertiser or advertising agency.

Conflicts of Interest

Tiger Newspaper covers a wide range of news/events throughout the South Pasadena school and community — emphasizing timely, accurate, and unbiased newsgathering. It is policy that Tiger staff writers cannot cover any events for which they are involved with the organization in any capacity, including sports team and club competition coverage.

Social Newsgathering

Tiger verifies the authenticity of user-generated content before distributing, holding it to the same standards of accuracy of other content. Tiger credits the owners of the work and sources of information, considering the inherent risk of publishing the content, as well as the emotional state and safety of contributors. Tiger will remain transparent in the manners that the content is used and distributed to other platforms.