Granite Bay teacher earns national honor

By: Staff Report
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Granite Bay High School teacher Karl Grubaugh has been selected the 2008 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. Grubaugh, selected by a panel of professional writers, editors and educators, will be honored at the November convention of the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association in St. Louis. At GBHS, Grubaugh oversees the Granite Bay Gazette, a full-color advertising-supported bro-adsheet published eight times a year. The Gazette has received numerous honors for its breadth and depth of coverage. A recent issue included a 2,700-word story on class size and a piece on the first male cheerleader in years to join the school’s varsity squad. “We try to make it real world, a real-world product with real-world advertisers, real-world readers and real-world deadlines. With that comes an opportunity to do real-world work that is engaging,” Grubaugh said in a news release. Grubaugh, a media adviser at the school for the past 12 years, holds a master’s degreen in journalism from the University of Missouri. In addition to teaching, he is a freelance writer and editor. As part of the Dow Jones award, Grubaugh’s journalism program will receive a laptop computer. A senior at the school will also receive a $1,000 college scholarship to pursue journalism studies. To view the Granite Bay Gazette online, visit