What Was the Grade-Changing Scandal at San Dimas High School?


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Two 18-year-old students were arrested in June 2015 for hacking into San Dimas High School's computer network and changing the grades of 120 classmates. The pair allegedly charged an undisclosed number of the students $500 each for the service, while tampering with the scores of others just to throw off authorities.

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In an email obtained by "NBC Los Angeles News," the school's principal, Michael Kelly, told parents that the changes were to "gradebook scores" only, and that he was "very confident that [the school's administrators] have the ability to restore all of the impacted scores." Detectives from the Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were responsible for the investigation, and the hack did not result in any missed deadlines for transcripts to colleges, according to Principal Kelly.

Prior to the scandal, the school thrice was named a "California Distinguished School" and made Newsweek Magazine's list of "America's Best High Schools" in 2010. Notable alumni include: Jamie Dantzscher (Olympic gymnast), D. J. Hackett (wide receiver) and Chris Pettit (baseball outfielder). The school's football program was also noted in the 1989 movie "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," and in an album released in 1999 by The Ataris.

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