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Dos Pueblos High Gives Katy Perry a Welcome Homecoming

Pop star makes triumphant return for private campus concert

Pop star Katy Perry may perform at larger venues now, but she’s unlikely to find a more enthusiastic audience than the students who turned out to cheer on a fellow Charger at Dos Pueblos High School on Tuesday.
Pop star Katy Perry may perform at larger venues now, but she’s unlikely to find a more enthusiastic audience than the students who turned out to cheer on a fellow Charger at Dos Pueblos High School on Tuesday.  (John Conroy photo /

By John Conroy and Jeff Moehlis, Noozhawk Contributors |

On Tuesday afternoon, pop songstress Katy Perry went back to high school, specifically to Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, which she attended as a freshman but left (with a GED) to pursue fame and fortune.

You could say that this worked out well for Ms. Perry. Two of her singles (and counting) have reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, plus she currently has the No. 1 album in the United States.

Of course, in the years after high school, Perry has also become a tabloid favorite, in particular since she started dating and got engaged to Russell Brand, the brilliantly funny (at least in one of our opinions) ex-junkie, ex-sex-addict British comedian. Thankfully, Perry seems to be handling her fame much better than some other young women who regularly grace the tabloid media.

Perry — who emphasized that she is from Goleta, not Santa Barbara as is commonly reported — was back at her old high school for a private concert for the current students and staff. The visit was also tied in with a promotion for the new movie You Again, a comedy that involves grown-ups revisiting high school issues. A few sweepstakes winners had won a free trip to California to catch the concert, plus a special advance screening of the film in Hollywood and an after-party on the beach.

Wearing a Dos Pueblos Chargers cheerleaders uniform, Perry led off with “Hot N Cold,” the hit bipolar love song off her 2008 album One of the Boys. She then peeled off the Charger uniform to reveal a red-and-white striped “sunskirt” complete with red-and-white striped boots. She followed this with her ubiquitous summer 2008 smash hit, “I Kissed a Girl,” which really got the crowd going.

Perry then spoke to the crowd about graduating high school — something she missed — and getting all “grown up” and being able to party in ... Las Vegas. This led to another hit, “Waking Up in Vegas,” sung while flashing a V hand sign. Next she played the title track to her new album, the clubby “Teenage Dream.”

Showing her true colors, Katy Perry proudly donned a Chargers cheerleader uniform to open her concert at Dos Pueblos High.
Showing her true colors, Katy Perry proudly donned a Chargers cheerleader uniform to open her concert at Dos Pueblos High. (John Conroy photo /

It was the intro to her next song that got the most response from the crowd. The 25-year-old Perry noticed a guy in the audience who was the “hottest guy” in her class. He never asked her out, and she said, “So look at me now, sucker!” and launched into the song “UR so Gay.”

A couple of new tunes from Teenage Dream followed: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” about an experience at Zelo on State Street, “Firework,” and the suggestive “Peacock.” She wrapped up the set with this summer’s mega hit, “California Gurls.”

It’s great to see that Perry hasn’t forgotten her roots in Goleta, and Santa Barbara. We’re betting she’ll be welcome any time for a return visit.

John Conroy is a contributing photographer and writer for Noozhawk. Jeff Moehlis is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at UCSB. Upcoming show recommendations, advice from musicians, interviews and more are available on his Web site,

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» on 09.15.10 @ 12:01 PM

I’m trying to figure this out… I’m all for building morale and positive school climate and school-wide assemblies can be an important component to a healthy campus culture.

Still, I’m not so sure how honoring a 9th grade drop out whose recent music video features Snoop Dogg introducing her singing while naked except for the tiniest wisp of faux cotton candy serves the educational mission of a prestigious local high school.

Then she sings her signature hit I Kissed a Girl (OK, it’s an equal opportunity message I guess) and follows with a contraditory message in the sarcastic put-down song Ur So Gay. Suppose before she was rich and famous and before she dropped out of school, young Katy Perry had stood in front of a whole-school assembly covered by national media, pointed to a classmate in the crowd and repeated the first lines of the lyrics of “Ur So Gay”:
“I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf
While jacking off listening to Mozart” ?

How does all this mesh with DP’s self-generated School Wide Learning Results which state, among a lot of other high-minded goals, that Cornerstones to Dos Pueblos Student Success are Academic Achievement, Responsible Citizenship and Effective Communication, including the following sub-categories:
—Know and apply the core concepts of English language arts
—Demonstrate ethical, courteous, and cooperative behavior
—Pursue knowledge of career opportunities and education beyond high school

I’m just trying to figure all this out.

» on 09.15.10 @ 01:57 PM

Hot, Hot, hot!

By the way username:Passerby its called art and it has been around for centuries get used to it. Some of the most successful people of our time drop out of school. I mean look at Bill Gates dropped out of College.

Just because she isn’t a sheep and didn’t follow the norm doesn’t make her success inferior.

» on 09.15.10 @ 03:50 PM

Dont worry, Contra5, in a few years you’ll be past puberty and maybe you’ll be able to think straight again.

» on 09.15.10 @ 04:08 PM

I just find it funny that she sang the ” U r so Gay” and the “Peacock” song, esp with the principal being gay also. I wonder what her reaction was to it.  But what a great opportunity for DP students. Congrats!

» on 09.15.10 @ 07:55 PM

Please pass it by,(passing by),,, because what took place on the DPHS campus was an amazing, unique and unforgetable experience that many students will always be thankful for.  Try going back into your high school days.  Regardless of what musical act played, how cool would that be to see such entertainment in a place you go to every day? If you choose to complain about such matters, I hope your words fall into ashes on the page.  It was for the students, and they loved it.  Go Chargers!!!  Thank You Katy Perry for showing us your spirit and artistic intelligence on stage at the Greek Theater.  She played HER songs for the school that she attended.  It does not matter that she attained her GED.  In no way did she “drop out”.  She tuned in to a talent only a few people have and made quite a good choice.  I wish her the best in life.  Thank you Goleta/SB and most especially DPHS for letting this happen.

» on 09.20.10 @ 02:06 PM

Sadly, I’ll bet this was an “amazing event” for the kids at DP… but I remain sincerely glad that in my era our idols were Joni Mitchell, Judi Collins, Joan Baez, Carole King, Carly Simon… it’s difficult to see the “talent” in trashy lyrics and super-tight attire… once there was Allure… now it’s all thrown-in-your-face. Ah well. Having the “arts” driven by post-pubescent male instincts certainly has lowered our standards… So “cheap and sleezy/easy” is in?

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