Narbé Mansourian

Year I Joined HSH: 2001

Hometown: Paris, France

Education: Occidental College, French Literature

Why HSH? For the past 22 years, HSH has served as a home away from home. It has helped me with my growth and maturation, and witnessed my highs as well as lows as both a teacher and human being. It has celebrated with me during my moments of joy, and has let me cry on its proverbial shoulder during my more difficult times. For these reasons set forth, HSH is more than a school to me. Rather, it is a nurturing and loving family that wholeheartedly welcomes one's individuality and contribution to the community.

What causes or non-profits do you support and why? I support the raising of funds and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Years ago, I befriended a preschooler at HSH who was afflicted with the disease. This is when I decided to use my platform as an international bench press competitor to bring DMD to light.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I lived in three continents by the time I was 12 years old. I speak five languages. I hold the bench press world record in my weight class, having won the world championships 11 times.

What piece of advice would you give to a graduating sixth grader? Don't be afraid to be inquisitive and to make mistakes. And don't forget to Make it Count!

#WhoAreYou? #JoieDeVivre (Joy for Life in French)

Favorite Quote: "We must cultivate our own garden" –Voltaire

"Don't forget to Make it Count!" –Mr. Narbé

Favorite LA Restaurant: Joselito's

Favorite Karaoke Song: "Piano Man" –Billy Joel

Favorite Sports Team: French National Soccer Team, Lakers, Dodgers, Paris St Germain, Arsenal