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Quino McWhinney

Baby, we love the way this local high school teacher also tops the reggae charts


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Lots of people work two jobs, but not many world-famous reggae singers also teach high school. As the leader of Big Mountain, Quino McWhinney had a worldwide hit in 1994 with a reggae version of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way.” Big Mountain still performs, but McWhinney also teaches audio production at Olympian High School in Chula Vista.

Looking for a steady income, McWhinney started teaching in 2006 when Big Mountain was on an extended break. He finds being both a world-famous reggae singer and a buttoned-down teacher quite amusing at times.

“I run into kids who say, ‘Hey, we heard you on the radio,’ and we have fun with it,” he laughs. “But, eventually, I have to assign homework.”

Big Mountain recently toured Brazil, Japan, and Guam, and will be performing in New Caledonia and Australia in January. Fiji is a possibility if it doesn’t conflict with school. Change may be on the horizon, because McWhinney thinks the band’s latest single, “Leap Of Faith,” could be another “Baby.”  


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When a Del Cerro teenager makes the news on mega sites like the Huffington Post and Jezebel, well, let us bow down and worship. That’s what happened when Rebeca Arellano became the first girl ever to be crowned homecoming king at Patrick Henry High. Later, at the dance, her girlfriend Haileigh Adams was chosen as queen. They are the school’s first lesbian couple to be named king and queen. Way to be open-minded and embrace your classmates’ differences, PHHS Patriots!

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