The campus, which has about 1,000 seventh- and eighth-graders, received the recognition in 1985 and 1994. But Principal Anita Schackmann said there is more work ahead. Burbank Middle’s score on the state Academic Performance Index – 755 points – is slightly behind the Burbank Unified School District’s other two middle schools. Still, Schackmann said the school, which has a larger portion of the district’s financially disadvantaged and English-learning students, has made strides. Other local schools receiving the honor include Rosemont Middle School in Glendale, which was previously recognized in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 2003. The following schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District also received the award: Nobel Middle/Nobel Math Science Technology Magnet in Northridge; Robert Millikan Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks; Valley Alternative Magnet in Van Nuys; George K. Porter Middle/Gifted Magnet in Granada Hills; High Tech High-Los Angeles in Lake Balboa; and Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Wilmington. BURBANK – For the teachers of Luther Burbank Middle School, giving up their lunch lounge to make room for a science lab was just part of the job. This act, along with improving test scores, won the campus the distinction Monday as a California Distinguished School, one of 171 middle and high schools statewide recognized with the award this year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell broke the news before two dozen teachers in a surprise visit. “They’re making their work relevant to the real world,” he said, pointing to the school’s culinary arts program. “It’s obviously a very dedicated, hard-working staff. They’ve given up their cafeteria – their faculty lounge – so it could be science labs that can be used while the school is being modernized.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!