Rooks makes history interesting

Behind the Whiteboard: David Rooks


Lucy Adame, The Freelancer

History teacher Dave Rooks grades papers in his classroom.

Lucy Adame, Opinion Editor

At one point or another, every student at La Serna has heard of, seen, or been taught by David (Dave) Rooks, or as some people call him, “Mario Lopez’s long lost brother.” Undoubtedly awesome, his jokes and ability to apply history to teenagers daily lives, to help them understand the content, has made him a memorable and respected teacher. Whether he’s teaching U.S History or World Civilization, his teaching skills are remarkable.

Rooks has been teaching history for 12 years. He went to Katella High School in Anaheim, and got his Master’s Degree in history at Cal State Long Beach. During some of his years at La Serna, he was also a swim coach. Some of his favorite memories from his life so far include completing his Master’s Degree, getting married, and having his 1st child, Emma, and his 2nd child, Cal. He absolutely hates country music, and idolizes Mr. Rogers.

Describe your personality.

Easy-going, left-handed dude.

Describe yourself in high school.

Student athlete; I played baseball, water polo, and swimming.


Surfing, swimming, working on my house.

If you could go back to any time period of history, which would you choose?

1950’s in America, because of the music, clothing style, and the architecture.

What is your favorite word? 


If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?

I envy Aquaman’s abilities. He gets a lot of flack from critics, but I think he’s a pretty rad dude.

How do you celebrate the end of a school year?

Usually go to a nice dinner with my wife!

Any summer plans?

Sell our house and hopefully buy a new house!