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October 4, 1988 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles school board Monday agreed to consider allowing a Birmingham High School senior to start an Amnesty International chapter at her school. A school district official had denied the student, Allison Latt, 17, permission to form such a school-sponsored chapter last fall, saying such groups are prohibited because they are associated with political organizations.
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August 20, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg
If there was a brick wall, they walked into it. If there was a land mine, they stepped on it. When the history of charter schools in the United States is written, Birmingham High School in the San Fernando Valley may stand as a cautionary tale of all that can go wrong when a regular public school tries to convert to an independent charter. Yet despite all the obstacles -- despite a hostile teachers union and shattered friendships, despite a lawsuit and a last-minute financial meltdown -- Birmingham threw open its doors Wednesday as L.A.'s newest charter school.
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April 3, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-year-old boy accused of posting threats over the Internet against his Birmingham High School classmates was sentenced Monday to probation and 125 hours of community service, authorities said. The unidentified youth admitted to a felony charge of making a terrorist threat, Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Feldstern said.
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June 30, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg
After he offended the entire nation of Kazakhstan, the Los Angeles Unified School District was apparently child's play for comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen, in his new guise as gay Austrian fashionista "Bruno," appears in a cover story in the latest issue of GQ magazine that includes a photo shoot with the Birmingham High School football team.
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November 15, 2007
High school football: In Wednesday's Sports section, the top 25 prep football rankings listed Birmingham High School next playing Granada Hills. In fact, Birmingham is playing Granada Hills Kennedy.
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February 18, 1996
Due to overcrowding caused by the addition of ninth-grade classes, four Valley high schools will begin a year-round schedule in July. In contrast, Birmingham High School is able to maintain its traditional schedule. Birmingham has an open enrollment policy. We offer international baccalaureate, advanced placement classes and the only journalism/technology magnet in the district. We are developing a tech-prep program involving graphic arts and automobile repair, with internships for graduates.
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November 14, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI
A 17-year-old Birmingham High School student was stabbed twice in the back Friday, apparently in a gang-related fight on the Van Nuys campus, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The youth was treated at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for wounds that were not life-threatening, Police Lt. Robert Warren said. The youth was stabbed about 3:15 p.m. on the campus at 17000 Haynes St.
SPORTS
May 26, 1989
The Fram SC soccer team plays Newport Harbor of Orange County Saturday at 5 p.m. at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys in the championship game of the U-23 State Circuit. Coached by El Camino Coach Norm Jackson, Fram SC is composed of area players under 23 years old. Fram SC defeated Newport Harbor in a regular season game this season. The Los Angeles Heat will play a Western Soccer League game Saturday against the California Kickers at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Ascot Raceway will hold its annual "Salute to Indy" night Saturday.
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March 6, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
More than 1,200 students from 45 Southern California high schools will compete Saturday in a Shakespeare Festival at Birmingham High School. Aspiring high school actors will perform scenes from William Shakespeare's plays in the 50th annual competition, sponsored by the Drama Teachers Assn. of Southern California. "It's like a giant track meet for kids in drama," said C.J. Foss, play production and drama teacher at Birmingham.
NEWS
November 15, 2007
High school football: In Wednesday's Sports section, the top 25 prep football rankings listed Birmingham High School next playing Granada Hills. In fact, Birmingham is playing Granada Hills Kennedy.
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September 15, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Two gang members were arrested Friday in connection with a shooting earlier this week near Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Walter Oswaldo Guerra, 18, of Van Nuys and Sanderson Montes, 18, of North Hollywood were being interviewed Friday night and are expected to be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon or possibly attempted murder, authorities said. Both are affiliated with the Mara Salvatrucha street gang, police said.
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December 9, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Delmy Lagos stared in surprise as the student's records glowed to life, white letters on a blue computer screen. She was sitting behind her desk at Birmingham High School, in a spare, fluorescent-lit office the size of an elevator, and she was puzzled by what she saw. Lagos is a counselor whose job is to find and help students who are at risk of dropping out. Tony Tacen, the student whose records were before her, didn't fit the profile. He had passed all his classes, often with A's or Bs.
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September 14, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A 16-year-boy was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire near Birmingham High School in the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday afternoon in what Los Angeles police believe was a gang-related homicide. The shooting took place about 3:40 p.m. -- about half an hour after classes let out -- across the street from the campus near Balboa Boulevard and Haynes Street in the Lake Balboa neighborhood.
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February 16, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg and Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writers
One after another, high school dropouts said recently that they gave up in part because they felt no personal connection to their school, Birmingham High in Van Nuys. When Principal Marsha Coates announced plans Wednesday evening to strengthen the bonds that tie students and their families to the school, she didn't have to go far to illustrate the problem. Only about a dozen parents turned out for a meeting called to discuss the school's plans to significantly reshape itself.
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February 3, 2006 | By Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Isaac Castillo watched uneasily as a pack of 15 boys streamed out of a Van Nuys McDonald's. They paraded across Balboa Boulevard, ignoring four lanes of traffic. Isaac and four of his friends headed toward their car in the Del Taco parking lot. The other boys closed in. One faced Isaac. You wanna fight? All year, Isaac, 17, had dodged confrontations with this group of teenagers. A rivalry over a girl had escalated into a bitter grudge. Now whenever Isaac passed one of them in a school hallway, on a street corner, at a fast-food restaurant, he clenched his fists.
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October 23, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
A Birmingham High School science teacher was charged with child annoyance Wednesday after he was accused of making sexually suggestive comments toward two of his female students, including offering one of them an A grade in return for sex, authorities said. Michael Todd Frieson, 23, of Gardena, faces a maximum of 2 1/2 years in county jail and $4,000 in fines if convicted on three counts including battery and child annoyance. Deputy City Atty.
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September 20, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
About 20 members of a committee calling itself "Save the Braves" held a rally across the street from Birmingham High School Friday to protest the Board of Education's decision earlier this month banning references to American Indian names and images in public school mascots.
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January 29, 2006 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
On a September day 4 1/2 years ago, nearly 1,100 ninth-graders - a little giddy, a little scared - arrived at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. They were fifth-generation Americans and new arrivals, straight arrows and gangbangers, scholars and class clowns. On a radiant evening last June, 521 billowing figures in royal blue robes and yellow-tasseled mortarboards walked proudly across Birmingham's football field, practically floating on a carpet of whoops and shouts and blaring air horns, to accept their diplomas.
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December 9, 2004 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Sure, Milton Knox had doubts. Freshmen almost always do. But somewhere deep inside, he knew he belonged, so he stood tall when the upperclassmen belittled him, kept his composure when they became jealous and kept quiet when they taunted him. He also proved his worth and became a starter at defensive back for Lake Balboa Birmingham, which will play Los Angeles Dorsey for the City Section division championship Friday night at the Coliseum.
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