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June 15, 1991 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fight between a black youth and a Latino youth at Hawthorne High School on Friday erupted into a racially tinged melee that involved more than 200 students, spilled onto neighboring streets and forced school officials to cancel classes, authorities said. The brawl was the second in less than two months in the Centinela Valley Union High School District, which has been plagued by racial tensions among students, teachers, administrators and board members over the past year.
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July 21, 1990 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
McKinley Nash, superintendent of the troubled Centinela Valley Union High School District, was abruptly fired Friday, more than four months after students staged massive walkouts to protest allegations of racism in the district. The controversial administrator, who is black, had been superintendent since 1984. Teachers in the district had criticized Nash for not doing enough to improve student performance and for branding their criticisms of him as racist.
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November 4, 1993 | CAROL CHASTANG and TERESA ANN WILLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Winners in the Centinela Valley Union High School District election say their top priority will be to strengthen a system hobbled by racial friction, teacher disputes and budget problems. Board President Pam Sturgeon, the only incumbent in the race, beat two challengers Tuesday to retain her seat in Area 1, which covers Lawndale. Her allies in the two other races, Area 2 and Area 5, also won.
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March 6, 1990 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monday's demonstration by students from two South Bay area high schools, which was sparked by the resignation of a popular black principal, culminated months of racial tension in a district that has seen dramatic ethnic changes in recent years. Hawthorne High Principal Ken Crowe announced last Wednesday that he would resign at the end of the year under pressure from the Centinela Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees, which decided last week to reassign him.
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April 4, 1991 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing has accused the Centinela Valley Union High School District and its board of trustees of racial discrimination against two high-ranking former black employees at Hawthorne High School.
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June 14, 1991 | ELAINE WOO and KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It started as a teen-age prank: Dennis had hidden Albert's notebook. One boy started pushing, the other shoved back. Soon, the two Leuzinger High School students were pounding each other with their fists. The scuffle, as Dennis sees it, went deeper than it seemed. Dennis is black and Albert is Latino. In junior high, they had been friends.
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August 29, 1990 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A long-awaited state report on racial tensions in the Centinela Valley Union High School District recommends that the district develop wide-ranging programs to reduce racial conflicts, including setting up an ombudsman program to look into complaints, and setting a strong anti-discrimination policy.
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September 5, 1993 | CAROL CHASTANG and KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When school starts Tuesday in the Centinela Valley Union High School District, students will be able to buy lunch from Taco Bell, Burger King, Pizza Hut, McDonald's or Subway. And the students won't have to leave campus. Because of a newly enforced closed-campus policy, students at Leuzinger and Hawthorne high schools will not be allowed to leave campus without written permission from a parent.
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March 7, 1990 | HUGO MARTIN and MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Unrest continued Tuesday at two South Bay high schools as students staged a second day of protests against alleged racism and the resignation of a popular black principal. At Hawthorne High School, Principal Ken Crowe told about 40 students attempting to leave campus that he would ask the Centinela Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees to rescind his resignation. "I have no intention of going anywhere," he said.
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September 17, 1993 | CAROL CHASTANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stretched out on the grass during lunchtime, Jeffrey Norman looked inside the brown McDonald's bag and got angry. The Hawthorne High School student had plunked down $3.50 for the two-cheeseburger combo. He found the burgers, but something was missing. "They put chips in here and a soda. No french fries," the freshman said, tossing the small bag of chips on the grass. "McDonald's isn't McDonald's without french fries." Another unsatisfied customer. And there have been plenty.
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