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February 7, 1998 | PENNY ATKINSON HORSTMAN, Penny Atkinson Horstman is a teacher in North Hollywood
As part of the 1998 Los Angeles dialogue on race relations, I'd like to deal with a question that my husband and I are often asked: "Why do you send your kids to Fairfax High?" My question back is: "Why won't you send your kids there?" Is this a racial issue?
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January 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Just in time for the start of Western League play, Fairfax High is about to get a boost with the return of 6-foot-2 junior guard Lorne Currie to the program. He's scheduled to enroll on Monday. Currie was supposed to be a key player for the Lions until he became academically ineligible last season, then transferred to St. John Bosco. He intends to return to Fairfax after attending St. John Bosco this past semester and will be eligible immediately. He scored 29 points in a game against Harvard-Westlake as a sophomore at Fairfax.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2009 | Catherine Ho
For decades, Fairfax High School's auditorium has played host to student theater and concert productions. But the historic 1924 auditorium, with a Spanish-style rotunda that is an architectural touchstone in the Fairfax neighborhood, could soon play a larger role in the community. The city of West Hollywood is exploring a possible partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District that would allow the theater to be used as a performing arts center.
SPORTS
September 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Los Angeles Loyola is set to play Woodland Hills El Camino Real in the featured game of the James Samson Fairfax State Preview Classic at 8:15 p.m. at Fairfax High on Jan. 25. James Samson was the Fairfax scorekeeper and dedicated volunteer who died this past year. Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani is honoring him by putting his name with the tournament. The schedule: Maranatha vs. Rolling Hills Prep, 9:30 a.m.; Santa Monica vs. Brentwood, 11 a.m.; Price vs. Torrey Pines, 12:30 p.m.; Harvard-Westlake vs. Sierra Canyon, 2 p.m.; Bishop Montgomery vs. Compton, 3:30 p.m.; Gardena Serra vs. Fairfax, 5 p.m.; Windward vs. Chino Hills, 6:45 p.m.; Loyola vs. El Camino Real, 8:15 p.m. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN
There's a soundtrack album out now for "Beverly Hills, 90210," laughably full of light R&B. But halfway-hep Westside high schoolers are a lot more likely to be listening to Mary's Danish, making the Fairfax High gym a demographically correct site for the L.A. band's appearance on Saturday. And as taste in bands goes, the kids are all right--though the ever-promising sextet still hasn't quite yet graduated to a level of purpose that might command equal loyalty among the post-collegiate.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Can a professional theater company thrive at a public high school? The only local model for such a relationship, Theatre 40's residency at Beverly Hills High School, is in danger. Elements within the Beverly Hills school board and the faculty are questioning Theatre 40's continued presence on campus, at least under the terms that have applied there for nearly three decades.
NEWS
February 12, 1987 | IRENE GARCIA
When you have a legitimate superstar--as the Fairfax High basketball team does in 6-8 Sean Higgins--it usually means the rest of the players attract as much attention as a pair of designer jeans in Beverly Hills. But even with the flashy Higgins' three-point collegiate shot range and his snake-like moves to the hoop, it is impossible to overlook 6-7 Chris Mills.
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October 18, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Homicide detectives said Friday that they were seeking two young men in connection with the shooting death of a Fairfax High School student, who may have been killed in a dispute over whether a friend should join a gang. Jun Jo, 18, described by his brother as a good student and a chess enthusiast, was shot once in the head Wednesday afternoon in the basement of a condominium building in Koreatown, where he lived with his parents.
SPORTS
February 28, 1997 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Fairfax High boys' basketball team was disqualified from the City Section playoffs Thursday for using an ineligible player. The infraction was reported by Manual Arts, the school Fairfax eliminated in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. Moments after Wednesday night's game, Fairfax Principal Carol Truscott said her counterpart at Manual Arts, Wendell Greer Jr., shook her hand and told her he would call her in the morning to discuss a possible rules violation.
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March 9, 2002 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fairfax High School students and their parents fumed when they spied the new store that opened for business Friday in front of their campus. Across Melrose Avenue from the school's main entrance was a 1960s-style head shop stocked with water pipes, drug-themed T-shirts and cigarettes. "This is disgusting. They're marketing to teens. We already have a drug problem," said Kehiante McKinley, a 17-year-old senior who stared in disbelief at the bright red "Smoke Shop" sign over the storefront.
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June 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Miguel Villegas , the boys' basketball coach at L.A. Windward, must be taking acting lessons in his spare time this summer, because on Monday night, in the debut of prized incoming freshman point guard Jalen Harris , Villegas was acting way too cool for what had transpired. "He did OK," Villegas said. Yeah, right. All Harris did was score 16 points against a split squad from Santa Ana Mater Dei in his high school debut, a 61-53 victory for Windward in a first-round game of the Westchester tournament.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
It was a vision former USC coach Tim Floyd had. To put Derrick Williams, Lamont Jones and Solomon Hill together and win an NCAA title. Then Floyd left the Trojans in the middle of a scandal involving the football program and basketball star O.J. Mayo, and Williams, Hill and Jones landed at Arizona. Williams became a national star with the Wildcats. Jones played two seasons in Tucson before transferring to Iona in order to be closer to his home in Harlem. Hill is still at Arizona and making life nice for Coach Sean Miller.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The atmosphere was electric Friday night at Fairfax High. There was a packed gym for a high school basketball game matching City Section powers Westchester and Fairfax. Fans got their money's worth. There were dunks by Chaunce Hill of Fairfax. There were blocked shots by Nick Reese of Westchester. There was fabulous point guard play by Jonathan Brown of Fairfax. There were three-point bombs by Myles Stewart of Westchester. And most importantly, there was a game that produced drama at the end. After Lindsey Drew of Fairfax had given his team a one-point lead with an offensive rebound basket with 20 seconds left, Nick Hamilton of Westchester scored on a layup with eight seconds left, enabling the Comets to pull out a 65-64 victory.
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October 9, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Most of the high school band members had never touched an instrument. Most had never marched; most couldn't read music. But in the fall of 2006, Ray Vizcarra resurrected the Fairfax Marching Lions. Wearing red T-shirts, the band belted out the national anthem and school song at the first home football game of the season. The band program at Fairfax High School had been defunct for two decades. But Vizcarra, the new, young band and orchestra director, had gone from classroom to classroom, recruiting students to revive it. In five years, the band won more trophies than Vizcarra can keep track of. Fifteen months after the band's formation, the Marching Lions won their first of two Los Angeles Unified School District band and drill championships.
SPORTS
April 11, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC's new players Name; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Previous school; Comment Strahinja Gavrilovic; F; 6-8; 220; San Diego Rock Academy; Member of Serbian youth national teams can provide an inside presence. *Ari Stewart; F; 6-7; 205; Wake Forest; Averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds as freshman in Atlantic Coast Conference. Brendyn Taylor; G; 6-2; 170; Fairfax High; Only high school player in class averaged 18 points, 3.5 assists and five rebounds last season. J.T. Terrell; G; 6-3; 180; Peninsula College; Could provide much-needed outside threat.
SPORTS
April 11, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Brendyn Taylor, a guard from Los Angeles Fairfax High, has signed a national letter of intent with USC, the school announced Wednesday, the first day of the regular signing period for basketball. Taylor, 6-feet-2 and 170 pounds, averaged 18 points a game last season. "He has a great upside," Coach Kevin O'Neill said in a statement. "He is an athletic wing whose best days are ahead of him. " Taylor, the son of former NBA and ABA player Brian Taylor, is part of a class that also includes November signees J.T. Terrell and Strahinja Gavrilovic.
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October 23, 1996 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a homecoming address at his high school alma mater, GOP vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp mixed stories of his football days as a member of Fairfax High's class of 1953 with a vision of racial harmony in the 21st century. "Racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation are the single most important goals in America here on the eve of the new millennium," Kemp told a packed auditorium of attentive students and teachers Tuesday morning.
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December 3, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Students at Fairfax High School can be forgiven if they don't know the name of drama teacher Marilyn Moody. She last taught at the school in the 1970s, more than a decade before any of today's students were born. But good teachers cast long shadows, and Moody's former students -- the ones who took drama classes at Fairfax from 1959 to 1971 -- remember her as if it were yesterday. Which, for many of them, it was.
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March 28, 2012 | Steve Lopez
He was a shy kid, say classmates and teachers at Fairfax High. Quiet, likable, smart, and determined to go to college - preferably UC Irvine. But the story of Jose Chojolan is a tough reminder that for all of us, from moment to moment, there are no guarantees. One day in January the back pain and numbness that had been bothering Jose for several weeks got frighteningly bad. He went to the doctor, underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot in his neck, and ever since, he's been paralyzed below the neck.
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March 16, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer, Varsity Times Insider
Marty Biegel, who took over as Fairfax High School's head basketball coach in 1969 at a time of racial tension in Los Angeles and united players and students both in the classroom and on the court, died Tuesday. He was 90. Biegel, who taught history in Los Angeles schools for more than 30 years, died at an assisted-living facility in Los Angeles. His death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. When the pint-size Biegel became the varsity basketball coach, Fairfax High was a mostly white, Jewish school near Hollywood that was strong in academics, not sports.
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