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February 4, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer
The only way either of the Boykin brothers, Jamal and Ruben, escaped his family chores while growing up was to defeat the other in a game of one-on-one basketball. "We have a big yard and big trees, so the loser would have to do a lot of stuff," Jamal said. "You would have to rake the leaves in the front of the house, the side of the house and the back of the house. The games were real personal. You'd feel sorry for the loser, but you didn't want to be raking leaves."
March 26, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Detroit's efforts to once again become a vibrant and self-sustaining city has gained some cachet with L.A. residents, says Detroit native Tiffany Allison. She sees that with her jewelry line,  Detroit Trash . She is the granddaughter of an antiques dealer and learned from him the value of lots of tiny items, "little bits of history," as she calls them. They include Masonic star pendants from a jewelry store that burned down, keys to auto workers' lockers and metal ID tags for the workers' tools, high school class rings, carnival prizes and miniature license plates.
October 8, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Two gang members pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder for killing a former student inside Fairfax High School last September during a fight over the use of a public telephone. Antoine (Tony) Thompson, 18, was shot in the back while he was in the school to visit a special education teacher who had helped him cope with dyslexia, a reading disorder. Shawn Christopher Boykin, 18, and Andre West, 17, could be sentenced to 16 years to life, Deputy Dist. Atty. Loren M. Naiman said.
January 24, 2014 | By Wendy Kennar
Our entire relationship history can be summed up within a 10-mile radius. It starts in 1976. Paul and I were born at Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Boulevard, two weeks apart. He jokes that he winked at me as I was wheeled by. For a brief time, his mother worked for Pacific Telephone, the same company that employed my dad for 30 years. It wasn't until our junior year at Fairfax High School that we met. We wound up in the same English literature class, sat near each other and bonded over our mutual dislike for our disorganized teacher.
Brendan O'Hare, drummer of the Scottish band Teenage Fanclub, had a little misconception about the group's concert tonight at the Fairfax High School auditorium. "I think it'll be fun to play an all-girls' high school," he said by phone from his home in Glasgow. It was almost a shame to break the news that Fairfax is co-ed. "Well, that's what we were told," he said, sounding slightly crestfallen. But he shouldn't be too sad.
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.
An enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,500 jammed the auditorium and grounds of Fairfax High School on Sunday, yelling and applauding in support of several nationally known activists who oppose any U.S. offensive against Iraq. It was by far the largest expression of anti-war sentiment in California regarding the Bush Administration's Persian Gulf policy since U.S. troops were sent to Saudi Arabia in August. Nationally, the largest turnout calling for withdrawing U.S.
In the 1960s Fairfax High School was riding high on an academic pinnacle, a proud reflection of a community where students packed advanced placement classes, enriched their studies with drama and music productions and then surged on to college. In January, 1993, the school remains a microcosm of the community--one that has dramatically changed and reflects the myriad disturbing issues confronting public education in Los Angeles.
March 14, 1986
Center Derwin Appleberry of Christ College Irvine was named to the National Little College Athletic Assn.'s All-American team Thursday. The 6-foot 6-inch junior averaged 25 points per game this season. Appleberry previously starred for Fairfax High School.
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.
March 6, 2012 | Steven Zeitchik
When Tyler Long, a 17-year-old high-school student from Murray County, Ga., found himself being verbally abused by his classmates, he did what most teenagers would do: He tried to ignore them, then went to his teachers. But when Long's complaints fell on deaf ears, he made a tragic decision: He wrote a suicide note and hanged himself in his bedroom. Long's story is one of several eye-opening tales in "Bully," a documentary about intimidated teens that seeks to do for child bullying what "An Inconvenient Truth" did for global warming.
August 8, 2010 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
They stood on the South-Central pavement, filled with confusion and terror. On the ground in front of them they saw their brother, Eddy Hernandez, killed by a single gunshot. Blood covered the concrete. Squad car lights flickered. Caution tape swayed in the wind. But the Hernandez family heard almost nothing at all. Eddy Hernandez, 30, and four of his five siblings were born deaf or hard of hearing. His brothers and sisters who gathered on the 3700 block of Main Street could only gaze as his body was examined and carried into the January night.
June 1, 2009
Re "An unusual prom queen," May 28 The fact that an openly gay student is one of the most popular kids at Fairfax High is yet another welcome sign that our sons and daughters will make this world a better place. But I wish the young man had run for prom king. He's not a woman -- he's gay -- and there's nothing about being gay that makes you less of a man. Tommy Moran Encino -- The paramount truth of the politically correct dogma is that "how you feel " is all that matters.
April 7, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The faculty at tradition-proud but low-performing Fairfax High School has worked for two years on a plan to improve the school while also attracting long-absent middle-class families. Scheduled to start next fall, the new setup includes dividing the sprawling campus into small academies -- each with a different theme, each designed to devote attention to every student. But there's something Fairfax wasn't planning on.
March 2, 2008 | Kurt Streeter
Only time will tell what will become of Renardo Sidney. With any luck, his future will be full of brightness: lined with more fame and fortune than most of us could handle or hope for. But there are still years to go between then and now. Between the junior year for a teen who is arguably America's best high school basketball player, and the NBA, where potential stardom awaits. First he must finish high school. Then he must head to college for at least one year. Anything could happen.
June 11, 1987
Lisa Gall, a junior at Fairfax High School, has been selected to serve as a congressional page in Washington. She was nominated by U. S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and was selected by the Democratic Personnel Committee. Gall, the daughter of Vivian and Rocky Gall of Hollywood, was among 54 students nationwide who were chosen to participate. She'll begin her new duties on Monday and continue through July 12.
April 20, 1989
The Rev. Carl Bean, founder of the Minority AIDS Project, and Virginia Uribe, a guidance counselor at Fairfax High School, this week were named man and woman of the year by the organization that sponsors the annual Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration in West Hollywood. Christopher Street West, the nonprofit corporation that sponsors the celebration, presented the awards Tuesday at the Le Parc Hotel in West Hollywood. Bean, a Los Angeles minister, was recognized for his work in founding the Minority AIDS Project, which provides services to AIDS patients in the minority community.
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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