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September 20, 1992
I have known Jim Berk, the outgoing principal of the Hamilton High Schools Complex (Times, Sept. 3), for six years. Jim has energy, vision and charisma. With his outstanding administrative skills, he was able to turn a school with a declining enrollment into one that now boasts a waiting list of 1,000 students and a national reputation for its outstanding programs. He wooed the private sector and raised millions of dollars for Hamilton. Hamilton and its students were Jim's top priority, and he wasn't afraid to buck a system that is no longer working.
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February 11, 1993 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the sudden departure of Wunderkind Principal Jim Berk last year, the Hamilton High Schools Complex took the unusual step of launching its own nationwide search for a replacement. Today, San Bernardino educator Nina Russo takes over at the Westside campus, becoming the first Los Angeles Unified School District principal to be chosen without prior screening by the central administration. She is also the first high school principal hired from outside the district.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1993 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the sudden departure of Wunderkind Principal Jim Berk last year, the Hamilton High Schools Complex took the unusual step of launching its own nationwide search for a replacement. Today, San Bernardino educator Nina Russo takes over at the Westside campus, becoming the first Los Angeles Unified School District principal to be chosen without prior screening by the central administration. She is also the first high school principal hired from outside the district.
NEWS
September 20, 1992
I have known Jim Berk, the outgoing principal of the Hamilton High Schools Complex (Times, Sept. 3), for six years. Jim has energy, vision and charisma. With his outstanding administrative skills, he was able to turn a school with a declining enrollment into one that now boasts a waiting list of 1,000 students and a national reputation for its outstanding programs. He wooed the private sector and raised millions of dollars for Hamilton. Hamilton and its students were Jim's top priority, and he wasn't afraid to buck a system that is no longer working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While actor Edward James Olmos counseled youths who clashed earlier this week at North Hollywood High School, student leaders at Gardena High offered a few words of wisdom Wednesday to their peers across town. "Don't show your ignorance by fighting. It's not worth it," said Gardena High senior class President Cerissa Stein. "In the end you only hurt yourselves."
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September 16, 1994 | GARY LIBMAN / LOS ANGELES TIMES
Here's a tip for high school students seeking college scholarships for the 1995-'96 school year or beyond: Start now. "Don't wait until May of your senior year. By then the process is over," says Jack Wright, a counselor at Santa Monica Community College. Seniors can use the fall to collect materials for scholarship applications due this winter, says Laurice Sommers, a college counselor at the Hamilton High Schools Complex.
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October 28, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fighting and shouting matches that began at North Hollywood High School spread to two more Los Angeles Unified School District campuses Tuesday, prompting the superintendent of schools to issue an unusual directive ordering principals to rally student leaders to forestall the spread of racially motivated violence and other incidents.
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November 1, 1992 | LOIS TIMNICK and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The news spread like wildfire: "There's big-time trouble at Hami!" But when no details were forthcoming, rumors soon filled the news vacuum. There had been a shooting. Multiple injuries. A race war. Within an hour of those first reports Tuesday morning, the Hamilton High Schools Complex was surrounded by television crews, police officers and panicked parents. Schools across the Westside went on alert, fearing that Monday's melee at North Hollywood High had become contagious.
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September 3, 1992 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Wunderkind of public education in Los Angeles is moving on. In a blur. After less than three years as the youngest and one of the most dynamic principals in the city's history, Hamilton High Schools Complex Principal Jim Berk has resigned to take a job in the entertainment industry as executive director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Foundation, the nonprofit side of the organization that sponsors the Grammy Awards.
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