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October 30, 2013
Re "Privilege and pressure," Oct. 28 The article asks whether standards are too high at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City. The real question is whether standards have sunk too low. At some private schools, the pursuit of excellence is now a smoke screen for meeting the narcissistic needs of parents, helping them compete in an overprivileged class where they demand the very best of everything. Truly great schools focus on the rounded development of the whole student. So when the emotional health of children becomes less important than bragging rights about the number of elite college acceptance letters or having the best stats to put in a brochure, that school needs to raise its standards.
February 23, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
A team of students from the Harvard-Westlake School won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's annual Science Bowl -- displaying science, math and technology knowledge in the "game show style" competition. It was the school's first regional title. Last year's winner, quiz bowl powerhouse North Hollywood High School, fielded a team that came in second place. The competition took place Saturday, at the water and power utility's downtown Los Angeles headquarters, according to LADWP spokesman Walter Zeisl. Teams of four competed in round-robin play in the morning, followed by a 16-team double elimination tournament in the afternoon.  Current events and energy use were also covered, Zeisl said.
November 23, 1996
An unarmed teenager who was shot during what police allege was a botched burglary attempt at Harvard-Westlake School a month ago has been booked on charges of second-degree burglary, authorities said Friday. The 17-year-old high school student, who does not attend the Studio City private school, is recovering from the gunshot wound to his back. The campus' facilities director, Frank Hedge, shot him in an early morning altercation but authorities exonerated Hedge two weeks ago.
October 22, 1996
A Harvard-Westlake school maintenance worker fired in self-defense when he shot a suspected teenage burglar who confronted him in a dark hallway outside the Studio City school's computer lab, a school official said Monday. The employee, who lives in a school-owned house near the private school's campus on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, tried to protect himself when the masked teenager surprised him and fought with him early Saturday, headmaster Tom Hudnut said.
Nicole Frantz, a top scholar, athlete and accomplished dancer at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, was remembered Wednesday during a campus memorial service. Nicole, who died Friday night in a car accident near Mammoth Lakes, was captain of the school's cheerleading squad and planned to attend Emory University in Atlanta in the fall, said Tom Hudnut, headmaster at the private secondary school. About 800 mourners gathered Wednesday morning at nearby St.
October 5, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Times Staff Writer
Westlake School for girls in Holmby Hills and Harvard School for boys in North Hollywood, widely considered among the most prestigious private schools in Los Angeles, have decided to merge, the schools announced this week. Harvard, which has 800 students, and Westlake, which has an enrollment of about 680, send virtually all graduates to four-year colleges, many to such prestigious schools as Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard. Westlake was founded in 1904, Harvard in 1900.
A proposed merger of two prestigious private schools has been delayed a month amid a continuing revolt by parents battling to prevent Westlake School for girls from joining with Harvard School for boys. The 30-day delay of the final vote is the first indication that the merger might come undone. Previously, Westlake administrators and trustees had responded to parents' opposition by saying the merger was irreversible.
July 24, 1997 | DADE HAYES
When his high school graduation day arrived in June, Jordan Krall whooped it up with the rest of his Harvard-Westlake School classmates. But in the back of his mind was organic chemistry. After receiving his diploma, the 17-year-old immediately hit the books, absorbing material not covered by his honors and Advanced Placement courses. The payoff came last weekend when he earned a silver medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Montreal. He returned home to Encino on Tuesday.
October 28, 2013 | By James Rainey
Harvard-Westlake School has plowed relentlessly forward to become one of the top college preparatory schools in the country. But the Studio City academy appears to face formidable opposition in its latest bid to expand and improve its high school campus -- with a 750-space, three-story parking structure and playing field that would replace a tree-covered hillside along Coldwater Canyon. City planners this month released a draft environmental impact report, opening a public comment period of at least 45 days.
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