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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.
March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ben Sherwood has the kind of resume that could make even a high achiever jealous. A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Sherwood has been a reporter, producer, author and executive. On Monday, Sherwood added the title chairman to his curriculum vitae when Walt Disney Co.  elevated him from president of ABC News to co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. He will succeed Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down to try her hand at directing television.
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.
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.
April 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
NBA center and Harvard-Westlake School graduate Jason Collins came out Monday as the first active gay athlete in a major professional sport. The 34-year-old Los Angeles native who helped lead Harvard-Westlake to two state championships in the 1990s with his twin brother, announced his sexual orientation in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated . “I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different,' ”...
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.
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