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June 3, 1989 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Hawthorne High School boys' 400-meter relay team has a problem. It can't find the competition in California it needs to set a national record. For the third consecutive time in the last two weeks, the Cougars broke their State record. They won their heat in a time of 40.24 seconds during the preliminary portion of the State Track and Field Championships before 5,240 fans at Cerritos College Friday night. The finals are tonight, with field events beginning at 5 and running events at 6. With their time, Hawthorne's sprint team moves into the fourth spot on the national all-time list.
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February 8, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez and Ruben Vives
It was the day of the brainiac. Across California, nearly 10,000 students -- pencils in hand, minds reeling after hours of study -- battled in a series of academic contests Saturday that, unlike previous years, all landed on the same date. More than 100 high schools faced off in two regional decathlons at USC and UCLA, while 25 more competed in a science bowl at Caltech. And in a low-slung county district office in East L.A.
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May 2, 1989 | Lonnie White
For the second consecutive year, the Hawthorne High School boys' sprint relay teams, which have dominated state competition the last six years, traveled across the country to compete in the Penn Relays but couldn't win a championship. After finishing fourth in the 400-meter relay last year, the Cougars finished second last Saturday on a rainy afternoon before a crowd of 27,159 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. In a photo finish, Hawthorne lost to Camperdown High of Kingston, Jamaica, which was timed in 41.23 seconds.
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March 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Police boosted patrols at Hawthorne High School on Friday to prevent further violence after a brawl involving dozens of students the day before, officials said. No disturbances were reported Friday, said Police Capt. John Beerling. One male student was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony assault on an officer and taken to Eastlake Juvenile Hall, Beerling said. Twenty-five other students were cited and released, he added.
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January 17, 1991 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hawthorne High School security chief Jerome Brown--who was recently suspended for six months on administrative charges that he disobeyed his superiors, threatened a district official and interfered with the arrest of a student--resigned from his post last week. Brown said he resigned last Thursday because "it was obvious I'm not going to be getting my job back and, even if I do, I won't feel comfortable going back."
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November 1, 1986
A Hawthorne High School football player collapsed on the field during a game Friday night and died later at Robert Kennedy Hospital in Hawthorne, a hospital spokeswoman said. Jeff Chai, a senior, collapsed with 32 seconds left in the game between Hawthorne and Culver City at Hawthorne. According to a witness, paramedics attempted to revive Chai before transporting him to the hospital, where he died at approximately 10:45 p.m., the hospital's Madonna Bartasavich said.
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March 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of unruly teen-agers invaded Hawthorne High School today, vandalizing and looting the school, stores and cars in a march to protest alleged racism at the school, authorities said. "During the march, the students became unruly and began rioting," Police Sgt. John Beerling said after officers in riot gear were called in from several police agencies. "They looted, damaged automobiles and committed other acts of vandalism and swarmed onto the campus," Beerling said.
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August 26, 1990 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Racial divisions remained firmly drawn in the Centinela Valley Union High School District Thursday night as trustees chose the interim successor for a controversial black principal amid continuing allegations by some residents that the district has not treated blacks fairly. Trustees, who had demoted Kenneth Crowe as principal at Hawthorne High School, replaced him with John Carter, the white vice principal of the district's adult school and an 18-year veteran of the district.
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March 15, 1990 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Torrance developer who angered parents and school officials six months ago when he tried to build the nation's largest 24-hour pool hall next to Hawthorne High School has opened a smaller pool hall at the same location. The developer, Jerry Jamgotchian, president of Equity West Development Co., opened South Bay Pool on Saturday.
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July 7, 1989
Hawthorne High School is one of 50 high schools in the nation and two in California to be named winners of the Concerned Businessmen's Assn. of America's "Set a Good Example" contest. About 4,500 schools participated in the contest, said association chief Barbara Ayash. Teacher Rich Allen supervised the local entry, which included student projects and articles in the school newspaper and yearbook on Hawthorne High School's drug abuse awareness programs.
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June 25, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leased laptops have been turned in, finals are over, and the navy-and-khaki uniforms have been packed away for the summer. As the faculty and families at a pioneering school for the largely Latino immigrant community of Lennox gathered last week to celebrate the end of the first academic year for Animo Leadership Charter High School, it also was time to take stock.
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June 23, 2000 | MANUEL GAMIZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erik Castillo graduated Wednesday from Hawthorne High School and has only about three weeks of civilian life remaining. He'll visit Las Vegas with his father, celebrate Independence Day with his neighborhood friends and spend time with his family and girlfriend. On July 13, the 17-year-old will exchange his loose-fitting jeans and T-shirt for U.S. Army fatigues and begin nine weeks of basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla.
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September 8, 1999
As a teacher of high school English and English as a second language, I take strong issue with the conclusion of "Ethnic Gap Widens in SAT College Exam Scores" (Sept. 1), in which we are told: "American high schools are failing to provide minority high school students with enough rigorous courses to prepare them for college." Once again, schools and teachers have become the whipping boys for the real source of the failure: students' (and their parents') failure to take individual, personal responsibility for their own education.
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June 6, 1998
Students from Van Nuys and Hawthorne high schools walked away with first-place awards at the 21st annual Robert Herndon Engineering and Science Seminar in El Segundo on Friday and students from Charles Drew Middle School near Watts took first place in their age group. Students from 19 Los Angeles-area schools competed for U.S. Savings Bonds. The event's two categories were experiments and essays.
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October 10, 1997
Growing enrollment at schools that feed into the Centinela Valley Union High School District has prompted the district to make plans to reopen Lawndale High School. The district plans to spend $1.5 million beginning next month to renovate the school to accommodate 9th- and 10th-graders next fall. The district plans to add a new 9th grade class each subsequent year, said Sonja Davis, who is scheduled to become principal.
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August 25, 1995 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
He is not donning shoulder pads and a helmet, but Phil Fonua is happy to be back on the football field, just the same. The former prep All-American nose guard who suffered a life-threatening ruptured brain aneurysm last year has become an assistant coach at Hawthorne High. In charge of linebackers and running backs on the freshman team, Fonua, 18, is directing players not much younger than he.
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March 8, 1990
Four student protesters at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale said they were suspended Wednesday for five days for participating in the mass walkouts at the school earlier this week in protests against alleged racism. About a dozen others said school officials ordered them off the campus for the rest of the day. School officials could not be reached for comment but the students showed a reporter their suspension slips.
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August 3, 1990
A controversial former administrator at Hawthorne High School has been named to replace ousted principal Lawrence Freeman as the head of Inglewood High School. Inglewood trustees decided that Kenneth Crowe, demoted in June from the Hawthorne principal's office to the classroom, had been the victim of a political maneuver. "We just based our decision on his qualifications," said Inglewood school board President Lois Hill-Hale.
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April 21, 1994 | LISA RICHARDSON
Former Hawthorne High School Principal Kenneth Crowe, who two years ago charged the Centinela Valley Union High School District with racial discrimination, has reached a $425,000 settlement with the district. Two years ago this week, Crowe's charges of racism at Hawthorne High School sparked two days of student walk-outs and fights.
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April 10, 1994 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first it seems puzzling, that educators from all over the United States and other countries admire, tout and study the Lennox School District. It is, after all, a district whose students consistently perform poorly on state standardized tests. Then there is Lennox itself, which does not seem a magnet for visitors. A port of entry for immigrants, Lennox has become a textbook example of a community in the grip of poverty, gangs and crime.
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