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September 22, 1991 | LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 18, Jaime Mercado found himself sprawled face down on the concrete with a police officer holding a gun to his head. He was a passenger in a car involved in a drive-by shooting. Mercado, a 10th-grade dropout, was going nowhere in life and he suddenly realized it. "I knew I had to get out of the streets and go back to school," said Mercado, who is now the principal of Mar Vista High School in San Diego, the same campus where he had dropped out as a teen-ager.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1991 | LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 18, Jaime Mercado found himself sprawled face down on the concrete with a police officer holding a gun to his head. He was a passenger in a car involved in a drive-by shooting. Mercado, a 10th-grade dropout, was going nowhere in life and he suddenly realized it. "I knew I had to get out of the streets and go back to school," said Mercado, who is now the principal of Mar Vista High School in San Diego, the same campus where he had dropped out as a teen-ager.
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