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July 27, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney mulled over arithmetic problems together. Lana Turner ditched typing class and got discovered as she sipped a Coke across the street. And Carol Burnett wrote and edited the school newspaper. Hollywood High School will turn 100 years old next month.
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March 31, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
A team of tech-savvy students from North Hollywood High clinched the national championship this past weekend in Maryland at the CyberPatriot VI competition, which tests their cyber-security knowledge.  Composed of 11th-graders, Team Azure -- Henry Birge-Lee, Isaac Kim, Jacob King, Issac Kim and Travis Raser -- beat out 11 other teams in the competition Friday in National Harbor, Md. The win marks a first for the high school and...
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July 4, 1991 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES, West Hollywood-based Aaron Betsky teaches and writes about architecture
Leave it to Hollywood to house its students in a Streamline Moderne school building. Hollywood High sits at Highland Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, holding itself aloof from the tarnished glitter of the Strip behind a line of palm trees and a monumental flight of stairs. But instead of Greek temple fronts and imposing columns, its face to the community is festooned with neo-Mayan decorations and inscriptions that spell out the importance of education.
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March 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera "General Hospital. " Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major. The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian's pen pals.
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July 19, 2002 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry D. Melton, the award-winning director of the theater department at Hollywood High School from 1968 to 1992, and the man who brought national acclaim to the school's program, died Thursday of liver cancer. Melton, 69, was at home in North Hollywood, surrounded by family and friends--many of them former students--when he succumbed to the illness, diagnosed only about two weeks ago.
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April 20, 1985 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
After teaching science at Hollywood High School for 25 years, Harry Hughes might be expected occasionally to dwell in the past. When the feeling strikes, he hauls out an the same old yearbook--a red, dog-eared annual from Hollywood High's class of 1968--from a stack of chemistry and biology texts and passes it among his students. Last week, Hughes fetched the book for yet another class.
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November 26, 1987 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
Despite a report that spoke glowingly of the benefits to be gained by selling the campus of Hollywood High School, city and school officials have vowed that the school will stay at Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue, its site since 1904. "Schools are not about money," said Los Angeles school board member Jackie Goldberg. "We are not real estate speculators. We are not involved in business. We're involved in educating youngsters."
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November 2, 1989 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It isn't as if the youngsters in the Hollywood High School marching band--all 19 of them--have to be told that they aren't exactly the best band in the world. Mostly immigrant students from Latin America, Soviet Armenia and elsewhere, some haven't been in this country long enough to master English, much less get accustomed to marching and playing "Yankee Doodle" at the same time. But they do "get straight A's for determination," said band director Joe Montgomery.
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October 5, 1990 | GARY KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just as it is in the community for which it is named, reality at Hollywood High School is sometimes blurred by the fantasies of filmdom. This is a school that adopted its nickname, the Sheiks, from characters portrayed by Rudolph Valentino in silent-screen desert dramas of the 1920s. The legend goes that actress Lana Turner, a former student, was discovered by director Mervyn LeRoy at Schwab's Pharmacy.
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September 8, 1994 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 10th-grader at Hollywood High School was fatally wounded on campus Wednesday in what police said was a fight between rival gangs shortly after classes had been dismissed for the day. Rolando Ruiz, 17, was shot once in the chest shortly after 3:30 p.m. as scores of students and passersby moved through the busy intersection of Highland Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. "There were other students around," said Los Angeles Police Detective Bernard Rogers. "It was fairly crowded; school was letting out.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Susan King
In the long history of Oscar ceremonies, few matched the craziness, drama and poignancy of the 46th Academy Awards, which took place almost 40 years ago on April 2, 1974, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. That ceremony, hosted by writer-director John Huston, singer-actress Diana Ross, and actors Burt Reynolds and David Niven, featured a streaker who ran across the stage; a legendary comedian receiving a special award; a multiple Oscar-winning actress (who was ceremony-shy) make her only appearance at the Academy Awards, while another famous actress, who was dying of cancer, made her final bow. And youth was served, as a 10-year-old actress became the youngest to win a competitive Oscar while a composer a few months shy of his 30th birthday won all three music awards.
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February 20, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
A 44-year-old man was charged Thursday with killing a retired Hollywood High School teacher, authorities said. Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged with one count of murder, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Kratlian was arrested Tuesday by the FBI and the LAPD Fugitive Task Force. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County Harry Major, 82, was found dead Feb. 12 at his home in the 1400 block of North Vista Street, police said.
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June 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The crowd gathered early Wednesday at the Abbey, a well-known gay bar in West Hollywood. Couples sipped coffee and watched TV as they awaited word of the Supreme Court's decisions relating to same-sex marriage. There was a wedding cake and champagne under a giant, rainbow-colored flag over the patio. No one was more apprehensive about what was soon to transpire than Colby Melvin and Brandon Brown. The pair, both models who have been engaged for four months, clutched each other as they watched the screen.
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April 28, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Sally Kellerman does a mean Marlon Brando. "Sally, don't you recognize me or are you playing it cool?" she mumbles in her best brooding tough guy, mimicking one conversation with the actor when, as a struggling actress, she made ends meet by working as a waitress in a Hollywood eatery in the late '50s. ("I waited on more stars than I worked with in my entire career," she adds.) But that's not where her connection to Brando started. Kellerman, who came to fame as the rigid Korean War nurse Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in Robert Altman's 1970 comedy classic "MASH," writes in her new autobiography "Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life" about how she had a crush on Brando as a shy, overweight teenager at Hollywood High.
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July 21, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
North Hollywood High School has been cleared in a leak of secure state test items, but a former student at the school has some explaining to do. The student was among those who allegedly posted online a total of 36 questions from various standardized exams conducted last spring. The questions were traced to 12 schools across California, including North Hollywood — but the student no longer attended that campus during the testing period. By that time, the student had transferred to an independently managed charter school, according to a source who was not authorized to comment publicly.
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July 18, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Student photos of state standardized tests posted on social networks have caused a two-week delay in the release of scores and could result in more serious ramifications for nearly 150 California schools. In a letter sent to all state school districts this week, the Department of Education announced the postponement of the 2012 test results until Aug. 31. "It is imperative that when districts, teachers, parents and students receive their test results, we all can be assured that the integrity of the system remains intact," Deb Sigman, deputy superintendent of public instruction, said in the letter.
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July 19, 2002 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mr. Melton did it again. The former head of the performing arts program at Hollywood High School wasn't even on the premises this week when his aging ex-students--remembering all he'd ever taught them--won multiple standing ovations at an event they dedicated to him. They emoted, they projected, they hit their marks. It was high drama, unscripted and pure.
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November 20, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Hollywood High School keeps its doors open 12 months a year to ease overcrowding. The year-round schedule allows the campus to run hundreds more students through its cramped classrooms. It also chips away at their education. Teachers skip pages of material, assign less homework and give fewer tests because their school year has been slashed by 17 days. Hundreds of pupils take the Stanford 9 exam shortly after returning from an eight-week vacation.
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March 22, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Longtime artist Barbara Black didn't reach for her paintbrush when she decided a mural would brighten her Valley Village home. Instead, she contacted the art department at nearby North Hollywood High School and invited students to decorate the 50-foot alley wall next to her Otsego Street residence. Black asked the young artists to bring their ideas, and, because she is on a fixed income, to bring their own paint as well. They were happy to oblige. "It's hard to find a place to work where you're not doing it illegally," said Anthony Zapada Green, 19, who hopes to become a professional graphic artist.
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October 7, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Dreams can be made or broken in Hollywood, so it is only fitting that a remarkable comeback story is taking place at Hollywood High. It started in January 2009, when Jeremi Ross, a freshman, was introduced to football Coach Ceasar Sandoval. He had been in and out of foster care and group homes since he was 3, and his last report card from Washington High was not good. "He literally had straight fails," Sandoval said. "Him and I had a heart-to-heart talk. I asked him can he promise me that he'll get a 2.0 and change his life.
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