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April 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police Chief William J. Bratton on Monday conducted an inspection of 150 cadets at the police academy at James Monroe High School, praising their dedication to a program that is preparing them for a possible career in law enforcement. Since the magnet program was begun 11 years ago at Monroe, seven graduates have gone on to become Los Angeles Police Department officers.
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April 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police Chief William J. Bratton on Monday conducted an inspection of 150 cadets at the police academy at James Monroe High School, praising their dedication to a program that is preparing them for a possible career in law enforcement. Since the magnet program was begun 11 years ago at Monroe, seven graduates have gone on to become Los Angeles Police Department officers.
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May 16, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg Thursday afternoon as he sat on a bus bench near James Monroe High School in North Hills, police said. The boy was sitting with a friend on the bench near the intersection of Nordhoff Street and Haskell Avenue about 1:15 p.m. when a car with two occupants drove by and one of them started shooting, police said. "The victim ran off in fear for his life, heard gunshots and realized he was shot in the leg," said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Lucy Diaz.
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July 29, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
One month after a senior prank left James Monroe High School in North Hills with broken saplings, profanity-laced walls, a ruined lawn and gummed up door locks, students planted a new tree Wednesday as a symbolic first step in the campus' recovery. With shovels of mulch and soil, students replaced a jacaranda destroyed June 28, along with six other trees and other property when at least eight students climbed a fence and, in the words of Principal Gregory J. Vallone, "really did a number on us."
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November 27, 1986
Four people from the San Fernando Valley were selected as winners in the KABC "What a Library Means to Me" contest, in association with the Save-the-Books Campaign for the Los Angeles Central Library. Twenty-five winners were chosen from among 20,300 entrants. The recipients from this area were: Mary Lee Tiernan of Sunland; Jack Zafran, Chatsworth Library clerical assistant, Joshua Leach, a ninth-grader at Nobel Junior High School, and Cindy Holsey, an 11th-grader at James Monroe High School.
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November 11, 1998
In the wake of the third shooting at or near James Monroe High School in less than a year, several dozen parents concerned about the safety of their children converged on the school Tuesday, with hundreds more telephoning to seek assurances. "They want to know what's being done," said Assistant Principal Thane Opfell. Meanwhile, school police and LAPD anti-gang patrols were beefed up at the school where two students, ages 15 and 17, were wounded Monday.
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July 29, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
One month after a senior prank left James Monroe High School in North Hills with broken saplings, profanity-laced walls, a ruined lawn and gummed up door locks, students planted a new tree Wednesday as a symbolic first step in the campus' recovery. With shovels of mulch and soil, students replaced a jacaranda destroyed June 28, along with six other trees and other property when at least eight students climbed a fence and, in the words of Principal Gregory J. Vallone, "really did a number on us."
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April 13, 1993
A North Hills high school and a local YMCA are working together to create the first on-campus child care center to accommodate children of students and teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. About $90,000 is needed to fund the proposed day-care and preschool center at James Monroe High School. Officials at the school and the North Valley Family YMCA in Mission Hills hope that donations and grants will fund the center in time for the fall semester this August.
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March 26, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joan K. Elam, principal of James Monroe High School, is one of 10 educators in the nation named as a 1999 Reader's Digest American Hero in Education, officials announced this week. Elam, the only award recipient west of Texas, was lauded for innovative programs she launched and for reopening the school only one week after it sustained severe damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. "I have a very energetic and motivated staff that meets the need of the students," Elam said.
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June 15, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Not that parents should worry, but the number of students at James Monroe High School who end up in court jumped sharply Monday. After a wait of nearly two years, the North Hills school's law and government magnet program officially opened its courtroom--a state-of-the-art learning facility for students that may also play host to actual court cases.
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May 16, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg Thursday afternoon as he sat on a bus bench near James Monroe High School in North Hills, police said. The boy was sitting with a friend on the bench near the intersection of Nordhoff Street and Haskell Avenue about 1:15 p.m. when a car with two occupants drove by and one of them started shooting, police said. "The victim ran off in fear for his life, heard gunshots and realized he was shot in the leg," said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Lucy Diaz.
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September 30, 2001 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hannah Yi sometimes stashes hers in a pocket. Gina Murry daringly carries hers in her hand, crouching behind hallway pillars to use it. Sarah Santos hides hers in a bag or backpack, afraid of teachers who would confiscate it. Escaping detection is an everyday game for these lawbreakers at James Monroe High School in the San Fernando Valley--and students like them across the country.
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January 15, 2001 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
James Monroe High School senior Nassira Nicola will represent the United States at the world debate championships that kick off later this month in South Africa. The 16-year-old, who has a 4.5 grade point average and an IQ of 165, according to her mother, has been busy nights at her Chatsworth home studying up on world events and strategizing by e-mail with her four East Coast teammates on how to beat their competitors. She has had to set her alarm for 3:30 a.m.
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December 15, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a noisy rally, and that's how the students wanted it. Marching and carrying signs Thursday at a school yard at James Monroe High School in North Hills, they shouted, "Is there ever an invitation to rape? No." Many motorists on Nordhoff Street honked in support. About 80 students and rape crisis center supporters gathered to draw attention to what they say is a lack of sufficient rape prevention education at schools. The demonstration was triggered by the Dec.
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January 21, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students at other Los Angeles high schools cut open frogs. Police magnet school cadets study crime scenes and do DNA testing. Other kids shoot baskets or whack tetherballs. Cadets scramble through challenging obstacle courses in a minute flat. "We imagine ourselves as real police officers," said David Muth, an 18-year-old senior at the police magnet program at James Monroe High School in North Hills. That statement brings smiles to officials of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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October 13, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sixteen-year- old Craig Kielburger swept into the James Monroe High School auditorium, where more than 500 antsy teenagers were waiting Tuesday, and grabbed the microphone with the aplomb and flair of a talk-show host. "The reason why I'm here is because of the comics," the Toronto teenager told the crowd. "I was 12 years old, I was going downstairs to get the comics section, and a headline caught my eye."
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September 30, 2001 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hannah Yi sometimes stashes hers in a pocket. Gina Murry daringly carries hers in her hand, crouching behind hallway pillars to use it. Sarah Santos hides hers in a bag or backpack, afraid of teachers who would confiscate it. Escaping detection is an everyday game for these lawbreakers at James Monroe High School in the San Fernando Valley--and students like them across the country.
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March 26, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joan K. Elam, principal of James Monroe High School, is one of 10 educators in the nation named as a 1999 Reader's Digest American Hero in Education, officials announced this week. Elam, the only award recipient west of Texas, was lauded for innovative programs she launched and for reopening the school only one week after it sustained severe damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. "I have a very energetic and motivated staff that meets the need of the students," Elam said.
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November 11, 1998
In the wake of the third shooting at or near James Monroe High School in less than a year, several dozen parents concerned about the safety of their children converged on the school Tuesday, with hundreds more telephoning to seek assurances. "They want to know what's being done," said Assistant Principal Thane Opfell. Meanwhile, school police and LAPD anti-gang patrols were beefed up at the school where two students, ages 15 and 17, were wounded Monday.
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