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November 3, 1991
I cannot believe the remarks that this student made without even attending Jefferson High. This accusation about fights happening every day is false. As for you, respectful editor, you should get your facts straight before you write an article like this. ANDERSON MARROQUIN
October 20, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Tennis isn't much of a big deal at South L.A.'s struggling Jefferson High. The two dozen kids who play on the boys' and girls' teams practice on a pair of beaten courts at a gang-riddled, graffiti-tagged park. It wasn't long ago that both squads - stacked with teens still learning basic tennis rules - shared six beaten rackets and sometimes played in jeans. "Shoes?" said David Herrera, who coaches the girls' team. "A lot of my players didn't even know there was such a thing as shoes made just for tennis.
August 20, 2013
Re “ Struggling at the crossroads ,” Column One, Aug. 16 My heart aches for Kashawn Campbell, but let's be real: Does anyone who read this article really believe he belongs at UC Berkeley? He's completely lost in his college writing course; does anyone really believe he'll graduate? Shame on the utterly dysfunctional school system that confers perfect GPAs on kids who, as your article said, do one hour of homework a night and turn in one-page essays. And double shame on the defenders of affirmative action quotas who would create tens of thousands of academically doomed Kashawn Campbells just for the sake of appearances.
June 5, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Glenn McDonald was an unlikely candidate for a pivotal role in perhaps the greatest game in NBA history. The former Jefferson High and Long Beach State star's NBA career consisted almost entirely of two mostly undistinguished seasons with the Boston Celtics, after which he all but vanished in the minds of U.S. professional basketball fans. His best seasons were spent overseas far from the NBA limelight — in Sweden and the Philippines. But when fate dropped McDonald into the middle of an epic struggle in 1976, he was equal to the task, scoring six of the Celtics' last 10 points in an unforgettable 128-126 triple-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals.
April 5, 2010 | Howard Blume
Jorge Garcia represents the past, the present and, potentially, the future of long-struggling Jefferson High School. As a freshman in 2006 at the South Los Angeles school, he failed all his classes and was kicked out after starting two fights, one of them especially violent. Since then, he's survived five bullet wounds, dealt with his father's fatal illness and become a parent himself. This year Jorge, 17, returned to Jefferson -- to set an example for his son. Like the school itself, Jorge wants to turn things around.
November 17, 2009 | Howard Blume
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and groups of teachers backed by the Los Angeles teachers union will compete for control of four campuses, including Jefferson High School, as part of a groundbreaking reform initiative. The impending face-off emerged Monday as groups inside and outside the Los Angeles Unified School District scrambled to meet a 5 p.m. deadline for applications to run 30 district schools. In separate news conferences, the union and the mayor lauded their own education records as they marked a milestone in the widely watched reform effort.
June 22, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg
Henry Ramirez, meet Kyle Gosselin. We thought you should be introduced, at least virtually, because you have some things in common. You're a couple of low-key, low-drama, low-maintenance 17-year-olds who have just navigated 11th grade at large public high schools. Both of you are planning to go to college. Both thinking about careers in medicine. Both willing to work hard (but not insanely hard). Both smart (but not gunning to be No. 1). Yet how different two young lives can be.
October 5, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A Jefferson High School senior learned during a student assembly Wednesday that she had won a $10,000 college scholarship, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said. The award to Jeannette Juarez, given by the Sallie Mae Fund as part of an effort to urge students to go to college, was presented by former professional football player Vince Papale. Papale, whose story is told in the movie "Invincible," is also a former teacher.
September 20, 2006 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday awarded $1.8 million to a Los Angeles charter school organization that is waging a battle with the Los Angeles Unified School District to create small, community-oriented high schools. The grant will support five charter schools opened this school year by Green Dot Public Schools near Los Angeles Unified's Jefferson High School, which has been beset with racial strife and low academic performance.
August 29, 2006 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Emotions ran high on the first day of class Monday at two new South Los Angeles charter schools. Faces brimmed with anticipation, pride and nervousness. And those were just the principals. "It's exciting opening up any new school," Lori Pawinski, principal at Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, said as she sat in her sparse office and tried to assign several wide-eyed ninth-graders to a homeroom. "You're always going to be the first graduating class, the first principal.
May 25, 2006 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Miriam Alcantar's geography project could have been a real sleeper: figure out how city government works. But the Jefferson High School freshman and two classmates approached their task in a decidedly novel way: They called Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office and asked if they could shadow the city's most famous public citizen.
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