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April 27, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
LAPD officers stood guard Tuesday near the front courtyard at Jefferson High School. Inside, administrators enforced their new policy banning heavy belt buckles and white T-shirts while students discussed ways of reducing violence during a "day of dialogue." But nearly two weeks after two racially charged brawls left several people injured, many students say they still don't feel safe. And some, like senior Shameka Bryant, have stayed away.
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August 19, 2013 | By Sara Lessley
Freshman year at UC Berkeley shook South L.A.'s Kashawn Campbell to the core. Times readers were rattled too -- by staff writer Kurt Streeter's nuanced front-page portrait of Campbell, “Struggling at the crossroads.” A key theme among the responses was a sense of sadness from many readers, who saw a bright and hardworking young man who had been “let down.” Some saw his story as a failure of affirmative action; others faulted the preparation...
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May 16, 1993 | JESSICA GOODHEART, Ana Vasquez, 17, is editor of El Original, a bilingual newspaper published by Youth News Service that is distributed to schools, libraries and social service agencies in South-Central Los Angeles. Vasquez, a senior at Jefferson High School, was one of 15 minority high school students selected from across the nation to attend a journalism program last summer at the University of North Carolina. She was interviewed by Jessica Goodheart. and
When we were at the University of North Carolina we ate, we breathed and we drank journalism. I enjoyed it a lot. I discovered a lot of things about myself--how much I missed my family and how much I could learn from other people. The other students were from different states, and yet we all had something in common--a love for journalism. Sometimes, I find more adults read El Original than teen-agers--maybe because they're interested to know what we think.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By Fox 40 and a Times Staff Writer
School officials in a Northern California community are investigating allegations of cyber-bullying involving the Instagram photo social media site. Several girls at Jefferson High School in Tracy allegedly hacked into the Instagram account of a classmate and injected “sexually derogatory information” there, according to Fox 40. The incident came to light when the girl's mother filed a police report. Apparently, neither the mother nor the school district could get rid of the offending material on the photo-sharing social media app without a police report.
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May 10, 2008 | Howard Blume and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
A fight between rival groups of black and Latino students at Locke High School quickly escalated into a campus-wide melee Friday, with as many as 600 students brawling until police restored calm with billy clubs. The troubled campus in South Los Angeles was locked down after the fight broke out at 12:55 p.m., as students returned from lunch to their fifth-period classes.
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July 11, 1990
Estel Johnson of Whittier, a long-time Los Angeles high school track and field coach, died Sunday from complications of diabetes. He was 77. Johnson coached at Jefferson High School for 31 years and at Grant for 15 years. He retired in 1975 when he learned he had diabetes. A memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 15265 Mulberry Dr., Whittier.
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August 19, 2013 | By Sara Lessley
Freshman year at UC Berkeley shook South L.A.'s Kashawn Campbell to the core. Times readers were rattled too -- by staff writer Kurt Streeter's nuanced front-page portrait of Campbell, “Struggling at the crossroads.” A key theme among the responses was a sense of sadness from many readers, who saw a bright and hardworking young man who had been “let down.” Some saw his story as a failure of affirmative action; others faulted the preparation...
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state's 2nd District Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision that vindicated the Los Angeles Unified School District in a case against a former principal. In the wake of a series of racially motivated brawls at Jefferson High School in 2005, Principal Norm Morrow agreed to step down amid criticism over how he handled the incidents. He later filed suit, claiming invasion of privacy and defamation over comments made to The Times by then-Supt.
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January 2, 1994 | E. J. GONG JR.
Looking back on his days as a crack addict, Solomon Rivera now knows the only way he stopped was through strong personal conviction. Now that he has recovered, Rivera, 30, is passionate about showing high school students how to develop their own convictions to keep drugs and alcohol out of their lives. "You cannot tell someone not to do something. It must come from their own willingness," Rivera said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2008 | Howard Blume and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
A fight between rival groups of black and Latino students at Locke High School quickly escalated into a campus-wide melee Friday, with as many as 600 students brawling until police restored calm with billy clubs. The troubled campus in South Los Angeles was locked down after the fight broke out at 12:55 p.m., as students returned from lunch to their fifth-period classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state's 2nd District Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision that vindicated the Los Angeles Unified School District in a case against a former principal. In the wake of a series of racially motivated brawls at Jefferson High School in 2005, Principal Norm Morrow agreed to step down amid criticism over how he handled the incidents. He later filed suit, claiming invasion of privacy and defamation over comments made to The Times by then-Supt.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2006 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
For weeks, Lionel Kelly studied the shy girl sitting a row ahead of him instead of his earth science lessons. As any 14-year-old boy would, he first noticed how cute she was. Her smooth skin, pink as seashells. Black hair dyed the color of applesauce, curls sprayed stiff, twisted into a long ponytail. It did not matter that he was black and she was a Latina, even on this Jefferson High School campus scarred by last year's violent student clashes that cut through black and brown like barbed wire.
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March 23, 2006 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
A former high school principal who was unceremoniously replaced after a series of racially motivated melees on his campus last spring has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District, saying he was unfairly blamed for the brawls. Norman K. Morrow was removed after fights between Latino and African American students at Jefferson High School in April and May, leading Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to describe the school as "out of control."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer threw a wrench into a charter school's plans to take over troubled Jefferson High School by offering his own proposal at a special board meeting Tuesday. Romer said his plan includes getting the year-round school back on a traditional calendar by September and reducing the number of students there by at least 1,000 from about 3,800.
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August 22, 1993 | SANDRA HERNANDEZ
Etta Seamaster-McMahan is gearing up for her first day of school with confidence. "This is like coming home," said Seamaster-McMahan, who was recently named principal of Jordan High School, where she worked as a teacher 27 years ago. Seamaster-McMahan has replaced Andreda Pruitt, who returned to Kennedy High School in Granada Hills after only five days at Jordan when parents at Kennedy successfully campaigned to bring her back, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2005 | Nicholas Shields and Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writers
For the third time in six weeks, police broke up a Jefferson High School brawl Thursday that students say was fueled by racial tension. Officers from the Los Angeles School Police Department used pepper spray and batons to quell the fight, which involved about 25 students on the South Los Angeles campus. The police arrested three students and detained more than 20 others, authorities said. The incident reportedly began when two students argued about a cellphone.
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December 7, 2005 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A leading charter school operator has altered his controversial demand that the Los Angeles Board of Education relinquish control of one of the city's lowest performing high schools. Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools, said he no longer wants to take control of Jefferson High and divide it into several charter programs. Instead, Barr said he is pushing to strike an agreement that would allow Green Dot to open six schools at an unused Los Angeles Unified School District site.
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November 16, 2005 | Jean Merl and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
Armed with about 10,000 signatures from South Los Angeles parents, students and other residents, hundreds of marchers converged on school district headquarters Tuesday, calling for the district to relinquish control of struggling Jefferson High School and transform it into six independent charter schools. Los Angeles school district Supt.
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