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September 15, 1992 | JON NALICK
Lewis Bratcher, an assistant principal at Saddleback High School, has been promoted to principal of Santa Ana High School for the 1992-93 school year. District spokeswomen Diane Thomas said that Bratcher will replace Andrew Hernandez, who accepted a position as a high school principal in Santa Barbara. Bratcher, who has served as assistant principal at Santa Ana High, has been employed by the district since 1974.
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September 15, 1992 | JON NALICK
Lewis Bratcher, an assistant principal at Saddleback High School, has been promoted to principal of Santa Ana High School for the 1992-93 school year. District spokeswomen Diane Thomas said that Bratcher will replace Andrew Hernandez, who accepted a position as a high school principal in Santa Barbara. Bratcher, who has served as assistant principal at Santa Ana High, has been employed by the district since 1974.
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November 12, 1994 | JON NALICK
When Mario Bustos started elementary school, he faced long odds against succeeding: He spoke only Spanish and his father died when he was a baby, leaving his mother alone to raise him and nine siblings. Today however, Bustos is first in his class at Santa Ana High School, where he is also student body president. He now writes poetry in English and Spanish. In recognition of his achievements, Bustos was recently honored by the California School Administrators Assn.
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March 16, 1993 | JON NALICK
The Santa Ana Unified School District on Monday kicked off its innovative Smart Card program, designed to help students get jobs as well as improve their academic performance. Billed as the first program of its kind in the nation, Smart Card offers high school students laminated plastic cards that display their academic, attendance and citizenship records. When students apply for jobs, they can use the card as a kind of resume and letter of recommendation, said district Supt. Rudy M.
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September 11, 1992 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police Chief Paul M. Walters said on Thursday that he will provide extra patrols at Santa Ana High School in the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting that ended in the death of a 16-year-old youth about a block from the school. The request for more police was made by Principal Lewis Bratcher, after a wild confrontation before 3 p.m. between two groups of youths broke out near the school on Wednesday, the first day of school this fall.
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February 27, 2003 | Daniel Yi and Claire Luna, Times Staff Writers
Changing the bell schedule, coaching teachers and communicating with parents are among the steps Century High must take to overhaul its academic climate and boost student achievement, according to a state audit of the Santa Ana school. Century's failure to meet academic targets for four consecutive years triggered the audit, conducted by the California Department of Education and released at a school board meeting late Tuesday.
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July 25, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Audits of Santa Ana Unified School District's troubled class-size reduction program have found that problems with overcrowded classes exceeding state caps were not limited to elementary schools but affected ninth-graders as well, independent auditor Christy White said at a school board meeting Tuesday.
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November 27, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Changes in the world of pompons and human pyramids are reflected by the inscription on a T-shirt that is popular at local high schools. It reads: "If football was any harder, it would be called cheerleading." In recent years, cheerleading has evolved from a sideline show at football games into a gymnastic sport that dazzles spectators with acrobatic flips and skyward leaps.
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September 28, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert L. Richardson remembers when his high school sports teams would travel to other schools, and the opponents would chant, "We got money, we got money, how about you?" Richardson, who graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1979 and now sits on the Santa Ana City Council, calls the chant "pretty cutting." But now, Santa Ana High School has come into money--$12.3 million--to pay for new classrooms, a new central courtyard, and that bane of high school existence--a cafeteria.
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June 27, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Jose Martin Ortiz has been playing handball on the concrete courts of Saddleback High School in Santa Ana for more than two decades, getting a workout, socializing with friends and enjoying the evening air. "You get conditioning and coordination, you work out your upper body and legs," the 39-year-old said. "It helped me stay off drugs and out of gangs." But Ortiz's days playing handball at the Santa Ana Unified School District campus may be numbered.
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May 13, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
A California judge struck down the state's controversial high school exit exam Friday, potentially clearing the way for thousands of seniors who have failed the test to graduate with their class next month. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Freedman issued a preliminary injunction against the mandatory testing requirement, ruling it places an unfair burden on poor and minority students who attend low-performing schools.
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