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October 22, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Watts old-timers say the bramble of trees next to the police station at Locke High School used to be a garden. Indeed, when students started clearing out the trash and underbrush, they found a stone path built by the Future Farmers of America, dated 1983. They dug up the soil and mixed in many bags of compost. And Saturday, the garden rose again. Hundreds of students with trowels and gloves knelt in the dirt to plant 5,000 seedlings: leaf lettuce, cauliflower, onions, artichokes, cilantro.
April 12, 2003 | Solomon Moore and Jose Cardenas, Times Staff Writers
A lunchtime fight at Alain Leroy Locke High School in South Los Angeles exploded into a major disturbance Friday, with teenagers allegedly swinging pipes and bats at one another, school and police officials said. As many as 300 students participated in the melee, which was the second such disturbance at a Los Angeles Unified School District high school in as many weeks. Six teenagers were arrested on charges ranging from weapons possession to assault on a peace officer.
When Sylvia Rousseau began visiting Locke High School this fall, she found students running through hallways during class and playing hooky in the middle of the day. She found teachers griping about incessant noise and fights. Rousseau, the "local superintendent" in charge of schools in much of South Los Angeles, hoped that the atmosphere would improve at the campus near Watts.
June 20, 2001 | STEVE LOPEZ
Patrick Reid, 15, was going from PE to science class one day when school officials pulled him aside and searched him. Feliciano Vargas, 18, was at his desk in English class when they came for him. The Locke High School nickname may be the Saints, but every student who walks onto the South-Central campus is a suspected sinner. "They take you to a little room they have and they scan you with the machine," Vargas said Tuesday, standing under Locke's "Home of the Saints" sign.
June 20, 2000
"I shall use words that are spontaneous, drawn from my heart," Claudia Arevalo said. I was grazing the Southern California Living section June 13 and was drawn into the wonderful face of Claudia, holding hands with Patricia Barragan ("Rising to the Occasion"). I just hate the ranking of schools, saddling all the students and staff with an imagery of inferiority, if not stupidity. Why is this done? Is it a game of sports where everything is ranked, really having nothing to do with performance, more with arbitrary or politically motivated voting.
May 18, 2000 | SHAWN HUBLER
It took half of second period to hang the big corporate logo on the Locke High School gym wall. The students finally managed. In fact, they hoisted four big corporate logos--two regular ones and two for the manufacturer's new girls' line. The chore was compensated for by the fact that everyone was getting out of class to prepare for this special "motivational" assembly, featuring a fashion show by a clothing company.
January 23, 2000 | Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon teaches creative writing at Cal State Los Angeles. His latest novel, "Dead Above Ground" (Pocket Books), is out this month
My days teaching at Locke High School are exhausting to remember. I wasn't cut out for the grind and humiliation. After five years I took the easy way out, retired my chalk and eraser and returned to college to pursue a master's in fine arts. Yet there are moments I recollect fondly, including the time a student named Shauntell slumped on the steps of a bungalow classroom, clutching a copy of a fat 19th century novel and weeping.
April 7, 1999
With her foot tapping and head bobbing, Tipper Gore looked ready to jump out of her seat and start playing with the jazz musicians performing Tuesday at Locke High School. But Gore, who belonged to her high school band and still keeps a drum kit at home, was here to promote classroom jazz programs sponsored by the nonprofit Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Joined by former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Thelonious Monk Jr.
March 24, 1998
Locke High School in Watts introduced an international trade course using the Internet Monday, and school officials called it the only one of its kind in the country. World Business Exchange Network, a Los Angeles based-computer company, will provide Internet access to the class. Company President Roosevelt Roby called on other business leaders to work together to train high school students for professions when they graduate.
October 27, 1996
Re "Students Tune Out Gore in His L.A. Visit," Oct. 22: The parents, staff and students have to answer to us taxpayers: When do we allow disrespect to substitute for indifference? When do we accept disrespect as a form of free speech? Regardless of party affiliation, I would have been honored to have our vice president come to my school. When those students say they do not understand what the executive branch of government stands for, I wonder if the 8th-grade U.S. Constitution test should not be reinstated.
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