CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2005 |
John Francis Polytechnic High School had an unusual reason to celebrate Monday: Most of its freshmen passed their classes. For the first time in recent memory, the Sun Valley school will enroll more 10th-graders than ninth-graders in the upcoming year because so many students earned enough credits to advance. Poly High's ninth-graders and their teachers closed their successful year with a pancake breakfast and a dance contest featuring hip-hop tunes.
November 27, 2004 |
Carl Buggs, girls' basketball coach at Long Beach Poly, knew April Phillips from state regional games played against Harbor City Narbonne. Background player. Good. Nothing like Lisa Willis or Indi Johnson, who starred at Narbonne during Phillips' freshman and sophomore seasons in the South Bay. Frustrated, Phillips says, by "a mutual respect issue" with the Narbonne program, she transferred to Poly about a week into the 2003-04 season.
November 7, 2003 |
There may be no high school football coach in Southern California who's a bigger target for fan abuse than Raul Lara of Long Beach Poly. Poly fans expect their team to win every game and every championship, and when it doesn't happen, they want their coach fired. In the Internet chat rooms for high school football, Lara's critics unleash the kind of venom usually reserved for a college or NFL coach. Lara, 37, understood the challenge when he became coach in 2001. "Of course, I knew," he said.
March 28, 2003 |
Gail Goodrich might be the greatest basketball player ever born and raised in Los Angeles. He helped UCLA win its first two NCAA championships, in 1964 and 1965. He led the Lakers in scoring during their championship season in 1971-72 when they won 33 consecutive games. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.
June 27, 2001
Long Beach Poly High has hired Raul Lara to coach its defending Southern Section Division I champion football team. Lara, 35, has been Poly's defensive coordinator since 1995. He replaces Jerry Jaso, who resigned to become an assistant coach at Long Beach City College. Sean Simpson was hired as football coach at Huntington Beach Ocean View High.
May 31, 2001 |
The photo was taken during a moment of sorrow and distress. Abraham Gonzalez and Joe Hampel, sophomore pitchers for Poly High, were sitting on the mound at Dodger Stadium dealing with defeat. Off to the side, Chatsworth players were untangling themselves from a dog pile celebrating a 17-7 victory in the 1999 City Championship baseball game. Hampel put his arm around Gonzalez and tried to comfort him. "We'll be playing here again," Hampel said.