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December 8, 1995
Tennis superstar Billie Jean King volleyed her first tennis ball on a Long Beach court as a youngster. Today, the Chicago tennis player returns to Long Beach to conduct an instructional clinic and pick up an honorary key to the city. "I love Long Beach," said King, a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. "It's always great to come back." As a youngster, King often rode her black-and-white bicycle to Long Beach parks to practice serves and returns. Today's activities will begin at 5 p.
October 16, 1993
One man was injured Friday when gunfire broke out after rival gangs exchanged hand signs outside John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, Los Angeles police said. The victim, who was treated at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, was hit in the chest and left arm as he sat in a car outside the school at 12431 Roscoe Blvd., Sgt. Richard Thomas said. His injuries are not life-threatening. Two students and one adult who were in the car with the victim were not injured.
August 29, 1991
Eddie C. Louie, 73, news secretary to former Mayor Sam Yorty and a veteran journalist who overcame a language barrier to become editor of several newspapers. Louie, born in China, came to Los Angeles as a boy without knowing one word of English. Despite that he became editor of both the old Polytechnic High School paper and the Daily Trojan at USC.
August 31, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN
The chemical odor that wafted over Francis Polytechnic High School earlier this month came from the gas company and not the school, according to results of environmental tests disclosed Monday. School officials said there was no presence of gas at the school Aug. 19 when parents, students and staff reported an alarming smell, which apparently was from a nearby natural gas pipeline being worked on by the gas company. No further odors have been reported.
April 8, 1992
A club for students of European descent at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach can keep the name "Caucasian Ancestry Club," the school's Community Interracial Council decided this week. The council's 12-10 vote to allow the name followed a meeting at which some students and administrators argued that Caucasian is a racially charged word, similar to Aryan. They said they feared that the club, which has about 45 members, might be seen as a white supremacy group.
April 29, 1990
We have been following the stories about Robert Davis, the John H. Francis Polytechnic High School student recently arrested for living above the school's auditorium. It would seem more appropriate for Principal Virginia Holt to have referred him to a school counselor or social worker for housing assistance. The city attorney's time would be better spent appealing decisions that return students who have assaulted teachers to the classroom. This procedural mentality is the foundation of the educational crisis.
March 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A 14-year-old Francis Polytechnic High School student stole a teacher's car Thursday and led officers on a chase through two counties that reached 110 mph, the California Highway Patrol said. It began at 1:06 p.m. when a school security guard called police on his cell phone to say that he was following the youth west on the Ronald Reagan Freeway. For 40 minutes, officers followed the teenager in the stolen Thunderbird to Ventura County and back into Los Angeles County.
June 16, 1992
Three Long Beach high school students who allegedly belonged to a super-militaristic organization were charged Monday with murder for the execution-style slaying of a fellow student. Two 17-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy, whose names were not released, were each charged with one count of murder for the Feb. 2 killing of Alexander Giraldo, district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. The three were to be arraigned today in Long Beach Juvenile Court.
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