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April 30, 1998 | LISA ADDISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ralph Opacic was an 18-year-old with stars in his eyes when he headed to California from his native Virginia in hopes of becoming a pop singer. He never hit it big as a singer, but he did as an educator. As founding director of the tuition-free Orange County High School of the Arts, Opacic started a school that "teaches kids the business of the business." More than 700 students from Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties apply each year for 125 coveted spots left by departing seniors.
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April 30, 1998 | LISA ADDISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ralph Opacic was an 18-year-old with stars in his eyes when he headed to California from his native Virginia in hopes of becoming a pop singer. He never hit it big as a singer, but he did as an educator. As founding director of the tuition-free Orange County High School of the Arts, Opacic started a school that "teaches kids the business of the business." More than 700 students from Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties apply each year for 125 coveted spots left by departing seniors.
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October 30, 1995 | RUSS LOAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an arts-starved public schools system, Ralph Opacic runs an oasis. Students with stars in their eyes come from schools throughout Orange County and beyond to attend his 8-year-old Orange County High School of the Arts, where only one out of every four who audition is accepted. But Opacic, 35, is not quite sure whether the success of the Los Alamitos performing arts high school signals a revitalized interest in arts education or a last dying gasp.
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October 30, 1995 | RUSS LOAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an arts-starved public schools system, Ralph Opacic runs an oasis. Students with stars in their eyes come from schools throughout Orange County and beyond to attend his 8-year-old Orange County High School of the Arts, where only one out of every four who audition is accepted. But Opacic, 35, is not quite sure whether the success of the Los Alamitos performing arts high school signals a revitalized interest in arts education or a last dying gasp.
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November 22, 1987 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Anita Armijo wants to be a dancer, not an uncommon ambition for a 15-year-old girl. Along with 43 other like-minded teen-agers, she enrolled in the highly touted dance program at the Orange County High School of the Arts, which opened for the first time last September.
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May 13, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES
High school instrumentalists from Orange and Los Angeles counties may audition for the South Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra during the last two weeks of May. The Youth Orchestra is a new joint venture between the Orange County High School of the Arts and the South Coast Symphony, directed by John Larry Granger. The new ensemble replaces the South East Youth Symphony Orchestra, the youth arm of the South Coast Symphony.
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February 13, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and CATHY WERBLIN and VANESSA DeRUYTER and LISA ADDISON
The Orange County High School of the Arts is accepting audition applications for its 12th year, which begins this fall. "Over the past 11 years, the Orange County High School of the Arts has developed partnerships with several professional arts organizations, colleges and universities throughout the country," said Executive Director Ralph Opacic.
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January 22, 1999 | Lesley Wright, (714) 966-7824
Administrators with the Orange County High School of the Arts said they would apply for state funding to build a high school despite a City Council decision to sue the district in an effort to block the project. "We're moving ahead, business as usual," said Ralph S. Opacic, executive director of the arts program. The city is objecting because the Los Alamitos Unified School District failed to complete the state's environmental quality review process.
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February 26, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Orange County High School of the Arts soon might have 5 acres to call its own, modern facilities and room to double the student body, according to plans being presented to the business community. The new campus will include state-of-the art performance areas and room for 800 students from throughout the county, said Ralph Opacic, executive director of the school. He will discuss the plans at a March 6 Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.
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November 22, 1987 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Anita Armijo wants to be a dancer, not an uncommon ambition for a 15-year-old girl. Along with 43 other like-minded teen-agers, she enrolled in the highly touted dance program at the Orange County High School of the Arts, which opened for the first time last September.
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May 23, 1992
Responding to objections from gay and lesbian rights groups, administrators at Orange County High School of the Arts reversed a decision and Friday allowed a student to exhibit her painting of two nude women embracing. The semiabstract painting, by student Letitia Houston, was displayed at a senior class art show held at Rancho Santiago College, where gay and lesbian rights activists and others gathered at the college gallery to voice opposition to what they called censorship and discrimination.
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