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December 17, 2013 | By Martha Groves and Louis Sahagun
To see teacher Rose Gilbert - a nonstop, 5-foot dynamo - in front of a high school classroom was to see a master at work. "I'm on fire," she would tell her 12th-graders in Room 204 at Palisades Charter High School, emphasizing the point by wearing a red plastic firefighter's helmet. Yet, even after more than half a century of imparting a love of Homer, Camus, Faulkner and Joyce to her youthful charges, she never seemed to burn out. Each semester for more than 50 years, into her 90s, Gilbert lectured on dozens of classic works, including "The Great Gatsby," "The Iliad" and "The Stranger.
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January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A memorial for Rose Gilbert, a beloved educator and longtime Pacific Palisades resident, will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mercer Hall at Palisades Charter High School. Gilbert, one of the nation's oldest teachers until her retirement last February, died Dec. 16 at age 95. She had taught literature and composition at Pali High since its opening in 1961. The program will feature presenters from several aspects of her life, organizers said. Gilbert's influence reached far beyond the classroom.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. James Joyce, "The Dead" -- In front of a classroom of chatty 12th-graders, Rose Gilbert is passionately demonstrating how not to fade and wither with age. Sporting a red plastic firefighter's helmet, she tells her 30 students that "I'm on fire," and she wants them to be on fire, too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Martha Groves and Louis Sahagun
To see teacher Rose Gilbert - a nonstop, 5-foot dynamo - in front of a high school classroom was to see a master at work. "I'm on fire," she would tell her 12th-graders in Room 204 at Palisades Charter High School, emphasizing the point by wearing a red plastic firefighter's helmet. Yet, even after more than half a century of imparting a love of Homer, Camus, Faulkner and Joyce to her youthful charges, she never seemed to burn out. Each semester for more than 50 years, into her 90s, Gilbert lectured on dozens of classic works, including "The Great Gatsby," "The Iliad" and "The Stranger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The boisterous applause of hundreds of admirers echoed through Palisades Charter High School's newly refurbished drama classroom on Saturday as Rose Gilbert steadied herself in a walker and made her way to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its entrance. The diminutive English teacher of 63 years smiled at the crush of people around her, many of them former students from 18 to 66 years of age, and said: "Gilbert Hall is now open. " In recent years, Gilbert, who retired three weeks ago at age 94, achieved celebrity status for being the oldest full-time teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and one of the oldest in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A memorial for Rose Gilbert, a beloved educator and longtime Pacific Palisades resident, will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mercer Hall at Palisades Charter High School. Gilbert, one of the nation's oldest teachers until her retirement last February, died Dec. 16 at age 95. She had taught literature and composition at Pali High since its opening in 1961. The program will feature presenters from several aspects of her life, organizers said. Gilbert's influence reached far beyond the classroom.
NEWS
March 21, 1991
Palisades High School took second place last weekend in the California Academic Decathlon, a competition that has been described as an intellectual Super Bowl. "I consider it marvelous that we came in second," said Palisades Coach Rose Gilbert, who told the nine members of her team to put their narrow defeat in perspective. "It's not life and death," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1985
I am aghast at the decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District to have the high school academic decathlon teams "reflect the sex and ethnic makeup" of the student body. This is clearly discrimination against students whose forte is academics. No other high school team reflects a cross section of the student body, whether it is a sports team or not. Why do they require "B" and "C" students to be on the team? Is it the habit of the school district to reward mediocrity? The purpose of the school district is to provide the best education for the students that is possible, and encourage, not discourage, a student to seek academic excellence.
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June 30, 1985 | LYNN SIMROSS, Times Staff Writer
The Jan. 29, 1965 issue of Time magazine chronicled Lyndon Johnson's inauguration, the death of Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s first trip to Selma, Ala., "trying to push the Southern Negro's right to register and vote." Its sport section opined, "Some day the Boston Celtics will lose and make news."
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March 18, 1991 | CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second year in a row, Laguna Hills High School in Orange County won the California Academic Decathlon, beating out Palisades High School from Los Angeles in the competition considered the Super Bowl of academic contests. The Laguna Hills team, a perennial winner in county, state and national competition, scored a total of 44,582 points out of a possible 60,000 to ace out Palisades by more than 1,400 points. West High School of Torrance won third with 42,769 points.
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March 9, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The boisterous applause of hundreds of admirers echoed through Palisades Charter High School's newly refurbished drama classroom on Saturday as Rose Gilbert steadied herself in a walker and made her way to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its entrance. The diminutive English teacher of 63 years smiled at the crush of people around her, many of them former students from 18 to 66 years of age, and said: "Gilbert Hall is now open. " In recent years, Gilbert, who retired three weeks ago at age 94, achieved celebrity status for being the oldest full-time teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and one of the oldest in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. James Joyce, "The Dead" -- In front of a classroom of chatty 12th-graders, Rose Gilbert is passionately demonstrating how not to fade and wither with age. Sporting a red plastic firefighter's helmet, she tells her 30 students that "I'm on fire," and she wants them to be on fire, too.
NEWS
October 15, 1992
In reading the Q&A interview with Rose Gilbert, I realized what an enthusiastic teacher she must be. Surely, thousands of students have been inspired by her energy, love of literature and dedication. Finishing the article, however, I did feel the need to respond to certain generalizations made by Ms. Gilbert, especially those directed against independent schools and one in particular, Marlborough, where I teach English. Rather than be elitist, "snobbish, not multicultural, not diversified," Marlborough prides itself on its cultural diversity.
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