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January 21, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A teen-ager driving near Saddleback High School was shot in the head Wednesday by someone in a passing car and died at the scene. The attackers remain at large. Police Lt. Robert Helton said the slaying appeared to be gang-related but did not involve students from the school. The slain driver of the car was Gilbert Martinez, 17, of Santa Ana. His passenger, 22-year-old Antonio Orozco of Santa Ana, was shot in the neck and shoulder and is in stable condition at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana.
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November 12, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For four years, Sal Tinajero has been on the front lines in Santa Ana's schools. A middle-school teacher on a shoestring budget, he has tried to create programs that inspire, overcome the challenges of overcrowding and show kids that education will get them somewhere in life. Next month the 29-year-old soldier of education will leap from the trenches into a general's role as an elected member of the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education.
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January 7, 1993 | REGINA HOANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Those visiting the Santa Ana Zoo in the late '70s might have witnessed--and even been entertained--by the antics of Terry Rossio and his high-school buddy, Ted Elliott. The two Saddleback High School students spent their off-campus hours performing skits and filming them throughout Orange County, from the zoo to the local mountains. They called their collaboration the Magnificent Garbage Men (MGM) Players Assn.
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September 11, 2000 | Alex Katz, (714) 966-5977
The Santa Ana Unified school board is expected to hire a firm Tuesday to redesign and rebuild the boys' locker room at Saddleback High School. The project will cost about $132,000. The board will meet at 7 p.m. at school district headquarters, 1601 E. Chestnut Ave.
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June 12, 1990 | TONY MARCANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took Saddleback High School valedictorian Bang Phi Dang nearly nine years to prepare for his commencement address. When the 17-year-old delivers his speech to his fellow graduates on Thursday, he will urge them "to take advantage of the opportunities America has to offer." It will be a speech born out of years of hardship and adversity. "It's not hard to succeed if you have the drive and determination to succeed," Dang said. But Dang has done more than just succeed. He has persevered.
SPORTS
February 17, 1990 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bryant Walton hadn't had so much fun since he was playing basketball at Saddleback High School. On Thursday, Walton helped California beat UCLA, the Golden Bears' first victory over the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion, which opened in 1966. Although he scored only seven points, it was Walton's layup with 48 seconds left that helped clinch a 79-71 victory. It was the first time the Bears had won a road game against the Bruins since Feb. 20, 1960, eight years before Walton was born.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2000 | Alex Katz, (714) 966-5977
The Santa Ana Unified school board is expected to hire a firm Tuesday to redesign and rebuild the boys' locker room at Saddleback High School. The project will cost about $132,000. The board will meet at 7 p.m. at school district headquarters, 1601 E. Chestnut Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Hoping to benefit the city while making more books available for schools, the board of Santa Ana Unified School District will vote tonight on a proposal to build a public library at Saddleback High School. If the plan is approved, the board will give the city permission to construct a 20,000-square-foot library on a school parking lot. The city proposed building on a school site so it would not have to buy property for a library.
SPORTS
August 17, 1990
Aubrey Walton, a 6-foot-7 forward, will enroll at Southern California College and play basketball there, Coach Bill Reynolds said Thursday. Walton was an all-county selection in 1985, his senior season at Saddleback High School. He played two years at St. Mary's College before enlisting in the armed services. He enters SCC with two years of eligibility left.
SPORTS
March 3, 1992
Luis Estrella, a standout football, basketball and baseball player at Saddleback High School, has had his share of run-ins with Roadrunner coaches. And he's the first to admit he has said some things in the heat of the moment he later regrets. But the outfielder/pitcher hopes to channel his aggressive energies more positively on the baseball field this season, so he can earn a college scholarship and go on to play professionally.
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September 1, 2000 | PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a 4-6 season marked by inconsistent performances by a young team in 1999, Saddleback coaches thought the Roadrunners would have a better shot at reaching the playoffs this season. Then a week before fall practice began, Coach Jerry Witte got some bad news. Senior running back Joel Gonzalez, who gained 1,235 yards and had 12 touchdowns a year ago, was stabbed during an altercation at a late-night party and needed surgery to repair a collapsed lung.
SPORTS
September 24, 1999 | PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 210 pounds. When he walks across the campus at Saddleback High, he could be mistaken for one of the school's biggest football players. Maybe a defensive end. But a chance meeting at the neighborhood pool when Julian Gonzalez was in elementary school changed his destiny. One of five children, Gonzalez found relief from the stifling Santa Ana summer heat by hanging out with his two older brothers at a city pool.
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May 13, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA and KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An 18-year-old student died Wednesday after being pulled from Trabuco Hills High School's pool during varsity swim team practice, officials said. Brian Graper of Trabuco Canyon was swimming with his teammates shortly after 3 p.m., said Lt. Rich Paddock of the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. "Apparently, the coach had summoned the team out of the pool, and after a few minutes one of the students . . . noticed there was a dark mass in the water," Paddock said.
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January 19, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the British came, the Latin American style of soccer ruled Orange County. And Manny Penaflor's teams at Santa Ana have thrived playing that brand of soccer. "We have so many short, quick players with excellent ballhandling skills, it wouldn't make sense to play any other way," Penaflor said. But he would if he had to. Penaflor said he was introduced to soccer 28 years ago by several European coaches in the Garden Grove region of the American Youth Soccer Organization.
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September 17, 1998 | HARRISON SHEPPARD
A fire Wednesday caused about $5,000 in damage at Saddleback High School, fire officials said. Someone apparently set the fire in a hallway, and it spread to a classroom, damaging a doorway, carpeting and school materials, Fire Investigator Bob Eggleston said. Firefighters were called at 6:53 a.m. and had the small fire out within a few minutes, he said. No injuries were reported. Classes continued, although a section of the building was closed, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Hoping to benefit the city while making more books available for schools, the board of Santa Ana Unified School District will vote tonight on a proposal to build a public library at Saddleback High School. If the plan is approved, the board will give the city permission to construct a 20,000-square-foot library on a school parking lot. The city proposed building on a school site so it would not have to buy property for a library.
SPORTS
April 28, 1989
Malru Dottin of Saddleback High School has signed a letter of intent to play basketball with North Carolina Charlotte, George Dottin, his father, said Thursday. Dottin, a 6-foot-7 forward, was an all-county selection last season, averaging 16.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as the Roadrunners reached the Southern Section 5-A championship game before losing to Millikan.
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