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May 10, 1989
Bill Ross, varsity baseball coach at Santa Ana High School for 31 years, has been named to succeed Bob Halford as the school's athletic director. Halford resigned as Santa Ana's athletic director last month to assume a similar position at Century High in Santa Ana. Century will open in the fall with 1,000 freshmen and sophomores. Ross also has coached lower-level football at Santa Ana for 18 years and is a prominent basketball official, serving in the Orange County Officials Assn.
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September 11, 2008 | Christopher Goffard
A teenage boy was fatally shot near Santa Ana High School on Wednesday in what detectives suspect was a gang-related attack, the Santa Ana Police Department said. The victim's name and age were not released. The shooting occurred at 3:10 p.m. The boy was struck in the upper body, said Santa Ana Police Sgt. Ernesto Conde. The boy was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 4:48 p.m. He said no one else was hurt in the shooting, which occurred in the 200 block of South Flower Street, and no arrests had been made.
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December 2, 1988 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times Staff Writer
A ll hail Santa Ana / Thy colors red and white / Stand as a symbol / Of our will to fight / All hail Santa Ana / In thee we'll ere be true / In trial and in victory / All hail, all hail to you. It's the kind of school where a coach once whipped up his team by telling them as they prepared for a game against largely Anglo Foothill High: "Look, some day you'll probably be washing these guys' cars and your wives will be working in their houses. Let's go out and kill them."
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September 11, 2008 | Tony Barboza and Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writers
A 13-year-old boy was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon near Santa Ana High School in what detectives are investigating as a gang-related attack, the Santa Ana Police Department said. The victim, whose name was not released, was crossing the street in a group at Walnut and Flower streets about 3:10 p.m. when someone in another group of teenagers approached and demanded to know his gang affiliation, said Cpl. Jose Gonzalez. When the boy didn't answer, he was shot multiple times in the upper torso, police said.
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June 23, 1992 | JON NALICK
All four high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District will have new principals as of July 1. The administrative changes follow the departure of Santa Ana High School Principal Andy Hernandez to another district. Joe Tafoya, assistant superintendent for the secondary division, said last week that Hernandez, who is leaving the district to head Santa Barbara High School, will be replaced by Judy Duesterberg, the current principal at Valley High School.
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July 31, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER and GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former gang member, who killed one man and wounded three others in a 1992 Santa Ana High School shooting that briefly sparked community-wide outrage against gang violence, was sentenced Friday to 20 years to life in prison. The formal sentencing of Uciel T. Murgo, 20, came almost two months after he pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Mauro Vergara Meza, 31, a deliveryman for a local nursery.
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March 15, 1991
Bill Ross, who coached Santa Ana High School's baseball team in five decades before retiring last spring, will be honored tonight in Walnut Creek by the California Coaches Assn. as the state's top baseball coach for 1990. Ross, the boys' athletic director at Santa Ana, coached the school's baseball team from 1959-1990.
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October 14, 1994 | JON NALICK
The Santa Ana Unified School District will dedicate the Santa Ana High School Library in honor of Patricia Ann Pleshe, a longtime school volunteer who died earlier this year. A ceremony today will recognize Pleshe's 27 years of service to students and the community, said district spokeswoman Diane Thomas. Pleshe, who died in March at age 66 after battling lung cancer, served the district in numerous jobs for 19 years.
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September 22, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has long been one of the state's perennial athletic powers. But the Roman Catholic school never had a place to display its prowess -- the tiny gymnasium wasn't big enough to hold a regulation-size basketball court, much less hang 60 championship banners. This week, the school's teams will move into a facility that would be the envy of some colleges: an $18-million athletic and aquatic complex.
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December 8, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Ana high school teacher was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of lewd conduct with a student during a five-year period, police said. Lee Henry, 56, of Tustin, was pulled out of his English class at Middle College High School about 10 a.m. and arrested in the office, said Lt. Jim Peery, a spokesman for the Tustin Police Department. The alleged abuse began when the student was 13 years old and attended Carr Intermediate School, where Henry was his teacher, Peery said.
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October 27, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
When Kevin Sok, a forward on his Santa Ana high school's junior varsity basketball team, had his routine preseason physical, a doctor found an irregular heartbeat -- a potentially fatal abnormality that put the 16-year-old on the bench. Sok needed an expensive ultrasound examination, but his parents lacked health insurance. "I was thinking that I wasn't going to be able to play basketball again," said the Century High School junior. "It's my favorite sport."
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June 27, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Jose Martin Ortiz has been playing handball on the concrete courts of Saddleback High School in Santa Ana for more than two decades, getting a workout, socializing with friends and enjoying the evening air. "You get conditioning and coordination, you work out your upper body and legs," the 39-year-old said. "It helped me stay off drugs and out of gangs." But Ortiz's days playing handball at the Santa Ana Unified School District campus may be numbered.
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January 29, 2003 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Somewhere along the five-mile drive to Santa Ana High on Tuesday evening, wrestlers from Santa Ana Calvary Chapel noticed the change. Calvary Chapel's team left a private school surrounded by shiny, mirrored office buildings located a few blocks from the posh South Coast Plaza shopping mall in Costa Mesa, where white-collar legions can have designer footwear and expensive diamonds with the swipe of a credit card. They arrived in a neighborhood filled with run-down apartments.
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January 28, 2002 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rick Mojarro calls it his "ministry": balancing roles as principal of an overcrowded elementary school and leader of a parents group working to improve the school and neighborhood, one of Santa Ana's poorest. He is principal at Kennedy Elementary School on East McFadden Avenue, across the street from the Minnie Street apartments, which are among the most densely populated in Orange County. Mojarro, who lives in Tustin, is also president of the Cornerstone Village Neighborhood Assn.
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November 28, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County High School of the Arts danced onto its new Santa Ana campus last year with an expanded student population and more offerings. But now, beset by budget woes, school officials warn that the program may instead be forced to scale back. On top of that, the school is falling far short of its goal to enroll 30% of its students from Santa Ana's crowded urban campuses, drawing criticism from some members of the district school board.
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November 28, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County High School of the Arts danced onto its new Santa Ana campus last year with an expanded student population and more offerings. But now, beset by budget woes, school officials warn that the program may be forced to scale back. The school is falling far short of its goal to enroll 30% of its students from Santa Ana's crowded urban campuses, drawing criticism from some members of the district school board.
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