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January 23, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than a week after Msgr. Michael Harris, the founding principal of Santa Margarita High School, shocked the campus by announcing an immediate leave of absence, students, faculty and parents vowed to continue his work for him. "We definitely want to keep on everything that he did, because he made it such a great school," said Nicole McKeehan, a freshman who has known Harris for several years through her family. "I know we're going to miss him a lot."
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November 24, 2009 | By Dana Parsons
She watched "The Silence of the Lambs" as a girl and so related to Jodie Foster's character that she wanted to become an FBI agent and go after psychopaths. Instead, Ally Jacobs became a police officer at UC Berkeley, handling mostly garden-variety cases until one day in August when she helped crack the case that ended the 18-year kidnapping nightmare of Jaycee Lee Dugard. On Monday, the 1994 Santa Margarita Catholic High School graduate returned for alumni career day and told students that her brush with fame stemmed from trusting that voice in her head that told her that something wasn't right about the man later arrested and charged with Dugard's kidnap and rape.
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January 12, 1990 | HEATHER SMALLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Eimers has the face of a cherub and the knees of a war veteran. You look at him with his large blue eyes, round cheeks and tousled, straight brown hair and you remember the triumphs and trials of being 15 years old. But then you see his knees. On his left knee, there are four scars, each nearly two inches long. Near his right knee is another scar, this one more than six inches long and an inch wide.
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March 13, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A popular South County Roman Catholic high school teacher has been fired after concerns were raised about student trips to Europe that he led. Students and parents at Santa Margarita Catholic High School learned Monday by e-mail that Eric Hansen had been fired three days earlier by the Diocese of Orange. Diocesan spokesman Ryan Lilyengren, who provided The Times a copy of the e-mail, said he could not discuss details of Hansen's departure.
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October 24, 1992
Brian Campbell has been named varsity wrestling coach at Santa Margarita High School, said Rich Schaaf, the school's athletic director. Campbell, 32, previously coached at Woodbridge and has spent the last three years in private business. He will be a walk-on coach at Santa Margarita.
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August 2, 1990
Tip Lefebvre has been hired as the baseball coach at Santa Margarita High School, Athletic Director Rich Schaaf said Wednesday. Lefebvre, brother of Seattle Mariner Manager Jim Lefebvre, has been an assistant coach at UCLA the past three years. He replaces Ray Huntington, who resigned at the end of last season. A former catcher in the Dodger organization, Tip Lefebvre was the pitching coach for the Phoenix Giants in 1984-86. He also was the head coach at Pius X High from 1969-72.
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September 3, 1994 | FORREST LEE and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Citing the potential for problems with classmates, the parents of a black youth who was severely beaten during an attack in Portola Hills have pulled him out of Santa Margarita High School. Melvin Aaron, the father of 15-year-old Ruben Charles Vaughan III, said his son enrolled at Foothill High School in Santa Ana last week because of concerns that some students at Santa Margarita High may have played a role in the Aug. 5 attack.
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April 1, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge on Friday ordered two young men to spend 13 years in prison for trying to kill a Rancho Santa Margarita High School student, saying the attack showed great "cruelty, viciousness and callousness." As their families and friends wept, Derek Thomas Jones, 20, of Huntington Beach and Russell Takeo Scarce, 19, of Lake Forest bowed their heads and were led out of court in handcuffs.
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May 1, 1992
Jerry DeBusk, an assistant men's basketball coach at Chapman University, has been hired as the boys' basketball coach at Santa Margarita High School, Eagle Athletic Director Rich Schaaf said. DeBusk, a former head basketball coach at Newport Harbor, will also teach English at the school. He inherits a program that last season finished 18-8 and went to the second round of the Southern Section III-AA playoffs.
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July 5, 2004 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
When beloved priests are revealed to be child molesters, Roman Catholic parishes, schools and dioceses face an uncomfortable choice: to remove existing tributes to the clerics and erase glowing references in local histories -- or explain to victims and critics why they continue to honor men who also were pedophiles.
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October 30, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
Two lawsuits filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on Wednesday claim that the former principal of Mater Dei High School repeatedly molested two boys around 1980, at times in his office. The accusers are the latest to lodge sexual abuse allegations against Michael Harris, once a popular priest known as "Father Hollywood" to students.
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May 17, 2002 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A teacher at Santa Margarita Catholic High School has been arrested on 10 counts of child molestation after a parent tipped off authorities, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said Thursday. Michael Karl Sandoval, a ceramics teacher, was arrested Wednesday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he had admitted himself to the psychiatric ward, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
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September 7, 2001 | Eric Sondheimer
They're football royalty, sons of Heisman Trophy winners playing side by side in the defensive backfield. Thomas Cappelletti, a senior strong safety, and Ashton White, a junior free safety, contribute more than prestigious bloodlines each time they take the field for Santa Margarita High. Whether from heredity or watching their fathers play on ESPN Classic, they've taken some of their fathers' best qualities and put them to good use.
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March 30, 2001 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tip Lefebvre, the only varsity baseball coach in Santa Margarita High history, has been fired. "As of today, Coach Tip Lefebvre will not be returning to [the] Santa Margarita faculty or coaching staff," read a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Orange. "We regret that we are unable to have him return. It was a difficult decision."
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September 30, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Santa Margarita High School wants out of the all-parochial Serra League and has has applied for area-placement into an Orange County public school league. The Southern Section releaguing committee will meet Oct. 16 to accept or deny the application of Santa Margarita, which cites long trips and missed classes as reasons for requesting the switch. If the Catholic school is turned down, it can appeal the decision on Nov. 15 before the section's executive board.
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March 9, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted two young men Wednesday of attempting to kill a former Santa Margarita High School football player by beating and repeatedly stabbing him as they sought revenge against a rival school. Defendants Derek Thomas Jones, 20, of Huntington Beach and Russell Takeo Scarce, 19, of Lake Forest face a maximum 13 years in state prison for their part in the August, 1994, attack on Ruben Charles Vaughan III.
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January 23, 1987 | Mark I. Pinsky
Private fund raising has hit the halfway mark for the county's fifth Catholic high school, campaign supporters said this week. Santa Margarita High School, now under construction on a 36-acre site between Mission Viejo and Coto de Caza, is designed to relieve pressure on Mater Dei High School, the largest Catholic secondary school and the only coeducational one in the county. More than $6.
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June 7, 2000 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The real Santa Margarita golf team finally stood up. The Eagles lost the Serra League title to Anaheim Servite and said "just wait." Frustrated by a second-place finish to Servite in the Western Divisional, they reiterated the sentiment. Even after an eight-shot victory in the Southern Section championships last month, Santa Margarita was not satisfied. The Eagles finally unleashed their potential in record-setting fashion Tuesday at the season-ending CIF-SCGA championships.
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October 15, 1999 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris Rix has a variety of motivations to draw on for tonight's football game, but he said revenge is not among them. Rix was the quarterback last season for La Puente Bishop Amat, helping the Lancers to the Southern Section Division I semifinals. Over the summer, he transferred to Santa Margarita. When he left, many thought Bishop Amat would not be as good as last year's 11-1-1 team.
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