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March 21, 1991
The City Council this week urged the Santa Monica/Malibu Board of Education to consider how a proposed high school in Malibu would affect Santa Monica High School. The proposed school has some Santa Monica parents worried that it would take away Santa Monica High School's status as a college prep school, drain Santa Monica's educational resources and create an ethnic imbalance, with mostly Anglo students attending the new high school. Some urged the council, which this year is giving $1.
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April 11, 2014 | Sandy Banks
At this point, it may not matter much to the public what actually went on in that Santa Monica High classroom where a teacher was recorded wrestling a student to the floor. The 58-second cellphone clip recorded by a student went viral this week, turning the teacher and the student into symbols of what's wrong with public schools: Defiant students. Overwhelmed teachers. Feckless administrators. Knee-jerk policies with no room for common sense. "We're in the middle of a cultural change, and this case reflects that shift," said Shawn McMullen Chen, a high school teacher for 25 years.
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NEWS
October 10, 1993
A large parking lot will open Monday at Santa Monica High School. The 420-space lot is at the northeast corner of the school grounds, off Olympic Boulevard. It replaces a lot at 7th Street and Michigan Avenue, where 21 portable classrooms have been placed. The classrooms will be used during the reconstruction of the science and technology buildings.
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April 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
In Los Angeles, patrol officers are caught disabling recording equipment that was in place to keep them honest. In Santa Monica, a high school student demonstrates why the wrestling coach is the last faculty member to mess with. And in Glendale, a young woman challenges the definition of "hands-free" driving after getting a ticket for talking on a phone tucked into her head scarf. These three police blotter tales have little in common, except that I've assembled them in a nice spring bouquet, along with a prickly observation or two. First the LAPD.
NEWS
July 17, 1992
Santa Monica High School, representing the United States, took third place at an international youth music competition in Vienna, it was announced Thursday. The 85-member symphony orchestra and the school's smaller chamber orchestra won honors for selections such as Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture," Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1996
The Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra will leave for Spain next week to perform in a series of international music festivals. The 83-member group will first play at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Valencia. From there, they will travel to other cities in Spain to perform in festivals in which professional musicians play. The invitations themselves are an honor, said Jeff Edmons, director and conductor of the high school orchestra.
NEWS
September 13, 1990
A committee of parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members will be set up to examine the curriculum, student population and other aspects of Santa Monica High School. The board of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District this week gave its preliminary approval for the committee.
NEWS
August 4, 1994 | SEAN WATERS
Former Santa Monica High receiver Michael Jackson tore ligaments in his right knee during a July 20 practice for the 43rd annual California Shrine All-Star Football Classic. Jackson, who was among 64 of the state's best recently graduated high school players selected to play in the game, underwent surgery July 27 and is expected to be sidelined seven to eight months. Jackson, who will attend Washington State on a scholarship, is expected to apply for a redshirt freshman season.
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April 25, 1992 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica High School students craned their necks Friday as they walked past the nurse's office, curiously eyeing two boxes with signs that said "Take One." Some almost fell over backward, while others returned for a closer look. A few discreetly dipped a hand into one of the boxes and pulled out a packet without missing a step.
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June 19, 1995 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The school's hotshot junior varsity wrestler prefers to play Bach on the viola. A baseball player belts out a mean Mozart on the clarinet. And one of the campus eccentrics, known as "the guy with the blue hair," gives a brilliant performance on the bass. Welcome to Santa Monica High School, where the coolest clique on campus is the school's symphony orchestra.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
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April 4, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
A Santa Monica High School teacher was placed on leave Friday after he was caught on a cellphone video in an altercation with a student. The incident took place in a classroom at the high school and was recorded on cellphone videos by several students, according to the superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. One recording shows Mark Black, a science teacher and wrestling coach, involved in a physical confrontation with an unidentified student. Other students are shown scrambling to avoid the altercation as it continued across the classroom.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Let's be blunt: Jordan Mathews is the player who got away from UCLA and USC. The former Santa Monica High standout is a freshman at California, and he scored 32 points on Thursday night to help California defeat Oregon, 96-83.  Another Southern California product, Justin Cobbs from Bishop Montgomery, had 20 points for Cal. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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June 3, 2013 | From KTLA News
Students at Santa Monica High School are on a mission to get President Obama to come to their graduation.  A group of seniors posted a video on YouTube in hopes that the president would see it. The video highlights the school's accomplishments and features different students pleading with the president to make an appearance. This will be the school's 100th graduating class. The graduation is scheduled for this Sunday at 5 p.m. the school's Memorial Greek Theater. The video had over 1,300 views on YouTube, and the hashtag “#getobamatothegreek” was gaining momentum on Twitter and Instagram.
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June 1, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
"Brother Nick," said a woman in a white sundress. "Brother Nick, we call on you, brother Nick. " The sun was rising and a group of surfers stood on a beach in Santa Monica, surrounding longboards and rose bouquets, celebrating a pioneer whose life was cut short in nearby waters 62 years ago. "Brother Nick ... Brother Nick!" Together, about 70 in all, they conjured the spirit and memory of Los Angeles' first documented black surfer. Together they hailed Nick Gabaldon's quest "to be free, despite all of the oppression" he encountered on the beach.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Melissa Rohlin
With a trip to Sacramento at stake, the player who has risen up in big games all season, Jordan Mathews, came through again for Santa Monica High, calmly sinking a three-pointer with two seconds left, giving the Vikings a 53-50 victory over Los Angeles Loyola in the CIF Southern California Regional Division I boys' basketball final Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. "Big-time players make big-time shots, and we wanted the ball in Jordan's hands," Santa Monica Coach James Hecht said.
SPORTS
February 22, 1996 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Susan Wilson walked into the cafeteria at Santa Monica High a few weeks ago and finally saw the product of a year's work. She scanned the room, table after table, observing loud teenagers free from teachers and lectures. There was nothing different about this lunch period, except for what she saw as she was about to walk out the door. "It was one of our basketball players," she said. "It was one of the players who had had some trouble in class and had been academically ineligible before.
NEWS
August 12, 1993 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some students and civil rights advocates at Santa Monica High School are riled up over principal Sylvia Rousseau's new no-hats policy, making her first public move since taking over from Bernard (Nardy) Samuels on July 1 a controversial one. The ban is part of an effort to stem gang violence at the 2,500-student school. It is not all that radical, given that most high schools in the Los Angeles area outlawed hats and other gang-associated garb in recent years.
SPORTS
December 7, 2012 | By Steve Galluzzo
Trey Mason swished a pair of free throws with five seconds left and Los Angeles Loyola came from behind to slip past host Santa Monica, 83-82, in overtime Friday night in a semifinal game of the Santa Monica tournament. Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 27 points, including four three-pointers, and Mason added 17 for the Cubs (7-0), who handed Santa Monica its only other loss last week in the finals of the South Bay Classic in Torrance. "We had confidence because we've played them before and we were down 10 points in the fourth quarter the last time," Mason said.
SPORTS
September 12, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
To go from bitter high school rivals to college roommates doesn't happen very often, but it's taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, where freshmen football players Dylan Muscat (Santa Monica High) and Cameron Countryman (Beverly Hills) have suddenly found themselves sharing a microwave, television and refrigerator in their dorm room. "We're trying to get a bean bag," Muscat said of his new friendship with Countryman. For four years of high school they went head to head on opposite sides of the ball.
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