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March 4, 2006 | J.A. Adande
Sometimes life doesn't allow you to stop completely, not even for death, so as the students walked onstage to honor the fallen classmate, they wore their dark baseball jerseys, their gray baseball pants, their high blue socks and black cleats. The Santa Monica High baseball team still had a practice that afternoon. Shockingly, unbelievably, tragically, Eddie Lopez would not be with them.
March 2, 2006 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
At Santa Monica High School, Eduardo "Eddie" Lopez was the class clown who loved to make others laugh. A standout right fielder on the baseball team. A good student with a bright future. That future was cut short when Lopez, 15, was fatally shot on Pico Boulevard at 26th Street about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday by an unknown assailant wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a bandana over his face.
December 6, 2005 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
Kanye is coming. You could hear his name ringing through the boisterous lunchtime chatter at Santa Monica High School. You could read it on T-shirts all over the Santa Monica campus: Kanye West. He's coming! "This is the best thing that's ever happened to us," said Laura Thatcher, 15, kicking back with friends outside the school. "We have 30-minute classes, and then we're seeing a concert." Thatcher and her classmates more than earned a visit from one of music's hottest acts.
October 6, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A former Santa Monica High School coach pleaded no contest Wednesday to nine felony counts stemming from unlawful sexual relationships with three underage girls, authorities said. Michael Hearn, 38, pleaded to six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with three girls under 18, one count of a lewd act on a child, one count of oral copulation on a person under 16 and one count of sending harmful material to a minor electronically.
June 23, 2005
I appreciated "The Undertones of the City" (June 16) on Internet radio station Dublab ( I'm a junior at Santa Monica High School, and I'm happy to see more non-mainstream news published in the L.A. Times. Articles on underground radio are definitely a way to reach out to future readers. Thanks. Roby Behrens Venice
May 12, 2005 | J.A. Adande
After the police cars left, the helicopter stopped circling overhead and the action subsided on one of the most tumultuous days in the history of Santa Monica High, Coach Kevin Brockway gathered his baseball players together. A series of fights between Latinos and African Americans on April 15, followed by the students' refusal to return to class, resulted in a campus-wide lockdown.
May 2, 2005
When a student fight roiled past the school auditorium and on toward the science building one Friday last month at Santa Monica High School, Principal Ilene Straus called in police from Beverly Hills and Culver City as well as Santa Monica to get the school's 3,400 students back in class and ensure their safety. She also canceled a raft of extracurricular activities scheduled for that afternoon and the weekend. But not a Saturday prep session for Advanced Placement exams, which begin this week.
August 23, 2004 | Christiana Sciaudone, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica High School administrators will meet with students and their parents this week to address concerns after the arrest this summer of two staff members charged with being sexually involved with minors. Principal Ilene Straus will address 150 students today as they begin two weeks of band camp before the start of school. "I think they are totally unrelated," Straus said of the two arrests. "Parents should be assured it's a very rare situation."
January 17, 2004 | Rafer Weigel, Times Staff Writer
In conversation, Matt Ishler uses words like "gnarly" and "hard-core" He is a classically trained viola player ... and an extreme mountain biker who hopes to become a stuntman. He is soft-spoken, intelligent ... and jumps a unicycle over ramps for fun. He is a young man of seemingly endless contradictions, yet this much is clear: As a wrestler, the 215-pound Santa Monica High senior has dominated almost every Southern Section opponent he has faced this year. A Renaissance man in a singlet.
March 6, 2003 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Alfred Quinn, who in 1951 was the first African American to be hired as a teacher in the Santa Monica school district, has died. He was 80. Quinn, who also had held a number of positions in Santa Monica city government, died Feb. 26 of complications from diabetes. He had been hospitalized at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. During his 24 years on the faculty of Santa Monica College, he was dean of student services for six years and the school's affirmative action officer for another six.
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