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May 31, 1994 | Susan Byrnes, Times Correspondent
Sylmar High School valedictorian Bezuayhu Arega had one unmistakable advantage over her classmates: the collective hindsight of eight older brothers and sisters. "They gave me tips," said the 17-year-old, who moved to the United States from Ethiopia when she was 11. "Whatever they did, I would do more." Her three brothers and five sisters advised her on which teachers' classes to take.
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October 29, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Hundreds of parents, teachers and activists rallied Tuesday morning in support of L.A. schools chief John Deasy ahead of his meeting with the Board of Education to discuss his performance and his future with the district. Last week, just days before the scheduled performance review, Deasy told some top officials that he may step down, according to L.A. Unified School District insiders. Supporters lined up for hours before the closed-door meeting, which is to be conducted by the seven-member body that has become more willing to challenge his policy efforts and philosophy.
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SPORTS
January 13, 1994 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Grant High overcame a dismal first-half shooting performance to score a 59-48 come-from-behind victory over upstart Sylmar Wednesday in a Valley Pac-8 Conference game. The host Lancers, who improved to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in league play, trailed from the opening basket until midway through the third quarter.
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October 14, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The lesson being taught Monday at the classroom in Sylmar was strictly old school. And so was the teacher. Ninety-year-old Eleanor Bralver was explaining to Sylmar High School freshmen how they will have a better chance at a long life if they eat right, have healthy habits and know how to laugh. The oldest full-time public school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District seemed to be making her point to the 32 pupils in her third-period health class. After all, seeing is believing.
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December 2, 1994 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Greg Marquez's earliest recollections of football began on a hard, dusty field nine years ago at Sylmar High. He was 8--and a starting center for the North Valley Little Bears. Like most of his young teammates, Marquez fantasized of someday playing for San Fernando High, football pride of the East Valley in the late 1960s and into the '80s. As a youngster, Marquez dismissed the Sylmar program as a joke. Nothing could be better, he thought, than being a Tiger.
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September 8, 1993 | STEVE ELLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Section athletics office has directed Sylmar High administrators to investigate allegations that the school's football team held an improper practice on Labor Day. Sylmar Coach Jeff Engilman admitted Tuesday that his team met on campus Labor Day afternoon, but maintained it was only to issue game uniforms. However, City rules prohibited coaches from meeting with players over the three-day holiday weekend, City Commissioner Hal Harkness said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1998
Please! It's hard enough when our city's elected officials attack Los Angeles public schools, but now a young writer who didn't even graduate from L.A. Unified is criticizing the district for its handling of repair funds ("School Repairs Are Too Little, Too Late," Sept. 13). Hasn't anyone stopped to ask what the impact of all these negative articles is on the students? . . . My classmates at Sylmar High School now have air-conditioning and a new gym floor, thanks to Proposition BB. At our school, no repair is too little or too late.
OPINION
March 21, 1993
March 12 was norming day at many LAUSD high schools. That's the day when the actual number of students enrolled is matched to the number of teachers on campus. The ratio of students to teachers is over 38.5. The enrollment at Sylmar High School was down; therefore, it was determined three teachers would have to go, affecting the programs of hundreds of students. True to its management style none of the four assistant principals or the principal at our high school was cut. The ratio of administrators to students at our high school is approximately 360 to 1. Cutting one of them would have affected no students.
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December 20, 1992
If Adrienne Mack, a teacher at Sylmar High School, had done her homework, she would have easily found out that the swimming pool being built at Cleveland High School in Reseda ("Pool a Waste of School Funds," Letters to the Editor, Times Valley Edition, Dec. 6) is being constructed and funded by the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, which will also maintain it, and not the Los Angeles Unified School District as she stated. Students from the surrounding community and the general public will all benefit from this project.
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June 4, 2002 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gary Donatella knows all about choices, how bad news can alter one's plans in life and how an orange Volkswagen Beetle can drastically change the vectors of a career path. He was 19 when he had to make his first major decision, en route to a baseball career at a community college in Valencia, when his father was laid off as an aircraft engineer. It was 1973. The war in Vietnam was ending. The economy struggled, in particular his father's manufacturing sector, as the U.S.
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October 20, 2000 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kennedy High's sleek, rapid-transit people mover derailed Sylmar's old-school steamer last season, bringing the Spartans' decade-long, 69-game league winning streak to a sparks-flying halt. Sylmar got back on track after the 21-20 loss and met the Cougars again in the playoffs. But by that time Kennedy was moving at warp speed. There's no stopping progress and the Cougars had perfected a multi-look, multi-direction offense for the new millennium: Kennedy 69, Sylmar 33.
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October 6, 2000 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps early December in Fresno is grand. Perhaps not. John Valdez doesn't want to find out. The Sylmar High quarterback plans to throw spirals in the crisp Friday night air. The City Section semifinals are Dec. 2 and Valdez believes he and his teammates will be there. Should the Spartans (4-0) be eliminated from the playoffs early, Valdez will find himself in a stuffy Fresno gymnasium adjusting to the squeaky shoes and baggy shorts that basketball brings.
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March 12, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raquel Bolanos knew she was in the right place at the right time when she listened to a recruiter talk about Upward Bound, a free program for low-income, first-generation college-bound high school students. "The program comes at a good time for ninth-graders," Raquel said, picking up an application. "We can get better grades and think about college."
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February 27, 2000 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another high school baseball season begins Tuesday, with the chances good that a San Fernando Valley team will win the City Championship for the 27th time in the last 28 seasons. But unless your school is from the West Valley, you have a better shot at winning the lottery than a City title. "If you remove El Camino Real and Chatsworth, then maybe we'll all have a chance," Sylmar Coach Gary Donatella said.
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September 18, 1999 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a hot August afternoon, Brian "Biff" McGahan jumped into his backyard pool to help his screaming 11-year-old niece, who had been shocked by a faulty underwater light fixture. His niece, Dena, got out of the water safely, but McGahan, 31, sank to the bottom of the pool and was electrocuted. Four people, including his wife, managed to pull him out of the water, but he died on the way to the hospital.
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May 16, 1989
The fourth debate between the candidates in the runoff election to represent the northeast San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles City Council is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sylmar High School. Councilman Ernani Bernardi and challenger Lyle Hall will meet at Spartan Hall, 13050 Borden Ave., in Sylmar. The forum is sponsored by the Sylmar Civic Assn. and the League of Women Voters. Issues likely to be discussed are development, planning, zoning, police and fire protection, traffic, gangs and sewers.
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April 9, 1993
Reseda High officials pitched a fledgling program aimed at deterring students from carrying weapons on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses to student leaders and administrators this week. Persuading students to "break the code of silence" by turning in weapon-carrying students could be a long-term solution to rising crime in schools, Reseda officials said during a conference at Sylmar High School.
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October 4, 1998
Please! It's hard enough when our city's elected officials attack Los Angeles public schools, but now a young writer who didn't even graduate from L.A. Unified is criticizing the district for its handling of repair funds ("School Repairs Are Too Little, Too Late," Sept. 13). Hasn't anyone stopped to ask what the impact of all these negative articles is on the students? . . . My classmates at Sylmar High School now have air-conditioning and a new gym floor, thanks to Proposition BB. At our school, no repair is too little or too late.
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September 30, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
The four finalists for the position of Chatsworth High School's new principal will meet with parents and community members at a public meeting Thursday. Each finalist will be giving a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session, said Diana Dixon-Davis, parent representative of the School Based Management Council at Chatsworth High School.
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