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May 11, 1994
Prosecutors filed murder charges Tuesday against two reputed gang members in the slaying of a Taft High School student nearly two years ago by a group of youths who apparently mistook him for a rival gang member. Oscar Andres Lopez, 18, has been charged with the Aug. 5, 1992, stabbing of Lamoun Thames, a 15-year-old South Central Los Angeles boy who was attacked while waiting at a bus stop after attending a preseason football practice, authorities said.
Although some students at Taft High School will graduate before bond-funded air conditioning is installed in Los Angeles Unified School District buildings, they wanted to do something to encourage younger students to stay cool and in school. On Wednesday, 40 seniors from Nancy Schroeder's Mass Media class visited several fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Calvert Street Elementary School.
June 13, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Two Taft High School seniors won $1,000 scholarships Tuesday night in memory of LaMoun Thames, a Taft student fatally stabbed at a Woodland Hills bus stop four years ago. David Cook and Erika Guardado are hard-working, average students with good character who share Thames' dream of going to college, said Suzanne Lewis, a Woodland Hills parent whose daughter was one of Thames' classmates. Guardado, a Student Senate member and a volunteer, will attend the Los Angeles DeVry Institute.
November 27, 1991
For the second year in a row, a student from William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita achieved the top score in the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, county officials announced Tuesday. A Woodland Hills school topped the city competition. Kevin Armstrong, a Hart senior, earned 8,616 points out of a possible 10,000, beating more than 600 competitors from 69 schools around the county.
November 30, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
For Arthur Berchin, Taft High School's academic decathlon coach, the district awards banquet in Los Angeles tonight promises to be an evening of almost unbearable suspense. "I always look forward to it with trepidation," said Berchin, who coached the team from 1985 to 1989 and took over the position again last spring. "I'm very excited but also scared. You never know what the outcome is going to be until they open those sealed envelopes."
May 23, 2005
Re "Villaraigosa's Victory Tour Is Marred by Violence at School," May 19: As the parent of a Taft High School student, I was relieved by the response of the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Unified School District police to student fighting. But the school administrators' response was offensive: ignoring frantic parents and denying student accounts only increases tension and distrust. Ironically, Cal State Northridge's College of Education was holding its annual credential ceremony for the graduating class of 2005 that afternoon, including 35 graduating school counselors.
September 27, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Two San Fernando Valley men wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting that left three Taft High School students seriously wounded surrendered to authorities Friday. They are members of a small Panorama City street gang who were "out driving around and looking for the enemy" Sept. 9 when they fired into a crowd at a Ventura Boulevard bus stop, hitting innocent bystanders, said LAPD homicide Det. Rick Swanston.
May 12, 1994 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
The national champions from the Taft High School Academic Decathlon team are being feted again--this time by the governor. The nine students and their coach, Arthur Berchin, are heading to Sacramento on May 23 for a daylong series of meetings and events. In the morning, the group will be introduced to the Senate and the Assembly. Then, after a lunch at Frank Fat's restaurant--a famous politico's haunt--they are scheduled to meet with Gov. Pete Wilson.
March 9, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
If Leonard An has been acting a little odd lately, it would not be too much to say he has a lot on his mind. For the past several months, An and eight other Taft High School seniors have traded their social lives for study guides as they prepare to represent the Los Angeles Unified School District in the state academic decathlon, to be held Friday and Saturday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. "What am I giving up to do this?
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