CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2009 |
Peter Watts relishes the bonds he forged with coaches, teachers and classmates at Verbum Dei High School, an all-boys Catholic campus with a long tradition as an athletic powerhouse and a haven from strife in South Los Angeles. Now a successful educator, Watts assumed his son, Avery, would carry on the tradition as a proud Eagle at "the Verb." He and his wife were stunned when the 13-year-old's application was rejected. The reason: The school is now dedicated to serving only poor students, and the Wattses' income is too high.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2006 |
"Mr. Lopez, I am a teacher at an all-boys Catholic high school, called Verbum Dei, in Watts. For the past two weeks, we have been operating and holding classes in a locked-down state.... There is a gang war being waged between the Nickerson Gardens Bounty Hunters and the Jordan Downs Grape Street Crips." Only a few weeks ago, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a celebratory news conference to announce a 10% drop in major crimes in 2005.
September 3, 2005 |
Los Angeles Jordan and Verbum Dei high schools both are located in Watts, separated by only one mile -- and two notorious gangs. Security concerns are the prime reason the schools haven't met on a football field in 10 years -- a span that will end today at 2 p.m. in a season opener at Lawndale High. "It's a beautiful thing," Verbum Dei Coach Kendric Knox said. The teams got together for dinner last week at the Watts Coffee House, an idea hatched by Elijah Asante, Jordan's first-year coach.
March 20, 2004 |
Midway through the fourth quarter of the state Division IV boys' basketball championship game Friday, Doni Noble of Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame told his best friend, Alex Harris, during a timeout, "It's the last quarter of our lives. Step up." "It was like a light bulb went on," Harris said. Harris responded by scoring 11 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to enable St. Joseph to defeat Los Angeles Verbum Dei, 49-47, at Arco Arena.
November 29, 2003 |
Los Angeles Verbum Dei High has filed a complaint with the City Section, alleging that a representative from Westchester used "undue influence" to coax basketball player Amir Johnson into changing schools. Johnson, who enrolled at Westchester on Nov. 4, is a 6-foot-9 junior who is considered one of the top non-seniors in Southern California. He averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds last season in leading Verbum Dei to the Southern Section Division IV-A championship.
January 11, 2003 |
The storied basketball program at Verbum Dei High, the former home of NBA and college stars past and present, is caught in the worst kind of full-court press. A new corporate work program, designed to help the small Catholic school keep its doors open, seems to be bringing its tradition-rich boys' basketball team to its knees.