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June 30, 1989
Lalo Mendoza, coach at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles since 1971, was hired as football coach at Compton College, succeeding Art Perkins, who is moving to a teaching position at the school.
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November 6, 2013 | By James Rainey
Mall developer and political mover Rick Caruso pledged $5 million Wednesday to expand an "ecosystem" of social and educational programs in Watts, with the goal of helping 200 young people break out of poverty and violence in South Los Angeles. The donation from the Caruso Family Foundation will support the programs for a decade. It will pay for about a seven-fold increase in students benefiting from tutors, weekend mentors and college scholarships via Operation Progress, an umbrella service organization founded in 1999 by Los Angeles police officers.
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February 23, 2000
Verbum Dei High School will get three new Jesuit teachers, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced Tuesday, putting to rest rumors that the college preparatory boys academy was on the verge of closing. "The Jesuits have committed to assigning at least three experienced educators to Verbum Dei," Mahony said. "Very possibly, more may come with time." In January, rumors surfaced that the 186-student school would be closed, possibly by the end of this school year.
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August 20, 2013 | SANDY BANKS
They lured him with Clippers tickets and the promise of money for college. The deal required Eric Antuche to give up years of Saturday mornings. But it all paid off for the graduate of Verbum Dei High School in Watts. His family drove him up to Humboldt State University last weekend, where he'll begin his freshman year classes Monday. He owes the opportunity to Neighborhood Youth Achievers and a handful of generous donors. Neighborhood Youth Achievers is one of those grass-roots groups we don't hear much about.
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November 6, 2013 | By James Rainey
Mall developer and political mover Rick Caruso pledged $5 million Wednesday to expand an "ecosystem" of social and educational programs in Watts, with the goal of helping 200 young people break out of poverty and violence in South Los Angeles. The donation from the Caruso Family Foundation will support the programs for a decade. It will pay for about a seven-fold increase in students benefiting from tutors, weekend mentors and college scholarships via Operation Progress, an umbrella service organization founded in 1999 by Los Angeles police officers.
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February 28, 1997 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Internationally celebrated photojournalist Gordon Parks was on his own at 15, with both his parents dead. Hungry, broke and shivering on a freezing evening in St. Paul, Minn., he confronted a train conductor who had a wad of money. Parks pulled a switchblade. It was the only time he almost committed a major crime, Parks, 84, told a group of Verbum Dei High School students Thursday in Watts. "At that moment, in that white man's face, I saw my father's black face," he said.
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May 28, 1995 | SEAN WATERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Kearney has resigned from Verbum Dei High School, leaving its state champion basketball team without a coach. Kearney, who this year led the team to its first-ever state Division IV title, said he no longer feels he can do his job effectively as teacher and coach under the school administration. "I'm leaving because I'm dissatisfied with the direction of the school," Kearney said on Wednesday. "I'm not confident in the leadership." Kearney declined to elaborate.
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August 20, 2013 | SANDY BANKS
They lured him with Clippers tickets and the promise of money for college. The deal required Eric Antuche to give up years of Saturday mornings. But it all paid off for the graduate of Verbum Dei High School in Watts. His family drove him up to Humboldt State University last weekend, where he'll begin his freshman year classes Monday. He owes the opportunity to Neighborhood Youth Achievers and a handful of generous donors. Neighborhood Youth Achievers is one of those grass-roots groups we don't hear much about.
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January 27, 2006 | Steve Lopez
"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.
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October 16, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL
On a recent visit to Verbum Dei High School in Watts, Assemblyman Roderick Wright delivered an adult-rated message that, he stressed, "you're never too young to hear." He told the 160 students at the all-male Catholic high school about his personal bout with prostate cancer. "When you're 15 or 16, you believe that you are going to live forever, that you'll never get something like prostate cancer," Wright said. "Most people who get cancer think it's something that will never happen to them.
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August 19, 2009 | Carla Rivera
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.
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January 27, 2006 | Steve Lopez
"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.
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September 3, 2005 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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March 20, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 29, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 11, 2003 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 19, 2009 | Carla Rivera
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.
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March 20, 1998 | From Staff Reports
Former UCLA star and Chicago Bull David Greenwood will try to lead his high school alma mater Verbum Dei to another state basketball championship as the tournament starts its two-day run today at Sacramento's Arco Arena. Verbum Dei (22-5), which won a title in 1995, takes a 17-game winning streak into the 4:15 p.m. final behind the play of Marlon Parmer and Dalron Johnson. The Eagles crushed La Jolla Bishop's 67-46 to advance while Pacific Grove (27-2) squeaked by Modesto Christian, 55-54.
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February 23, 2000
Verbum Dei High School will get three new Jesuit teachers, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced Tuesday, putting to rest rumors that the college preparatory boys academy was on the verge of closing. "The Jesuits have committed to assigning at least three experienced educators to Verbum Dei," Mahony said. "Very possibly, more may come with time." In January, rumors surfaced that the 186-student school would be closed, possibly by the end of this school year.
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October 16, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL
On a recent visit to Verbum Dei High School in Watts, Assemblyman Roderick Wright delivered an adult-rated message that, he stressed, "you're never too young to hear." He told the 160 students at the all-male Catholic high school about his personal bout with prostate cancer. "When you're 15 or 16, you believe that you are going to live forever, that you'll never get something like prostate cancer," Wright said. "Most people who get cancer think it's something that will never happen to them.
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