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May 31, 1994 | Susan Byrnes, Times Correspondent
Sandra Ruiz moved with her family to Huntington Park from Mexico four years ago not speaking a word of English. Starting a new life in the United States meant riding two hours a day on a school bus to Tujunga and back and sleeping three to a bed with her sisters in a one-bedroom apartment shared by her parents and five siblings. But the Verdugo Hills High School valedictorian said the hardest part has been just finding a place to study. "I studied on the bus," Sandra said.
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June 21, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Police Department anti-gang officers plan to monitor an advertised skinhead recruitment rally at Sunland Park and Recreation Center on Saturday, authorities said. The flier, found at nearby Verdugo Hills High School, advertises a recruitment effort "for white men and women" who wish to "fight for a white America" with a group called the Valley Nazi Skins, Officer Jay Roberts said Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Police Department anti-gang officers plan to monitor an advertised skinhead recruitment rally at Sunland Park and Recreation Center on Saturday, authorities said. The flier, found at nearby Verdugo Hills High School, advertises a recruitment effort "for white men and women" who wish to "fight for a white America" with a group called the Valley Nazi Skins, Officer Jay Roberts said Wednesday.
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June 11, 2000 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
Shane Hackett is living a fairy tale. Once upon a time, he was a 4-foot-11, 98-pound freshman at Verdugo Hills High, the perfect size to fit into a trash can. Except he had far more ambitious plans--he wanted to fly through the air like a witch on a broomstick. He tried the pole vault. Nothing would stop him from soaring higher. After one practice with his private coach, Anthony Curran, Hackett improved his vault by two feet. It was as if someone had sprinkled pixie dust in his blond hair.
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October 25, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
For the second consecutive year, a Verdugo Hills High School student will help lead the Los Angeles Unified School District's All-District Honor Band in the annual Tournament of Roses parade. Drum major Melvin Reyes, a senior at Verdugo Hills High, was one of three students selected to lead the all-star band, which will make its 25th consecutive appearance at the parade on New Year's Day. "Being a drum major is a very important position," said Don Doyle, a music advisor for L.A. Unified.
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November 14, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
In a whirlwind day of performances Saturday, the Granada Hills High School marching band captured top honors in a citywide contest in Glendale hours before playing host to a separate competition on its home turf. The day began early at Verdugo Hills High School where the group won its third consecutive first-place award in the Los Angeles City Band and Drill Team Championships. The annual event drew 37 Los Angeles Unified School District schools, band director Al Nelson said.
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October 26, 1993
Math students at Verdugo Hills High School who claim they have no homework may have to come up with a new excuse when an automated phone system is installed at the school early next year. The use of recorded messages for parents is common in Orange and Ventura counties, but Los Angles Unified School District officials said Verdugo will become the only high school in Los Angeles with such a program.
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October 26, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
Math students at Verdugo Hills High School who claim that they have no homework may have to come up with a new excuse when an automated phone system is installed at their school early next year. The system, which will allow parents to access recorded messages from teachers about daily homework assignments and upcoming tests, was funded from part of a three-year grant the school received from the state Board of Education to set up a math program called "Change From Within."
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January 27, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and JEANETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"Some fool had it in a cup," said sophomore Oscar Martinez, 15. "It looked like the stuff from the movie 'Terminator,' " said Oscar Castaneda, 17, a senior. "I was curious. I didn't even know what it was." Apparently not many of the students at Verdugo Hills High School knew the identity of the liquid metal they were playing with and passing around school Thursday: mercury, which can be a very dangerous poison with lifelong aftereffects, especially if ingested or inhaled as a vapor.
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February 27, 2000
These letters were written by Verdugo Hills High School students participating in a video-production class that includes ninth- through 12-graders and is taught by Boi Hien and Mike Augustiny. The students help produce a weekly public access cable news show. Re "End of Social Promotion Instills Fear in 8th-Graders," Feb. 15. Many middle-school students do fear being held back, but if they can't pass eighth grade, what chance do they have in high school? Students fear teasing from their peers, but why would the teasing be any more bearable in high school?
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September 1, 1999 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
There was a knock at the front door. "LAPD, open up." Michael Porter, a football and basketball player at Verdugo Hills High, listened from his upstairs bedroom. He jumped up, walked to the banister and saw two uniformed officers speaking with his father. "My heart was beating so fast," he recalled. At 15, Porter was scared for the first time in his life. None of the punishments for ditching school, smoking pot or getting into trouble with friends had struck fear in him. Until now.
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June 18, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
War kept Mabel Tsumori Abe and Gilbert Cefaratt from their high school graduations. Three months before finishing Verdugo Hills High in 1942, Abe was forced into an internment camp for Japanese Americans. A year before his own 1946 Verdugo graduation, Cefaratt bolted for the Navy and service in the Pacific. Today, the overlapping threads of two divergent lives will be woven together when the septuagenarians are given honorary status as the oldest members of Verdugo Hills' Class of 1998.
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June 18, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
War kept Mabel Tsumori Abe and Gilbert Cefaratt from their high school graduations. Three months before finishing Verdugo Hills High School in 1942, Abe was forced into an internment camp for Japanese Americans. A year before his own 1946 Verdugo graduation, Cefaratt bolted for the Navy and service in the Pacific.
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March 27, 1998 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching Ignacio "Nacho" Pineda talk about running is like watching him run. The 17-year-old holds his head up as he talks. Determination spreads across his face. His arms pump in even strokes. "Step by step, every day, keep pushing yourself until you get it," he said, his arms pumping the air as he sat outside his home in Sunland. "That's how I got it." On Sunday, Ignacio, who has been in foster care since he was in the fifth grade, will compete in the Los Angeles Marathon.
SPORTS
November 14, 1997 | MICHAEL LAZARUS
For Evan Armstrong, the low point in Verdugo Hills' winless season came three weeks ago, sitting on the bench with a dislocated thumb following the Dons' 37-12 loss to Lincoln. "I'd been to every practice, every game, never missed one. Quitting never entered my mind," Armstrong said. "But sitting there I really began to wonder if it was worth it." No team has struggled like Verdugo Hills this season. In nine losses, the Dons have been outscored, 314-61.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2000
These letters were written by Verdugo Hills High School students participating in a video-production class that includes ninth- through 12-graders and is taught by Boi Hien and Mike Augustiny. The students help produce a weekly public access cable news show. Re "End of Social Promotion Instills Fear in 8th-Graders," Feb. 15. Many middle-school students do fear being held back, but if they can't pass eighth grade, what chance do they have in high school? Students fear teasing from their peers, but why would the teasing be any more bearable in high school?
SPORTS
December 4, 1996
Andrea Standley has been named softball coach at Verdugo Hills High, replacing Dan Balkey, who resigned after the Dons won the City Section 3-A Division title last season. Standley, mother of senior shortstop Rian Standley, will be a walk-on coach. She has not coached at the high school level but has coached club softball.
SPORTS
November 27, 1996 | MICHAEL LAZARUS
The knee still aches, but it won't keep Sean Standley off the field. The Verdugo Hills High senior isn't the swiftest of running backs, but at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, his straight-ahead, pounding style has been effective for the Dons. Standley was third among area City Section rushers in the regular season with 1,430 yards and 18 touchdowns.
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