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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.
May 18, 1996 | MICHAEL LAZARUS
Just imagine what Verdugo Hills High shortstop Rian Standley could have accomplished if she had played the entire softball season. Despite missing the first four games of the year, she has belted a school-record 10 home runs, leads area City Section players with 43 runs batted in and has a slugging percentage of 1.190. Standley, a junior, has become a catalyst for an impressive lineup that has led Verdugo Hills to its fourth consecutive City Section 3-A Division final.
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.
"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.
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.
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."
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.
September 4, 1993 | ED BOND
Freshmen and some sophomores starting algebra at Verdugo Hills High in Tujunga next week may be in for a surprise: They will have to think through math problems for themselves. "Usually they just follow the rules and don't really understand what they are doing," said Carol Gorton, assistant principal at the high school, which will be using a program called "Change From Within," with a three-year grant of $335,000 from the State Board of Education.
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