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By Jim Carnett | August 20, 2012
Costa Mesa High School's first graduating class — the class of 1962 — will hold its 50th reunion in September. The class of '62, of which I'm a proud member, was unique in that it was the school's lead class all four years on campus. We opened the school and were upperclassmen for our entire careers! Reunion activities are scheduled for 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Mesa Verde Country Club. A family picnic will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at TeWinkle Park. A guided tour of Mesa's campus will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sept.
NEWS
March 3, 2000
COSTA MESA - Jeff Montoya shot a combined 3-under 68 to lead Costa Mesa High's boys golf team to a 395-462 win over Calvary Chapel Thursday afternoon. Thursday's final nine holes were played at Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club's Mesa Linda Course, par 35 while the first nine holes were played Wednesday at Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, par 36. Lou Carrasco (37-38), Bryce Sharidan (39-40), Joakim Rising (41-40) and Nue Kahele (92 combined) round out the Mustangs' scoring.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013
BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY Orange Coast League finals ORANGE - Costa Mesa High senior Brett Bermudez finished second in 15 minutes, 20.45 seconds and led the Mustangs to a second-place finish Wednesday at Irvine Regional Park. Costa Mesa qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division 4 preliminaries Nov. 16 at Mt. San Antonio College. Juniors Anuare Magana (sixth in 15:38.44), John Hernandez (11th in 16:36.21) and Andres Avelar (21st in 17:11.36), as well as freshman Francisco Ruiz (22nd in 17:32.72)
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December 30, 2000
COSTA MESA - The Newport Harbor High girls basketball team cut a 20-point halftime deficit to nine Friday, but fell to Ocean View, 48-37, in the fifth-place semifinals of the Costa Mesa Winter Classic at Costa Mesa High. Newport junior Evita Castilla had 14 points, 13 rebounds (nine offensive), five assists and three steals and spearheaded the Tars' 18-10 fourth-quarter advantage with seven points. Newport (2-10), which got eight assists and four points from Athena Vasquez, as well as eight points and eight rebounds from Lindsay Woller, will meet Fountain Valley today in the 3 p.m. game for seventh place.
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By Jim Carnett | October 1, 2012
As I contemplate matters, I stand mystified at the burden unexpectedly placed on my scrawny shoulders in May 1962. What were they thinking? Fortunately, I was a clueless 17-year-old high school youth who paid scant attention to his responsibilities and was too dumb to be nervous. In preparing recently for Costa Mesa High School's 50th class reunion (which, by the way, was a huge success!), I opened a trunk in my closet storing yearbooks, photo albums and mementos. I hadn't glanced at its contents in decades.
NEWS
March 24, 2002
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - With one player consistently shooting under 40, Costa Mesa High's boys golf team has a potential medalist every time it tees off in Pacific Coast League play this year. "He's our one real golfer," Costa Mesa Coach Tom Baldwin said of senior and fourth-year varsity standout Bryce Sheridan, who has already made two hole-in-ones this season. "Bryce is just an outstanding golfer," Baldwin added. "He's the kicker on the football team and goalie on the soccer team, but if he only played golf, he'd be really good.
NEWS
July 25, 2004
Red flags went up following a spike in coaching vacancies at Costa Mesa High, including all of its high-profile sports. After a three-week investigation by the Daily Pilot, today we begin the first in a three-part series to find out why this is happening in our community, and, if you were the parent of a potential student-athlete at Mesa, wouldn't you want to know? From April 3 to July 23, Costa Mesa endured the firing of its football coach, Dave Perkins, along with the resignations of the basketball, baseball and track and field coaches, as well as the end of Perkins' post as the boys athletic director.
NEWS
January 23, 2005
It would be no lie to say the sun is shining on Costa Mesa United. The group, which is in the midst of a $7.25-million fundraising effort to build a stadium at Estancia and a 50-meter pool at Costa Mesa High, held an immensely successful golf tournament Monday at the Mesa Verde Country Club. And after weeks -- literally! -- of rain and cold, the mercury climbed, the sun returned, and about $65,000 was raised at the tournament. The support the community showed that day is just the latest proof that Newport-Mesa is a community that can get things done.
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April 24, 2014
Costa Mesa High School jumped significantly in U.S. News and World Report's list of best high schools in the nation released this week. Costa Mesa's increase marks the largest jump in score in all of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's high schools this year. Corona del Mar and Estancia high schools both saw improvement in their rankings. Newport Harbor High was the only school in Newport-Mesa to achieve a lower ranking than 2013. While Costa Mesa High moved up to the 650 spot, an increase of 613 from its ranking in 2013, Newport Harbor High's score dropped 167 points on this year's list.
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NEWS
April 15, 2014
Costa Mesa High School students and staff returned from spring break this week to a much sunnier parking lot. More than 20 sizable eucalyptus trees with branches that once provided the school's front parking lot with ample shade were removed last week in preparation for work to repair the damage they have caused, according to district spokeswoman Laura Boss. "The existing trees are brittle, have damaged the concrete curbs, walkways, the asphalt parking lot, and the roots have clogged and broken drain lines," she wrote in an email.  To remedy the problem, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District removed the trees and will replace the current asphalt parking lot, drain lines, curbs and gutters over the summer.
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By Hannah Fry | March 28, 2014
Paularino Elementary School kindergartner Cash Gorke looked eagerly at the marine life swimming around inside the touch tank in a Costa Mesa High School science classroom. After getting a nod of approval from his mother, Cash plunged both arms into the tank, the sleeves of his black shirt quickly absorbing the water, and pulled up a bright orange sea star. He proudly displayed his catch to other children standing near him, holding it up like he had found treasure among the sea creatures.
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By Hannah Fry | March 26, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees welcomed outgoing Costa Mesa High School Principal Phil D'Agostino to his new position as director of student services during their meeting Tuesday night. The 15-year Newport-Mesa employee will assume his new role as head of discipline for the district after spring break, said district spokeswoman Laura Boss. D'Agostino thanked the board for the opportunity to serve the district in his new position. "A very dear friend of mine said the universe puts you in places so you can learn something and grow," he said.
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By Hannah Fry | March 14, 2014
Seventh-grader Jonathan Barton steadied himself and stared down his target. With a sly smile, the 12-year-old pulled his arm back with the intensity of a Major League Baseball pitcher and launched the aluminum pie tin full of whipped cream through the air and right into his science teacher's face. The entire lunch area erupted in cheers. What would typically be treated as a punishable offense was welcomed at Costa Mesa High School on Friday - also known as Pi Day. "I picked Ms. [Verenice]
NEWS
February 18, 2014
The Costa Mesa High School cheer team took home a top honor from the National Cheerleaders Assn. last week. The team won the American School Spirit Award, which names the top overall cheer program in the nation for contributions made in community service, academics, school spirit and cheer skills. Kori Johnson, the Costa Mesa High cheer coach and advisor, said she almost didn't apply for the award this year. "No team had ever won it twice," she said. "I didn't think we'd win again.
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By Hannah Fry | January 23, 2014
Katrina Foley, Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee, is the new president of the Costa Mesa High School Foundation. The foundation announced a new slate of 14 officers Thursday during its annual meeting and lunch at the Capital Grille in South Coast Plaza. Debbie Speer will continue to serve as vice president, with Joe Wolf as treasurer; Debra Wanbaugh as financial secretary and Donna Todd as secretary. This year's officers represent a wide variety of Costa Mesa residents, expanding the overall view of the foundation.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013
A memorial service for passionate baseball volunteer Jeff Cook, who died in Arizona Dec. 15, will take place at Harbor Trinity Church in Costa Mesa Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. Cook, who had a strong love for baseball, was known for his volunteer work. The former Costa Mesa High baseball assistant coach and player was an umpire for District 62 Little League. He spent a great deal of time learning to officiate and teaching others. The Daily Courier in Prescott, Ariz. reported Cook, 58, died of a heart attack.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013
Costa Mesa High product Peter Marquez, a sophomore kicker at Golden West College, has been named All-California Region IV by the California Community College Football Coaches Assn. Marquez made 15 of 21 field-goal attempts, with a long of 52 yards, and also made 45 of 46 conversion kicks to finish with 90 points for a Rustlers squad that went 9-2 and lost to Riverside in the Southern California Bowl. Marquez was a first-team All-Southern Conference pick in 2013. As a senior at Costa Mesa in 2011, he shared the Orange Coast League Special Teams Player of the Year honor.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 18, 2013
Costa Mesa High senior standout Oronde Crenshaw said on Wednesday that he has verbally committed to play football at Arizona State University, but he is also weighing other options. "[I'm] still wanting more offers to come so I can decide on what's best for me and my family," said Crenshaw, adding that he has drawn serious interest from Missouri, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Colorado State, Army and Azusa Pacific. "But ASU is big for my family, especially my mom [Lilia] because she loves the Arizona atmosphere and how nice everyone is out there.
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