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November 15, 2002
Deirdre Newman Thank God for cell phones. That's the attitude of administrators at Newport Harbor High School, who might have had to resort to smoke signals from their castle tower to communicate with the outside world after their phone and computer access were suddenly cut off this week. "There hasn't been a real problem with parents, since most people here have cell phones," said Kathy Murphy, administrative assistant to principal Michael Vossen, who has been entrusted with the school's emergency cell phone.
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June 17, 2009
Simona Avram Newport Harbor High School Senior Simona Avram didn’t even know what the English word “tardy” meant when she moved with her mother and 12-year-old brother from Timisoara, Romania, as a freshman. Now she’s graduating near the top of her class, with 10 Advanced Placement courses under her belt. “I feel like I’ve grown up a lot and come so far,” Avram said. “It’s been miracle after miracle. It wasn’t easy; every single step of the way was hard.
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By Daniel Tedford | June 18, 2008
Editor’s note: In celebration of graduation day, the Daily Pilot spotlights two outstanding students from each of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s five high schools.  For video of the students, click here.   The stereotypes of high school are well-documented. Gossip, drama and difficulty with friends have been a staple of the teen experience in the media — and no school may know this more than Newport Harbor High School, which recently became the subject of its own reality TV show.
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By Michael Miller | August 9, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Eight decades of Newport Beach history came to a close Thursday morning as a crew began demolishing Robins Hall, the iconic building at Newport Harbor High School that is slated to be replaced under the Measure F school bond. With a crowd of about two dozen people, many of them former students, snapping pictures, an excavator set to work tearing down the walls on the building’s right side. The wooden structure crumpled like cardboard under the giant metal claw, revealing the barren rooms that housed classrooms for generations.
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By Michael Miller | May 25, 2007
Most students at Newport Harbor High School have probably never spent a day at a campus without clean water, books or adequate classroom supplies. Someday, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated Newport Harbor club, children at Sacred Heart Secondary School in northern Uganda may never go without them either. This year, a San Diego-based nonprofit called Invisible Children called on schools nationwide to raise money for campuses in one of Africa's most troubled regions. The nonprofit announced this week that Newport Harbor High School, which was assigned to benefit the all-girl boarding school Sacred Heart, netted $44,042 — the most raised for Invisible Children by any school in the United States.
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By Michael Miller | June 4, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Baby, the most famous dog in America the last few months, has been speechless throughout her time in the spotlight. That would be speechless, literally. The 9-year-old poodle, now the figurehead of a nationwide campaign against abuse at puppy mills, had her vocal cords cut when she was confined in a breeding cage. Since a stranger rescued her and handed her off to her eventual owners, Baby has posed for a picture with Sen. Barack Obama, visited major league baseball dugouts and had her shaggy white fur and beady black eyes displayed in bookstores across America.
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By Hannah Fry | April 26, 2014
On a typical day at Harbor View Elementary School in Corona del Mar, students use iPads to complete spelling exercises, learn math facts and work on reading activities. The iPads were paid for by the Harbor View Dads group, a fundraising organization that spent several years raising enough money to purchase 172 devices for the students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Whittier Elementary is just a short drive up the freeway in Costa Mesa, but in many respects is worlds away from getting the technology the students at Harbor View have at their fingertips, said Patrick DeVusser, a fourth-grade teacher at Whittier.
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By Steve Virgen and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | March 21, 2014
What do you think of when you hear "Newport Beach"? Do you think of luxury cars or high-priced yachts? Does this part of Orange County seem plastic or fake to you? It doesn't to Jen Blanchfield, and to the people who attended Southern Nights, a fundraiser that took place at the Balboa Bay Resort Feb. 28. The money raised went to the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, a program that benefits Newport Harbor High School students. Blanchfield, who has a daughter, Jordan, at the school, chaired the event.
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By Hannah Fry | March 21, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials came face to face with an angry crowd last week during discussions regarding the Corona del Mar High School athletic complex. Administrators hosted a second meeting with Corona del Mar residents Thursday night in the high school's gym to hear opinions and answer questions about the track, artificial field and stadium-style seating that would make up the new athletic complex. The school board allocated $7.4 million to replace the current athletic field with all-weather turf, upgrade the aging track with new synthetic turf and install 600 seats on the home side of the field, bringing the seat total to 1,000.
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By Hannah Fry | March 13, 2014
Newport Harbor High School students are using their smartphones to let high school administrators know what's going on with them. Administrators launched a tip line last week, allowing students to privately text officials to report bullying, fighting, drugs and alcohol on campus, among other things, said Assistant Principal Jack Cusick. "There are certain things that never get brought to our attention because people are afraid of retribution," he said. "This system seems to be the 21st century equivalent of dropping an anonymous note in a mailbox.
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March 12, 2014
The Newport Harbor High School pep squad came home champions after attending a national competition in Las Vegas last weekend. At SHARP International's competition in the Cashman Center Saturday, the cheer team placed first in the extra large advanced cheer division and in the junior varsity stunt team division, while the baton team placed first in the majorette division, according to an email from the squad's advisor, Kris Higman. The song team took third place in the small/medium pom division.
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By Patrice Apodaca | February 22, 2014
In a single week last October, 11 colleges sent representatives to Newport Harbor High School, providing a diverse geographic and academic sampling for students to peruse. The visitors hailed from prestigious four-year schools, such as Pomona College, New York's Barnard College and Middlebury College in Vermont, as well as from local campuses, such as Orange Coast College. By the end of January, nearly 100 colleges had sent recruiters to meet with interested Newport Harbor students.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 10, 2014
A 12-foot-tall piece of brown paper covered in blue writing was taped to a wall in The Lighthouse Church's auditorium Saturday morning. "How are we doing on that list?" asked Tim Zimmerman, who was working with his two sons sweeping up the last bits of debris from their work pulling up carpet from the auditorium's stage. They were part of a group of about 60 boys and their parents who were working through 14 items on the paper, such as removing the carpet from the chapel floor, painting fences, and installing shelves for a wardrobe room that holds donations for families in need.
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By Hannah Fry | February 1, 2014
The expulsion of 11 Corona del Mar High students this week puts a blemish on Newport-Mesa Unified School District's recent record of declining suspensions and expulsions. Up until Wednesday's school board decision, Newport-Mesa schools mirrored state data released this week that shows dramatic reductions in the number of students expelled and suspended in California, in accordance with the expansion of restorative justice as a form of discipline. Restorative justice, which was implemented fully into Newport-Mesa schools in the fall, focuses on helping students to develop empathy, understand the reasons for their actions and take responsibility for wrongdoing, according to district officials.
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January 31, 2014
I read of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees' decision in Thursday morning's Daily Pilot ["11 expelled in CdM cheating episode," Jan. 30]. Of course I support this decision. These students had zero conscience and were out to beat the system without having to study and work hard to meet those goals. My concern is mostly with the position expressed by Newport Harbor High School student, Isabel Jorgensen: I wouldn't want this pack of cheats transferred to my high school either.
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January 29, 2014
As the parent of three children who have grown up in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, I am shocked at the dialogue centering on the Corona del Mar High School kids who have been accused of cheating by changing grades. The principle of "restorative justice" to justify some of them being shipped to Newport Harbor High School with no record of their outrageous transgressions on their college transcript is absurd. These kids are accused of doing more than just peeking over the shoulder of a fellow test taker to confirm a test answer.
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