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By Julie Hagy | March 2, 2010
Victorian-style dresses, three-piece suits, sour straw candy and the scent of hair spray fill the backrooms of the Robert B. Wentz Theatre at Newport Harbor High School. It is an hour before the curtain goes up on closing night of the first production to be staged in the newly built New Loats Performing Arts Center. Student performers are getting into costume. The 500-seat auditorium is starting to fill. Yet not a word about the play is being spoken. “It’s a cursed play,” said drama teacher Gail Brower-Nedler, who has been teaching at Newport Harbor for 25 years.
By Daniel Tedford | February 2, 2008
If Newport Harbor High School students had their way, Sen. Barack Obama would be in good shape — presidential shape, in fact. Newport Harbor High School held a mock election in English classes Tuesday, and Obama handily received the majority of votes from students. Obama took home 270 votes to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 136 from students who voted for Democrats. In a closer contest, Sen. John McCain was the favorite among Republican candidates, drawing 103 votes with Rudy Giuliani grabbing second place, Gov. Mitt Romney in third, Gov. Mike Huckabee in fourth and Ron Paul in fifth.
By Heidi Schultheis | June 23, 2007
The orange and green bookshelves, the old desks and even the beloved cartoon mural of Shakespeare will remain, but Room 281 in Sims Hall will never be the same. After 23 years at Newport Harbor High School, the room's premier resident, Chet Malek, is checking out. Long before Malek, 60, arrived at Newport Harbor High, his academic career was underway. He taught English to eighth-graders at Kaiser Elementary School from 1971 to 1982 and at Lincoln Elementary School from 1982 to 1984.
By Sarah Peters | May 29, 2010
S eventy years after graduating from Newport Harbor High School, George Grupe gave the Veteran's Address at his alma mater's 20th annual Memorial Day ceremony. Having helped organize the first ceremony two decades ago, Grupe has never missed the event that honors Newport Harbor alumni who died while serving in the military. "We had a lot of Medal of Honor recipients in this area," said Grupe, Class of 1940. "It's something that we can be truly proud of." More than 300 students, faculty and community members were on hand.
By Britney Barnes | February 21, 2012
Scott Beaver knows the difficulty first-hand of being an openly gay teen, but the deaths of three friends is what spurred him to action. Two committed suicide; a third succumbed to AIDS, the Newport Harbor High School senior said. "That has been the biggest influence on my entire life," Beaver, a 17-year-old Costa Mesa resident, said in an interview Tuesday. "It was terrible, and it's like, I can't let that happen again, especially at Newport Harbor. I mean, it's my school.
By Sue Thoensen | July 19, 2007
Joan Ryan didn't need a pair of ruby slippers or help from Glinda the Good Witch to remind her there's no place like home. All it took was a phone call from Jana Barbier, her best friend during their years at Newport Harbor High School and now the cultural arts coordinator for the city of Newport Beach. Ryan's concert in the park in Corona del Mar on Sunday is a creative and collaborative reunion for the two women, reminiscent of the days they spent together in the theater department at the high school.
March 2, 2000
PLAY: "The Time of Your Life" SCHOOL: Newport Harbor High School STORY LINE: The Newport Harbor High School class of 2000 recalls the events, people and experiences that have inspired them in a musical celebration of life at the turn of the century. CAST: More than 100 Newport Harbor High School seniors DRAMA TEACHER: Gail Brower DIRECTOR: Gail Brower MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Kevin Weed CHOREOGRAPHER: Melanie Jacobson ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: Dagian Thomas and Tory Barneson WHERE: Newport Harbor High School's Robert B. Wentz Theater, corner of 15th Street and Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday HOW MUCH: $8 and $10 PHONE: (949)
April 13, 2002
John Charles Hanscom and Marsha Hanscom of Newport Beach announce the engagement of their daughter Alison Hanscom of Newport Beach to Greg Osborne of Newport Beach. The bride-to-be graduated from Newport Harbor High School and UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in history. The groom-to-be is the son of Dennis and Jeannie Osborne of Newport Beach. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School and UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
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