October 22, 1999
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- After Estancia High School's football victory over rival Costa Mesa last Friday put them in possession of the coveted "bell," many thought school spirit could soar no higher. But Estancia fans plan to change that tonight with their first annual homecoming tailgate party at the Adams entrance of OCC. Cars will cover 300 square feet of the parking lot, leaving room for fans to cook, eat, cheer and watch the Eagle cheerleaders and band perform.
November 18, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH — Newport Harbor High School sophomores Lauren McGill and Lizzy Pratty were tired of going to school every day to see faded murals and a dirty campus, so on Saturday they, along with more than 80 of their peers and a group of hardworking dads, met at the high school to give it a fresh look. "Our school was in need of some rehab," Lizzy, 16, said as she painted gold-colored edging around the NH sign outside the gymnasium as Lauren, 15, repainted a sailor, the school's mascot, on the wall.
April 9, 2002
"Oh, great; another pep assembly. Well, at least we get out of class." Does this remark sound familiar? Has someone ever said something similar to you? Odds are that most high school students these days would honestly have to answer yes. In actuality, it turns out that this is an attitude that has become prevalent all throughout our community in recent years. It is a common fact now that the amount of school spirit in most kids is slowly declining. There is a myriad examples as to how our community appears to have lost its sense of school spirit.
May 20, 2000
Amy R. Spurgeon COSTA MESA--More than 1,300 students at Kaiser Elementary huffed and puffed their way around a makeshift course Friday in an annual jog-a-thon, all in the name of school spirit. They raised $22,000 from parents, relatives and neighbors, which will go toward enrichment programs at the school. The entire student body took part in the 3 1/2-hour event, including those enrolled in a program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants ran in nine waves of 200 to 250 each and completed either 1- or 6-mile tracks, said event co-chairman Geoff Furman.
November 11, 2008
Corona del Mar High senior left-handed pitcher Matt Morris said he will sign a letter of intent today with Duke University’s baseball program. Morris, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, next season will join a former teammate in Jake Lemmerman, a 2007 CdM graduate and Newport-Mesa Player of the Year. “I stayed with him during my visit,” said Morris of Lemmerman, who started at shortstop for the Blue Devils as a freshman last season. “I kind of had my mind set on Duke before talking to Jake.
February 9, 2008
When Evan Clark Dean set out to stir some school spirit and add some comfy new benches there, he knew he could count on some built-in inspiration from Corona del Mar High and Middle schools’ No. 1 fan. “Go get ’em kiddos,” Pat Smith would always say before an athletic contest at the school. So when it came time to put a name on his project, he didn’t have to think about it. Evan immortalized Pat’s rallying cry on a plaque when he broke ground on his Eagle Scout project at Corona del Mar High School on Friday.
April 6, 2000
Teenage years are difficult. But throughout their four years of high school, Newport Beach's top 32 seniors made it look as if it was easy to get a 1,400 on the SAT, play trumpet in the school band and score that winning touchdown. And as if they had any spare time between studies, sports and a social life, many of these ever-active teens also volunteer at local charities, helping underprivileged children with their homework and playing piano for senior citizens.
May 29, 2003
Christine Carrillo Referees blew their whistles Wednesday afternoon, kicking off the first day of the long-awaited Daily Pilot Cup competition. About 1,800 students throughout the Newport-Mesa area will head to the Costa Mesa Farm Complex this week to participate in the soccer tournament that began Wednesday and continues through Sunday, the longest the tournament has been held. "[Most] of the kids playing in this tournament play in other tournaments, however there are kids in this tournament that have never played soccer before," said Kirk McIntosh, the organizer of the event.
April 2, 2001
Richard Dunn The late 1960s and early '70s meant difficult times at Costa Mesa High, which went through four principals in five years and won about as many football games in that span. Not that football was nearly as important as some of the social chaos on campus, but going 1-17 in back-to-back autumns has a tendency to douse school spirit. But, in 1973, things started to change. Enter Costa Mesa Principal Bob Packer, whose unparalleled leadership created a positive dominoes affect as Costa Mesa climbed to not only respectability, but arguably the No. 1 high school in the Newport-Mesa School District.
June 18, 2008
On a normal opening night visit to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, one might notice a predominance of gray hair, and no hair, in the orchestra section. Tuesday, however, that demographic was drastically altered. In fact, you could estimate the average playgoer’s age at 10 and probably not be too far off. The reason, of course, was “High School Musical,” the Disney-produced musical comedy that’s both family friendly and a glittering treat for the older audiences.