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Grads Focus on the Horizon

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach High School’s graduating class of 2012 reveled in their commencement, where some 239 students met the end of their high school careers. The air last Thursday, June 21, in the Festival of Arts’ Irvine Bowl was jocular if...

Futbol Club Wins National Cup

LBHS sophomore Taylor Davidson, top row third from the right, with the West Coast Futbol Club that won the Cal South National Cup on May 20. The club competes Monday, June 18, in the Far West Regional Championship in Phoenix. Taylor played on the varsity LBHS team for the past...

Student Musicians Rock the House

Three of the school district’s instrumental groups brought home first place trophies at a recent regional music competitions. The LBHS Wind Ensemble won first place and unanimous superior ratings from the judges at the “Music in the Park” competition held in conjunction with...

‘Rumors’ Will Fly at LBHS

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players finish their year with the staging of Neil Simon’s hit comedy “Rumors.” The show opens in the Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave., this Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. and runs through the first weekend of June. The curtain goes up on...

Class Notes

LBHS, Among the Nation’s Best Schools Newsweek ranked Laguna Beach High School number 388 on their 2012 list of 1,000 of America’s best public high schools in this week’s edition. Supt. Sherine Smith commended Principal Joanne Culverhouse and her staff for providing an...

Schools Make the Grade

Laguna’s schools added two new feathers to their cap. All four schools, El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School, were among 1,614 public schools in the state to make the 2011 honor roll of the California Business...

Broadway Star Mentors Local Students

Broadway composer John Bucchino conducted a master class with promising student vocalists at Laguna Beach High School earlier this month.   LBHS singers each prepared two of Bucchino’s songs. Under his direction, he rehearsed one of them in front of the audience. Each...

Getting Dirty Over Kidney Research

Members of Love Your Kidneys, a newly established Laguna Beach High School club, ran through four miles of obstacles and sodden terrain during its first annual fundraiser at the Irvine Lake Mud Run last Friday, March 31.   After being diagnosed with kidney disease as a...

Rain Washes Out Track Meet

Hundreds of shivering and soaked athletes from as far away as Hawaii battled each other and the elements Saturday, March 17, at Laguna Beach High, hoping to salvage the 44th running of the Trophy Invitational.   It wasn’t long before standing water reigned victorious, as...

High School Hosts Community College and Career Technical Education Fair

Laguna Beach High School will hold a Community College and Career Technical Education Fair on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Laguna Beach High School Library. Coordinated by guidance counseling secretary Rosalie Triggs and Capistrano-Laguna Beach ROP career...

Breakers Bounce Back in Boys Varsity Soccer

By Horst Noppenberger | LB Indy   LBHS vs. Saddleback On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Laguna Beach high school boys soccer team traveled to Santa Ana to take on the league leading Saddleback High School Roadrunners. First half action began with Breaker mid-fielder Reese Barton...

Shap Show Rallies Support for a Safe and Sober Grad Night

The Laguna Beach High School senior class of 2012 will perform the 24th annual Shap Show, “No Suits Allowed,” on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at LBHS Artists Theatre. The 2012 graduation committee hopes this special one-night event will help them achieve their goal of raising...

Soccer Teams Earning Respect of Peers

Keeping in step with a year-long pattern of sports success at Laguna Beach High, both soccer programs are putting together strong seasons that could end up rivaling the surprising efforts of last year’s baseball and football teams. “They want to do as well as their friends did in...

Hexbergs Grant Athletes’ Wishes

By Samantha Washer, SchoolPower vice president   Christmas came early this year for Laguna Beach High School’s athletic programs with a surprise donation of $25,000.  The donation from the Hexberg Family Foundation was given to SchoolPower and earmarked for distribution to...

Soccer Team Holds Tesoro to 1-1

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent The LBHS boys’ varsity soccer team maintained their preseason, unbeaten record with a come from behind 1-1 tie against soccer power-house Tesoro High School.   Early in the game, Tesoro shot from inside the six-yard box,...