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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 6, 1998
Helena Nobles-Jones, an assistant superintendent in Washington, has agreed to become principal of Northern High School, one of Baltimore's most troubled schools.Baltimore schools chief executive Robert Booker said yesterday that the system was extremely lucky to have attracted Nobles-Jones. "She came across as a powerful, dedicated leader" and impressed parents and teachers at Northern, he said.Nobles-Jones takes over from a controversial principal, Alice Morgan Brown, who retired last month after a year of turmoil during which she became the subject of news reports and talk shows across the country for her suspension of 1,200 students one afternoon in November.
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October 20, 2006
Comedy show -- The fourth annual Chesapeake Comedy Night will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Mary Harrison Center at Northern High School, 2950 Cheneyville Road, Owings. Comedian Phil Di Thommaso and comedy illusionist Dana Daniels (above) will perform. Chesapeake Church will host this family-friendly show. Tickets cost $15. 410-257-0700 or www.chesapeakechurch.org.
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By Stephen Henderson and Liz Bowie and Stephen Henderson and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1997
Issuing what she called a "cry for help" in the fight to gain control of her rowdy school, Northern High School Principal Alice Morgan-Brown yesterday handed out conditional suspensions to nearly 1,200 of her 1,800 students and requested conferences with each of their parents.Brown's actions -- which school officials describe as the most sweeping disciplinary action in district history -- came after two days in the past week in which nearly two-thirds of the children in her school openly defied her instructions.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 23, 2003
Nearly everyone agreed that a drastic change was needed at Northern High School, a place that recently had come to symbolize all that was wrong with the city's neighborhood high schools. The school, which had been through four principals in five years, had gang-related violence and nearly as many dropouts as graduates. The teaching staff felt powerless. So last summer administrators decided to do something just short of shutting the doors. They created four schools by dividing the building into two facilities and creating two additional small high schools in different locations.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2001
An argument between two groups of youths spilled out of Baltimore's Northern High School yesterday morning and escalated into a violent brawl, severely injuring a freshman. By the time city and school police arrived, 15-year-old Willis Reese was lying on pavement about 100 yards from the school's entrance, suffering from a fractured skull. Reese, who lives in the 5300 block of Midwood Ave., was listed in critical condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The fight broke out about 9 a.m. yesterday as classes were beginning, police spokesman Kevin Enright said.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1997
More than 1,000 Northern High School students, several dressed in black T-shirts, marched solemnly onto the school football field yesterday to pay tribute to two recently slain schoolmates -- one a gifted math and science graduate, the other a football hero.With trembling voices and tears in their eyes, several students shared stories about Maishan St. Patrick Nelson and Rocco C. Cash, whose lives were cut short in separate shootings."We will forever remember these two students," said student Jermal Taylor.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | September 1, 1999
THE KEY TO a successful school is the quality of its leadership. You can read that in an education school textbook or go to Baltimore's Northern High School for a textbook example.Here are condensed notes from the past three opening days at Northern:Sept. 3, 1997. Chaos. Students wander in littered hallways. Dozens without class schedules. Outside, two punks on motorcycles ride up and down Pinewood Avenue. Administrative staff seems in a fog.Aug. 31, 1998. Semichaos. New principal, Helena Nobles-Jones, in office for a month.
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By Stephen Henderson and Liz Bowie and Stephen Henderson and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | November 21, 1997
Northern High School teacher Mary Robinson sits at home every day, afraid to return to her typing class. A 16-year-old student who routinely disrupted her lessons, cursed her out and even threatened to "drop her" is still in class -- despite a police report, a union grievance and a six-page school discipline report that documented his unruly actions.Robinson doesn't need to know that 1,200 students got suspended from Northern this week to understand just how out of control the troubled northeast Baltimore school has become.
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October 20, 2006
Comedy show -- The fourth annual Chesapeake Comedy Night will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Mary Harrison Center at Northern High School, 2950 Cheneyville Road, Owings. Comedian Phil Di Thommaso and comedy illusionist Dana Daniels (above) will perform. Chesapeake Church will host this family-friendly show. Tickets cost $15. 410-257-0700 or www.chesapeakechurch.org.
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By Dan Berger | January 11, 2002
Everyone approves President Bush as the nation's crisis leader avoiding divisiveness. How long this lasts is his call. The U.S. attorney is there to investigate Democratic office-holders, not to be distracted by crime, dope and guns. Networks want the terrorist's trial to be as good television as the destruction of the World Trade Center was. Firing the principal of Northern High School has been tried. It doesn't help.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2003
With available funds shrinking as demand for new school classrooms rises, Howard County's school board plans to take a more aggressive stance in setting next year's school construction priorities, Chairman Sandra H. French said yesterday after a meeting between the board and the County Council. "We're going to change the process," she said, with the board discussing building priorities in late August - a month before Superintendent John R. O'Rourke and his staff present their plan in public.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2002
A spike in burglaries in Northeast Baltimore and truancy records of some Northern High School students led to the arrest of five students this week, police officials said yesterday. The five Northern students are accused in five of 26 burglaries of houses near the school, Col. Robert M. Stanton, chief of detectives, said at a news conference at police headquarters. Police would not identify the juveniles by age or say what grades they are in. School system spokeswoman Edie House referred questions to police.
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January 13, 2002
Slots aren't the way to raise the revenues ailing schools need Michael Olesker's eloquent column about the need for slots at Maryland racetracks impresses us with the facts that other states are taking our gambling dollars and that the money is needed badly by our school system ("Bid for slots at racetracks faces long political odds," Jan. 6). But he fails to mention where these magical new dollars will come from. Most will not be from trendy yuppies trying to enrich their dull lives.
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By Dan Berger | January 11, 2002
Everyone approves President Bush as the nation's crisis leader avoiding divisiveness. How long this lasts is his call. The U.S. attorney is there to investigate Democratic office-holders, not to be distracted by crime, dope and guns. Networks want the terrorist's trial to be as good television as the destruction of the World Trade Center was. Firing the principal of Northern High School has been tried. It doesn't help.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2001
Baltimore school officials promised a "wonderful renaissance" for Northern High School last night, even as some parents and teachers expressed continued concerns over safety in and around the building. At a town meeting in Northern's library, school system administrators pledged "laser attention" in reforming the Northeast Baltimore school, where a 15-year-old student suffered a near-fatal beating four weeks ago after getting off an MTA bus. The system's chief academic officer, Cassandra W. Jones, said the recent violence has prompted the school system to speed up its plans for overhauling Northern, which was slated to be reformed with the city's eight other neighborhood high schools.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2001
Baltimore police cars cruised the streets around Northern High School yesterday morning, while teachers and administrators tried to calm a campus troubled by violence. A 15-year-old student, Willis Reese, was beaten just outside the school Friday and remained in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday. Two Northern students have been arrested and charged with attempted murder. Schools chief Carmen V. Russo said officials are trying "a group of strategies to calm things down."
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1997
Morgan State University and WJZ-TV pledged their support to Northern High School yesterday, saying they would be partners in helping to improve the school that has received national attention for its disruptive students.The extent of the involvement of the university and the television station has yet to be defined, nor is it clear whether the support will include money.At a news conference yesterday, school and university officials provided no details on how Northern might be changed to bring order to a school where 1,200 students were suspended last week for failing to follow the principal's orders.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1997
Two Maryland church groups were to speak out today in defense of Northern High School Principal Alice Morgan Brown and her efforts to bring discipline to her troubled Baltimore school.The Rev. John L. Wright, president of the United Baptist Missionary Convention, said his churches would protest any move by the city school board to discipline her for her suspension Wednesday of 1,200 Northern students."The school is responsible for providing a learning environment. It should not take 90 percent of its time for discipline.
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