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PROFILE | HOWARD LAPPIN; Charter Job Lures Principal Out of Retirement; Intrigued by the concept, the longtime educator helped start a high school for poor and minority students in South Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Personal profiles; School administration; Public good; Charter schools; At risk youth
Author: Hayasaki, Erika
Date: Jun 6, 2005
Start Page: B.2
Section: California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk
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So last fall, bored with golf and office work, [HOWARD LAPPIN] plunged back into the principal role as dramatically as he had left it. In an opening ceremony featuring balloons, tearful parent speeches and district leaders, Lappin introduced the College-Ready Academy High School, a charter serving 200 poor and minority students, near Foshay.

The district assigned Lappin to Foshay in 1989, at a time when it had a 22% dropout rate and averaged 400 student suspensions a year. Known for his stubborn style and hot temper, Lappin recalled nearly crying when he first walked the graffiti-marred halls.

IN CHARGE: Students crowd around Principal Howard Lappin at College-Ready Academy High School in South L.A., above. Before this post, he was known for transforming a failing inner- city school, Foshay Learning Center, into a top performer. At left, under banners from various universities, students concentrate during biology class.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Photographs by Spencer Weiner Los Angeles Times; IN CHARGE: Students crowd around Principal Howard Lappin at College-Ready Academy High School in South L.A., above. Before this post, he was known for transforming a failing inner-city school, Foshay Learning Center, into a top performer. At left, under banners from various universities, students concentrate during biology class.

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