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HBHS, Marina among best high schools

THE TOWER at Huntington Beach High School (Wikipedia photo).

THE TOWER at Huntington Beach High School (Wikipedia photo).

Two local schools made the list published this week by Newsweek of the best public high schools in the nation. Huntington Beach High and Marina High, both part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District, were among the 500 schools rated the best on the basis of standardized tests, college acceptance and enrollment, participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs and other factors.

Huntington Beach High was rated 346th, while Marina checked in at 475th. Overall, 12 schools from Orange County made Newsweek’s list. For the complete story, go to .


What looks like a fairly routine agenda will greet the Westminster School District Board of Trustees when it meets tonight at 7 p.m.

Items on the agenda include approval of the school calendar for 2016-17 and an agreement with the City of Westminster to provide crossing guards near WSD schools. The board meets at 14121 Cedarwood Ave. in Westminster. The WSD is a K-8 district serving most of Westminster and portions of Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Midway City.


After withdrawing from running for Garden Grove’s city council, Vong Xavier Nguyen has thrown his hat into the ring running for a post on the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees. He is seeking the Area Two seat, which covers most of that portion of the CCCD in Garden Grove as well as parts of Fountain election2016Valley.

Nguyen went through the Garden Grove school system and attended all three of the CCCD’s colleges: Golden West, Orange Coast and Coastline.


Rebecca Gomez, a member of the Orange County Board of Education, has endorsed Rickk Montoya in his candidacy for the Sixth District seat on the Garden Grove City Council. Gomez is the trustee for District 1, which represents Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Tustin and Fountain Valley. Garden Grove’s Sixth District is in an eastern portion of the city. Montoya, a graduate of Santiago High School, currently serves as chair of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission.



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