7 Signs Corona del Mar High School May Be the Incubator of Orange County's Evils

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Corona Del Mar PTA
Do the Sea Kings wield a tarnished trident?

I've had a soft spot for Corona del Mar High School since the late, great newspaper adviser (and Newport-Mesa teacher union president) Linda Mook asked me to volunteer as a mentor for The Trident staff years and years ago. But it's become increasingly difficult to fly my CdM High freak flag given the mounting evidence the upper-crusty campus is the incubator for Orange County's evils.

Consider these seven high-profile incidents from the past decade or so.

1. Prom Draft

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Walt Disney Pictures
"And the last girl picked in the draft is ..."

The high school just received national scorn when a student tradition was exposed: Boys bidding on girls for prom dates. One of 15 fellows taking part this prom season reportedly put down $140 for his chosen girl. Corona del Mar High's principal sent parents an email about the NFL-style draft, saying it is wrong to objectify girls, and a student tweet about the draft before the June 7 prom was then taken down. Boys interviewed by an LA news crew said the whole incident was "overblown" and that "the whole purpose was to avoid conflict, the whole purpose was to not hurt girls' feelings, anyone's feelings." He's right: How can a lottery for girls hurt anyone's feelings?

2. Hacking

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Warner Home Entertainment
"I passed physio!"

After it came out earlier this school year that as many as 150 CdM High students were part of hacking scandal--where grades were changed in school computers--the school district expelled only 11 kids. That so disgusted a Newport-Mesa school district official, she quit. Families of the expelled students sued the school district, although four recently reached settlements that had them dropping out of the litigation. By the time this is over, look for school officials to take the blame for not allowing the hacking, which does show advanced computer skills, no?


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harrisondill
harrisondill

Are you on Coke Matt Coker? This is COMPLETELY BIASED. To everyone that just read that article: Don't form an opinion until you know all the facts. There are students who are irresponsible at every school, but because of CDM's geography it gets an unprecedented amount of prejudice and hate. This is ENORMOUSLY unfair to all the responsible students at CDM who have to put with people like you Mr. Coker, people who don't know both points of view and blindly hate innocent kids!

949getoveryourself
949getoveryourself

To be fair, not all CdM students were bad. Some were intelligent, gifted and respectable.

Many others were awful, entitled, careless people.

This article forgot about the explosion students planned during the Blue Ribbon ceremony for being awarded as a "distinguished" school. Distinguished, that's funny.

Or, the teachers having sex with students. That made my espanol period interesting.

949getoveryourself
949getoveryourself

My years at this school placed me among the most depraved and apathetic, privileged people I've experienced anywhere...and I've moved a lot.

The amount of drugs, abuse and apathy was on another level. The school staff would "put out fires" with some minor discipline but it's not their job to parent kids that already do whatever they want.

Of course CdM drafted women. Using wealth to procure women is normal in Newport. The students won't find this offensive because it's already a norm their parents established.

Many of these students did drugs, showed zero respect for others, destroyed property, basically did what ever they wanted and moved on to that PAC 12 school they were expected to attend anyway.

CdM should be bulldozed from existence.

949getoveryourself
949getoveryourself

As an alum of this school, I can personally attest to the absolute debauchery it cultivates. Yes, s

littlesthooker
littlesthooker

Seriously? Is CdMHS the only school in OC where students are sexting, hacking and parents are suing teachers? And If I remember correctly the production of Rent went forward. If that is the best OC Weakly can do for a story it is pretty sad. Maybe you should revisit news stories about OC schools with stabbings, actual rapes and gun violence; maybe not the sizzle of sexting, but more news worthy.

cassandrawilliamsny
cassandrawilliamsny

Steve SanFilipo thank you for defending our school and OC from people who are just jealous and don't have the slightest clue about how life works. If people think that just because people are rich they have easy lives and no problems then that itself shows ignorance.

cassandrawilliamsny
cassandrawilliamsny

This angers me to such an extent that I cannot speak. As you all have seen the mentioned above list of 7 things only includes a tiny fraction of the student population. Like said here CDMHS is amazing at so many other things! We have some of the most amazing clubs, sports teams, and academic competitors in California and even the entire country. I feel that a big part of the reason why the media's making such a big fuss about it is because we are "entitled". So just because we are from Newport Beach us betting on things is wrong. What about the money government spends of welfare? We are teenagers learning the difference between what is right and wrong. Open up a science book and it will tell you about an adolescent's brain. Stop trying to say this is "Newport Beach or CDMHS culture" without first understanding what's going on. Don't try to ruin someone's reputation without first checking your facts. And I am quite certain there was not 150 students with the cheating scandal only about 15 or so. 

gwil
gwil

This is ridiculous.  Why do you have to focus on the negatives? Maybe instead of writing an article ranting about negative aspects of the school, you could talk about the positive aspects instead.  

DirtLoving
DirtLoving

You forgot the on campus, Senior "prank" food fight, that caused personal injuries and extensive damage to school property.  OH, and that the (former) administration  KNEW about it, in advance...

DirtLoving
DirtLoving

you forgot the on campus Senior "prank" food fight, last year that caused personal injuries and extensive damage to the campus.  oh, and that the administration KNEW it was going to happen, ahead of time...

ShannonEusey
ShannonEusey

How sad that the writer fails to miss all the great things MOST the kids are doing at CDM.  Clearly only negative information makes the news.

It is very easy to extract out and make negative stories that have been told way out of context.

Give me an hour in most high schools and I am sure I could find 7 things that don't make that school look good. I have an idea... why don't we start reporting about the volunteer hours many of these kids are doing, the presidential service awards they are earning, the clubs they are starting to benefit others, the athletic excellence they are achieving are  and the academic distinction they are attaining, etc. etc.?

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776

you made a sad case again for your pov



trying to elevate the drug riddle gang infested schools of the urban world ( by going after the burbs) insults those


innocent children who attend those schools 

christineabatson
christineabatson

How did the author miss / not mention the Coach [name withheld] forcing his step-daughter to have sex for 'payments' or the Haidl Gang Rape or the drug rings? 

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

Broken record clown. please, have the last word dodo bird. World's changing too fast 4 u 2 keeeeeeep trac...

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

I feed the trolls cuz they entertain me troll boy. Your opinions are wet farts on a dry day. Your one of many grammar Nazis I laugh at. Pathetic use of your OCC associates degree haha. Keep on trucking, chimp.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

My opinions serve much purpose. I flush out those who lack cranial fortitude. Trolled you so hard you're about ready to shit out that hook.

jcrush13
jcrush13

Bwahahahaaa... Cornoa del Mar is what is EXEMPLARY of Orange County.... this is a puffed up thin veiled piece..... please OC WEAK-LY!

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

You mean "straight", right? I shouldn't be surprised you can't spell straight given you likely don't know anything about it....... A guy with your look should not be talking about anyone's look.

griflc
griflc

Interesting. Stereotype much? This was an irrelevant fluff piece.


Advice to the writer: Check your facts! You missed a great story. The meat is WHO blew the whistle on the draft. Dig brother, dig!

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

Lol San Filipino you try waay to hard but seriously you are the reason why OC is so damn toxic. I'm embarased to say I came from this town because people like you exist, (superficial) you are a hasa that don't fly streight, please try correcting someone's grammer else where, they would slap the shitttt out of you in the deep south Confederate states mr.SanFilipo , especially with that pedo creep look you got

Randolph B Brummett
Randolph B Brummett

I think the back pages of oc weekly is the incubator of orange county's evils :)

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

Your character attacks are weak and your opinions serve no purpose. Its easy and fun to drop anecdotes on you... Your the cirque du soleil of irrelevant

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

Said the detritivore who always quotes the difference between "your" and "you're." Check my punctuation moron. Make sure it's accurate with your powers of futile editing. Enjoy your daily life in the scum bucket, you exist to no one. Keep conveying sarcasm through text, that will help you beat them. I take dumps that have more value than you San Fellatio, the one trick donkey. Your life is destined for the grand Oscar Wilde finally hahaha

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Said the guy that doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're"...... Anyway, if you can't come original and you're going to plagiarize your material, at least don't leave off the important parts. Oscar Wilde beat you to that "sarcasm is the lowest form of wit" comment but the whole quote is more useful to me than you. I'm sure that's why you chose not to finish the sentence. It goes a little somethin' like this: "Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.......... but the highest form of intelligence." That would explain why you and Xander didn't get it. It was a wee bit out of your reach.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Wtf are "oc segregated ideas"? (I predict no answer to that because you don't even know what that nonsense means.) In case you somehow are trying to reference the diversity of OC v SD, stop before you look any more stupid. The latex US Census data shows that SD has more white people and fewer hispanics. I know, that second claim is crazy, but it's true. And it figures you are friends with Enrique. Homophobes and anti-semites go well together.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Said the guy that doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're"...... Anyway, if you can't come original and you're going to plagiarize your material, at least don't leave off the important parts. Oscar Wilde beat you to that "sarcasm is the lowest form of wit" comment but the whole quote is more useful to me than you. I'm sure that's why you chose not to finish the sentence. It goes a little somethin' like this: "Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.......... but the highest form of intelligence." That would explain why you and Xander didn't get it.

Unit F
Unit F

no, CDM is different. waaay different. Kind of like the super rich are different than the superrich, who are way different from...what ever is below. the tales of power and influence....and of course corruption and greed...go back quite aways. too bad micheal ruppert is around, some of his allegations would dovetail nicely into those stories...

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

San Filippo don't come to San Diego that's for sure, your oc segregated ideas don't exist where I live now, stay in san Clemente and inbreed with with them Jews because at the end of the day your all fake new money

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

San-Nobody, I dont know Xander and I don't know you but I do know that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Trust me, I'm an evidence based individual. The baloney arguments and incoherent rebuttals you have make me laugh clown. Keep doing what you do court jester the molester. Your a meaningless addition San clemente, glad to know you were born there...

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Neither you nor your little buddy, Xander, are intelligent enough to get sarcasm, huh? Then it should be no surprise that your go-to move is a homophobic insult. Well done, Enrique.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Not intelligent enough to get sarcasm, are you, Xandy? Doesn't surprise me. But hey, who needs intelligence when you have that really cool look, right?

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

Thanks Tracey! I will take your word for it. I should just stop following this poor excuse for journalism. Actually I just did.

Faydes
Faydes

@harrisondill I would love to see the server logs to see how much you are getting paid to write these comments....


I did not go to that high school but went to another school in a completely different area. Actually hell why not...let me show you what people say about my school.


http://www.greatschools.org/missouri/st.-louis/1038-Ladue-Horton-Watkins-High-School/?tab=reviews


This is from parents, teachers and former students...everyone was accepted there. You each have your own clique, but nobody was horrid. The teachers were great and accepting...the Counselors truly cared about you.


Did i mention no nationwide level scandals? at least not an amusing one such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oipdddj30M.

harrisondill
harrisondill

@949getoveryourself Jesus Christ! Youre clearly angry about something else entirely (a bully or a teacher you didn't like) and youre taking it out on the school as a collective whole. Calm down. Then think. How would you have felt (being the responsible, industrious student that you were) If they had bulldozed your school from existence? I think that would be a bit harsh. This kind of prejudice against cdm is completely unfair to all the responsible, hard working students at cdm. Calm down, and getoveryourself and all the prejudice you have inside you.

harrisondill
harrisondill

@949getoveryourself Jesus Christ! You're clearly taking your anger from something else entirely (like a bully or a teacher you didn't like) out on the school as a collective whole. Have you gone to any other high schools? There are people who do drugs, people who are apathetic, and people who are disrespectful everywhere! Slandering everyone at the school, including the responsible kids who try hard, isn't going to make you feel any better.

949getoveryourself
949getoveryourself

"...people who are just jealous..."

You're already proving the arrogance this article illustrates. Good work!

harrisondill
harrisondill

First of all @Faydes I'm not being paid to defend my school, I'm a student there, a freshman who is enraged at the fact that this is even necessary! If you went to different high school, then you have absolutely no business saying what's good and bad about CDM! Your only information is coming from slandering articles and news reports like the one above! I've actually DONE RESEARCH on CDM and here's what I've found:

Academics:

California distinguished school 1988, 1996, 2007

#37 in the state of US News best high schools

US news and world report silver medal - "best high schools 2008 search"

California top 50 public schools in 2002

#225 of news weeks "2008 list of 1,300 top US high schools"

100% of students graduate

97% go to college

Standardized test scores along with sat and act scores continue to exceed the district and state average

Athletics:

81 CIF southern section championships

12 interscholastic federation state championships

Boys waterpolo won southern section divisional title 13 times including 9 D1 titles

Girls XC won 6 state championships

Boys soccer finished 2nd in the US in 2010

Boys Vball won ESPN rise national championship trophy

harrisondill
harrisondill

@banana I don't have a crystal ball, but I really don't think that taking the initiative to put aside time to defend my school from slander shows bad work ethic. I'm currently enrolled in what would be considered junior-level classes at an average high school, I compete in 3 sports seasonally, and I'm involved in a slew of extracurriculars, including PAL, a selective leadership group on campus. I intend to only increase the rigor of my schedule throughout the next four years, and, like the vast majority of my peers here at school, I intend to stay out of trouble. How were you when you graduated high school, mr. Banana?

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