Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 | 10:36 p.m.
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The Bishop Gorman High football team will be in the national spotlight Saturday when they travel to Northern California to face nationally respected De La Salle. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports, giving the Gaels a chance to make a splash — for themselves and the Las Vegas area.
Rancho (3-2, 2-0) won its second consecutive game in the Northeast Division, rebounding nicely after blowing a three-touchdown lead with less than eight minutes to play in a loss Sept. 11 against Green Valley.
“Teams can come back on you if you don’t finish games,” Rancho coach Elvin Dick said. “That was a good learning experience for us.”
Rancho’s schedule will get tougher next week when it plays Canyon Springs, one of the Northeast’s top teams.
“We will find out how good we are against Canyon for sure,” Dick said.
Charles Johnson had a receiving touchdown for Rancho. Chaparral, which didn’t win a game last year, fell to 0-4.
Chaparral High School has seen better days.
Once among the top performing schools in the Clark County School District, Chaparral High is undergoing changes to counter dismal test scores and the lowest graduation rate in the district.
The campus located near East Flamingo Road and U.S. 95 is one of five turnaround schools not meeting the expectations outlined in No Child Left Behind.
Chaparral is now looking to clean up its reputation, touching every aspect of the school from restrooms to test scores.
Changes weren’t received well by students who openly protested the cuts to faculty and the new order that banned the use of cell phones and music players during the school day.
Under stricter rules, tardy students are locked out of classrooms, bathroom breaks during class time aren’t allowed and the lunch hour was pushed back to 1:40 p.m.
Superintendent Dwight Jones told students he’s not settling for half successes.
“Right now, 50 percent of the kids in this school don’t graduate high school. Is that acceptable to you? Think about that. Right now, some of the friends that you’re with aren’t going to graduate. Is that OK? That’s unacceptable to me. I think you guys ought to kick all of us out.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- David Wilson (2011)
- Approximately 2,250
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert