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August 23, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Perched atop a hill, Camden High School resembles a castle, with more than 80 entrances for a student to quietly slip out of or an intruder to sneak in. From an irate parent to a passerby seeking to use the restroom, "anybody could walk in," even through the main entrance, principal James Thompson said. "It became a problem of getting them out. " In the latest move to make students and staff at Camden High and Woodrow Wilson High, the district's flagship high schools, feel safer, School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard unveiled a new, high-tech, $1.4 million security program.
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April 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden High School football star and Division I prospect known as a team leader, intensely driven on the field, and immensely likable in the locker room, was shot and killed in the street early Saturday morning, authorities said. Jameer Bullard, 18, was pronounced dead around 1 a.m., minutes after police found him with a gunshot wound lying on the sidewalk on the 1200 block of Mechanic Street. He was just one block from the new, larger home that he, his siblings, and his parents had left their old neighborhood for about a month ago. Authorities were searching for a motive, had made no immediate arrests in his death, and were releasing no other information Saturday evening, said Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
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August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
NEWS
February 10, 2015
A photograph, above, published Monday with an obituary for lawyer Walter M. Phillips Jr. was actually of his father, Walter M. Sr. A story Monday about the Camden Youth Soccer Club misstated the current location of the spring and fall practices, and the number of age groups in the league. Players are divided into four age groups and practice is held at the Camden High School athletic fields.
SPORTS
March 16, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Vic Carstarphen says sometimes John Valore will call him on his cellphone and ask, "Victor, where am I?" It's a fascinating question. In a narrow sense, Valore is just asking his assistant coach for directions. He's driven another player home after a practice or a game at Camden High School and he's trying to find his way around an unfamiliar section of the city. But Valore could ask the same thing about his coaching career in his 38th season and his life in his 70th year. As he paces the sideline during games in his black sweat suit with Camden insignia, the tall, thin Valore doesn't look out of place.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Donna Drummonds has spent each spring since 2009 shuttling Camden high school students to a prom dress giveaway held in central Jersey, to help them get outfits for the big dance. It's a 90-minute drive and a big time commitment, and this year she wasn't sure she was up to it. "Then one girl came to me and asked: 'Mrs. Drummonds, are you doing the dresses again this year? Because if you don't, I won't be able to go,' " Drummonds said. "It just melted my heart. And I said, yes, of course.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dajuan Wagner says he never frets over the misfortune that followed him once he left Camden High School as perhaps the best basketball player in New Jersey history. From the stomach aches during his one year at the University of Memphis - omens of a life-threatening condition that would require radical surgery - to the bladder infection to the twice-torn knee cartilage to the inflamed liver and pancreas to the ankle ailments to the hip injury, Wagner sometimes seemed as cursed in his post-scholastic career as he was blessed during his prime time with the Panthers.
NEWS
June 20, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Classes were not yet underway at Camden High School when the two teenagers slipped out of the building unnoticed. Half a mile from school they came across an unlocked silver Cadillac DeVille, police said, and they began cruising through the city's streets. They were driving north on the cobblestone-paved Seventh Street in the city's Lanning Square section just before 10 a.m. on April 25 when they passed a police cruiser. By then the owner of the Cadillac had reported it stolen, and the officer made a U-turn behind them.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, STAFF WRITER
About 50 people standing on Camden's Farnham Park green Friday afternoon shouted, "Change" and "Enough is enough," while some prayed. Cars passed and honked, and some pedestrians joined the crowd. Representing about a dozen community advocacy groups and organizations in Camden, the 50 gathered to show solidarity with the city and country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Camden does not agree with what's going on in the nation, but we do agree on keeping love, peace, and respect present," said Arnold Steward, 59, of Operation Camden for Christ.
NEWS
October 22, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Milt Wagner said Clarence Turner's reputation spread across the country in the same way the old coach's teams covered the basketball court with pressure defense. Wagner said people on the West Coast, down South, and in big cities such as New York and Chicago knew of Mr. Turner and his fabled program at Camden High School. "All over the country, people still ask me about Coach Turner," said Wagner, a former star basketball player at Camden who is now an assistant coach at Auburn University.
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August 19, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
This fall, children who join the Camden Youth Soccer Club will have two fields to play on, twice as many as last year. For $5, they will get uniforms, shin guards, socks, and 10 weeks of Saturday games and practices. More than 100 new players will be part of the action. The league's expansion is the first step taken by the newly formed Camden Health and Athletic Association (CHAA), a youth sports nonprofit launched in June by representatives of the Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care.
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, STAFF WRITER
About 50 people standing on Camden's Farnham Park green Friday afternoon shouted, "Change" and "Enough is enough," while some prayed. Cars passed and honked, and some pedestrians joined the crowd. Representing about a dozen community advocacy groups and organizations in Camden, the 50 gathered to show solidarity with the city and country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Camden does not agree with what's going on in the nation, but we do agree on keeping love, peace, and respect present," said Arnold Steward, 59, of Operation Camden for Christ.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
George D. "Bob" Pugh, 74, a former Camden police chief and director of public safety in Atlantic City, died at Fox Chase Cancer Center on Tuesday, June 21, of a heart attack following surgery. Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd said in a statement that the city and its residents "deeply mourn the loss of one of its own. " "Bobby Pugh was born in Camden, lived in the Parkside community, and led a long, distinguished policing career," she said. He became a Camden police officer in 1965, was named chief in 1988, and retired in 1996, Redd said.
NEWS
June 20, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Classes were not yet underway at Camden High School when the two teenagers slipped out of the building unnoticed. Half a mile from school they came across an unlocked silver Cadillac DeVille, police said, and they began cruising through the city's streets. They were driving north on the cobblestone-paved Seventh Street in the city's Lanning Square section just before 10 a.m. on April 25 when they passed a police cruiser. By then the owner of the Cadillac had reported it stolen, and the officer made a U-turn behind them.
SPORTS
June 20, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Brad Hawkins never planned on becoming a multisport star at Camden High School. He never planned on playing football, period. "I was all basketball," Hawkins said. "I knew so much about the tradition of Camden High basketball. I always wanted to be a part of that. "I didn't even think I would play football. " Hawkins played football. He played basketball. He ran track. He is the Inquirer's senior boys' athlete of the year because he excelled in all three, moving from sport to sport during the course of the school year as easily as he shed would-be tacklers on the football field or skirted around defenders on the basketball court.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Camden High School junior Janayzia Morris' typical commute to school is just under 2.5 miles on foot through some of the city's dangerous neighborhoods. Camden students who make a similar trek say they have witnessed shootings, stabbings, drug sales, and gang fights. Often, people are just yelling in the streets, no matter the time of day. Prostitutes are part of the neighborhood landscape. Morris, 18, fears for the safety of younger students she sees walking alone. "It's stuff that we shouldn't be seeing," Morris, who lives in the Fairview section, said, shaking her head.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden is hosting its first citywide spelling bee in more than two years next month. The event will offer entertainment and food to students and their families, as well as prizes that include cash, headphones, and tablets. The spelling bee, open to students enrolled at any Camden school, will be held over two Saturdays, June 11 and June 18, at Camden High School. The first Saturday will host children in grades 5 through 8, with June 18 hosting children in grades 9 through 12. The event was organized by members of the Village, a new grassroots community organization that has been meeting in recent months to work on events and programs that support Camden's families.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden's Night Gardens will take over the plaza in front of City Hall on Friday with an "Intergalactic Block Party" that includes colorful light projections, art installations, live music, and more. The free outdoor event, from 7 to 10 p.m., is the third annual Night Gardens festival, but the first time it will be at Roosevelt Plaza. It's also the start of a series of summer events, including outdoor movies, concerts, and Tuesday evening yoga on the waterfront, that are part of the city's "Connect the Lots" program.
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