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February 8, 2006
Patrick Henry High School
San Diego, CA
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Patrick Henry High School
6702 Wandermere Drive
San Diego, CA
Patrick Henry High School, "The Patriots", was founded in 1968. We are located in the Del Cerro area of San Diego and we have earned a reputation for excellence in academics, the arts and athletics. In 2000 and 2003, Newsweek Magazine listed Patrick Henry as being among the top one percent of high schools in the nation. In 2003, Patrick Henry High was ranked 8 on the Academic Performance Index (API), a scale that ranges from 1 to 10, making it a high-performing school. Designated a California Distinguished School in 1999, the four-year high school serves the local communities of Del Cerro, San Carlos, Allied Gardens and Mission Valley. As of September 2005, enrollment at Patrick Henry is 2,480 students.

Patrick Henry High's goals support district goals. Our school emphasizes maintaining a positive school climate, closing racial/ethnic academic performance gaps, building a sense of community, improving students' literacy and overall academic achievement, offering a balanced program of curricular and extracurricular opportunities for our students, and sharing responsibility for student learning among all students, staff, and parents through shared decision making.

Carol C. Lam was sworn in as interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of California on September 4, 2002, and was sworn in as the Presidentially-appointed United States Attorney on November 18, 2002.

Prior to her nomination to the position of United States Attorney, Ms. Lam was a judge of the Superior Court in San Diego, where she presided over a criminal trial calendar. From 1986 to 1997, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of California and was Chief of the Major Frauds Section from 1997 to 2000. During her previous tenure in the office, Ms. Lam convicted several high-ranking members of the Chicago organized crime family La Cosa Nostra; obtained a guilty plea and a civil settlement of $110 million from National Health Laboratories, Inc. in a Medicare fraud case; and briefed and argued the first appellate case upholding the constitutionality of "roving" wiretaps.

United States Attorney Lam is the recipient of both the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, and the Attorney Generalís Award for Distinguished Service. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1981, and graduated from Stanford Law School in 1985. From 1985 to 1986 Ms. Lam was a law clerk to the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

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