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Former Olympian, Glendale High volleyball coach Jorgensen passes away

Ninja Jorgensen, a former United States Olympic women’s volleyball player and Glendale High volleyball coach, died Tuesday, according to She was 77 and the cause of death wasn’t known.

Jorgensen, who was born July 6, 1940 in Los Angeles, had a distinguished national and international resume that included playing on the 1968 United States Olympics volleyball team. The United States finished eighth in the event in Mexico.

Jorgensen, who graduated from Los Angeles High in 1957 and attended Occidental College, coached girls’ volleyball at Glendale from 1962-98, She was also a physical education teacher at the school until she retired in early 2000.

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