Charles James (Jim) Chapman, AUHS Class of 1945, passed away July 18, 2014, of natural causes at his home in Anaheim at the age of 87. Jim was born in Sigourney, Iowa on Jan. 7, 1927. Tired of shoveling snow in Iowa, he moved with his family to Anaheim in 1941.
At age 16, he joined the US Navy … [Read More...]
Joy (Wurgaft) Lane – AUHS Class of 1945
Small Town Girl Makes a Name in Hollywood as Singer, Actress
Anaheim High’s performing arts program gained a talented performer when Joy (Wurgaft) Lane, moved to Anaheim from Fullerton in 1942 at age 15. Joy was already a recognized dancer and singer who had … [Read More...]
Among Anaheim Colony pioneers were the famous Bever triplets, Orena, Reona and Ramona, the city’s first set of triplets.
Born Aug. 9, 1910 to Miles and Anna Bever, the triplets rounded off a family of four girls, including older sister Rose.
At birth, two weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces; the third was … [Read More...]
From his humble roots as a farm boy living and working on his parent’s small ranch midway between Garden Grove and Anaheim, Dr. Les Holve advanced to become a doctor who transformed children’s lives as a pediatrician and cleft palate specialist. His childhood was complicated by significant allergies, infantile eczema and asthma, worsened when […]
Frank Kellogg has taken on many titles throughout his life: doctor, valedictorian, soldier, school board trustee, and “President for Life.” The last label was bestowed by his Anaheim High classmates throughout 70 years of reunions. The group of nearly 200 graduates earned their diplomas on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Dr. Kellogg, who retired in 2013 […]
Gania (Demaree) Trotter, an Anaheim Union High School Class of 1944 graduate, along with other alumni, has established an endowed scholarship through the AHS Alumni Association to honor her father, Dr. Paul H. Demaree, who served as a AUHS teacher and administrator from 1925 through 1958. The income from the endowment will provide annual scholarships […]
The AHS Alumni Association is working diligently to honor the valiant men and women from Anaheim High School who perished while serving their country from WWI to the War on Terror. Thus far, the Anaheim High Fallen Heroes and Colonists Veterans Project has resulted in the identification of 59 Anaheim High Fallen Heroes who are listed here: […]
One of Anaheim High’s most successful athletes is Class of 1963’s Loy M. Petersen, the only graduate to play in the National Basketball Association. Petersen, a 6-foot-5 forward and guard, was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (17th overall) of the 1968 NBA draft. He played 69 career games over two seasons […]
DON LIEBHART- AUHS CLASS OF 1945 Destined to be a Colonist, Don Liebhart was born June 15, 1927 in Anaheim, and grew up dreaming of becoming an Anaheim High athlete. However, those dreams were dashed when he was stricken with polio in early childhood. With encouragement from his father, who would not let his son use his […]
A meeting of the city’s Historical Society at Anaheim High’s Cook Auditorium offered several alumni from the ‘40s and ’50s an opportunity to share memories of playing or hearing the school’s treasured Robert Morton Theater Pipe Organ. Those who couldn’t attend sent e-mails or called to “recall their happy days” of playing the organ or […]