6th Annual Colony Classic Car Show – A Great Day for the Colony!

img_0911It was a Car Show of the most spirited kind when more than 100 cool classics cruised onto the Anaheim High campus, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2016.

The Colony gathering included Pep Stage performances by the choir, cheer squad and Anaheim Performing Arts Conservatory students who created a high-energy atmosphere at the 6th annual event headed by Clint Stark from Class of 1959.

Clint’s hand-crafts trophies from salvaged car parts are becoming legendary in the SoCal car culture. Click here to view a gallery of trophy winners and see a list of winners.

Attendees also were able to enjoy and explore the historic art deco campus, view memorabilia, dance to classic tunes, dine on food from local restaurants. And another big plus . . . the weather was perfect! For “Around the Campus” event photos click here.

Thank you to our event sponsors, including: City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department, ART, the Anaheim Resort Transportation system, Reon Howard Boydstun ’74 – Boydstun Realty and Property Management, Jack McGreevy ’63 – M & J Plastics, Joe and Jeanne Wright of Hot Rods Unlimited, Jerry Woodward ’59, Barbara Pavek, and Danny Doller.

Thanks also to the great students groups who made the event possible: Associated Student Body (ASB), B.R.O.S., and Project Say. Anaheim High administrator and staff also provided amazing support of this AHS Alumni Association fund raiser.

A video of the Car Show is under production and will be availble for sale for $10. To reserve a copy, email anaheimalumni@yahoo.com.

Anaheim Shows “Spooktacular” Spirit in 2016 Halloween Parade

Thank you to the 200-member contigency, including administrators, instructors, staff, students, parents and alumni, that marched in the 92nd Annual Halloween Parade to represent Anaheim High. Here are photos of the event:

2016 Car Show – Cars Leaving Campus

Sponors, Volunteers, Student Groups Added Energy to 6th Annual Colony Classic Car Show

More than 100 Classics Cruised the Colony Campus at the 2016 Car Show

Memorabilia Display at 2016 Car Show


2016 Car Show Trophies – A Sampling of What’s Awarded

2016 Colony Classic Car Show Trophy Winners

Thanks for your particiation in the 2016 Colony Classic Car Show. To see a list of all the trophy winners, click here.

We may not have a photo of every winner, but we tried. If we missed you, you’re welcome to submit a photo of you holding your trophy next to your car and we’ll include here. Email photos in a jpeg format to anaheimalumni@yahoo.com. You’re also welcome to include a story about your car with background on how you obtained it, refurbishment history and any fun facts. Thank you!

Anaheim High Celebrated During Homecoming 2016

The Colony community celebrated Homecoming 2016 over Sept. 23 and 24 with several gatherings, including a varsity football game, an on-campus rally and several class reunions.

A full stadium of fans cheered as the Colonists defeated the Loara Saxons 28-0 at La Palma Park’s Glover Stadium. A performance by the Anaheim Band and Flags, as well as the crowning of the 2016-17 homecoming court, provided crowd pleasing  homecoming half-time entertainment. The eveninng ended with the traditional singing of the alma mater and photos under the Big A.

Some 1,500 students, parents, alumni and community members, triple the number anticipated, came to Anaheim HS on Saturday to celebrate our local public schools. The event included a neighborhood walk, entertainment, campus tours and more.

Invitation to March 4 Celebration of Anaheim High Authors & Colony-Inspired Literature

Cover pageAnaheim High, with support from the school’s Alumni Association, is staging a Read Across America celebration highlighting Anaheim High authors, as well as books that feature Anaheim High and its graduates. Student activities promoting literacy are also part of the week-long celebration that kicks off Feb. 29 and runs through March 4.

Appearances on the stage of Cook Auditorium by four authors, including OC Weekly editor and AHS Class of ’97 graduate Gustavo Arellano, student activities, an Alice In Wonderland-themed reception in the school’s library and a Hall of Fame induction are among activities that will take place during the week. All the events are free and open to the public.Schedule of Events

Throughout the week the AHS Library will serve as the event hub and site of a display featuring Anaheim High authors, including Lois Battle, a Class of ’56 graduate who achieved success in the literary world with seven bestselling novels. The display will also spotlight books about famous alumni, including Charles Walters (’30), an MGM director and choreographer during Hollywood’s Golden Age, and Marie Wilson (’33) of My Friend Irma fame who earned three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in radio, TV and film.

The celebration will culminate Friday, March 4, with an Anaheim High Authors’ Forum, 3 to 5 p.m. in Cook Auditorium, featuring a graduate who has become a celebrated voice in the Latino community, a Colony writer who published a book featuring Anaheim High haunts, an alumnae who has authored of a popular mystery series based on her experience as a forensic handwriting analyst, and writer and historiam Dennis Bateman, Class of ’89, who will talk about his book Anaheim Colonists Football – A Century of Tradition and The Orange County Football Book.

220px-Gustavo_arellano_2012Returning to his alma mater for the first time since graduating in 1997, Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly, is also the author of several books and a nationally syndicated column Ask A Mexican. He will speak about his evolution from an Anaheim High student leader to an award-winning writer.

Like her fictional character Claudia Rose in the award-winning forensic handwriting mystery series, Sheila Lowe from Class of ’67 is a practicing forensic handwriting expert. Also the author of the acclaimed The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis, Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous, and Handwriting Analyzer software, she is president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes education in the area of handwriting. Sheila holds a master’s degree in psychology and lectures around the country and in Canada and the UK. Her analyses of celebrity handwritings are seen throughout the media.

Lowe and Suspense Publishing have made her book 6booksInkslingers Ball available to Anaheim High students to read as part of the celebration.

A popular subject among Anaheim High students is the rumor of ghosts that haunt the high school. It’s also a favorite subject of Tom Zaradich, author of Anaheim’s Dead – Ghostly Encounters With the Passed, which includes a chapter on Anaheim High and interviews with several AHS graduates and staff members.

After the authors’ forum, attendees will be invited to the AHS Library for a reception celebrating Anaheim High authors and supporters of literacy in the Colony community. A special mention will be given the school’s SkillsUSA program for its creation of free little libraries being placed throughout the Colony community.

June Glenn’55 and  Susan Faessel ’67 will also be recognized for their support of literacy in the Anaheim community. Another event highlight will be the induction of long-time Anaheim High teacher, writer and historian Louise Booth in the school’s Hall of Fame.

Thanks to a sponsorship by the AHS Alumni Association, all activities are free but donations of books are encouraged. For a list of titles requested by the AHS Library, visit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A1SDJXD5BSLQVG

Books may also be brought to the Friday event to be donated to the school library or the little free libraries.

The AHSAA has identified 19 alumni authors who will be recognized as part of A Celebration of Anaheim High Authors and Colony-Inspired Literature. Biographies, with photos, on each of these individuals, as well as information on books written about Anaheim High alumni, literature that includes photos or information on Anaheim High, are available at http://www.anaheimcolonists.com/celebration-of-anaheim-authors/

To RSVP for the reception or to inform the AHSAA of additional authors, please contact Janet Brown at anaheimalumni@yahoo.com or 714-726-4372.