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 Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 1967 CIF Championship

Football players, past and present, along with fans, friends and family, gathered on Friday, Oct. 6th, to celebrate the 50th anniverary of  Anaheim High’s  1967 CIF Championship and the 99th year of Anaheim High football.
After a tribute dinner in the Anaheim High Cafeteria, those gathered continued on to Glover Stadium for the varsity game against Katella. Team members from the 1967 Championship Team were presented with commemorative caps and tshirts and applauded during a half-time ceremony.
Click here to see photos of the event and continue scrolling to read an article about the 1967 season, along with photos and newspaper articles that recorded this championship year.
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     Throughout its nearly 100 years of proud football history, Anaheim has won many games with many great players and many great coaches. But perhaps no Colonists team had a greater journey than the 1967 squad, which won an unprecedented CIF championship.
     The 12-1 campaign, capped off by a memorable triumph over Santa Ana at Anaheim Stadium, forever certified the Colonists under legendary head coach Clare Van Hoorebeke as the finest program of its era in the midst of its finest hour.
     The beloved “Van,” already Orange County’s all-time winningest head football coach by that time, was in his 18th season at Anaheim, winning or sharing 13 Sunset League crowns. The 1956 team with Mickey Flynn had earned a co-championship, but the Colonists had come up just short twice more in 1962 finals against Loyola, and in a crushing 35-14 loss against El Rancho in the 1966 championship game.
     Though ready to hit the field with an amazing array of talented players, the Colonists entered the 1967 season with much uncertainty. Rising star quarterback Chappy Looney, who had been expected to assume a starring role in the Anaheim offense, died unexpectedly the previous spring. Additionally, many doubted that ferocious senior fullback/linebacker Tom Fitzpatrick could recover from a torn ACL injury suffered during the 1966 playoffs.
     But Van and his esteemed coaching staff, led by veteran assistant Brant Cowser and highly motivated young coordinators Bill Miller on offense and Bob Salerno on defense. Wayne Atkins, John Balaam, and Marty Hicks rounded out the staff that had Anaheim ready to compete, and the Colonists opened up with shutout wins over Chaffey and Redlands in non-league play.
     However, Anaheim looked sluggish in a 9-7 win over Marina in its Sunset League opener. Then, the bottom fell out as the Colonists were humiliated in a 28-0 wipeout at the hands of Santa Ana, the worst loss of Van Hoorebeke’s coaching career.
     Seeking a spark on offense, Van Hoorebeke and Miller elevated sophomore George Fraser to the starting quarterback position, while Tom Fitzpatrick was cleared to play full time once again. The results were immediate, as Anaheim dominated its next five opponents by a combined score of 130 to 33. Though Santa Ana claimed the Sunset League title, Anaheim’s 8-1 record was good enough for an at-large berth in the 4-A playoffs.
     In the first round, Fraser ran for two touchdowns, while cornerback Dave Maas had a team-record four interceptions and end Kym Salness added two more picks to lift Anaheim past Long Beach Wilson 35-13. Rematching in the quarterfinal round against El Rancho, the Colonists dethroned the defending CIF 4-A Division champions in a solid 28-14 win. Halfback Walt Smith ran 20 times for 137 yards as Anaheim totaled nearly 400 yards in total offense against El Rancho’s formidable defense. Fitzpatrick, Fraser, and Maas all scored TDs to push Anaheim into the semifinals.
     At the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Anaheim faced off against undefeated Santa Barbara. The Channel League champion Dons appeared invincible, having scored nearly 500 points on offense with explosive quarterback Grady Hurst and punishing tailback Sam “Bam” Cunningham, while Santa Barbara’s defense boasted the “Four Teen Tons” led by Bob “Big Man” Pointer, who was arguably the biggest prep football player in history, tipping the scales at 447 points.
     The Colonists showed no fear, as Fraser threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Fitzpatrick caught one TD pass and ran for two more scores as Anaheim carved up the enormous but slow-footed Dons defense for a 42-7 win.
     The Semifinal victory set up a rematch with Santa Ana at the Big A, where 26,383 fans filled the stadium for the 4-A title showdown. Following a scoreless first quarter, Anaheim’s running game went to work as halfback Eric Janes, Smith, and Fraser ran behind the blocking of Fitzpatrick, who then finished two scoring drives with touchdown runs in the second quarter and a 14-0 lead. Janes, who was the star of the game with 136 yards on 15 carries, added his own touchdown on a 33-yard scoring run in the third quarter. The Saints and vaunted flanker Isaac Curtis were held to a single score, while Fraser put the finishing touch with a touchdown pass to Rod Schorr in the final minutes of the 27-6 victory.

Fitzpatrick was named the CIF 4-A Division Player of the Year, while Fraser became the first and only sophomore player ever named to the All-CIF 4-A Division team, while linemen Wayne Bugbee and Larry Golden also earned All-CIF honors.

    Following the game, the jubilant Colonists gathered on the field and celebrated as CIF commissioner Bill Russell handed the championship trophy over to coach Van Hoorebeke, who took pride in his typical, understated way. “We didn’t necessarily have the greatest talent in the world this year, but there was no one with more desire. Yes, sir, they’re champions.”
Head Coach – Clare Van Hoorebeke
Offensive Coordinator – Bill Miller
Defensive Coordinator – Bob Salerno
Assistant Staff – Wayne Atkins, John Balaam, Brant Cowser, Marty Hicks
Won 12, Lost 1
(6-1) 2nd Place Sunset League
CIF 4-A Division Champions
24    Chaffey         0    W
21    Redlands         0    W
9    Marina*         7    W
0    Santa Ana*        28    L
24    Huntington Beach*     0    W
39    Newport Harbor*     7    W
34    Santa Ana Valley*    13    W
6    Westminster*         0    W
27    Western*        13    W
35    LONG BEACH WILSON    13    W
28    EL RANCHO        14    W
42    SANTA BARBARA     7    W
27    SANTA ANA         6    W
Tom Fitzpatrick, Back – Player of the Year
George Fraser, Back
Wayne Bugbee, Guard
Larry Golden, Guard
Wayne Bugbee OG – 1
Tom Fitzpatrick RB – 1
George Fraser QB – HM
Larry Golden DG – 1
Jim Johnson LB – 1
Marc Kemp DT – HM
Dave Maas DB – 1
Pat Mahoney C – HM
Richard Perez DE – 1
Rod Schorr DT – 1
Walt Smith RB – 2

Saldivar is Anaheim’s First Alumnus Principal

2017 – Robert Saldivar – Class of 1996

Robert Saldivar, a Class of ’96 graduate, who previously served as an AHS teacher and assistant principal, has left his principal post at Orange View Junior High to become Anaheim High’s newest principal and the first alumnus to serve in that position.

Saldivar began his teaching career at Anaheim in 2001, after earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in health from Cal State Fullerton. He later earned his master’s in education from Azusa Pacific University.

At Anaheim High he taught AVID, health science and coached baseball, football, and basketball. He began his administrative career as an assistant principal at Ball Junior High, then returned to Anaheim as an AP before becoming the principal of Orangeview Junior High, also an AUHSD school.

Saldivar with his family of junior Colonists

Saldivar, whose wife Liliana Hernandez is also an AHS graduate from Class of 1999, said he is grateful for the opportunity to lead his alma mater. “The saying really does ring true in my case: ‘Once a Colonist, always a Colonist.’ ”

2017 Golf Tournament & Auction – A Classic Colonist Day

Despite recent heavy rains, the 8th Annual AHSAA Golf Classic drew a large crowd of golfers and dinners. After a day of golf under a cloudy sky, attendees enjoyed dinner and bidding on an array of silent and live auction gifts.

Thank you to sponsors who helped underwrite the event and to the many volunteers who assisted on and off the course, including the AHS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Team members.

Proceeds will help fund $16,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year.

Football + Fassel = New Fitness Center at AHS

Jim Fassel with Colonist athletes who will benefit from new fitness equipment.

What do you get when you add an alumnus who grew up on Anaheim High’s athletic fields with access to Grade A exercise and training equipment? Happily, for AHS, the answer is a new fitness center, a first for the Colony campus.

Three semi-trucks filled with state-of-the art weight room, training equipment, furniture and more has been donated to Anaheim High by alumnus Jim Fassel (’67). Ultimately, the donation will fill two refurbished rooms remembered by some alumni as the auto and machine shops. These large workspaces will house equipment valued at more than $100,000 to create a fitness center and a top-notch training room. Fassel has also funded new flooring for the facility that will be named the “Fassel Family Fitness Center” once approval is received by the AUHSD.

Bud Fassel working on a pair of shoulder pads.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Anaheim athletes were shaped and guided by Jim’s father, Bud Fassel (‘39), who served as right-hand man to Clare Van Hoorebeke in his role as equipment manager. But Bud did much more than care for athletic equipment, according to Gerald “Woody” Woodward from Class of ’59, who serves as AHS Alumni Association president.

“Bud counseled, guided and supported the young men who were part of the Anaheim High athletic program,” said Woodward. “He cared for the kids and was a father figure to us all.“

Woodward said there were many occasions when Bud asked his wife to pack extra sandwiches in his lunch that he shared with students too poor to afford lunch.  He also hired students to work in the equipment room so that they could afford to buy lunch or pay for the medical insurance that the student-athletes had to purchase. “He was one of the most caring and generous people I have ever known.”

AHSAA President Gerald Woodward congratulates Luis Amaya, recipient of the Bud Fassel Memorial Scholarship.

Bud’s impact was evident when, in 1992, hundreds of former students and athletes attended his funeral to honor him for his more than 25 years at Anaheim High. His contribution to Anaheim High continues today through an annual Bud Fassel Memorial Scholarship.

Bud’s son was among the outstanding athletes produced by Anaheim High. From the days of playing football at AHS, Jim went on to a successful career in the world of football. He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1997, and he took the New York Giants to Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001. Most recently, he served as head coach, manager and president of the Las Vegas Locomotives in the United Football League, winning several UFL titles during the league’s existence. He also works as an ESPN sports announcer.

Jim’s son, John Fassel, is also walking in his grandfather and fathers’ footsteps. Once a ball boy for his father at the University of Utah in 1976, John was recently named interim head coach for the LA Rams, taking a break from his usual position of special teams coordinator.

Once the new fitness and training centers are complete, the Colony community will be invited to the grand opening in 2017 to celebrate this outstanding donation by one of Anaheim’s favorite sons.

A History of Anaheim High


Pride of the Colony – Built on Tradition

Anaheim High School, first established in 1898,  is the oldest of nine comprehensive high schools in the Anaheim Union HighSchool District. It is the third oldest high school in Orange County, behind Santa Ana (1889) and Fullerton Union High School (1893). School District. It is the third oldest high school in Orange County, behind Santa Ana (1889) and Fullerton Union High School (1893).

Following is a timeline of the formation of Anaheim High, from its humble beginnings in an crude adobe structure to its current state, a 3,000-member student body housed in an impressive art deco building dubbed “Crown of the Colony.”

The architecture and location provide an interesting footnote in the school’s evolution, but these elements do not overshadow the importance of role played by outstanding Anaheim citizens who made up the school’s administration, faculty and student body.


1859 – Soon after the first German colonists arrive, they petition the Los Angeles County superintendent of schools to establish a school in Anaheim, their new home by the Santa Ana River.

1860 – Anaheim’s first school opens in an adobe building located on a lot owned by August Langenberger, a prominent merchant and colony leader. The first teacher is Fred William Kuelp. His initial nine students are: Carola, Regina and Fred Langenberger; Elmina and Louise Lorenz; Pifanio and Antonio Burruel; and Tomas and Felipe Yorba.

1862 – One hundred dollars, paid in pure gold, purchases one of Anaheim’s original city lots for a new adobe school house. The new building is destroyed shortly thereafter by flood. Classes are moved to the second story of the Langenberger building and moved again later back to the adobe where classes were first held. This building is also occupied by the Anaheim Water Co. and a third room of this building served as the town jail. The school master was also the town’s notary public and justice of the peace.

1867 – Anaheim School District is formed.

1869 –  Anaheim’s first teacher Fred William Kuelp resigns due to ill health. He is replaced by Carl Van Gulpen, who is replaced shortly thereafter by James Miller Guinn, a Civil War Veteran.


1870 –  The first monthly report of Anaheim students lists an enrollment of 91 students, divided into two departments (Primary and Grammar) and taught by two teachers. The town’s population at this time is estimated at 1,000.

1871 –  The first school exhibit is staged with a program of declamations, dialogues, farces, tableaux and music. By charging a fee for this first open house, Guinn is able to purchase charts and an outline map for the school. Guinn also establishes the first final examination dates, which included an oral exam that was open to the public.

1874 –  Guinn, a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, serves as teacher and principal, offering subjects for high school diploma and classifies students into grades. His 20 pupils attend school in an adobe building with one window, empty boxes and benches for seats and crudely constructed tables for desks.


1877 –  A plot of land is purchased for a new school building at the cost of $1,500.

1878 – Guinn writes and champions a bond to construct a new school building, raising $10,000. When the bill is passed by the legislature on March 12, 1878, it marks the first time ever in California that a school district uses a bond issue to finance new school facilities.

1879 – The new two-story Central School, called the “handsomest school building in the country outside of Los Angeles,” opens on January 16. The school, which features as clock steeple and bell tower, is built in the center of a two-acre lot at 231 Chartres Street. The 217 elementary through high school students are taught by two men and two women who are paid $75 a month.

1880 –  Matilda Rimpau, daughter of Anaheim pioneer Theodore Rimpau, is the first student in the Anaheim school system to graduate with a high school diploma.

1881 – Guinn resigns his position as teacher and principal to become Los Angeles Superintendent of Schools. From the time of his resignation through 1898, there are no high school classes taught in Anaheim.

1898 – High school classes officially begin on the second floor of Central School after C.P. Evans, principal of Loara Elementary School, convinces the school board that classes should extend past the ninth year. Evans becomes principal and, assisted by Miss Helen French, teach a student body of 39 student, 17 boys and 22 girls in grades nine through twelve.

1900 – Football begins with the first recorded game played against Fullerton at Anaheim on Nov. 6. Anaheim wins 2-0.

1901 – When Central School becomes overcrowded, citizens fund a $12,500 bond measure to buy land, build a separate high school building and equip it. Anaheim’s first high school, an imposing brick structure, is constructed on south side of Lincoln (then Center), between Harbor and Citron. Its first seven graduates are: Edith Bannerman, Alma Mills, Dora Snyder, John Dauser, Bernard Snyder, Bowman Merritt and Welborn Wallop.


1902 –  The high school’s first literary effort, The Stentorian, is published in February and sold for 50 cents per year. The first issue shows a photo of the faculty and the graduating class of 1902: Arthur G. Baker, Carl Zeus, Olga Boege and Ruth D. EnReal. The first meeting of the Anaheim High Girl’s Athletic Association is held on Oct. 5.


1908 – Citizens unite to form Anaheim Union High School District. AUHSD becomes the largest union school district in California, covering 46 square miles.  Students feed into Anaheim junior highs from Anaheim, Cypress, La Palma, Stanton, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and portions of Garden Grove, Orange, Fullerton and Buena Park.

1910 – Voters approve $105,000 bond to purchase 11 acres at the northeast corner of Lincoln (then Center) and Citron, just a half block from existing school site.

1911 – The current high school at 608 W. Center (now Lincoln) is sold to the elementary school district for $25,000. The building is demolished in 1937 to make way for the construction of Fremont Junior High, which was closed in 1979 and demolished in 1980.

1912 – New Greek-revival Anaheim Union High School is dedicated and graduates its first class of 17 students. By the following year, almost 200 had earned a high school diploma from the school’s combined campuses.

1918 – Class of 1918 becomes the first to wear caps and gowns at graduation.

1920s – Music education begins with teacher Joshua Williams giving free lessons in an effort to assemble a complete orchestra. He continued this practice over three decades.

1924 – First high school swimming pool in Orange County opens.

1933 – Long Beach earthquake irreparably damages AUHS, requiring its demolition.

1936 – A new art deco AUHS main building, library and auditorium are dedicated. Construction is part of a Work Projects Administration (WPA) project #8291.








1937 –  A sunken garden and fountain in school’s central patio is created.

1940 – Robert Morton theater organ installed in Cook Auditorium and new swimming pool replaces its 1924 predecessor.



1950 – Beginning of the coach Clare Van Hoorebeke’s legendary football era, which endured through 1972.

1953 – Anaheim High’s first drill team is formed and is coached by Helen Gruenfelder.

1957 – Western High School opens, ending Anaheim’s reign as the city’s only high school.

1960 – School district returns Anaheim High to its original name, dropping Union from its title. New buildings are constructed during this time, replacing the remaining pre-earthquake coded buildings.

1964 – New “cereal bowl” fountain replaces sunken garden.

1972 – The Art Quad and other buildings are constructed to replace old barracks that had been “temporary” quarters for 15 years.

1977 – “Wimpy’s Stand,” a popular student landmark for several decades, is changed into the Student Activities Office. The building was taken down in 2007.

2008 –  Two new buildings with 49 state-of-the-art classrooms open. Classes begin February 2009.




Photos: Courtesy of Anaheim Public Library & the AHSAA


“One To Twenty-Eight – A History of Anaheim Union High School District” by Louise Booth

“Anaheim” by Elizabeth J. Schultz and Stephen J. Faessel, a chapter in “A Hundred Years of Yesterdays,” published by the Orange County Historical Commission.

“Anaheim Colonists Football – A Century of Tradition” by Dennis Bateman

Other sources: “Anaheim High (Central School)” by Brad Pettigrew

AHSAA Unearths “Buried” Colonist Treasure


Alex Maese (fourth from left) and Mickey Flynn (far right) were among the outstanding athletes who helped break ground at the Angel Stadium for the OC Sports Hall of Fame.

A series of happy coincidences has led to the recovery of a treasure trove of Colonist memorabilia, including items belonging to legendary Anaheim High football coach Clare Van Hoorebeke. These highly prized relics will be displayed for the first time in nearly 20 years at the Feb. 15 AHSAA 7th Annual Golf Classic, Dinner and Auction at Western Hills Country Club.

The memorabilia was last viewed by the public at the 7,000-square-foot Orange County Sports Hall of Fame housed at Angel Stadium. The Hall of Fame was forced to close when the Angels were bought by Disney, and the entire contents of the museum – cases, fixtures, boxes of sports memorabilia and more – were being stored at a location near Anaheim High School. [Read more…]


Members of the AHS Band and Color Guard from the class years of 1980-1985 gathered recently for a reunion that not only included an evening of sharing memories, but also raised $4435 for today’s Colony musicians.

Attendees, including Zig Kanstul, the band director from 1980-1985, shared memories of the hundreds of hours of practicing and performing in parades, half-time shows and numerous competitions, between bidding for silent auction items and purchasing tickets for the opportunity drawing to raise funds for Anaheim High’s Colonial Regiment.

The planning committee was headed by Dan Barragan. He is working to bring AHS Band, Color Guard and Drill Team members from all class years together to support current students in the AHS band program. He can be reached through “The Anaheim High School Band & Color Guard/Drill Team Alumni Group” on Facebook or via mrdano32@sbcglobal.net.

Community Support, Colonist Spirit Combine for Successful Golf Classic

Community support and Colonist spirit combined to create the best AHSAA Golf Classic in the event’s four-year history.

Anaheim High alumni, teachers, administrators, coaches and many others who caught the “Colonist Spirit” turned out in record numbers for the Feb. 18 fund raiser at Western Hills Country Club.

Participants included legendary AHS football star Mickey Flynn ’58; former NFL New York Giants Super Bowl coach Jim Fassel ’67, Golf Committee Chairman Phil Anton ’63, a former player with the Dallas Cowboys and many more golfers who came from across the country to play.

They were joined by AHSAA President Gerald “Woody” Woodward Class of ’59, who drove an AHS Spirit Mobile to deliver beverages to the golfers along with Hall of Famer Ron Davini from Class of ’65.

Event sponsors included Chick-fil-a of Fullerton. Owner Mark Howery golfed with his father, Ken, a Class of ’57 AHS grad. Miller Toyota of Anaheim sponsored the hole-in-one and many businesses and individuals donated numerous prizes for the opportunity drawing and auction.


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AUHS 1940s Grads Celebrate 70-Decade Reunion

Anaheim High graduates from the 1940s celebrated a multi-year reunion on Jan. 25, 2013 at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Grads from 1940 through 1948 shared memories from their days at “Old AU.”