Class of 1996
Joe Anton was born in Anaheim, July 14, 1918, to Lebanese parents Abdulla “Tony” and Noora Anton. An only child, Joe was partially raised by a Hispanic man, while Tony and Noora worked in their store. (Anton’s Market was the first supermarket in Anaheim, and maybe Orange County.) Because of this babysitting arrangement, Spanish was Joe’s first language.
Joe attended St. Boniface Elementary School in Anaheim and then transferred to Anaheim Union High School, graduating in 1937. He moved on to Santa Ana Junior College, then upon his graduation in 1939, enrolled at San Diego State University, earning his degree in 1941.
Born in Trinidad, Colorado on April 6, 1937, Salerno attended Holy Trinity High School, where he was a two-time all-state tackle. At the University of Colorado, Salerno earned three varsity letters and was a team captain as a senior and earned all-conference honors. Although he was drafted by both the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and the Boston Patriots (1959)
Injuries prevented a professional football career and he ended up doing a stint in the U.S. Army before moving out to Southern California.