Steve Mora – Class of 1986

Steven Mora, M.D. - Class of 1986

Steven Mora, M.D. – Class of 1986

Reuben Droughns – Class of 1996

Class of 1996

The most prolific running back in Anaheim Colonists football history, Droughns is one of only five players to have his jersey retired. As a sophomore, he rushed for a team-record 2,083 yards and propelled the Colonists to the quarterfinal round of postseason play. He followed that performance with 1,752 yards as a junior to break Mickey Flynn’s career rushing record. Droughns is the only Anaheim running back to surpass 1,000 yards rushing three times, and ended his career with 4,958 yards, the second highest total in Orange County history up to that time. He was a three-time All-Orange League first teamer, and twice earned All-CIF recognition. His excellence was not limited to the gridiron, as Droughns was a CIF champion wrestler in 1996 for the 189-pound weight class.

Renee Therese Kenneth-Sams – Class of 1981

Renee Therese (Kenneth) Sams - Class of 1981

Renee Therese (Kenneth) Sams – Class of 1981

Joe Anton – Class of 1937

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.

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Gerry Mullins – Class of 1967

A star player for Clare Van Hoorebeke’s renowned 1966 varsity football squad, “Moon” Mullins continued on to have the most distinguished football career of any Anaheim graduate. He was a member of three Rose Bowl teams as a tight end for John McKay at USC before being selected in the fourth round (86th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Playing under Chuck Noll, Mullins established himself at left guard, and was an integral part of the Steelers’ dynasty of the 1970s. He started in all four of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl victories, blocking for the Pro Football Hall of Fame backfield duo of Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris. Mullins spent his entire eight-year career with the Steelers, retiring after Pittsburgh’s victory in Super Bowl XIV. He settled in Western Pennsylvania, where he currently is in business.

Coach Bob Salerno – April 6, 1937- July 7, 2010

Bob Salerno, former head football coach at Anaheim, and a longtime assistant coach at several county schools, died July 7, 2010 in Yorba Linda. He was 73 years old. Bob was inducted into the Anaheim High School “Hall of Fame” in 2005 for his outstanding contributions to Orange County youth.

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.

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