Another Hall of Fame Honor for Davini from Class of ’65

AHS Hall of Famer Ron Davini from Class of 1965 is receiving another Hall of Fame induction, this time from his alma mater, Arizona State University.

Davini, one of the most decorated baseball student-athletes in ASU history, will enter the ranks of the Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame at an Oct. 13 luncheon in Tempe. Click on this link for more information or contact Tony Grandlienard: 480-727-7446 or

As ASU’s starting catcher in 1967, Ron Davini was instrumental in the Sun Devils’ second National Championship as his .409 batting average at the College World Series earned him Most Valuable Player honors.

Ron also led the Sun Devils that year with a .311 batting average and a school-record .992 fielding percentage en route to picking up 1967 College Baseball Player of the Year recognition by the Columbus, Ohio Touchdown Club.

A two-time all-Western Athletic Conference selection, Ron was a first-round selection of the Chicago White Sox in the 1969 Major League Baseball January Draft-Secondary Phase and played five professional seasons.

Following his playing career, Ron became one of the top high school baseball coaches in Arizona, serving for 28 years as the head coach at Tempe Corona Del Sol and Tempe McClintock.

Click here to read more about this outstanding AHS graduate who is a great supporter of Anaheim High and its Alumni Association. Congratulations Ron!

No Inductees

No inductees this class year.

Celebration of Anaheim Authors Highlighted by Hall of Fame Inductions of Two Long-Time Educators

Two long-time educators, Louise (Hitt) Booth and Minard Duncan were inducted into the Anaheim High Hall of Fame during a reception held Friday, March 4, at the AHS Library as part of a Read Across America “Celebration of Anaheim High Authors & Colony Inspired Literacy.”

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Barbara Mahaffie ’58 with AHS President Gerald Woodward ’59 and the Booth Family, husband Donald and son David.

Booth, a English, drama and speech teacher at Anaheim High for two decades, was a noted author who left behind a literary legacy upon her passing at age 95 in 2012. Her husband of 68 years, Donald Booth, and son David attended the event, along with her close friends Barbara Mahaffie from Class of ’58, a long-time English teacher at AHS, and Marion (Caracasa) Thompkins from Class of 1953, who taught drama at AHS for several years and is still working as a drama teacher in Pasadena. Many of Booth’s former students were in the audience, including AHSAA President Gerald Woodward from Class of ’59, who had the honor of inducting Mrs. Booth in the Hall of Fame. Click here to see more photos from her induction.

Many family members, friends and classmates were on hand for the induction of Minard Duncan into the

Minard and his classmates and life-long friends.

Minard and his classmates and life-long friends.

AHS Hall of Fame. Duncan has been highly involved in the North Orange County community for more than 58 years serving children in the Fullerton School District, as well as his country and his 1950 classmates. Click here to see a collection of his induction photos

Prior to the reception, an Authors’ Forum was held in Cook Auditorum from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring Anaheim authors Sheila Lowe 67, Dennis Bateman ’89, Gustavo Arellano97, and Tom Zaradich.

Monica Ortez was also on hand to share her co-authored book on the Mexican American Baseball Leagues featuring her father Ray Ortez from Anaheim High Class of 1937.

As part of the celebration, the AHS Alumni Association identified 20 graduates who have published books, three books written about Anaheim High alumni and a batch of books that include references to Anaheim High. To read more about Anaheim High’s rich literary legacy, click here.

Enjoy these additional photos from the event:





Minard Duncan – Class of 1950

Minard DuncanLong-time educator Minard Duncan will join 60 other outstanding Colonists in the Anaheim High Hall of Fame when he is inducted March 4 at a reception in the school’s library. Duncan was selected for his decades of work as an educator and for his role as an activist who has made a significant impact in his community.

Duncan has been highly involved in the North Orange County community for more than 58 years, serving children in the Fullerton School District. An educator who never left a child behind even before it was a national mandate, Duncan created programs that increased test scores and parent involvement and also founded a free children’s dental clinic with the help of Anaheim dentist Dr. Harris Done.

A home-town boy who attended Lincoln Elementary and Fremont Junior High before attending 1949-Duncan, M.Anaheim, Duncan went on to Santa Ana College where he earned an A.A. degree in 1952. His education was interrupted when he joined the U.S. Army in 1952 to serve in Korea through 1954. As soon as he returned home he enrolled in CSU Long Beach and earned his B.A. in elementary education in 1957. Shortly thereafter, he began his 41-year career with the Fullerton School District, where he taught elementary school for eight years and served as a principal for 33 years.

During that time he earned his master’s degree from CSU Long Beach in elementary education with an administrative emphasis, as well as a master’s in governance from the California School Board Association. He retired from the District in 1998, but continued working in education for CSU Fullerton until 2002, when he was elected to the Fullerton School District Board of Trustees, a position he held for eight years.

Duncan made a major impact in the lives of the children he served by recruiting the help of local business owners. When he took on the principalship of a low performing school, he recruited 50 small businesses to provide incentives to increase parent participation which, in turn, helped increase test scores from a 22 to 80 percent pass rate.

Another example of his town-and-gown efforts included starting the first free dental clinic in the City of Fullerton for children without dental insurance. He still is involved by securing funding for the clinic.1950-Minard Duncan Basketball 001

Duncan has received numerous awards for his work in education and the community, including the PTA Golden Oak Award, the highest PTA award presented; the Orange County Department of Education Outstanding Contribution to Education Award; the CSU Fullerton Honored Educator Award; and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award from the Volunteer Center of Orange County and the Orange County Register and the Leon Owens Foundation Making a Difference Together Award for Education Services.

Still an active community member, Duncan continues to participate in numerous organizations, including serving on the board of Pathways of Hope (formerly known as the Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service); the Rotary Club of Fullerton; and on the board of the Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL), an organization whose purpose is to educate people about education with traveling exhibits on subjects including the Mendez vs. Westminster School District court case that consequently desegregated schools in the United States

28-Mindard-Duncan-Class-of-1950In his spare time, Duncan enjoys golf, reading, water volleyball, camping and travel and, of course, spending time with his family, including son Phillip Duncan, daughter and son-in-law Denise and Richard Godhardt, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A founding member of the Anaheim High School Alumni Association, Duncan is also busy supporting his alma mater by participating in alumni events and serving as one of his class leaders who have helped plan reunions for several decades.

Click here to view photos from his March 4, 2016 AHS Hall of Fame Induction.

Long-Time Teacher, Author Louise Booth Created Literature Legacy

LOUISE BOOTHLongtime Anaheim Union High School District educator and noted author Louise Hitt Booth left a legacy of literature upon her passing at age 95 in 2012.

Mrs. Booth taught English, history, drama and speech at Anaheim High between 1949 and 1969. She then joined the AUHS District to develop and teach advanced placement classes and a highly successful team teaching program. Mrs. Booth retired from the District in 1977 to begin a second career writing on a variety of historical topics. A graduate of Indiana State University and the University of Southern California, Louise established herself as an author with many documentary works, including One To Twenty-Eight, an in depth history of the AUHS District from 1898 through 1980.One to Twenty Eight

In addition to this chronicle, Louise published six historical monographs, three of them on the Civil War.  In 2001, Fulfilling A Dream – The History of Chapman University, was published. Louise devoted many months to the research and writing of the book. A remarkable document, it continues to serve as the most comprehensive, as well as the most interesting story of Chapman’s history. The book won the 61st Annual Western Book Exhibition (2002) Award sponsored annually by the L.A.-based Rounce and Coffin Club. This award was for books judged to be the best examples of printing, design, and publishing in the western United States.

But her first love was teaching, which tremendously benefitted the children of Anaheim. She inspired many of her students to pursue higher educations and to achieve all that they could be, always instilling in them a love of the English language, literature and poetry. As the school’s drama teacher, she wrote and directed many of the plays.

Louise returned to Anaheim High in 1998 to serve on the school’s Centennial Committee, working tirelessly to create displays of photographs and facts on the founding, construction and operation of the school’s 100-year history. Louise also chaired the Orange County Historical Society Centennial Committee, working four years in planning a large array of public events. The profits funded publication of The Centennial Bibliography of Orange County, California. As managing editor, Louise received the Donald F. Pflueger Award for distinguished research and writing on local history of Southern California.

Louise was a complete and vital partner to her husband Don, a longtime professor of economics at Chapman University. The couple hosted Chapman’s famous Artist-Lecture Series. She also served for a number of years on the archives committee of the Leatherby Libraries.

For her dedication as an Anaheim High teacher and her literary legacy, Louise Booth was inducted into the Anaheim High School Hall of Fame March 4, 2016.

Dr. Frank Kellogg ’44 – May 10, 1926 – April 30, 2015

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Anaheim High has lost Colonist great Frank Kellogg, M.D. just nine days before his 89th birthday on May 10. Dr. Kellogg live a life of service to his family, community and country. The article below was written to celebrate his induction into the Anaheim High Hall of Fame in 2014. Others articles about Frank, who was dubbed “President for Life” by his 1944 classmates, can be found by “SEARCHING” his name of the AHSAA website.


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 after 57 years as a pediatrician in Orange County, was the Class of 1944 student body president, class valedictorian and played the lead role in the senior class production of “Gentle Youth.”

His connection to his alma mater, where his father Frank Kellogg Sr. served as a coach, math teacher, vice principal and principal from 1925 to 1962, continues today. He is serving on the 70th reunion committee and he makes an annual visit to the Pearson Park Amphitheater where their graduation was held to remember his classmates who served in World War II. [Read more…]

AHS Loses Hall of Famer Dave Bourne – Class of 1957

D. BourneDave Bourne comes by his musical talents naturally. His father Ted Bourne was the instrumental music instructor for 27 years for the Anaheim City School District which at that time included Fremont Junior High and five elementary schools. Dave started piano lessons at 6 years of age and his father taught him trumpet, trombone, baritone, and string bass.

Dave was in the last freshman class at AUHS and while there he encountered former vaudevillian Red Hamilton who introduced him to ragtime. Red worked for the school district as a piano tuner, stage manager, and maintenance man. Red was a great ragtime piano player who also played the banjo, drums, and cornet. Red’s great granddaughter is Gwen Stefani of the group No Doubt.

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Dr. Les Holve ’44 Inducted in AHS Hall of Fame

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 he contracted whooping cough at age 3. Maybe because of his childhood ailments, Holve became a pediatrician, eventually serving as chief of pediatrics at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica and president of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. [Read more…]

Coach Brant Cowser (1925-2014)

BRANT COWSER (September 1925 – March 2014)

Across four decades as a teacher and a coach, Brant Cowser made an indelible contribution to Anaheim High School, and was an important member of the Colonist varsity football and boys basketball programs during the school’s legendary heyday. By every measure, he was Blue & Gold through and through. [Read more…]

Hall of Famer Loy Petersen – Class of 1963

?????????????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 for the Bulls from 1968–1970.

He was a much sought after following his outstanding career with the Oregon State University Men’s Basketball Team from 1965 to 1968 [Read more…]