New Format for 9th Annual Golf Classic – Feb. 19, 2018

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Golf Classic & Auction set for Monday, Feb. 19, at Western Hills Country Club.

There’s a new start time this year of 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with putting contesting running from 7:30-8:30.)

Another change is that a luncheon will be served at 1:30, rather than the later dinner. Bidding on an array of auction items begin at 12:30, when non-golfers are welcome to arrive.

Click here for complete details.

Click here to view photos from the 2017 tournament.

Classes of ’52 & ’53 Join for Annual Reunion

Members of Anaheim High Classes of ’52 and ’53 enjoyed a Sunday brunch at Alta Vista Country Club, Nov. 19, 2017. Here are photos from the gathering:

1977 Celebrates 40th Reunion in Classic Colony Style

Anaheim High Class of 1977 celebrated its 40th Reunion Oct. 14, 2017, at the OC Mining Co. Please enjoy this gallery of photos from the evening, which was filled with fun, renewed friendships and lots of laughter.

A special tribute was made to ’77 lost classmates. Click here to view a gallery of “In Memory” photos.

All Class of ’77 grads are reminded to send your email to the reunion committee via d2bridn@aol.com if you didn’t receive notification about the reunion or a post-reunion email. Plans are already underway for a 60th birthday celebration in 2019. Don’t miss the fun!

2017 Car Show Gallery

The 7th Annual Colony Classic Car Show attracted a large audience, as well as the attention of student video producers and a drone taking aerial shots of the car show operated by engineering instructor Matt Schumm, who also serves as athletic trainer and JV football coach.

Here are links to the YouTube footage from both sources, as well as a gallery of photos from the event:

Video of 2017 Colony Classic Car Show

Drone footage of 2017 Colony Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show Transforms AHS Campus into Art Colony

More works of art than just a body, engine and four wheels, the 100-plus classic cars that participated in the 7th Annual AHSAA Car Show transformed the Anaheim High campus into an art colony.

A large group of attendees enjoyed the Oct. 21st AHSAA 7th Annual Colony Classic Car Show. The classic cars, student performances, music, food and much coveted art trophies created by Car Show Chairman Clint Stark added to the show, as well as an opportunity drawing and silent auction with an assortment of classic prizes.

The Colony Classic Car Show also caught the attention of student video producers and a drone pilot. Click here to view. 

Click here for more information about the event.

 

A History of Anaheim Principals

The first regular high school classes were held on the second floor of Central School beginning in 1898.

The appointment of Anaheim High’s first alumnus principal has inspired the Alumni Association to take a closer look at the men and women who have filled this top position going back to 1869.

Robert Saldivar, a Class of ’96 graduate, is Anaheim High’s newest principal and its first alumnus to fill that position.

He follows in the footsteps of 23 other men and woman who have led the high school, starting with James Miller Guinn in 1869.

Click here to see a complete list of Anaheim principals and view available photos and bios.

Click below to see a gallery of available photos:

Gallery of AHS Principals

Sources: AHSAA Archives, Anaheim Library Heritage Center, “One To Twenty-Eight – A History of the Anaheim Union High School District” by Louise Booth, Natural History Museum Foundation, Los Angeles County, WorldCat record id: 23250333, and the description of Papers of James Miller Guinn, 1824-1918 (bulk 1870-1918),Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, WorldCat record id: 299167713.

Class of ’57 Bill Otta Inducted in Tennis Hall of Fame

Former Saddleback College tennis coach Bill Otta, an Anaheim High Class of ’57 graduate, has been inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame during an enshrinement banquet held May 25, at the  University of Georgia campus during the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships.

Otta, who spent 25 years coaching tennis at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, was one of the original staff members at Saddleback when the college opened its doors in 1968, being hired as the first athletic trainer while also teaching classes in first aid, health, sports medicine, and tennis.

The college started its tennis program prior to the 1975 season with Otta being hired as the first tennis coach.  He spent 22 years as the men’s tennis coach, capturing 17 conference titles, 10 Southern California regional titles, and eight state championships.  He also spent three seasons as the women’s tennis coach, winning two more conference titles.

During a 34-year career at Saddleback College he spent 25 years coaching tennis where he amassed an overall record of 447-87 (.837 winning percentage) with 19 conference titles.  In addition to numerous conference Coach of the Year awards, he was named the ITA Community College Coach of the Year in 1990 and the California Community College Coaches Association Coach of the Year in both 1991 and 1996.

He has previously been inducted into the Cal State L.A. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the California Community College Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

Of course, Bill was a standout tennis player at Anaheim, lettering four years. He went on to play for Fullerton College, where he was a conference champion of the FC championship teams in 1957 and 1958. He also played on the conference championship teams at CSU Los Angeles during 1960-62. His first coaching job was with AUHSD Magnolia High School from 1963 to 1967.

In addition, Bill co-authored a book on tennis with UCLA Coach Glenn Bassett entitled “Tennis Today,” a textbook for tennis classes at the college level.

Congratulations Bill!

2017 Member Mixer “A Family Affair”

Thanks to the support of the Anaheim Hofstetter Family, the AHS Alumni Association 2017 Membership Mixer was a resounding success. Fun, as well as financial rewarding, the June 9 event was enjoyed by a crowd of Colonists who filled the backyard of Barry and Cathi (Soden) Hofstetter’s Anaheim estate home.

The Americana-themed party was also an opportunity for a pre-Flag Day “Salute to Anaheim High Fallen Heroes and Colonist Veterans.”

It’s not too late to join the AHSAA for the 2017-2018 membership year. A Legacy (Lifetime) membership is also available.  Click here for the AHSAA Donor Form.

2017 Spring Gold & Blue Newsletter

Click here to read the AHS Alumni Association 2017 Spring Gold & Blue newsletter packed with information about campus updates, alumni activities, outstanding Colonists and more.

Documentary of Historic ’56 Football Game Endorsed by AHS Hall of Famer, NFL Coach Jim Fassel ’67

With nearly half of the $24,000 goal realized for initial funding, Anaheim High’s Jim Fassel (’67) is working with film maker Paul Molina to push for the final amount needed to turn a documentary of  the historic 1956 CIF championship football game into a realty.

Click here to view Jim’s promo!

With hundreds of hours of research, filmed interviews and footage already in place, “A Last Hurrah” is closer to being realized. The documentary is aimed at PBS audiences, and a special Orange County premiere of the film is being planned for sometime in 2018.

All donations are tax deductible if made through the AHSAA. Mail to P.O. Box 389, Anaheim, CA 92815. Please write “A Last Hurrah” in the check memo line.

Let us know your donation is in the mail by dropping a note to anaheimalumni@yahoo.com.

Depending on the donation amount, acknowledgment gifts are available, including premiere tickets, a copy of the game film and program, or even a film credit if you want to see your name in lights. Donations will also be acknowledged on the project website: www.alasthurrahmovie.com.

Questions may be addressed to Paul Molina at 651-492-2011 or alasthurrahmovie@gmail.com

Click here to see photos from Anaheim High’s recent 60th anniversary celebration of the game with former players, cheer, yell leaders and fans.

Thanks for your support of a project that immortilizes Anaheim High’s football program led by Hall of Famers Clare Van Hoorebeke, Mikey Flynn and other legendary Colonist players.