Thank you to the 200-member contigency, including administrators, instructors, staff, students, parents and alumni, that marched in the 92nd Annual Halloween Parade to represent Anaheim High. Here are photos of the event:
Anaheim High Hall of Famer Howard Eugene “Gene” Menges (pronounced Meng-guess) died June 6 in San Jose at age 90 due to natural causes according to his son, Gregg Menges.
June 6 would be a significant date in his life. He graduated from Anaheim High that day in 1944, which was D-Day for the United States in Normandy, France.
He and many of his classmates enlisted in the Armed Forces on June 6. Menges joined the Navy and was shipped to the South Pacific. He was a quartermaster third class when he was discharged in 1946.
A Class of 1944 graduate, Menges was one of the most outstanding athletes ever to come out of Anaheim High Schoo. He went on to an accomplished career as a head coach of the San Jose State University baseball team. From 1970 to 1986, Menges became the Spartans’ all-time winningest coach (467-432-4) and was twice named Western Athletic Conference coach of the year. His number 22 is the only number ever retired by San Jose State baseball.
At Anaheim High, Gene was voted CIF Player of the Year in baseball 1944, and was named the most valuable player in varsity baseball, basketball and football as a senior.
For Gene, playing sports came as natural as breathing. It didn’t matter what type of ball was in play, Gene caught it, hit it and threw it with a level of expertise few people reach in a single sport. Later in life, golf became his game and he excelled in this sport as well.
Born in 1926 to Mickey and Florence Menges, Gene said his father played catch with him as often as his job in the oil fields allowed. As soon as he was old enough, Gene began playing on city baseball teams at Pearson Park.
A product of Anaheim schools, Gene attended Horace Mann Elementary and Fremont Junior High before attending Anaheim. His younger siblings Florence and Garth were also students at these schools. To read more about his athletic career, click on this link.
The Anaheim High School Alumni Association 2015 Membership Drive Mixer was held Monday, June 15, at alumni-owned M3Live restaurant and event center in Anaheim. The event featured entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, entry into an opportunity drawing for special prizes, a silent auction, memorabilia display and a no-host bar.
The mixer kicked off the Association’s seventh year of supporting today’s Colonists. Thanks to alumni generosity and community support, the AHSAA has donated nearly $100,000 to Anaheim High and its students.
Thanks to M3Live owner Musa Madain from AHS Class of 1984, who helped sponsored the event and to all who donated great prizes for the opportunity drawing and silent auction.
It was a sweet serande for Colonist alumni when the son and granddaughter of beloved Anaheim coach Wayne Atkins performed for those gathered at Saturday’s AHS Alumni Association (AHSAA) “Spring Fling Membership Drive Kick-Off Party” at the historic Founders’ Park.
The event marked the Alumni Association’s fourth year of incorporation and helped raise funds for student scholarships, campus improvement projects and preservation efforts. The celebration also provided an opportunity to remember Coach Atkins, one of Anaheim High’s favorite instructors, as well as an integral player in the school’s legendary football program.
Mitch Atkins, who graduated from Anaheim High in 1980, was on hand with his daughter Krissy, an accomplished singer and pianist, to accept the “Outstanding Colonist Family Award.”
Along with the performance by the family duo, attendees enjoyed tours of the park’s historic homes, servings of strawberry shortcake and lemonade and the fellowship with members of the Colonist family. The 2012-2013 AHSAA membership year runs from June 30, 2012 to July 1, 2013. Click here for the membership form: DONOR FORM 2012
For additional information on the AHSAA, visit www.anaheimcolonists.com.