C. P. Evans – Anaheim Principal – 1898-1900

1898-1900 – C.P. Evans

C.P. Evans, who for 33 years was a teacher in the public schools in different parts of California, was the person who convinced the Anaheim school board to begin classes for 9-12 graders on the second floor of Central School in 1898, the year considered the offical start of a high school in Anaheim.

Evans was born in Cleburne County, now Calhoun County, Alabama, June 30, 1857. His father, W. H. Evans, was a Methodist minister who, in the fall of 1871, brought his family to California and settled in Farmington, San Joaquin County. He later became connected with the public schools of the district as a teacher and afterward followed the same occupation in Modesto, Stanislaus County, where he died in 1875.

C.P. Evans was still a child when his father located in Modesto, and he received his education in the public schools of the district. In March, 1876, he received his teacher’s certificate and taught school near La Grange for four years. In order to gain the advantages of special training and equipment he entered the State Normal School at San Jose and was graduated in 1883. His previous work had been so successful that it was with no difficulty that he obtained schools and he taught in Santa Barbara County for a number of years.

Eventually he went to Orange County and spent two years farming land near Anaheim. He then became principal of Loara Elementary School.

At this point in time, high school classes were not being taught in Anaheim after the departure of Anaheim’s first school principal James M. Guinn, who became the superintendent of Los Angeles schools in 1881.

Class of 1899

In 1898, Evans convinces the school board that classes should extend past the ninth year and high school classes officially begin on the second floor of Central School. Evans becomes principal and, assisted by Miss Helen French, they teach a student body of 39 student, 17 boys and 22 girls in grades nine through twelve. He serves as principal from 1898 to 1900.

He next accepted the position of principal of the National City High School and, afterward, taught four years in the Julian high school. In 1908, he returned from Julian to National City and bought 10 1/2 acres near town and planted lemon trees. His ranch was considered one of the finest and most attractive properties in the section, situated on an elevation just outside of the city and commanding a fine view of the surrounding country.

Evans made substantial improvements to the property and installed every modern appliance to facilitate his labors, constantly implementing new and progressive methods, helping increasing his crop output each year, helping him net $10 an acre annually.

Evans married, in 1878, Miss Alice M. Fincher, a native of Missouri, and they had one daughter, Alva P.

He was a member in the Masonic order, being connected with South West Lodge, No. 283, A. F. & A. M., of National City, and was master of the lodge, while he is also well known in the affairs of the Woodmen of the World.

During the long period of his identification with school teaching his ability and force of character made him an important factor in educational expansion in the state and, although he has abandoned direct connection with school interests, he has nevertheless begun a work which is being carried forward to completion along modern lines of progress.

Adapted from “A History of San Diego County”  –  S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1913

Wilhelmina G. Van Hunnick – July 27, 1936 – April 29, 2009

One of Anaheim High’s exemplary graduates was Wilhelmina Grace Van Hunnick from Class of 1954.

After graduating 15th in her class at Anaheim High, Willi (as she was known by her friends and family), she attended USC, where she was a business major and member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She also served as a USC Associate and on the Humanities Committee for Letters, Arts, and Science.

Anaheim was to continue benefitting from this pioneer daughter who returned to her hometown to teach for 32 years in the Anaheim Union High School District. She became a renowned business teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, earning Teacher of the Year three times and Orange County Teacher of the Year.

She served as chairman of Kennedy High Business Department and as an advisor for Future Business Leaders of America, a program with Wilhelmina G. Van Hunnick_NEW_0001which she was involved throughout her high school years. Her service as a student adviser, as well as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors at the state and national level, earned her a place in the FBLA Wall of Fame and the title of California Business Person of the Year.

Along with her passion for teaching, Ms. Van Hunnick loved the performing arts and chaired the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, helping establish a state-of-the-art auditorium at high school.

Wilhelmina and Elizabeth Van HunnickHer sister, Elizabeth Van Hunnick from Class of 1956, taught at Fremont Junior High School and is a Lifetime Member of the Anaheim High School Alumni Association and has donated many of her and her sister’s AUHS memorabilia items to the Alumni Association’s for preservation.

More about Wilhelmina’s life can be read at:



KEITH BURNSIDE – 1943-2013

KEITH BURNSIDE 1973Keith Burnside, a long-time teacher and counselor with the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD), died on June 27, 2013. He was born July 21, 1943 in Los Angeles to Allan and Kathryn Burnside.

He attended Burbank schools and went to college at the University of Redland, where he met his wife, Sandra Mathews, in 1966. The Burnsides moved to the City of Orange, where Keith worked as a teacher and counselor for the AUHSD for 37 years, several of those years at Fremont JuKEITH BURNSIDE - CURRENTnior High School where he taught history and ceramics.

He is survived by wife, Sandy; daughters, Lori Jones and Keri Burnside; sons-in-law, Mario Sattro and Robbie Jones; granddaughters, Lila and Lindsey Jones; and cats, Woodi and Sami.

Keith enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, hiking, working on his cars and spending time with his wife and family. The Burnsides recently acquired a condo in Lake Crowley where they enjoy exploring new territory and making new friends. Keith was very loved and respected and will be missed.

Published in Orange County Register on July 2, 2013


Black and white photo from the 1973 Fremont Junior High School Yearbook courtesy of the AHSAA