Norma Brastad was born in Oakes, North Dakota, in 1907. Her family moved to Anaheim in 1916. She graduated from the old Central School and enrolled at Anaheim High in the fall of 1921, graduating in the spring of 1925. She served on the student body self-government committee and as a senior class officer. She was also the calendar editor of the 1925 yearbook. A well-rounded student, Norma also enjoyed sports and ran track and managed the girls’ basketball team. The caption next to her senior photo said: “Just imagine her doing anything naughty.” Her best friends included Grace Jackson, the younger sister of druggist Earl Jackson, Sarah Fay, who later married long-time Anaheim mayor Charlie Pearson, and Elizabeth “Sis” Schweinfest.
After graduating from AHS, Norma attended UCLA, earning an elementary teaching credential. She went on to teach grade school for many years in the Placentia-Yorba Linda and Ventura school districts. She married Jerry Goodrich of Santa Ana and settled once again in Anaheim to raise her two sons, both AHS graduates. John graduated in 1958; Bob in 1963. Her sons remember her as a “very loving and wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and teacher.” She died in 2008 at age of 100 years.