Colonists Connect at 2015 Membership Mixer

Cynthia and Mickey

Cynthia Roybal holds up her ’73 yearbook showing a photo of herself and a historic photo of AHS football great Mickey Flynn ’57.

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.

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:


Jerry Shipkey – Class of 1943

Jerry Shipkey - Class of 1943

Jerry Shipkey – Class of 1943

Legendary Hall of Fame athlete Jerry Shipkey has the distinction of being the only person to play in the Rose Bowl for both USC and UCLA. But his accomplishments as an athlete include much more. Shipkey went on to a standout career in professional ball with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was also a record-setting track and field star in high school and college. [Read more…]


Faye Kern Schulz

After graduating from USC, Faye Kern Schultz was hired in 1922 to teach speech and social studies at her alma mater, Anaheim Union High School. She later became the drama coach and filled that role for many years. She co-wrote the school’s first musical comedy, HEIGH-HO, presented in 1928. Her co-writer was Charles Walter, who later became a Hollywood director and choreographer most noted for his work in MGM musicals and comedies. Mrs. Schulz retired in 1963 after teaching at Anaheim High School for 41 years. She is remembered by Barbara Mahaffie as “My teacher, my friend.”