South Pasadena High School
Alumni Association - Classes of 1907-2013
|Residing In:||Irvine, CA USA|
|Spouse/Partner:||Sheila Fischer since 1966|
|Children, Grandchildren:||Jeffrey born 1967 All CIF Water Polo, US Navy NeuroSurgeon
Matt born 1970 All CIF Soccer, former US Navy SEAL, now in cell phone industry
Sarah born 1981 interior desiger
Head Varsity Track Coach 1977-1989 99-6-5 Nine League Championships
Also coached football & basketball
Taught social studies, and advanced placement history. Program grew from 22 in 1992-3 to 125 in 2006 with 90% passing rate
|Different places you have lived:||
|Family history living in South Pasadena:||My parents separated 1946, moved to SP to live with aunt and uncle in 1947. Went through SP Schools K-12. My lucky life not to have grown up in Philadelphia|
|Family members who are SPHS or SPSMHS grads:||Andrew and Sheila Gafvert|
|Other SPHS graduates you keep in touch with:||Dave Moore, Bill Little, Jeff Howe, Marty Gafvert, Linda Borton,Candy Reiter, Tom Bernard, Mary Gill,|
|School Memories:||Homecoming Dance 1958, dancing with a princess. Some great teachers who really cared about me. The best coaches in CIF. Ditching a class for the first time and my mom sent my lunch, which was delivered to that class. Watching Al Kinser steel pole vault over 12 something and land in about 3 inches of sawdust. Thinking how he could have been the top guy in any event, running or jumping, why would he want to vault? Watching 5'6" Frank Z run perfectly over 39" hurdles knocking wood chips off the top, and in competition winning most of the races aided by perfect form and two tight jockstraps. Beating Harriman in the 220 at league, [Ive got the photo] and having the judge call it the other way. Never wanting to race John Kovak in a 440, and succeeding. Watching Kinser do bear crawls like a cheeta as he passed me going the other way on a BIG 3. Two interceptions in the Eisenhower game. Tackling Matt Hudson twice on kickoffs. Bounce pass, Temple City 40-41. Moore to Canfield with almost no time on the clock, SWISH San Marino 61. Catching Dave Dickson in an American Legion baseball game when Donnie hurt his thumb and having a sore hand for the rest of the summer. The cold fear when Donnie handed me his glove and asked if I was wearing a cup. The warm unconditional friendship of Marty Gafvert, Bill Little, Kent Warner, Chuck Hubbard and Dave Moore. Tackling Donnie, well OK, having him run over me and trip on my body. Playing varsity quarterback and completing 6 straight passes. OK, two were to Bell Gardens guys, but hey? Finally being tall enough to dance with 61' girls. Setting the school record in the relay with Todd, Paul and soph Bill Patrick, thanks Coach Swift for making us believe we could do it, the record was 10 years old. A crush on a 61 girl since 1955. Having Jeff Howe help me learn to play safety after he was hurt. Beating San Marino 1960 in the relay with senior teammates, Randy Wilson, Micky Furtado and Ed Loosli... who made me run last. Not understanding chemistry, physics or Trig despite the best efforts of Mr Gruhn. Having Coach Solari say, "We're counting on you," and being really worried about that. Actually being with Weikel during some of his more tame adventures. Having Miss Spellicy tell me I was smart. Seeing Reece beat the crap out of the scumbag who stole my wallet. The hell with the 4 dollars, it had a picture of ...... in it. Did she even know I had it? Forgive the person who put hot rub [not me, but he knows who he is] on Skeeter's jockstrap. Beating SM in football, basketball & baseball, but not track :( Being able to say I was a teammate of Dickson, Johnson, Curry, Forster, Ritchko, Reece, Clement, Kinser, Brem, Moore, Kovac, Paris, and Little. Seeing Toby attired in a cape in Garfield Park in 1951. Looking under the hood of my car in 1960 having no idea what anything did. Taking an eye exam and reading the letters
S Z E R D A H E L Y I.
Then thinking, "READ IT, HELL I know HIM." Spending hs having no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but enjoying the fact that the pool of available females increased each year.Stories are listed in the 1950's and 1960's Tiger Topic Forums. The Bear
Meeting Jessie Owens
A Right Turn
A Grown Up Dinner
A Great Counselor
The Open Gym
Saddle Up White Lightning
The Mud Bowl
The Big Hit
Fourth and Goal
My Teachers in South Pas
Kiner & West
Remembering Bob Sutton
If You Make It
Coaching Soph Football
The Wedge 2
The Most Supportive Parents
Going The Wrong Way'
The Relay Record
|Milestones & Epiphanies:||Retired 2006 after 41 years teaching/coaching high school|
|What's happening in my life now:||Travel, writing, grandkids, working on my daughter's new home as chief landscape architect [gardner]|
|Pastimes & Hobbies:||
Writing 1 book posted at www.seakingstrack.com and some short stories of high school memories posted on the Tiger Forum
Enjoying grandkids and camping/hiking/backpacking/boogieboarding
Sometimes nothing, and there's not enough time not to do it and it's hard to tell when you're done
|Favorite Music, Songs, Bands||
Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Enya
|Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:||Enjoy my library, including the book I'm coloring in right now|
|Additional Comments:||Thanks for this website it's great to have a way to reconnect with old friends, and to make new ones based on the shared experiences of life's early journey.|
|Last Updated:||June 22, 2012|
Chuck Hubbard, Jim Tomlin, Bill Phegley, Bill Little, Kent Warner
Prom 61 Brings meaning to Pat Boone's "A White Sportcoat, and a Pink Carnation. Bill Little, Jim Tomlin, Marty Gafvert, Bill Purves, Chuck Hubbard and Kent Warner with Carolyn Parker, Joan Derby, Janice Kramer, Jane Gafvert, Linda Coontz and Maryellen Sprinkle.
April 2005, heading for the Tube
Newport experience the same in 2007 as in 1960.
Me, Todd Brem, Bill Patrick and Paul Johnson
1979 Track Champions Reunion. First of 9 in 12 years 1977-1989
Summer 2009. Some things really don't change.
April 2010. Whole Family.
With Sheila on 45 Anniversary
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