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In the years I have been teaching
States History I have always included a day in which we learn about the
History of Loara High School. History of a school has just as
to do with the traditions and spirit of the school as does the members
of the faculty, staff and student body for that particular year.
When Loara received the
a California Distinguished School in 1996, the interviewers that came
our campus were asking things like "how do you do what you do",
is the magic", "why didn't you apply sooner?" and wished that we
could "bottle up the magic" of the school and share it with
We know that Loara is a special place and always will be, (Once a
Always a Saxon) but all of us know that it's the history of the school,
the people that have graced it's halls since 1962, that makes it the
There are many people that are
the traditions and it continues through today, and hopefully
For years I have been borrowing" John Dahlem's The meaning of
written in 1982 and Louis Booth's writing of Loara in One to Twenty
A History of the Anaheim Union High School District (1980) to teach my
classes. When Dr. John Dahlem returned to Loara High School as
principal in 1996, I felt compelled to update this journey, the events,
and the History of Loara. Included in this History is a
of all the facts, meaning, and things that I could scurry up with the
of all the faculty, staff, retirees and graduates of Loara. As a
graduate of Loara in 1982 and a teacher since 1988 it's the least
I could do to let "her memory always linger" and make "her traditions
I would also like to thank Mrs.
for believing in me when I was a student and unknowingly encouraging me
to become a teacher. Also a big thank you to the faculty and
that made me feel welcomed in the early 80's as a student and that same
staff (with minor alterations) welcoming me back in 1987 as a teacher.
1996-97 School Year
Psychology/ United States History
Loara High School
Scarlet red, gold and white (after
High School) were chosen as the school colors, and the Saxon became the
mascot (the prototype was drawn by a Hollywood artist, Leon Harris, in
1944 for Thomason's YMCA groups, the Saxons.
Bob Adler was the first student body
who headed a government that was able to get the school well
early in the year, although the first semester was on a different
Making up the first group of
song leaders with Kay Malucky as advisor were cheerleaders Lynn Sneddon
(head), Cindy Huff, Barb Tenhagen, and Ellen Manheimer. Song
were Linda Barker (head), Lynn Hachten, Glenda Michael, Michelle
and Jackie Carmichael.
The first king and queen of the
were Mike Meadows and Cathy Arnold, who reigned over the Winter
Dance. Another event that first year was the Faculty All Stars
against the Harlem Clowns.
By the second year, clubs were
to make a difference in campus life. One of the first and most active
the Girls' League, which scheduled exciting events, such as a winter
spring formal dance, a fashion show, a mother-daughter banquet, and a
picnic. For projects the girls collected and sent clothing to the
Albert Sitton Home and bought a movie screen and microphone for the
The Red Tie Club is a football
Athletes dress in slacks and either red or gold blazers on the day of a
game. The wearing of the red tie is a mark of pride by those who
have earned the right.
Under the direction of Eugene
drama students presented a successful evening at Anaheim Auditorium
the play THE BIG QUACK.
President of the Junior Class
year was Mike Pence, later to be teacher and coach at his alma
One of his sports assignments was to be the first male coach of the
basketball team (1976-78). Other firsts are listed under their
Journalism began with Dorothy
as advisor. The first yearbook appeared the spring of 1964 with no
name. The school newspaper was mimeographed until the third year
when the SAXON SHIELD was edited by Debi Murdoch. The second
bore the title SEAXE (named for the Saxon weapon that appears on the
crest), edited by Sue Hull.
By 1968-69, Doris Lowman was the
and for the first time the newspaper was rated All-American by the
Scholastic Press Association. That same year, the Loara writers
sweepstakes at the annual County-on-the-Spot Writing Contest, in
Mrs. Lowman left Loara after that year, and Mike Roe took over the
for several years.
Various teachers advised the
until Keni Robinson Christensen was put in charge of the journalism
in 1975-76. Linda Esping took over the Saxon Shield to many
and accomplishments. Her paper has been recognized by the Orange
County Register. Joyzelle Davis, Zachary Winnick, Nathan Orme.
Replacing Eugene Mitch as drama
in the fall of 1964 was William
Bottolfson, who held that position
the fall of 1977, when he worked
full time in the English
Drama as a class, was discontinued on
the Loara master schedule.
his 13 years as drama coach, Bottolfson
had many fine thespians, among whom
Darren Kelly, star of ARMS AND THE MAN with Cathy White. Kelly's
versatility included playing the starring role in the music-drama
of MUSIC MAN. Later, Kelly played in the television series ALL MY
CHILDREN. Drama was put back on the master schedule in 1997 and
teacher David Seagraves has brought most of the traditions back to the
Loara auditorium. Major productions have included Romeo and
12 Angry Women and others. The first major musical during the
school year was West Side Story, which marked a comeback for the Loara
Drama department. In 2000 David Seagraves won the award for
Theatre Arts Teacher in Orange County.
Speech at Loara attained competition
under the coaching of William Grier, who had a top forensic squad in
In February, his speech team went to the Southwestern Forensic
Tournament in Arizona, where it won sweepstakes in the Spring Varsity
and Chris Love won first over 80 other contestants in Dramatic
Grier left Loara at the end of that year.
Although Speech was continued
coached by Omer Tomlinson, the fashion of such contest was
When Tomlinson left the faculty in 1976, no replacement was hired, and
speech was discontinued from the curriculum.
During the first year of the school,
Marino established the Saxon Band for 35 members. He had, in
an orchestra of 15 members. By the second year, he had 116
in new uniforms of black and white with 14 inch white shakos. The
first drum majorette was Margery Jo Black. The first big win for
the Marching Saxons was in the Santa Ana Christmas parade with three
first in their division, sweepstakes for the best band in the entire
and first place for Rick Hodge, the military drum major. Between
January and April, Marino converted his marchers into a concert band.
For 1966-67, Loara Band was named
Band of the Western States." Then the fall of 1968, Hall Hurwitz
led the group to Sweepstakes in the All-Western Band Review, the State
Championship, where competition was with 70 bands.
George Beyer, newly graduated
State University at Fullerton, was hired to assist Marino in
Loara's band had the largest number of musicians in the District.
The 1972-73 group had numbered 320 (240 band, 64 drill team, and 16
The long list of impressive wins
Saxon Band was highlighted with the
prestigious honors of 1977-78:
at All-Western Band Review, Arcadia Review, Santa Monica Review,
of Champions at Chaffey, La Mesa Western States Tournament of Champions.
Many fine musicians from Loara
successful careers in music. Karen Tkaezyk was named the most
trumpet player in Southern California, and Dana Sundene was named top
player in Southern California honor groups. Numerous musicians
in the professional field, while some are band directors in Southern
Gary Eakens, Gary Hoffman, and Mark Lower.
William Schoreder, an alumnus of
took over the helm of the band from
Marino, and has had numerous success
the bands as well. Loara began staging its own band review near
Loara campus toward the beginning of the school year. In 1995-96,
with the encouragement of the Senior Class President Teri Clemens, and
Activities Director Paul Chylinski (also an alumnus of Loara), this
has become tied in with the Homecoming festivities and the King and
candidates are the only non-band participants in the review. The Loara
Fall Festival, rides and food, is one of the largest community events
in recent years from Loara.
Two groups of girls on campus add
color and spirit to the band. They're the Valkyrie Drill Team and
the Courtiers, flag and banner girls. Elaine
Hess started the drill team in the
of 1963 with 40 girls, who gave their
first performance at the Anaheim
Parade. By spring 1964, the girls presented the first in the long
series of "Spring Shows." Jean Tomarelli
organized the Courtiers in 1970 to
with the drill team and band as pageantry escorts. In the 90's
team's have evolved into more of a competition squad. The Drill
is now known as the Dance team and competes throughout Southern
The Courtiers go by several names throughout the school year, Flags,
guard and Winter Guard. They have gone to Nationals frequently in
the late 90's and received a 2nd place title in 1999 while performining
to "Amazing Grace" sung by LeeAnne Rhimes. Our Drum Squad has
broken away at times and done court shows and has been slowly moving up
the National rankings as a squad to be reckond with. They placed
1st in the world in Dayton Ohio in 2000. Quite a feat in their
The vocal section of the music
was first directed by Edwin Grace, who had a mixed chorus and a girls'
glee club the first year. The Chamber Singers were organized the
second year. In November, the A Capella Choir sponsored a
to make money for choir robes. Preston Wolff succeeded Grace in
Many memorable performances marked his 14 years at Loara. In
the group won the first Carol Fest in Newport Beach and received $600
prize money. They repeated the award the next year.
Saxon singers have sung for
of Radio KNOB at their Christmas party. While there, the public
man from Columbia Pictures invited the Chamber Singers to perform for
premiere of the movie OLIVER, when it opened in Hollywood.
his offer, the Saxons sang in front of the theater as the stars arrived
for the show.
Each spring the Chamber Singers
a tour to Salt Lake City. One year, they sang for the Tabernacle
Choir and got a spontaneous standing ovation from that famous group.
In July 1977, Wolff took his
England and Wales, where they sang in many places; the most exciting
in Abarsita, Wales. There, they were met by the Lord Mayor,
who in turn presented them to the townfolk, before their
Another thrill on this tour was singing in the new Coventry Cathedral
in the Grear Barr Methodist Church in Birmingham, England.
Many talented singers, trained by
have had professional careers. Karen Stein was active in a
theater in the East before going to France to sing in Paris
Becky Alcone has sung dramatic soprano roles in Los Angeles.
Bouchard was graduated from the University of California Irvine with a
combined major in music, drama, and dance. He has played minor
in New York. Bruce Bales is a vocal director in Orange County.
With Wolff on a leave of absence
Stan Hill from Ball Junior
High School filled the roll of
carrying on the excellence that has
been the pride of the school.
left Loara to become the conductor of the
San Francisco All Gay Men's Choir
has had numerous accolades for his
program. Brian Beavers was
from 1982-1984 in which time the choir won the Park Newport and
a medal in the Johnny Mann competitions. During his tenure, the Sound
of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and Once Upon a Mattress
were produced. Ken Tuttle then Paul Raheb brought back the
of musicals to Loara. With Tracy Taylor (Drama teacher at the
Raheb started off small with an original composition, then in 1996
Guys and Dolls to a raving crowd in the Saxon auditorium. In 1997
Loara hired a Drama teacher, David Seagraves to continue this tradition
and build a Drama Department like Loara's hey days. In 1998 Raheb
left Loara and Sean McKee took over the helm of the Saxon choral
A landmark on the campus is the
Circle with its Saxon statue. The first plans for this area were
made by Senior Class President Larry Lawrence at an assembly in October
1964. The following January, the students collected 4,500 bottles
which they sold to get $150 toward their project.
The next summer, the blacktop was
up in the central patio and work began on the circle with most of the
being finished at that time. The tragic death of Larry Lawrence
summer as he was vacationing in Italy came as he was trying to rescue
young girls from drowning. This prompted the Student Cabinet to
an emergency meeting, at which the circle was named the Larry Lawrence
The completion of this project
for spring 1966 with a Saxon statue. Art student Artie Perez
such a figure and set to work on it, but he graduated in 1966 with the
work incomplete. At this time, art teacher Bill Ahlvers and Ron
became involved in the project. Tracy presented two different
for the statue, one realistic and one not. The realistic one was
chosen, and he began his work. In the meantime, Pete Van Houton,
who was to become Student body President for 1968-69, set some money
schemes during his sophomore year in an effort to get the project
Gifts from graduating classes paid for three walkways, the brick
joined by chains and shade trees between the palms, These were
march 17, 1969.
Assistant Principal Robert Ross
helpful in getting the project completed. A part of the money
was through the sale of shares (50 cents each) and bonds which put the
purchaser's name on a scroll that was embedded in a plaque by the
The Class of 1980 is to open the plaque and send a letter to each of
names on the scroll.
Like most statues, Sammy Saxon
his problems remaining in his proper environment, as vandals like to
him a visit and leave Sammy in such a poor condition that he has to
a vacation in the shop for repairs.
Loara basketball tipped off in
with immediate success finishing 12-4, Head Coach Paul Scheer's team
2nd place in the Orange League. The first league championship
in 1963-64, when Coach Luther Olson's (current University of Arizona
coach) basketball team took the title. The Orange League championship
won on Brent Romney's sudden death, tie breaking shot. For
Virgil Webb coached another group of hoopsters to the Irvine League
Top players in the 60's include Dave Boyles 67-69, Tom Reddington
and Denny Nicholas 67-69.
The 1970's best team was coached
Boight. The 1972-73 Saxons finished 20-7, the winningest team in
school history. Top players off that squad include Steve
Jeff Jones and Kevin Flynn.
While in the Empire League the
have had some tough challenges. In the eighties some key players were
Ackers 80-82, Dave Lappin 81-83, Wade Clester 83-86.
The 90's got off to a fast start
Saxon's exploding for 15 wins in
the 89-90 season. 1990-91 saw
head coach Ed Prange take over and the Saxons qualified for the
for the first time in 13 seasons. The team featured All-American
Tes Whitlock who averaged over 33 points a game. Whitlock set a
record that year by scoring 68 points against
Saddleback High School.
years were also obtained in 1994 and
1996. Loara won its first Empire
Championship in 33 years in the
1997-98 season tied with Katella and
outright in 1999. Herbert Gracia
was named MVP for the league and for
County for his playing, rebounds and shooting.
For the girls, the Empire League
in basketball came the spring of 1978,
when Mike Pence took his second year
to the playoffs. There the girls
lost to Long Beach Poly. Saxon
was Cheryl Peterson. Tracy Titas set a
county record by scoring 68 points.
Saxon wrestlers won the Sunset
Title in 1974 and 1976, repeating in the Empire League in 1977, '78,
'80. '81, '82, '83, '84 Coach John Dahlem (1970-84) established a Hall
of Fame for Loara wrestlers in 1971, after contacting former Loara
coaches Luis Ruiz (1965-67 and 1969), and Tom Dorosky (1968-70).
Highest achievements by Loara wrestlers have been the two State
won by Bruce Terry (98 pound class) in 1978 and 1979. His honors
included First Team All American, Big A Empire Wrestler of the Decade,
and First Team All California Century Wrestling Team. In Loara's
History for state ranking, Mike Engle (130 pounds) was second in the
1976, Cain Waldron was 3rd in the state, Craig Bogard was 6th in the
1982, Chris White 5th in the State.
In a 14 year period, Loara
had 233 wins, 36 loses, and two ties, as well as ten league
They placed second in the entire CIF in 1979, first in 1983, second in
1984 and first in 1985. Since then Loara has gone through many
changes with alumni such as Mark Lake and John Gallo taking the helm.
wasn't until 1995 that Loara recaptured the League title and sent
to state. Under coach Ted Stefel the Saxons also took 5th in CIF
with Anthony Pham and Richard Meza taking individual firsts.
Pham did not place in state, Meza took 5th in 1995.
In 1997 Larry Hadley has taken
program and has been working on a successful program, winning the
League Chapionship in 1997,1998, 1999 and winning 2 CIF Championships
and Individual) in 1999.
Head Football Coach since the school
has been Herb Hill, now noted as one of the veteran coaches of Orange
He led the Saxon teams to Irvine championships in 1964, '65, '67, '68,
and '69; Empire League titles in 1976, '77, and '79.
of football on this campus was the winning of the CIF (AAA)
in 1968 and the CIF Southern Conference in 1979. Outstanding
the players for Loara have been Fred Feetham (All CIF Back 966),
Steve Lehmer (All CIF Tackle 1966), Steve Longo (All Orange County
of the Year with Rick Senteno of Los Alamitos), Kevin McLain (All
1970, All American at Colorado State in 1974, and a member of the Los
Rams 1976-79), Bob Caffrey, quarterback, was Empire League Player of
Year (1979). He scored 32 touchdown passes, the third best single
season total in CIF history.
"Tommy" Thomason, the first
Loara, tells a story about the early years of football at Loara.
One morning he received a telephone call from La Quinta High School,
principal wanted to see Thomason right away on the LaQuinta
Suspecting that something had been done by Loara students, Thomason
one of his administrators with him and hurried to the other
There he found to his disgust that someone had painted "Loara Saxons"
spray paint on many of the walls, and a homemade flag was flying.
The vandals had also burned our school's name into the grass of the
Back at Loara, Thomason called in
that he thought might give him clues as to who had done the
He had decided that he had to find out who had done it and mete out
punishment to forestall future activities of this sort. It was
long before he knew that eight of the first string football players had
done the deed. Thomason called in the players and suspended them
from being in the LaQuinta game that was to be played that week.
Thomason was besieged with
the athletic department and parents of the suspended players.
eleven o'clock at night, Thomason received a call from a parent that
him to come to the patron's house. When Thomason arrived, he
a house full of parents who tried to persuade him into letting the boys
play the game. But he did not relent. Much to his pleasure,
Loara with much of its team second-string, won the game by a large
which underlined Thomason's faith in what was morally right.
Long a stronghold in baseball,
teams were, until 1979-80, coached by Floyd Chandler. His boys
league titles in 1965, 1968, and '69 in the Irvine League; in 1972 in
Sunset League; 1976 and 1977 in the Empire League. For the spring
of 1979, Chandler coached his last team at Loara, and it was the first
year in seven that his boys had not gone to the CIF Playoffs.
Pickler picked up the ball and brought back many successes for Loara.
was a star baseball player for the Saxons and MVP his junior and senior
year. Son of Chicago Cubs infielder Bobby Adams, Mike made the big
in 1972 with the Minnesota Twins.
In1983 the team won the C.I.F.
far the biggest accomplishment of the Scrappin Saxon Baseball Club!!
Ron Leon, who graduated in 1980,
county player of the year and all CIF first team. He played
for the 1980 California All-State baseball team and also played 3 years
of professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Other players that went on to
and major league baseball were George Zeber,
Jeff Patterson, Charlie Gipson, Aarron France, Bob Caffrey and John
William "Bill Cochrane served as
track coach from 1963-75. During his 13 seasons, he had 82 wins
39 losses, which included four league titles and six District
Cross Country runners won the Irvine League in 1964, while the track
of 1965, 1968, and 1969 did the same.
The next league championship was
division win in the Sunset League in 1974 in Cross Country under David
Hurlburt. Place winners in State Meets were Steve Lehmer (1966),
third in discus; Dennis Walp, fifth in pole vault; Steve Baxter (1971),
fourth in the long jump; Ralph Serna was one of the school's
long distance runners: 1973 CIF Individual Cross Country (two
in the rain) 9:41.6; 1974 CIF Individual Cross Country 10:03 and fifth
in the mile in track; 1975 second in the State for the Two Mile
with the best time in the nation in the Mile, 4:07.0. Serna had a
scholarship to the University of California Irvine, where he was
Collegiate Athletic Association (Division 2) Cross Country Champion in
both his freshman and sophomore years. Dan Ripley (1971) held the
world indoor pole vault record from January 1975 until February 1978 at
18'33/4" and again from January 1979 to February 1980 at 18'53/4".
With Hurlburt coaching cross
team was league champs for 1978-79. Stars were Mike Serna, Rick
Ken Bishop, matt Simpson, Scott Burch, Tracy Lowe, and Bob Lewis.
Tennis, coached by Bill Baca, was in
columns of the Irvine League in 1964 and 1965, as well as the Crestview
league in 1966. Bob Metz directed the racket boys when they won
Irvine League in 1967 and 1969. Sam Crilly was the coach for
another league championship year. The big title came in 1966 with
the CIF. Players, such as Mike Cereseto, that year, had four
wins in singles; Dick Harding and Dennis Kelly with three wins each;
Scott Nagle with two in the CIF matches. The tennis team won 15
Irvine League matches during this season. Even the junior varsity
had a 55 match winning streak, when it started its 1967 season.
Tennis has been a popular girl's
The 1975-76 team, coached by Alex Wampler, won the Anaheim City League
Championship. The next year her girls were Empire League
Co-Championship with Cypress in 1978-79 put Loara as the first place
to represent the League in the CIF Playoffs. That year the coach
was Lisa Nuckolls. For 1977-78, Chris Walker and Marian Lopez
the league in the individuals at the CIF. In 1978-80, Karen
and Patty Bretsky were League representatives in the doubles at the
while Lisa Curtis was representative in the singles.
The opening of the swimming pool in
gave Loara another exciting dimension in athletics. The water
teams, coached by Jackie Husband (Loara's first woman to coach an all
sport and probably the first in Orange County) directed her swimmers to
Co-League Championship with Los Alamitos in 1977. That year
Glasser was named Dr. Pepper Player of the Year and the League's Most
Player, and Mrs. Husband was named Coach of the Year.
While at Loara, Charleen Shinoda
the school's most outstanding swimmer, when she was named to the All
Swimmer list. Others representing Loara at the CIF individuals
Brian Blacketer, Kelly Cooley and Laura Neff (1982).
Badminton has long been popular with
and girls alike. Monica Ortiz was the CIF-SS Singles Champion in
1974. In 1979, she was All-American for Arizona State. The
first year for co-educational badminton at Loara was 1979-80, when the
team was League Champions, with Monica Ortiz as coach.
in girls' singles was Chris Walker, while Jay Park was for the
Chris was defeated only once in three years of League play. The
represented the League in the CIF Playoffs in Singles and Mixed
They advanced to the Quarter Finals in mixed doubles, Chris went
the quarter finals, while Jay lost in the first round of the individual
Under the coaching of Diane
Badminton team took the CIF-SS finals away from Magnolia in a dramatic
turn of events. Sweeny was also chosen League and CIF-SS
of the Year.
Although popular at the time some
have not lasted the test of time at Loara or in the County (citing
cuts or popularity). From the first year of the school, Kay
had been head of the girls' physical education and athletic
She coached the 1974 archery team to a City League Championship and a
place in 1975. Robin Dubach was the League individual contestant
on the balance beam in gymnatsics in 1976-77. Christie Dubach won
first place in individuals for Cross Country at the 1977-78 League Meet.
of the Year (female)
Many high awards have been won by
athletes at Loara. From 1962 until the fall of 1975, when girls
CIF competition, Loara had one of the finest GAA organizations in the
district. The year that the school was required to enter the
in the CIF, 200 girls were in the GAA program. Of the many girls
who have been outstanding in athletics at Loara, the major winners for
Athlete of the year have been the following: Sheri Connelly,
of the Year (1975-76); Cheryl Peterson, Athlete of the Year (1976-77
1977-78), also an outstanding basketball player for three years
in volleyball (1977-78), and field hockey (1976-77), and is in the CIF
Record Book for holding three records since 1977; Chris Walker, Athlete
of the Year (1978-79 and 1979-80), earned a varsity letter in each of
sports for three years (the only girl and possible the only Saxon
ever to achieve this honor). She was outstanding in Badminton
basketball (1977-78), tennis (1977-80), and high point winner of
the school for 1978-79. Loree Topjian was Saxonette of the Year
and outstanding softball player (1978-79). Melody Beyler was
of the Year 1979-80.
Gipson won the male Athlete of the Year Award (1990-91), the same
Tracy Titus won the same for the girls. He played 3 sports for all four
years; football, basketball and baseball. He won the first "Hill Award"
for football under Coach DeFries. He now plays Major League ball
for the Seatle Mariners.
Sara Schantz excelled in swimming
tennis 1976-78 and was a high point winner for her school in both 1977
and 1978. Maggie Crowe was the school's best softball player
Robyn Dubach was the school best gymnast (1975-78).
Of the Loara girls who have
as athletes after leaving Loara, probably the highest award was won by
Dana Schoenfield, when she captured the Olympic Silver Medal in the
at Munich Swimming Meet in 1972. Luanne Van Hunnik was Loara's
Valuable Player in archery in 1977 then went to Cypress College, where
she excelled for two years. Following which she attended Cal
Fullerton , where she was named to the All-American Archery Team (fall
of 1979). And she was in the qualifying trials for the Olympic
Since it began at Loara in 1981-82,
has had a winning tradition with the Mock Trial Competition.
up by Richard Barron the team has placed in the top 10 most of its
The first year they captured a fourth place standing. The greatest
came in 1990 when the team, with Barron and attorney coach Fred
won the county championship and went to Sacramento to compete in the
From 1991-1993 Bob Blanton
competitive tradition and then in 1994 the team, under the directorship
of Paul Chylinski, a member of the first Loara Mock Trial Team, turned
Loara teacher, and the lawyer coach Marc Zimmerman the team placed 3rd
in the county out of 50 schools. More notably at the awards
put on by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (the competition
Gloria Terry was recognized for her outstanding speeches and orations,
this award is the only individual trophy given by the organization to a
participant, and for third place team to capture, was a true
In 1995 Richard Barron took the
for one year, after Chylinski passed the reigns when he took over ASB,
and brought them to a second place finish (the second time in our
the first being against El Dorado in).
Kiwanis has always been a strong
of Loara High School, the greatest success came in 1990 when the Trivia
Buffs won the Cal-Neva Competition and was ranked nationally. The
team of Joyzelle Davis, Chris , Jayson Fadgen, John Seng, and their
Linda Esping traveled to Rice University to compete. Seeing as it
was their first national competition the team was unaware of what faced
them but still placed high in the rankings. More notably, the
shared many first on their trip such as, first air flight, first time
skating, first time out of the city, let alone the state.
Naturally, many of Loara alumni have
special marks in their life's work.
Buckley (65), folk-rock performer, enjoyed some early acclaim with
lyricist, Larry Beckett (65), and released nine albums before his death
in 1975. One of their collaborations, Morning
Glory, was recorded by "Blood Sweat And Tears" on their album,
Is Father To The Man" in 1968. Jim
(65), bass guitarist for the early trio, went on to perform with
Springfield" and was a founding member of "Blood, Sweat and
He's been performing with the "Niel Sedaka Band" for the past 23
Adams (66), son
of Chicago Cubs infielder Bobby Adams, Mike made the big leagues in
with the Minnesota Twins where he played with Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and
Harmon Killebrew. His 10+ year career included stints with the Twins,
and Oakland A's. Mike's special moment was when he homered off
Ranger's pitching phenom, David Clyde, on national television.
- Nancy Carlberg (66) was a
researcher for Alex
Haley and Norman Lear and their TAT Television Productions. She
to interesting places in quest for information for the writings that
Zeber (68), Saxon shortstop, played in the 1978 World Series for
Darren Kelly (69) who played
Harold Hill in
Loara's production of The Music Man pursued an acting career, and could
be found in the 70s on the day-time soap opera, "All My
Later he was also seen in an episode of "MASH".
Diggs (70) received distinction when "Billboard" rated him one of
top three New Jazz Artists in 1985.
Schoenfeld (71) won a silver medal for the women's 200 meter breast
stroke in the '72 Munich Olympic games.
Dan Ripley (71) held the world
vault record several times during 1976-77.
Kevin McLain (72) was an All
first round draft choice for the L.A. Rams.
M. Porter (75), another Music Man cast member, has had roles in
a dozen movies and several television series, including a supporting
in an episode of "The X-Files".
Stacey Swain, aka Stacey
Q, (76), had a hit with "Two
of hearts" which reached number three on the pop charts in
After several albums, she left music to pursue an acting career with
Dance Traxx ('87) and One Man Force ('89) to her credit. She returned
her music career with the release of her album "Boomerang" in
Robin Tosawi-Marshall (80) has
been a casting
director and Native American consultant on many film and television
She is currently being considered as a consultant to Ron Howard's
of the Alamo.
George Bennett was elected as
Captain of his
water polo team at West Point in 1980, the first plebe ever nominated
that honor. He was also named the Academy's Most Valuable Player,
again as the first plebe for that honor.
Leonard Rumery (Ph.D. in
musicology) is a
professor of music and choral director at the University of
Tom Norminton was student body
UCLA and is now an attorney in West Los Angeles.
Larry Emond became the Student
at San Diego State.
Karen Washburn, (77) Senior
Class Vice President
and lead in the that year's play is now the radio personality 'Karen
at Buckeye Country, 106.5 FM in Miami Valley, Ohio <www.buckeye1065.com>.
Gwen (87) and Eric Stefani (85)
band "No Doubt"
and their album "Tragic Kingdom" was #1 on the Billboard Top 20 and The
Rolling Stone Readers Top Ten album charts. The song, "Just
A Girl", was featured in the movie "Clueless". Eric has since
left the band and has gone back to drawing for the "Simpsons".
Gipson (91) made the Seatle Mariner'sOpening Night roster and made
his Major League debut on March 31, 1998 vs. Cleveland as a defensive
He stole his first Major League base on April 3 vs. Boston and was 2x4
with two runs vs. New York on April 7, his first two hits with Seattle.
Buckley (son of Tim Buckley above) had two critically acclaimed
"Grace" being the biggest, before his untimely death in 1997.
Augie Nieto is Chairman of Life
Fitness, Inc., developer of the "Lifecycle" excersize bike.
Orlando Galvan (01), 103 llbs.
is the 2000
CIF State Wrestling Champion.
"Pudge" Ornalez (04), holds many national and regional boxing
in her weight class including the U.S. Jr. Olympic Champion for
National Jr. Golden Gloves Champion for 2000/2001, Golden Gloves
Champion and U.S. Women’s District Champion for 2002. She also
Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County in
The Sports Award is presented to the most noted Orange County Sports
See also the 2002 team
roster for the 2002 Women's U.S. Boxing Championships.
Loara won the outstanding activities
of the year award in 1994 under the direction of Alden Esping and the
President David Dorosky. Alden Esping also won the state, region
and national award for the outstanding activities director of the
Paul Chylinski won the Outstanding Activities Director for Orange
San Bernardino, and Riverside
an organization called CADA (Calif.
Assoc. of Directors of Activities)
2000. Loara ASB was recognized as an Outstanding Activities
in California from the same organization.
The number of activities
directors at Loara
are far less than most schools in the district. Many studies show
the turn over for activities directors is the greatest in most
The following served as activities directors: L.D. Weaver, Mike
Joe Smith, Jerry Halpin (198? -90), Alden Esping (1990-95), Paul
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