Dear Fellow Alumni,
You only live once, but if you do it right—once is enough! So don't miss out on any of the moments you'll treasure, those once in a lifetime events that could make of your life enough for two lifetimes. Such an event is coming up. Food, drinks, great people—which means including you---what more is needed? It's the historic, one-time-only, 133rd Los Angeles High School Alumni Association® Reunion Luncheon, brought to you in 2015 (believe it or not) by, who else, the Los Angeles High School Alumni Association® ! Don't miss it. You'll have a good time. We promise. See your old friends. Make some young ones, or at least new ones. You'll also have a chance to meet some surprise guests, perhaps someone you've been dying to speak to. (Be there so they'll have a good time and find out how wonderful you are.) You'll have a chance to win a great prize in our raffle (maybe two if you buy two tickets) and enjoy what promises to be great entertainment. And don't forget high school memorabilia. There'll be lots of it. One of a kind displays from our historic collection. And you'll see and hear first-hand what some of our celebrated alumni are up to.
If you're not only an alum, but also a member of the Association, we hope you'll be staying for our annual business get-together at the end.
Be there! You're a student once, but a Roman forever.
Chuck Aronberg, M.D.
MORE ABOUT THE REUNION LUNCHEON
DEDICATED THIS YEAR TO THE CLASSES OF THE WWII YEARS
"THE GREATEST GENERATION"
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015
Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel
9620 Airport Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
10:00 a.m. SPECIAL RECEPTIONS
10:30 a.m. GENERAL REGISTRATION
11:00 a.m. REUNION LUNCHEON
01:45 p.m. BUSINESS MEETING OF MEMBERS
$79.00 (PER LUNCHEON RESERVATION)
SELF PARKING - $10.00 VALET PARKING - $19.00
DISCOUNTED HOTEL STAY (Mention "Reunion")
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. For the significant contributions he has made to the study of human behavior, for the resulting fame he has achieved, and for the glory that has thereby inured to his alma mater, the Los Angeles High School Alumni Association® will present to Arthur Janov, at this year's Reunion, its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Janov is one of the world's leading psychologists and author of 11 books, including the international bestseller The Primal Scream and his newest book, Primal Healing, published in 2006. He is the Founder and Director of the Primal Center in Santa Monica and has been elected to the Academic Hall of Fame of Clairmont Graduate University.
Graduated from L.A. High in 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He received his B.A. and M.S.W. in psychiatric social work from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate School.
Arthur Janov has teamed up with composer and producer David Foster to create Primal Scream: The Musical. Foster, who has won sixteen "Grammys," has been producer and music director for Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, and a host of others.
At previous annual reunions, the Association's Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed upon such distinguished alumni as Oscar-winner Budd Schulberg (script for On the Waterfront), Grammy-award-winning conductor and music director Leonard Slatkin (National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, etc.), actor George Takei (see below), magician Milt Larson, explorer John Goddard, and author Ray Bradbury. Fellow alumna and star of stage, film and television
"Our Crazy Cluttered World." Professional organizer Regina Lark, Ph.D., will present a humorous talk about our "stuff" – why we hold on to things we don't use or cling to objects that define our past. Dr. Lark ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor in California in 1998, and a year later received her doctorate in history from USC. Working with "boomers" and seniors, women with ADD, individuals challenged by hoarding, and folks who are chronically disorganized, she helps them make logical and informed decisions about how to deal with the disorganization of everyday life. Once the clutter is gone, Dr. Lark teaches new skills to maintain a clutter-free life. A relocation specialist as well, she helps families move or downsize from one home to another. When she is not "decluttering" people's lives, she teaches U.S. Women's History at Pierce College.
SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS, RAFFLE PRIZES, UNUSUAL ENTERTAINMENTS WILL COMBINE TO MAKE THIS YEAR'S REUNION A NOT-TO-BE MISSED EVENT!
George Takei (武井 穂郷), the film and television star alumnus known and beloved by millions for his portrayal of Lt. Sulu in Star Trek, will open on Broadway October 6, starring with Lea Salonga ("Tony"- winner for Miss Saigon) in the new musical Allegiance.
S'42 Commencement: Adjourned to 1989. Presented here are images from the belated commencement ceremony at L.A. High for the Japanese-American students of LA High's Class of S'42, who were denied their diplomas for over four decades. The newly made grads are shown in Alumni Court flanked by Board of Education member Warren Furutani and School Superintendent Leonard Britten. Also participating was the President and Chair of the Alumni Association in 1989, Marian Kunkel Hope, S'42. (More related to this class is further on.)
Trump Meets with Father of Slain Alumnus. On July 10, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met in Los Angeles with the father of Jamiel Shaw, the late Roman football star murdered by gang member Pedro Espinoza, who was in the United States without legal permission.
FINALISTS. On February 8 of this year, Kathleen Glynn and Chemil Durant were presented with scholarship checks and certificates for becoming finalists in Hollywood Post 43's American Legion High School Oratorical Contest.
SOME CURRENT STATS. For the last surveyed year, 2014-2015, by the California Department of Education, Los Angeles High School had an enrollment of 1422, of which 78.1% percent were "Hispanic or Latino" (higher than the district at large, which is 73.7% "Hispanic or Latino"), 12% were "African-American," 5.9% were "Asian," 1% were "White." Only 54.3 percent of the students were rated "fluent English proficient" and 19.9% were still learning English ("English Learners"), although this was a decrease relative to the prior year. Free and reduced price meals went to 74.8 percent of the students. The prior year, 252 were graduated, and 126 dropped out. Of those graduated, 76 met the eligibility requirements for UC/CSU. Overall, L.A. High fell short of its designated target for academic performance improvement.
Data from a more difficult, new, California testing system indicate certain segments of its student population still have a long way to go in demonstrating academic proficiency. Called the "Common Core," the new tests have been adopted by 42 states and, for the first time, were given on computers. The exams use a new protocol, intended to provide a more accurate assessment of an individual student's ability. Questions become increasingly difficult as students answer more items correctly. The test is designed to demonstrate by higher scores which students have a greater likelihood of success in a four-year college. This is a higher bar for test takers. Previous scoring was designed principally to assess proficiency in taught subjects. Although scores generally were lower at all schools, the highest scoring campuses declined less, and those typically served students from more affluent families or those with fewer educational challenges. Notwithstanding, scores for all students declined, with "blacks" and "Latinos" seeing significantly greater drops than "whites" and "Asians" according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times. While the percentage of Asians who met State targets in math declined 12%., white students dropped 21%, Latinos 50%, black students 54%. More than half the students who took the test were Latino. In recent years, L.A. Unified had narrowed the gap between its test results and those in other districts, but that trend reversed this year. Test results like those of students in San Marino Unified, who are 56% Asian, are bound to fuel heated discussion. Eighty-four percent of San Marino's students met State goals in both English and math. Notwithstanding appearances, it is to economic and cultural differences rather than ethnicity that the differential drop in scores was attributed. The median household income in San Marino is $154,962. In Beverly Hills, widely regarded as affluent, it's "only" $83,463.
An 11th-grader who scores below "proficient" on the new test would be considered "unprepared for college." According to the California Department of Education, 21% of LA High's test-taking 11th graders scored "proficient or better" in math, while in English Language Arts it was 49%. Both are lower percentages than the average percentages for 11th graders Statewide, which are 30% and 56% respectively.
STATS. For the academic year ending in mid-2015, L.A. High had 80 teachers, of which only one lacked a full credential. No fully credentialed teacher was instructing outside of subject area competence. (By comparison, for the district at large 700 of 25,019 teachers were not fully credentialed, and 3,565 of the fully credentialed were instructing outside of subject area competence.)
Math and Science College Preparatory, a charter school founded in 2013 and previously reported in these pages to be in residence at Los Angeles High School (and a potential campus rival—if only in name—to Rome's Math-Science Magnet), has relocated to defunct Frederick Douglass Academy High's building on West Adams, near UCLA's William Andrews Clark Library. Rapidly earning a reputation for educational success and renamed Crown Preparatory Academy, the charter school's CEO, Emilio Pack, was profiled by LA Weekly last May as one of its 54 "People of 2015." Pack is known for working wonders. Dr. Olga Mohan High School, founded by Pack and his educator wife, earned nearly 900 on California's API tests, making it LAUSD's third-ranked, top-performing school.
The space vacated at LA High will not remain empty for long. The Board of Education of LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) voted unanimously in April of this year to establish on Rome's campus the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Los Angeles (GALALA). School District Superintendent Ramón Cortines offered the following rationale for the creation of the new, all-girls science, technology, engineer and math (STEM) academy, a new potential rival---at least for one gender—to the resident Math-Science Magnet of L.A. High: "It is clear that within our District, our female student population is underserved in [these areas]. Not only will this new school help our students discover their potential, think critically and develop important intellectual skills, it will also prepare them for college and beyond." In an LAUSD press release, this mission was further claimed to be "predicated on research that shows that an all-girls school focusing on STEM has a significant impact on the academic achievement of young women. Particularly in the District, data demonstrates that there is an achievement and participation gap between male students and female students in STEM areas. The school's single gender admissions policy is designed to reduce [this gap]." Contrast these ideas with the "revolutionary" thinking of "progressive" educators in the Western world at the turn of the last century. For centuries, formal education at all levels worldwide had been virtually single gender. Public school coeducation ("coed") promised to close the "gender gap" and achieve political equality for "democratically educated women."
"AVE VALE ATQUE"
We here make mention of several remarkable Romans whose departure from us has occurred since our last newsletter. By no means do we mean to imply by this observance that there are no other Romans whose passing was worthy of note. It's rather that these, by various happenstances, were ones that came to our attention.
Very Reverend Gabriel Ashie. Longtime board member and several times an officer, including president and president-emeritus of the Association, Rev. Ashie spearheaded the drive that funded the construction of the campus bell tower, its electronic carillon, and the development on the high school campus of Alumni Court. He was also credited with the planting of a memorial magnolia tree in front of the Los Angeles High School Memorial Park library and annually gave a scholarship in his name to a graduating senior of Los Angeles High School, a tradition which his estate plans to continue. During his student days at Rome, the future priest wrote for the Blue and White Daily, eventually became its Editor-in-Chief, and was also a youth leader at St. Nicolas Orthodox Church. He was graduated from Pepperdine College and entered St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York. Following ordainment to the priesthood and several placements, he was assigned to the parish of St. Luke in Orange County. In addition to serving as president of his seminary's alumni association, Father Gabriel was, for twenty years, Chairman of the Department of Missions of the Antiochian Archdiocese, founding chairman of the Program for Pastoral Care at Anaheim Memorial Hospital, and served as president of the Southern California Council of Orthodox Clergy.
Robert Gene Lindberg. Bob (seen below between two fellow seniors) gave the speech "Essay for Freedom" at the graduation ceremony for the Class of S'42 and was a combat veteran with the US Navy during WWII.
Neal Lakenan. Age 99 at his death, Neal was a veteran of WWII, serving as Lt. Col. for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew B-25's Mitchells and B-26's Marauders. He participated from 1942-1943 in what was known as The Thousand Mile War Campaign of the Aleutian Islands 1942-1943. Flying 50 missions and never shot down, he was awarded the Disinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. Graduated from L.A. High in 1933, he was a member of the Los Angeles Country Club, the El Dorado Country Club, and was a founding member of the Big Canyon Country Club. He won the 1957 LACC Men's Club Championship, the 1971 Satori Invitational, the 1971 BCCC Ben's Club Championship, the 1972 Men's Seniors Club Championship, and had three holes in one. Neal was the grandson of W.S. Collins, founder of Balboa Island.
Harrison Lee Stephens. A longtime Claremont resident, Harrison died in May of this year, two months short of his 100th birthday. He was born on July 7, 1915 in Los Angeles, the son of Jess and Alice Stephens. His father was city attorney of Los Angeles for several years and then became a Superior Court judge.
Rather a departure from our customary acknowledgements of the passing of Romans is our presentation of the following obituary notice from the Los Angeles Review of Books, reporting not the death of a beloved alumnus, but the death of the home of one.
OBITUARY NOTICE FOR 10265 Cheviot Dr,Los Angeles,CA 90064
February 10,2015 LARB Blog
By Noel Anenberg
LOS ANGELES, 10265 CHEVIOT DRIVE-HOME TO RAY BRADBURY
CONSTRUCTED 1937-DEMOLISHED 2015
10265 Cheviot Drive,Los Angeles,home of fifty years to National Book Foundation medal winner Ray Bradbury,his wife Maggie of fifty-four years,and their four daughters.Basement office to Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451,The Illustrated Man,The Martian Chronicles,and myriad other works. Demolished by Pritzker Prize winning architect,Thomas Mayne.Artifacts from Bradbury's basement office may be permanently viewed at The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies,Indiana University,Bloomington, Indiana.Survived by the homes of carl Sandburg,Mark Twain,Robert Frost,Louisa May Alcott,Emily Dickerson,Flannery O'Connor,William Faulkner,and Frederick O'Douglass and others.
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Reprinted with permission
COMMENT: Remember the Name. It belongs to an architect. Only it won't be for what was constructed that L.A. High's alumni will most likely associate this name. It will be for what was "deconstructed." It could have been otherwise. This architect could have come to be known to Romans for living where their late friend and fellow alumnus, internationally celebrated author Ray Bradbury, lived and wrote here for decades. However, he won't be living in Ray Bradbury's house. Sadly to report, Los Angeles has "permitted" the home of one of its most illustrious citizens to be demolished and replaced by one of the architect's own design. Of course, Los Angeles is notorious for allowing historic buildings to be demolished, and then bewailing that it's not on the international Alist for world-class cultural tourism. If L.A. had the Eiffel Tower, it would probably be replaced by a mixed-use development, doubtless following a "finding" that the 19th century structure could not be retrofitted for earthquake safety.
Is it imaginable that another city claiming to be a cultural capital would allow the home of one of its major writers to be demolished to build a private residence? Would London, for instance,allow the home that Dickens lived in to be torn down? Not only do other cities turn the home of a renown resident writer into a shrine, the room s/he wrote in is often preserved exactly the way it was on the day the author died. Imagine for a moment, fellow Romans, what would happen if ever there were to be constructed in Los Angeles, say on Olympic Boulevard, a world-class building that housed an internationallyacclaimed public school for secondary education….
Meanwhile, in Waukegan, Illinois, the town where Bradbury was born but spent only twelve years of his life, the author is honored by annual festivals, and the individual who acquired his childhood home at 11 South St. James Street (seen to the right) chooses to live in it, if you please!
William Allen, Ph.D. (S'62)
NOTE: The opinions expressed in the foregoing editorial comment are those of its author and do not necessarily represent the opinion of any other member of the Association or its Board of Directors.
OTHER RECENT PASSINGS: Nancy Harwell Ackard; Tom Baggot; Frank Bartlett; Beatrice Davis Blonsky; Myron Zev Chlavin; Ramona Valentina Duran, Howard Gershan; Tony Gleaton, Betty Gottsegan; Jack Gumbiner; Richard Lee Hoffman; Ruth Wolman Leddel; Homer Lind; Judith Mayes (longtime counselor at L.A. High); Nancy Herbst Meloeny; Peter Olmstead; John G. Paules; Jeri Lee Phillips; Frank Saldana; Barbara Ruth Snyder; Lloyd Marcus Theodore.
LAHS ALUMNI HALL OF FAME
60th Anniversary Class of S'55
OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION: Hon. Charles Aronberg, M.D., President and Chair; David Jones, Vice-President; William Allen, Ph.D., Secretary; Harold Horowitz, Treasurer; Marian K. Hope, Assistant Treasurer
ELECTED INCUMBENT DIRECTORS: Harold S. Horowitz, W'50; Col. Lothrop Mittenthal, Ph.D., S'42; Hon. Charles Aronberg, M.D., S'46
ELECTED DIRECTORS WHOSE TERMS ARE ENDING: Marilyn Abrams, W'59; William Allen, Ph.D, S'62; Marian K. Hope, S'42; David N. Jones, W'69; Rex Link, S'42;
APPOINTED DIRECTORS: Louis Danoff, W'59; Kenneth Westfield, M.D., S'62
EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR: Helena Yoon-Fontamillas, Ed.D., Principal, Los Angeles High School
AGENT FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS: Marian K. Hope
CONSULTING ATTORNEY: William Ramseyer, J.D.
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: William Allen, Ph.D.