Monday, December 28, 2009

1941 BHS Hi-Life & old Linotype

The above photo is from the 1941 Burbank High Ceralbus yearbook.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Burbank High Boy's Soccer step up

Dogs step up
Burbank Leader

Published: December 22, 2009

BOYS’ SOCCER Burbank in Monrovia Tournament: The Bulldogs have played well in the opening rounds of the event at the Glendale Sports Complex.In a championship-round match Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated South Gate, 3-1. Garnik Zurabyan had two goals and Jeffrey Earle had one for Burbank (6-1).Burbank opened the tourney Monday with a 3-1 win against Buckley. Earle, Tadeh Anbarchian and Zurabyan scored goals for Burbank.Also on Monday, the Bulldogs defeated Moorpark, 3-1, with two goals coming from Earle and one from Jonathan Trujillo.Earle had scored 10 goals in the last four matches.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Burbank High School Band, Then & Now

Burbank High School Band about mid 1920's

2007 Burbank High School Band

Sunday, December 20, 2009

BHS Girl's Soccer Wins Easy

Easy win for ’Dogs
GIRLS’ SOCCER: Burbank dominates play in notching 8-0 league win against Glendale.
By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
December 18, 2009

BURBANK HIGH — With nine new players this season, the Glendale High girls’ soccer team expects to take its share of lumps in Pacific League competition. In contrast, Burbank, with a mix of veteran and first-year athletes, fully expects to make a run at a league championship.

It was apparent early on Friday that the Nitros were just no match for the Bulldogs. Once Burbank got going, there was no stopping it, as it rolled to an 8-0 league victory at home.“I think we have a real good balance of older players and new players,” said Burbank Coach Loi Phan, whose squad has outscored its opponents, 19-0, in two league matches. “Instead of feeling intimidated by the older girls, the younger players have really stepped up and played well.”

Although it took the Bulldogs (3-0-1, 2-0 in league) 17 minutes to get their scoring started, they were dominating throughout the entire contest. The most telling statistic detailing that domination was in the shot differential, as Burbank outshot Glendale, 24-2.

“What we’ve done is essentially took a rec-type team and put it on the field,” said Glendale Coach Dino Barbiera, whose team is 2-2, 0-2. “We know we have a long way to go, and we know we have a lot to learn.”The score could have been even more lopsided if it wasn’t for the efforts of Glendale goalkeeper Andrea Guerra, who made 12 saves.“And she’s only a freshman,” Barbiera said. “She did a good job for us.”

The Bulldogs dominated play early, as the Nitros were able to get the ball in Burbank territory only twice during the first 16 minutes. Burbank received a fine offensive effort from Anabell Gonzalez, who had two goals and two assists in 55 minutes of play.The team also had a solid defensive stand, as Alyssa Meredith, Brittany Austin, Kaila Eugenio and Jennifer Seip continually kept Glendale off the ball. In goal, freshman keeper Katie Hooper only had to make two saves.

However, the fact that Hooper even played in the match was remarkable. A short time before the match, Hooper was in a car accident. Although shaken up, she stepped up and wanted to play.“That’s a great effort by her,” Phan said of Hooper. “She was very upset before the game.
”The Nitros’ best chance to score came in the 27th minute when Ashley Aquino blasted a shot from the right side, but Hooper was able to make a diving save. Alexandra Amela had three goals, Marlene Mejia had two and Meredith had one for the Bulldogs.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fay Wark Burdick-Burn 1958 - 2009

Fay Wark Burdick-Burn of Lake View Terrace died Dec. 12, 2009. She was 50.

Born Nov. 7, 1958, she attended Emerson Elementary School, John Muir Middle School and Burbank High School. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1976 where she played volleyball. She was a member of National Charity League, Burbank Chapter. Burdick-Burn played volleyball and was on the Honor Roll at Los Angeles Valley College. She continued her studies as a business major at Cal State Northridge.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Burn; her daughter, Kaylee Michelle Burdick; her parents, Ralph and Katy Wark of Burbank, brother-in-law and sister Werner and Allana Schwarz; and their family, Nik, Brett and Katy.

Her hobbies were family, camping, water-skiing and deep-sea fishing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She walked and ran for breast cancer in the Los Angeles area with friends and her daughter, Kaylee. Her friends walked the last Breast Cancer Marathon wearing jackets bearing her name. She was employed by Western Jett of Van Nuys.

Services are pending.

In Memory of Dr. Helen Price

This photo is from the 1964 Luther Burbank Junior High School Yellowjacket Yearbook.
The Superintendent's Office was informed that Dr. Helen Price passed away today, December 18, 2009.

Dr. Helen Price was hired for the 1940-41 school year as a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School. She worked in Division of Elementary Education as a special education teacher beginning in 1944 and then as the acting supervisor for the Nursery School and Child Care Program from 1946 through 1947. She went on a leave of absence for two years and resigned in May 1949.

Dr. Price was re-employed in September 1954 as a teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School. She became the VP and Dean of Girls in 1956 through 1967. At that time she transferred to BHS as an AP where she continued through June 1982 until she retired in July 1982.

Services will be held in January. As soon as that information is received, it will be sent out via E-News.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Beverly Mae Haws 1936-2009

Beverly Mae Haws, born September 6, 1936, passed away November 12, 2009 with her family at her side.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, she was an only child and moved to Burbank in 1951 with her parents. Beverly graduated from Burbank High School in 1953. She was a homemaker who participated in all her children's activities. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and played a very active role in all their lives.
Beverly was a loving wife of 56 years to Glen Haws and loving mother to sons john(Kathy), Jim (Courtney), Bob (Stacey) and daughter Linda (Mark). She was a caring grandmother to her 9 grandchildren, David, Jenny, Brandon, Chris, Cassie, Britni, Becca, Sydney and Josh.

A graveside service is scheduled at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
Note: Her obit did not give her maiden name.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

19 - old to stand trial for death of his father

DOWNTOWN — A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with the death of his father was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. See my earlier post Timothy Loock.

Noah Timothy Loock, of Burbank, was ordered to appear Jan. 15 in Pasadena Superior Court for a second arraignment following the 2008 death of his father Timothy Loock, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2008, when police responded to a fight at the family home in the 1800 block of North Avon Street, authorities said. Timothy Loock, 48, was rendered unconscious and transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. Noah Loock fled the scene and was taken into custody later that day and booked on suspicion of killing his father, Quesada said.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office filed no charges at that time, and the investigation continued until the Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled the official cause of death as a homicide, police said.

Coroner investigator Denise Bertone said a Dec. 2, 2008 autopsy revealed that Timothy Loock died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck. Noah Loock, a 2008 graduate of Burroughs High School, was released from custody on $25,000 bond.

Timothy Loock, an all-league wide receiver for the class of 1978 at Burbank High, went on to coach receivers and defensive backs at his alma mater until his death last season.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

1970's Classless Reunion

What:1970's Classless Reunion

Where: DeBell Golf Course Clubhouse in Burbank

When: Sat Dec 26 3:00-6:00

Details: $10 at the door to cover appetizers-No Host Bar
Dinner to follow with your favorite faces at your favorite places.
Late night rendezvous and pool tourney at Tony's Darts Away Dive on Magnolia near Reese.

Any who care to play the 3 par at DeBell at 1:00 contact Nolan Day

JB Alumni please RSVP to Nolan
BHS Alumni(did any graduate?) RSVP to Dave Carletta ( ) so we can have the correct number of staff at the clubhouse.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Group to be honored...2nd class of inductees

Group to be honored
Burbank High Athletic Hall of Fame to pay tribute to latest class in second induction ceremony next year.

By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
Friday, December 11, 2009

BURBANK HIGH — When organizers at Burbank High began the Burbank High Athletic Hall of Fame last year, they envisioned a schedule of induction that would occur every two years. With the success of last year’s inaugural ceremony, the school has continued the tradition it started, and a new group of inductees will be enshrined next year. Earlier this week, the Hall of Fame committee released the list of the second class to be honored. The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the school’s auditorium. The latest group includes Bryon “Tony” Frank, Roy and John Lockwood, Bob Pierce, Ken Ziskin, Ralph Botting, Christy Calderon, Frank Kallem and Dave Kemp. In addition, the 1975 CIF-champion softball team and the 1964 CIF-champion boys’ cross-country team will be honored.“I think we have a pretty good group for next year,” Burbank Athletic Director Fred Cook said. “There are some very talented names on that list.”

The current class boasts some outstanding recipients. 

BYRON “TONY” FRANK Frank, class of 1928, is considered by some to be the school’s best athlete ever. He earned an amazing 16 varsity letters and led a host of teams to league championships. He went on to play football at UCLA. 

ROY LOCKWOOD Lockwood, class of 1932, was a three-sport standout for the Bulldogs. He returned to the school as a coach, winning league titles in boys’ basketball and swimming. His 1967 swim team won a CIF Southern Section championship. He went on to star at the University of Redlands and is a member of the school’s hall of fame. 

JOHN LOCKWOOD Lockwood, class of 1960 — son of Roy — was an All-CIF and Foothill League Back of the Year during his senior football season. He was also a star track and field athlete. He played at the University of Colorado and at USC. 

BOB PIERCE Pierce, class of 1959, was a talented track and field and cross-country runner for the Bulldogs. In 1959, he won a state championship in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.3 seconds. He went on to compete for USC. 

KEN ZISKIN Ziskin, class of 1966, is one of a group of fine swimmers to come from the Bulldogs’ program. Along with winning many league individual championships, Ziskin captured two CIF titles in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1965 (1:01.6) and 1966 (1:01.8). He was also a three-time All-American and fine water polo player. He competed for USC. 

RALPH BOTTING Botting, class of 1974, was a standout pitcher for the Bulldogs’ baseball program. In 1974, he was named the CIF Southern Section 3-A Player of the Year and helped Burbank reach the playoff semifinals. The left-hander was drafted by the California Angels in the seventh round of the 1974 amateur draft and played for the team in 1979 and 1980. 

CHRISTY CALDERON Calderon, class of 1987, is considered my many as one of the best female athletes to come from Burbank. She was an All-CIF honoree in two sports, and still holds school records in basketball and softball. She played third base in college for the University of California, and set a school record (since broken) with 161 assists in a season in 1988. 

FRANK KALLEM, DAVE KEMP Although the two are not Burbank graduates (they both attended Hoover) they are synonymous with Bulldogs athletics. Coaching a variety of sports, the two helped teams win many league and CIF championships, including boys’ cross-country crowns in 1964 and 1970. In addition, both served as athletic directors at the school. Kallem was at the school from 1962-2000 and Kemp coached from 1966-2000.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I believe today marks the 68th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the start of World War II for the United States. This is when the City of Burbank suffered it's first casuality of the war. His name was Walter Leon Collier. His parents had divorced and he did not get along with his new step-mother and after only attending Burbank High School for 3 to 6 weeks as a sophmore, Walter left Burbank High and joined the Marines and was stationed at Pearl Harbor that fateful Sunday morning. Walter Leon Collier is listed as missing in action, lost at sea while a Marine aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma. Please take a few moments today and LET US NOT FORGET PEARL HARBOR.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Burbank High School Newsletter

Burbank High School - Newsletter - Burbank High Update

As first semester final examinations quickly approach we have a few updates from Burbank High School:

Centennial Book - Last Chance OnlineThank you to all who have ordered the special edition Centennial book. We will no longer be able to offer the book online for purchase with a credit card after December 31, 2009. Don't miss this opportunity to own a beautiful piece of BHS history. The book makes a wonderful holiday gift. Order today and have it shipped or pick up at BHS. All books ordered after December 18, 2009 WILL NOT BE SHIPPED UNTIL January 4, 2010. (Books will still be available after December 31 for purchase at school or with a check).

Athletic Hall of FameLook for an update soon on the next group of outstanding athletes to be inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in the fall of 2010.

KudosIt has been a tremendous fall semester at BHS. State test score results confirm that Burbank High is in the top tier of high performing academic high schools in the state. Way to go Bulldogs! Fall athletic teams had outstanding seasons, including numerous playoff appearances. The Burbank High Football team defeated previously unbeaten Burroughs to capture the Pacific League Championship, and advanced to the CIF quarterfinals before a narrow loss. Congratulations!We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to order your Centennial book!Please do not reply to this email. If you have a reply, please use the contact us section of the website,

Friday, December 4, 2009

Herb Hinthorne BHS 1936 Passes Away

In Loving Memory Of
Herbert Lewis Hinthorne
May 14, 1918 - November 29, 2009

A friend of mine Herbert "Herb" Lewis Hinthorne, Burbank High School, Class of 1936 and a member of the Senior Bulldogs passed away at age 91 last Sunday, November 29, 2009. His daughter Nancy, BHS 1959 said her father died suddenly and had been in fairly good health and three weeks before his death had played a round of golf.

In a book Burbank History it says this about Herbert Hinthorne: "Burbank's senior fireman Captain Herbert Hinthorne retired in July, 1974, after 36 years on the job. The captain always carried a nickel in his pocket, used in the old days to make telephone calls for more fire units."

Herb knew my uncle as they were firefighters together until my uncle moved away, but Herb stayed in Burbank and fought many fires over the years. Herb daughter Nancy was my sister's best friend in high school. Herb is survived by his wife Agnes, daughters, Nancy and Joyce and their families. Joyce also went to Burbank High.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Burbank High Girls Basketball Preview


The Bulldogs (15-13 and tied for third in league) will look vastly different from the squad that took the floor last season.“We lost a whole lot of talent from last year,” Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. “They were some of our top scorers.“We are going to be young this season. On top of that, we are going to be inexperienced. I’m just hoping we will be able to come together by the time we hit league.”The Bulldogs lost standouts Kristin Crawford (10.8 points, 3.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals) and Katie Nelson (10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals), among others, to graduation.

One of the players the team did return is sophomore guard Damarie Gonzalez, whom Breeden said “has improved since last season.”Also returning are junior point guard Evelyn Abrami and junior shooting guard Lea Andriasian. Sophomore shooting guard Ariane Sadanaga could also see her share of playing time.

Two freshmen whom Breeden has high hopes for are forwards Lysette Perez and Courtney Seidler.“We have about five girls on our bench who will see a lot of playing time,” Breeden said. “We have been really competitive in practice and the girls have been pushing one another. The starters know if they don’t get the job done, there are girls who are ready to take their place.

”Despite having a young squad, Breeden said he thinks his group will be able to make it to the postseason. In league play, he expects Crescenta Valley and Muir to be the most competitive opponents. “And us and Burroughs will probably be battling it out like always,” Breeden said.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Jonathan DeSimone serving in Naval Academy


From Burbank Leader
In the sixth grade, Jonathan DeSimone knew he wanted to go to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. By the seventh grade, he learned about qualifying for admittance and wrote an essay about attending the academy. Then at 14, DeSimone joined the Burbank Police Department Explorers and went on to graduate the Sheriffs Explorers Academy and earn the Burbank Police Department Chiefs Commendation Award.

At 10 years old he got his first job teaching Tae Kwon Do. Training since he was 4 years old, he went on to earn the rank of fourth degree Master of Tae Kwon Do at 16. He joined the Boy Scouts at 14 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout at 16.

At Burbank High he lettered in the sport of track/field and earned Scholar Athlete awards. He maintained a 4.0 all through high school and earned the Top Dog award upon graduation among the top of his class. In October of his senior year, DeSimone applied to the Naval Academy. In March of his senior year the academy granted him a Certified Offer Letter of Admission, awarded only to the best candidates.

In April, Rep. Adam Schiff nominated DeSimone as the 29th District’s candidate to the Naval Academy. On July 1, he was inducted into the Navy, and is serving his country as a Midshipman. Upon graduation he will earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering and be an officer in either the Navy or Marines. His commitment to pay back his education is five years of service.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

California edges Burbank, 24 - 21

California edges Burbank, 24-21
By Roger Murray, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/27/2009, Whittier News

WHITTIER - Quarterback Adam Contreras connected with Terris Jones on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 26.4 seconds left to play to give California High School a 24-21 win over visiting Burbank in their CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division second-round playoff game Friday night. The win put the Condors in next week's semifinals against Charter Oak, which beat West Covina, 35-10.

Jones' clutch catch put a damper on a sparkling comeback by the Bulldogs (9-3), who had taken a 21-17 lead when Ulises Ochoa (21 carries, 234 yards) raced 77 yards for a touchdown with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Ochoa's run came just two plays after California (9-2-1) had taken a 17-14 lead when Kevin Attanasio ran 39 yards on a reverse for a touchdown with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

Jones, who entered the game with 1,525 rushing yards on the season, had 160 yards on 24 carries. First-half scoring included three big plays. California's Bryan Barragan returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown with Attanasio throwing the key block at the Burbank 38-yard line to clear the way.

Burbank responded with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by Ochoa's 8-yard run to tie the score with 7:08 left in the first quarter. California's third possession began at its own 48 late in the quarter and after one first down, the Condors had to settle for Tyler Hadden's 50-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.

The Condors forced a pair of punts, but fumbled away their possession in between. Burbank gained a 14-10 halftime advantage when quarterback Adam Coleman scrambled to the sideline and then connected with wide receiver Jackson Diamond, who broke a tackle at the California 42 and completed a 70-yard pass play.

California's offense never got untracked in the first half.
Burbank's first-half ground game was led by Ochoa, who had 98 yards on 11 carries, but Coleman struggled as he completed just 3 of 10 passes.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Burbank High Varsity Team/Roster

Tonight is another important game for the varsity bulldogs as they play the California High School tonight in the second round of the CIF Playoffs in Whittier. The bulldogs need to play better than they did last week if they want to beat this tough California High team. GO BULLDOGS! YOU CAN DO IT! THIS IS YOUR YEAR!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bulldogs play California in 2nd round

Burbank again in CIF second round
FOOTBALL: Bulldogs will take on tough California squad
By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
Published: November 24, 2009
BURBANK HIGH — For the second straight season, the Burbank High football team has advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Last year, the squad’s playoff win was the first for the program in 81 years. This season, the Bulldogs are confident and are looking for a possible berth in the semifinals. However, to do that they will have to beat a tough California team.

The teams will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at California. “We know California is going to be good,” Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said about the Del Rio League champion. “They have a big line and a very good running back.”The Condors (8-2-1), from Whittier, are led by senior running back Terris Jones, who has 188 carries for 1,588 yards and 25 touchdowns. California is on a nine-game winning streak.

Burbank (9-2) — which won a share of the Pacific League championship for the first time in 37 years — counters with a fine quarterback-running back combination. Junior Adam Colman has completed 106 of 183 passes for 1,679 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. Junior Ulises Ochoa has carried the ball 162 times for 1,288 yards and has 13 touchdowns.

“We didn’t play well at all last week,” Valencia said about his team’s 21-14 CIF-opening win against Alhambra. “We are going to have to play a lot better Friday and cut down on our mistakes.”The Bulldogs have a solid defense, led by junior linebacker Ryan Seidler, who leads the team with 145 tackles.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

David Bryan Lipera 1957 - 2009

DAVID BRYAN LIPERA Sept. 4, 1957 - Nov. 12, 2009

Born in Glendale and raised in Burbank, David attended Burbank schools and graduated from Burbank High School in 1976. He worked as a carpenter and in construction and graduated from The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1995. Loved by his patients as, "compassionate", "a good teacher", and "always takes the time to listen", he practiced for 14 years in the Los Angeles area and in Orange County.

David is preceded in death by his much loved and deeply missed mother, Marilyn Tucker LiPera (1972). He is survived by his loving family: father, Peter LiPera and step-mother, Sheila; brothers, Donn and wife, Diane and Scott and partner, Louis. Also surviving David are his maternal grandmother, Margaret Tucker and uncle, Gary Tucker and cousins. A caring, and sensitive person, David's loss is devastating to his family and to others who loved him.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at Pierce Brother's Valhallah Chapel at 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. In lieu of flowers and in honor of David's passion for health and fitness, you may help a child participate in recreational activities not available to him by donating to your local YMCA or the youth organization of your choice. David wou ld like that.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dogs claw their way back

Dogs claw their way back

By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Burbank Leader
Published: November 20, 2009

MEMORIAL FIELD — They didn’t complete a pass in the second half, and still won. They committed a season-high 18 penalties for 178 yards, and still figured a way to erase a 14-point deficit and advance to the second round. The members of the Burbank High football team experienced a wacky night Friday Despite their deficiencies, the Bulldogs still had Ulises Ochoa at running back, and a tough group on defense. Burbank relied on Ochoa’s game-high 137 rushing yards — 22 of which came on a game-winning run — and its defense to come from behind to defeat Alhambra, 21-14, in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first-round game at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs (9-2) will play host California — a 55-27 winner against Rowland — in a quarterfinal game Friday at 7:30 p.m. In 2008, the Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals and won their first playoff game in 81 years. They barely got their second playoff victory in 82 years.Burbank — which shared the Pacific League title with Burroughs, but was the league’s top seed — trailed, 14-0, in the second quarter, and its offense was stagnant, gaining 60 yards in the first quarter.“We couldn’t get our focus,” Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. “Everyone got distracted.”

They became focused in the second quarter. Leo Rodas’ one-yard touchdown run cut Alhambra’s lead in half with 6:14 to play, as Burbank began its comeback. On its next possession, Burbank’s Anthony Cervantes capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown reception from Adam Colman to tie the score.“We didn’t give up,” Valencia said. “We had been down before. It was a matter of time before we got our game going. They weren’t beating us. We were beating ourselves.

”The Bulldogs also didn’t give Alhambra wide receiver Mitchell Crockom a chance to beat them in the second half. Crockom had five receptions and a touchdown in the first half, as Burbank played man-to-man defense with little safety help. In the second half, Ochoa began to shade to Crockom’s side, and the senior had only three catches for 21 yards. The rest of Crockom’s teammates managed just 15 yards, as Alhambra (6-4) had just 36 yards of total offense in the second half.

The second half was when Ochoa dominated, as he had 10 carries for 72 yards and had a punt return for a touchdown that was called back because of a penalty.“Ochoa played a phenomenal game,” said Valencia, who also received a 76-yard rushing performance from Rodas and 62 rushing yards from Christopher Alcala, as Burbank totaled 282 yards on the ground and 75 through the air. “When he touched the ball, he did his thing. We’re lucky to have him on our side.”

Ochoa was pleased that his team advanced, but not thrilled about its performance.“I’m glad we won, but not satisfied at all,” the junior said. “You’re not going to survive too many playoff games shooting yourself in the foot like that.”

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bulldogs scores 21 unanswered points to win!

In another hair raising and nail biting game which started out lousy for Burbank as Alhambra scored two touchdowns to take a 14 to nothing lead. The Bulldogs came back to make it 14 to 7, but just before the half Burbank scored their 2nd touchdown to tie the game 14 to 14 going into the half. Neither team scored in the third quarter. Burbank then scored their 3rd touchdown with about 7 minute's left in the 4th quarter to take the lead 21 to 14. But Alhambra came close a couple of times but with less than a minute and a half left they failed on 4th down and Burbank got the ball back and let the clock run out for the win. They will advance next week for the 2nd round playoffs. If Burbank is to win next week they need to stop making stupid mistakes causing them penalties and also stop the personal fouls and unlike sportsmanship calls. Also John Burroughs lost Thursday night and so it is up to the Burbank High Bulldogs to advance further.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Last champs (1972) enjoy victory

Last champs enjoy victory
The 1972 Burbank team, the last to capture a league crown, can finally pass the torch.
By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
Published: Monday, November 16, 2009

MEMORIAL FIELD — The Burbank High football team did something Friday that no other Bulldogs squad had been able to accomplish in more than three decades. By defeating Burroughs, 28-21, in the annual cross-town rivalry Big Game, Burbank won the program’s first league championship in 37 years. Although the Bulldogs had to share the Pacific League title with Burroughs, that didn’t make the accomplishment any less sweeter for Burbank.The championship marked only the third league title in school history, the other coming in 1956.

Huddled in a corner of Memorial Field Friday was a group from the winning 1972 team. They reminisced about their gridiron years and marveled that it had taken so many years for another Bulldogs team to win a crown.“There were just some great guys from our championship team,” said Dave Kemp, who was an assistant to Coach Pete LiPera in 1972. “They were just so competitive and they were so tenacious. It was a very special group.”With standout players like Kenny Walker, Loo Orange, Kirk Roberts, Bruce Smentek, Mick Flavin, Ron Warmhoff, Dave Clayton, Dave Cerbin and Mike Ballard, the Bulldogs defeated Burroughs, 14-0, in the 1972 Big Game to secure the title.“Everybody expected Burroughs to win the league that year,” Orange said. “Even when we went into the game with them undefeated in league, a lot of people thought they were going to kill us.”That didn’t happen.

Walker and Orange scored the game’s only touchdowns to boost the team to a victory.“That was a very big win for us,” Flavin said.

Your Varsity Players Profile

The Burbank High School Varsity Football Team has an important playoff game tomorrow night at Memorial Stadium and I thought you might like to meet the Varsity Team Players. GO BULLDOGS! Please chick on the photos to enlarge them to read better.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Trio ready for playoffs

Trio ready to open playoffs
FOOTBALL: Burroughs, Burbank get home games and Bell-Jeff hits the road in first-round games.

By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

BURBANK — It’s been decades since the Burbank High and Burroughs football teams both had first-round playoff home games. However, while the Bulldogs and Indians will enjoy the comfy confines of Memorial Field for their CIF Southern Section postseason games this week, Bellarmine-Jefferson has to hit the road for its playoff opener.

Because Burbank and Burroughs share the same venue, the two will play on different days in Southeast Division games. The Indians will host a tough Diamond Ranch team at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and the Bulldogs will host Alhambra on Friday in a 7:30 game. The Guards will be at Boron Friday for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

After tying for the Pacific League championship last week, Burbank received the league’s No. 1 seed and Burroughs is the No. 2 seed. With Memorial Field slated to be torn down and rebuilt early next year, it might be the last opportunity for the teams to play on the venue that has been hosting the cross-town Big Games since 1949.“After Burroughs plays on it Thursday, I can just imagine what the field is going to look like when we play on Friday,” Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. “It was pretty bad Friday.”

The condition of Memorial Field is probably way down the list of concerns for Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop. He has to worry about a talented Diamond Ranch team.“They are beasts,” Knoop said. “We just don’t ever seem to get a break for the playoffs. This is a very good team and they have a lot of talent.”The Indians (7-3) will take on a team that is 4-6. However, most of those losses have come against tough competition, including defeats against Colony, 25-20, Chino Hills, 17-14, Bishop Amat, 41-13 and Charter Oak, 12-0. The Panthers — second in the Miramonte League — have an outstanding running back in Amari Staten (235 yards against Los Altos) and a solid quarterback in Gus Viramontes. Burroughs counters with a quality running back of its own. Senior Dalton Williams has 182 carries for 1,444 yards and 21 touchdowns. His yardage total puts him fourth on the Indians’ all-time single-season list.

Burbank (8-2) will take on an Alhambra team that likes to throw the ball. Senior quarterback Darian Cazarin has completed 132 of 241 passes for 2,022 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Moors (6-3 and third from the Almont League) have only 590 rushing yards this season.The Bulldogs posses a much more balanced offensive attack behind running backs Ulises Ochoa (137 carries for 1,151 yards and 12 touchdowns), Leo Rodas (116 for 726 and six touchdowns) and quarterback Adam Colman (100 of 171 for 1,601 yards, 22 touchdowns and three interceptions). Colman is fifth all-time in passing yardage in a season. In 2008, the Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals and won their first playoff game in 81 years.

Boron (8-2) — the Desert Mountain champion — should pose a tough task for Bell-Jeff (6-4 and third in the Santa Fe League).“That’s what you get when you finish third in your league,” Guards’ Coach Rolando Aguirre said. “They are good, but beatable.”The Bobcats have a solid running game behind Reggie Heard (99 for 810 and nine touchdowns) and Leroy Taylor (96 for 736 and 11 touchdowns). Quarterback Josh Core (53 for 92 for 911, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions) runs the offense.The Guards have received a huge effort this season from junior running back/receiver Micah Shirley. Shirley has 77 carries for 902 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing and has 44 catches for 651 yards and eight touchdowns. He has even thrown for a touchdown.“We are just going to have to come out tough and battle,” said Aguirre, whose team made it to Northeast Division quarterfinals in 2008.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Burbank share's league title

Burbank's Omar Trancoso (52) congratulates Sam Bethany after he scored on a touchdown pass in the second quarter during a Pacific League game against Burroughs. (Scott Smeltzer/The Leader)

Bulldogs beat Indians, 28-21, to earn share of first league championship in 37 years.
By Jim Riggio, Burbank Leader
Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009

MEMORIAL FIELD — Burbank High football Coach Hector Valencia knew what it was like to win a nail-bitter against cross-town Burroughs as a player. Friday night, Valencia got to experience what it was like to win in the same fashion as a coach.In a battle for the Pacific League crown, his Bulldogs outlasted Burroughs, 28-21, giving each school a share of the league title and Burbank the league’s top spot heading into next week’s CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burroughs will be the Pacific League’s No. 2 representative.“It was a great experience for me when I won, and this is even better for them because they won something,” Valencia said of his players. “This is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.”The win gives Burbank (8-2, 7-1 in league) a share of its first league title in 37 years.“There is a lot of pride in the school. There were a lot of alumni supporting us,” Valencia, a 1993 Burbank graduate said.

“We tried to focus on the game and not the league title.”In Valencia’s senior season in 1992, Burbank rallied to defeat Burroughs, 21-17, in the final minute of the game. The Bulldogs scored the game-winning touchdown with 5:36 to play when Ulisies Ochoa scored on a 1-yard run. Burbank took advantage of a 10-yard Burroughs punt to drive 39 yards in 11 plays for the winner.

“It hurt us when we gave them good field position after the punt,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said.Burroughs (7-3, 7-1) took the early lead as Dalton Williams scored on a 19-yard-run with 6:15 left in the first quarter. Michael Solano added the extra point.Burbank fought back under tough circumstances in the second quarter. Facing a fourth-and-goal situation from the 1-yard line, quarterback Adam Colman, reading it as his only option, threw an option pitch to Sam Bethany, who scored the touchdown. But a missed extra point kept Burroughs in front, 7-6, with 3:29 left in the half.

Colman and Bethany hooked up just seconds before halftime, this time on a five-yard touchdown pass. Colman connected with Jackson Diamond on the two-point conversion to give Burbank a 14-7 halftime lead. Burbank appeared to be in good shape early in the third quarter.But the Bulldogs suffered from a miscue, as a handoff between Leo Rodas and Colman was mishandled. Burroughs’ Justin Mayorga picked up the loose ball and ran 15 yards into the end zone. Solano’s extra point tied the score at 14.

Burbank marched right back down the field, going 75 yards in six plays, capped by Christopher Alcala’s four-yard run with 2:02 left in the period. The extra point was blocked, making it, 20-14. Burroughs’ Dalton Williams didn’t give the Bulldogs much time to celebrate, as he scored on a 79-yard run with 29.9 seconds left in the third quarter. Solano’s extra point put Burroughs up, 21-20.Colman, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior, finished 14 of 22 for 168 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jackson Diamond had 10 receptions for 103 yards. Williams led the Indians with 208 yards rushing.

Friday, November 13, 2009


In a great game that really lived up to the hype that has been going on all week our Burbank High Bulldogs in a see saw battle beat cross-town rival John Burroughs Indians 28 to 21 to win the Pacific League Title. Burroughs had a chance but Burbank stopped them on fourth down and Burbank got the ball back and just let the clock run out.

The Frosh team lost Thursday night to Burroughs and the Junior Varsity lost to Burroughs earlier this evening. But the Burbank Varsity won the Big One. Way to go Bulldogs. The last time Burbank High won a league title was back in 1972, they also won league titles in 1927, 1951, 1956 and now can add 2009. Read more about the big game at the Los Angeles Dailey News.


Well gang tonight Friday the 13th is the big game with the Burbank High School Bulldogs taking on our cross town rival John Burroughs High School Indians with the Pacific League Title on the line. Burroughs is going into tonight's game undefeated in league and Burbank has one loss in league losing last week to Pasadena in the last 10 seconds of the game. Burbank has to beat Burroughs tonight and they would then be in a tie with Burroughs for the Pacific League Title, with each teams with one loss in league play. If Burrough's wins tonight game they will clinch the Pacific League Title and remain undefeated. So a lot is at stake tonight! The weird thing is that Burrough's Coach Knoop is a graduate of Burbank High. The JV game is tonight at Memorial Field at 4:00 pm and the Varsity game starts at 7:30pm. You should get there early as parking is a problem and they expect the game to sell out. This is wishing our Burbank High School Bulldog Football Teams a big GOOD LUCK! GO BULLDOGS!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gloria Mischke Metcalf 1947-2009

Gloria L. Mischke Metcalf 1947 - 2009

Gloria was a 1965 graduate of Burbank High School. Her good friend and fellow classmate Fay Herbert BHS 65 told me that Gloria was born on June 6, 1947 and passed away on September 19, 2009 in Modesto, California after her battle with breast cancer. She was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea off the coast of Monterey, California.

Kenneth W. Moore 1949-2009

Kenneth W. Moore 1949 - 2009

Ken was one of my classmates. He graduated with me from Burbank High in 1967. According to Ken's wife Sandy he have been ill for a few years. He suddenly passed away in Texas on November 9, 2009 when his heart just stopped. According to a fellow classmate Don Ray that Ken was a great guy. This is what Don Ray had to say about his good friend:
Those of us who attended Joaquin Miller, John Muir and Burbank High remember Ken as a big, tall boy with a gentle heart of gold. I must tell you that Ken sent me hundreds of e-mails of encouragement and inspiration. He served in the military as an assistant to the chaplain. He last worked as a dispatcher for the trucking firm in Texas that he had driven for for many years.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Box of a Veteran's Mementos

Burbank resident Robin Leslie looks through a chest filled with her father's equipment from World War II at the Howard Museum on Monday. It was shipped to her grandparents after he was shot down and captured by the Japanese. (Roger Wilson/News-Press)

Daughter of a World War II POW donates a box full of his war keepsakes to the Burbank Historical Society.

By Joyce Rudolph, Burbank Leader
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Robin Leslie was only 15 and just getting to know her father, Jack R. Lewis, when he was killed in a private-airplane crash in Newhall in 1962. Leslie knew he had been a prisoner of war, but her father never spoke about what he endured in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. “I never heard the story, but I knew he had been in the POW camp, and that he had been tortured,” the Burbank resident said. It wasn’t until she went through a wooden box filled with his mementos that she found a letter Lewis had written for the Navy, recounting his experience with the enemy.“From the sound of his stories, he was lucky to be alive,” Leslie said.

Lewis, a 1943 graduate of Burbank High School, was an aviation machinist mate in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He joined the Navy in January 1943 and after training, served on the Bombing Squad No. 124 beginning on April 9, 1945. His bomber was shot down on July 7, 1945. “When I came to, I was underwater still in the plane,” he wrote in the letter. “I made my way to the surface.”The life raft had split and sunk, so he grabbed a tire and strut, he said, and that’s when he realized he had lost feeling in his right leg and arm.

After he was captured, he struggled to walk, and when his legs gave out, the Japanese soldiers beat him, he wrote. He was fed dry biscuits and no water.“I had no idea how it had been in reality,” Leslie said. “It was an eye-opener to finally read the story about his capture. Burbank should be proud of him. He is special for who he was and what he went through.”He was liberated on Aug. 18, 1945, and discharged in September 1945. He returned to Burbank, finished his education, got married and started a family.

After his death, the box remained in the garage, Leslie said. A few months ago, she went through it, and decided to donate it to the Burbank Historical Society. But she kept his Purple Heart.“It seems like the time is right,” Leslie said. When volunteers at the historical society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum told Mary Jane Strickland about Leslie’s phone call, Strickland remembered she and Lewis were classmates.

Strickland created a display with the box and its contents, pictures of the veteran, and a shorter version of the letter. Her husband, Harry Strickland, has suspended a model of a bomber jet over the display.The salute to a Burbank sailor was perfect for Veterans Day, Mary Jane Strickland said. “I think it’s nice to bring it to people’s attention again — what these guys went through,” she said. “You didn’t know what was happening to them at war. You would only see pictures in the newspaper or if you went to a movie and saw it in a news reel.

”Leslie wondered what a moment it must have been when her father was liberated from the enemy camp.“They were living minute-to-minute, not knowing how long anyone would last,” she said. He seemed to realize what a gift it was to be able to come home, Leslie said, because he made an effort to enjoy life.“He was a sports guy,” she said. “He rode a motorcycle, flew private planes, did scuba diving and spearfishing on Catalina.”Lewis even handmade a full body wet suit, she said, and tested it scuba diving in a neighbor’s pool, she said.“I think it might have been that what he went through in the prison camp gave him this real joy of life and he wanted to do everything he could.”

Monday, November 9, 2009

Burrough's Memorial Field

I have been attending some of Burbank High's home games at John Burroughs Memorial Field and the field and stadium is in pretty bad shape. But I believe in the spring of next year (2010) Burroughs Memorial Field will get a new face lift just as Burbank High got their new field. They will add artificial grass to the field and redo the bleachers to make Memorial Field into a state of art field. All Burbank and Burroughs home football games will be played probably at Glendale High School. Below is a photo of the rust in the bleachers.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Joshua Daniel Nesbitt 1988 - 2009

This was a tribute to Josh that appears in the Burbank vs Burroughs Football Program.

The photo is from his myspace page. He played at Glendale CC.

Former Burbank High football player, 21, is remembered for leadership.

Joshua Daniel Nesbitt, remembered by family and coaches as a warm-hearted man who harnessed his popularity as a high school football standout to shepherd young teammates to church, shot himself to death Wednesday at the Firing-Line indoor shooting range. He was 21.

As a senior at Burbank High School, Nesbitt served as a team captain, earning first-team All-Foothill League and All-Area honors at linebacker. He later participated in the East-West All-Star game at Birmingham High, intercepting a pass and returning it 29 yards for a touchdown.

The Frederick, Maryland, native graduated from Burbank High in 2006 before going on to a successful freshman season at Glendale Community College, starting every game for the 9-2 Vaqueros and racking up 22 solo tackles and 48 assists to earn All-Western State Conference Southern Division second-team honors on defense. His team went on to win the Western State Bowl against Santa Ana College.

“He just had so much passion to play the game,” said Glendale Coach John Rome, who recruited Nesbitt as an assistant. “I just feel blessed we were able to have him in our program. ”But deep bouts of depression came in May. In July, he was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder, a mental condition that causes a loss of contact with reality and mood problems, his dad, Craig Nesbitt said. He spent time in a mental hospital, where the family believes he was overmedicated, he added.

“[Josh] was in misery as a result of the medication,” he said. But this week his family began to see signs of “the old Josh.” While out Thursday with his mother, he requested they visit the gun range for target practice, said Noelle Nesbitt, his sister. “The next thing you know, Mom saw him drop to the ground,” she said. He died at the scene, authorities said.

Despite taking requisite safety precautions, the range has had a deadly history. A 64-year-old Burbank man in June shot himself to death at the firing range. And last year, a 25-year-old Glendale man used a rented handgun to kill himself at the same site.

Nesbitt is survived by his father, Craig; mother, Michele; brothers Nathan, Justin, Troy and Craig Jr.; and sister, Noelle. He also had a step-mother, Yvonne Nesbitt; and four step-siblings, Ryan Burger, Casie Burger, Whitney Burger and Erick Burger.

A public viewing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with the service to follow at 5 p.m. at Media City Church, 269 E. Providencia Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for the service be sent between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday by calling (323) 769-7372. Or contact Media City Church at (818) 842-2186.

This is from a Florida Newspaper:

Joshua D. Nesbitt -Burbank, CA - Joshua Daniel Nesbitt a former Satellite Beach H.S. football stand out passed away suddenly Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in Burbank CA. Joshua was born March 8, 1988 in Frederick MD. He was also a scholar athlete and all- star football player at Burbank High School and Glendale Community College. He was known as a warm hearted young man who harnessed his popularity as a high school football MVP to shepherd young team mates to church. He is survived by his father, Craig; mother, Michele; stepmother, Yvonne; brothers, Nathan, Justin, Troy, Craig Jr.; his sister, Noelle; four step-siblings Ryan, Casie, Whitney, and Erick Burger; grandparents, Joyce and Bill Blentlinger, eight uncles, seven aunts, 25 cousins, and many loving friends. In addition to a memorial service which took place on Sunday, November 9th there will be a graveside service Tuesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations for the service be sent to Forrest Lawn Hollywood Hills by calling 323-769- 7372 or Media City Church at 818-842-2186

Pasadena stuns Burbank, 45-41

SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)
From the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper:
BURBANK - Pasadena High School quarterback Aaron Simpson connected on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Wells with 10.8 seconds left in the game to help the Bulldogs pull off a stunning 45-41 upset over Burbank on Thursday night in Pacific League action at Burroughs High.
Pasadena (5-4, 4-2) clinched a spot in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs while also knocking rival Muir out of playoff contention.
Burbank (7-2, 5-1) had one final chance with 1.7 seconds left and attempted five laterals before several flags were thrown, including one for a forward pass. That ended the game and sent the Pasadena crowd into a frenzy.
The Bulldogs were back at their own 32 with 1:20 remaining. Simpson, faced with fourth and 2 at his own 40, found an Eugene Tripling for a 15-yard gain and a first down.
On the next play, without any hesitation and his eyes focused on the end zone, Simpson threw a pass to Wells, who had three Burbank defenders on him. Wells caught the pass, prompting the Bulldogs players, coaches and administrators to rush the field.
Pasadena turned to the Muir football players watching from the visitors stands and yelled, "You're next." The Bulldogs were assessed with an unsportsmanlike penalty, but the damage was done.
Burbank's loss put a damper on next week's showdown against rival Burroughs (6-2, 5-0), which also had players at the game.
The final two minutes of each half were interesting, to say the least.
With less than two minutes left in the second quarter, Burbank's Ulises Ochoa returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to even the game at 23. But there was a flag thrown on Burbank's sideline, and many thought it was going to be called back for a holding. The flag, however, was picked up by a Burbank bystander. He pocketed the flag and walked over and gave it to the sideline official who threw it.
Pasadena coach Mike McFarland, athletic director Tony Brooks and Pasadena principal Derek Evens marched onto the field for an explanation.

At halftime, the head official indicated the flag was a sidelines warning on Burbank.
Pasadena's Charles Hendricks scored two touchdowns on runs of 18 and 13 yards, and Nick Escoe added two, including 65-yard kickoff return.
The Bulldogs were shut out in the third quarter and trailed 41-30 before mounting the unprecedented comeback in the fourth. Hendricks' 10-yard score with 5:55 left pulled the Bulldogs to within 41-38.
"This by far is the most unbelievable game and finish I've ever been a part of," McFarland said. "I can't say enough about our kids and how resilient they are. I don't know what to say. I'm at a loss right now."

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sad Day In Burbank

Yesterday November 5, 2009 was a sad day for the City of Burbank as it was the funeral of Burbank Police Officier SGT Neil Thomas Gunn Sr. funeral and graveside services. I did not attend the church services as it was out in Porter Ranch. I did attend the graveside services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. I sat off in the distant as I was in shorts and not dressed for a funeral. There were several Burbank High grads there as some are Burbank Police Officers and my classmate Cathy Coyle BHS 1967 attended both the churh and gravside services. Burbank Mayor Gary Bric BHS 1970 was also in attendence along with many Burbank City Officials. Below are some of the photos that I was able to get.

Burbank Police Officer SGT Neil Thomas Gunn Sr.

The Police Motorcycle escort to the grave site.

The bagpipes are being played while the casket is escorted to the grave site.

The gathering of family and friends and fellow Burbank Police Officers gather at the grave site to pay homage to their comrade.

Burbank Police Officer plays Taps with a BPD police car in the background.

A Final Salute!

Burbank Mayor Gary Bric BHS 1970 attends the services.

The flowers that were left near Gunn's casket.

An overall shot of the the mourners at the graveside services.

Officer Gunn's widow Tina carrying the American Flag that is escorted back to the car after the graveside services.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just One More Victory Each

That’s what it will take for the Burroughs and Burbank football teams to get the opportunity to face one another for the Pacific League championship.

The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-0 in league) will play Pasadena at 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Field. The Indians (6-2, 5-0) host Crescenta Valley at 7 p.m. Friday.

Burbank — ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division — has to defeat Pasadena and it will be playing for their first league championship in 35 years. Burbank hasn’t actually won a league crown in 37 years, when it was a part of the Foothill League.

The Indians — ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division — have one more stumbling block in the Falcons before they can play with a league championship on the line next week. Burroughs won a Pacific League title three years ago.

The Big Game between the cross-town rivals will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Memorial Field.