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.