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Name: Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 8, 2008, 11:59 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: I believe Otto Plum was there at HHS into the 90's. Our Daughter Darla was from the Class of 89 and I was on the booster Board for a year after she graduated. Otto was still there at that time. I'm not sure if he was there in 91, or if he retired from HHS or another school. Maybe some students of the 90's remember if he was there? ALWAYS A COUG
My mistake as I typed the mid 80s but meant the mid 90s. In the 1998 El Molino, Coach Plum is in the Varsity picture, although not head coach. Thanks Loretta

Name: al rocca ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 8, 2008, 11:45 am - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: mesa, az
Message: 1970 prom "A Time For Us"

Name: Tom Embry ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 8, 2008, 8:00 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Frontenac, Mo
Message: Actually, Coach Plum also was Head Coach in 1958 -- as my right knee has reminded me for the last fifty years.
The 1959 Prom was "An Affair To Remember" at Hollywood Park Race Track (Principal Nyman was friends with the manager).
Thanks Tom, Hollywood Park was also the venue for Prom night 62 (Moonglow) with Sandy Nelson of "Teen Beat" and "Let There Be Drums" fame.

Name: Raymond Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 8, 2008, 7:33 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Portland, OR
Message: Love seeing Paco's picture of Coach Plum. That guy barely age! There was a joke about him when I was playing football. We sometimes called him OP(OTTO Plum) BUT Op really stands for Ocean Pacific...the clothing brand. Can anyone recall how long he was head of Varsity Football before he step down in 1980 when Coach Courtney took over? Must of been hard for him to become his ASST. Did he retired at HHS or did he moved on to another High School(after I graduated in 81)?
Hey Ray, Coach Plum started as head football coach at HHS in 1958 and was head coach, off and on, until the mid 90s when he moved on to Gardena High and retired about 3 or 4 years ago.

Name: Lois Palmer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 11:53 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McDaniels
Class: 1955
City & State: Sun City, Ca
Message: Rick, In our day it was called corporal punishment. Usually swats with a paddle. I never had that experience, as I was so shy...didn't even speak when the teachers asked me a question. Also, if the principal had to give swats...the parents would add their own punishment when they found out about it.

Name: nick pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 9:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: LV, NV
Message: Was there one called "Spring Fling"? For some reason I remember "Spring Fling"

Name: Cheri Longanecker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 8:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Longanecker
Class: 1965
City & State: Yuma, AZ
Message: Grabbed my El Molino's out of the bookcase - Proms '62 -Pocketsfull of Moonglow, '64 - Moonlight and Roses. '63 & '65 previously mentioned. Fun Times!

Name: Claudia Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 6:29 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Morrison
Class: 1977
City & State: Piedmont, Missouri
Message: I agree that parents use the school system to teach their kids what they should have taught them before starting school. Disipline, respect, and behavior. We live in a small town and there is a lot of kids that don't have any respect for their teachers or other adults.

Name: Sue ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 4:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca
Message: Senior prom 1961 'Stardust" very special night

Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 12:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Nick, I think all the big dances like the Prom had themes, at least when I went. Two when I was there were "Paradise Isle" and "Le Soir d'Or" (The Golden Evening).

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 10:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Class of '69, "I Can Hear Music," and of course, we had the Beach Boys performing. Still my favorite song of all time, followed by, "Don't Worry Baby."

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 10:08 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kilroy
Class: 1971
City & State: The O.C.
Message: I find it odd that during 50/60's when parents, neighbors and teachers were quick to discipline ANY child, we had no Columbine type school shootings even though guns were easier to get. Then during the 70/80/90's, (when it seems children were put in charge of families) and very little discipline was considered best, we have children acting out in all sorts of horrible ways. Not sure what the answer is but on a personal note, I was cured of smart mouth/talk back disease in 5th grade after going a couple of rounds with a fiesty Irish Ninja-like Nun!!
That would do it....

Name: nick pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 8:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: LV, NV
Message: There will always be good parents and bad parents, good teachers and bad teachers, good students and bad students. I think we put way too much responsibility on the teacher and not enough on the parent but in my opinion (you know what they say....) in my opinion, it comes down to two words..."Give Up". Good parents keep parenting, bad parents "give up", good teachers keep teaching, bad teachers "give up", good students keep learning and bad students "give up". Now, not to get off the subject but my daughter asked if any of my high school dances had themes like "Under The Sea" (she was watching some movie) and I don't remember but I'm sure they did. Anyone remember?
Prom Night '62 "Moonglow" Cougartown Prom Night 2001 "One Summer Night".

Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 7, 2008, 6:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: Seattle, Wa.
Message: Well, who didn't see this coming, with no discipline in the home. You may spank your child with your hand only, and only a maximum of three taps are aloud. Back in the day, things were bad with that once in a while case, where a parent used an electrical cord. Anyone remember that story? Now, if you spank at all in the grocery store, expect to talk to the police on your way out the door to your car. That never happened to me, but this is every parent's nightmare. Please, let me spank my own child, so that no teacher ever tells me any of the story's I just read. Then let the Principal do the same thing, without calling it CAPITAL PUNISMENT IN SCHOOL. Is there any story's of a principal killing a student? Or now day's, is it the other way around?
Hey Rick, Capital Punishment might be a little over the top.

Name: Rossi ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 6, 2008, 6:53 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rossi
Class: 1982
City & State: hawthorne
Message: I have been working with kids for 28 years and I am currently teaching prek at a private school in Hawthorne. The kids are not any different if they were in a public school. They dont have Any problem telling any of the teachers No and glaring at them and yes they too dont mind going to the office ...Did I mention they are children that are 4 and a half years old??? Yes it is the parents who need to take responsiblity for them, my son is pretty well behaved for an 8 year old, and one day when I overheard a parent say that ''her kids dont listen'' I wanted to make my self Know and tell her "No, those arent my kids, my kid is in class and listening'' but I kept quiet cause I need to work! But again yes i chose my job but can the parents out there Help us please? Its no use blaming the teachers any more....ok Im done..thanks John!!
Maybe blaming teachers is just a cop out for parental inadequacies and the parent may not even know it. Something's wrong, the child isn't keeping up, consequently it must be the teacher.

Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 6, 2008, 3:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA
Message: Dan Johnson, As an UCLA alum I was pretty bummed to see once more a UCLA defeat in the Final Four. It just goes to show how amazing the Wooden years were. I dont think coaching made the difference in this game, although Howland seems to understand Defense better than Offense. No, Memphis is a better team with guards that overpowered UCLA and the first neutralization of Kevin Love I have seen this year. The boy looked plain pooped out and spent in the first half. He simply couldnt play a running game with a Memphis team. I sure would like to see this team come back, because maybe the maturity of the same team might make a difference next year.Only hope now for West Coast is the awesome Stanford Women's basketball team. The game against Maryland last week was an incredibly exciting offensive display with the Stanford team running the triangle offense the way Phil Jackson would have loved. Tune in today to root for a win over Connecticut and then Tuesday for the championship. Even you guys who are skeptical of women's sports would be amazed how good these players are now. Yes, they dont slam dunk, but their patience, passing, cutting and offense are tops.

Name: Mike Scott ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 6, 2008, 11:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Snohomish, WA
Message: The Magnificent Seven as the quintessential western?? Whoa there, big fella! It was good, alright, but my vote goes to The Searchers with Shane a close second or third. Sorry, Neil, but I'm still a big Duke fan (the actor not the school) and Alan Ladd was a pretty good dude, too. Pam the Wife and I don't miss too many John Wayne movies on the tube. And who can forget, "Shannnneee. Come back, Shane. I love you, Shane. Come back! "Now, let me get the deflector shields up . . .

Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 6, 2008, 10:06 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: San Antonio
Message: Well, our Hawthorne connection (Westbrook, Love) to the Bruins played pretty well but not quite well enough to make up for some tactical errors. I like Howland as a coach but it seems to me that he should have adjusted by having Westbrook on Rose and Mbah a Moute on Douglas-Roberts. Collison looked lost out there. On the other hand, if a couple of those "in and out" 3s had dropped and if guys didn't drop the ball out of bounds or off their legs unmolested about 3 times, this might have been a different story even with the failed adjustments.

Name: Leslie Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 6, 2008, 9:42 am - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Whittier , CA
No E-mail
Message: I have worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 3 yrs and I have been trying to "understand" the kids of today. But, Dewey, the kids need to understand and learn to RESPECT the teachers of today and the adults. I, too, am having second thoughts of being a teacher and it makes me feel sad. I love teaching PHYS ED, introducing games, sports, recreational activities, having fun, and being outside. To pass down the Standards of Physical Education and the love of sports to a younger generation, is awesome. BUT, the kids don't want to learn these Standards or new activities. We have a hard time getting them dressed out. And, trying to "Understand" the lack of discipline and the lack of respect these kids have for us is disheartening. At the school I have been assigned JLMS, 7TH and Union, (95% Hispanic and first generation Across the Border) the school is surrounded, on the four sides, by different gang affiliations (MS13 is our biggest), drug dealers, territorial rites, and Country Affiliation. These are the influences or learning the kids would rather have, fighting and making quick money. I have been threatened by 7th and 8th graders who want to "Punch my face out or kick my A**", and whose favorite word is "NO", Racist, F-off, and "You cant tell me what to do." They constantly challenge the authority of the school and find it entertaining, to their peers, to be sent to the Admin Office. "Understanding" is not on the agenda when your life comes into play. Although, may I add, not a day goes by, that in my Advisory class of 8th graders, that I ask questions and try to find some answers, as to why they act the way they do. It's still very disheartening.

Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 6, 2008, 2:14 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece
Message: A belated but very heartfelt wish of happiness for this and many more birthdays to come, from that guy in Greece! Jim Peppers

Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 5, 2008, 7:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview - FL
Message: Gotta admit ...Just watched The Magnificent Seven, again for the 287th time, It still holds up as the quintessential western. I can't pick one favorite "line"...BUT I like the old man at the end when he says..."You Could Ess-stay you know.."or Steve McQueen as Micha Finn ...when he says..."Gently, Boy,Gently..." Some times you just gotta turn mother's picture to the wall and get out.
I'm watching it now....

Name: Karen ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 5, 2008, 9:56 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Harrison
Class: 1971
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA
Message: Belatedly, I too would like to wish Mrs. Baker a very happy birthday!!! I am out of town in Menlo Park, just south of San Francisco with Eric visiting our daughter, Sharon and son in law, Rick and seeing "the belly"...she is expecting our 3rd grandchild in August and I am excited!! More later, we are driving to Berkeley for the day...Sharon is a CAL (GO BEARS!!) graduate...I need to get a decal for the back of my newer car...Have a great day one and all!!
Hey Karen, Congrats....

Name: Art LaMere ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 5, 2008, 7:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bettendorf Ia
No E-mail
Message: I worked for the Chino School District for about three years as a security officer. We would have trouble at the high school and you would call the parents in and they would look at you and say deal with it it's your issue it didn't happen at home so I don't care. They are called latch key parents as soon as the kid leaves the door they lock it behind them and don't care what happens until 3pm. As for the fences none of the schools here have fences around the class rooms only the play grounds. Well John have a nice day. Art
Thanks Art