Name: Buddy Youngreen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 3, 2011, 11:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Orem, UT

Message: Mary Lee Ton, beloved teacher and choice friend to the students at Hawthorne High in the 1950's passed away last Sunday, May 29, 2011, at the age of 93. She had been living alone in Oceanside, California, where she had resided for many years and passed quietly from incidents associated with old age.
In May of 2007, Mary Lee was unable to attend a reunion of Hawthorne High School Alumni in Long Beach, California but wrote to her former students and well-wishers at the time:
"It is my loss that I am not physically up to attending the reunion. So often something happens that triggers memories of HHS and and the people I knew there. These memories are very dear to me, for my time at Hawthorne was the highlight of my teaching years. Although I can't be there in person I certainly will be with you in spirit to share this very special occasion. With love and best wishes for a memorable reunion, Mary Lee"

So it is with us, the former students and forever friends of the effervescent and consummate educator, Mary Lee Ton: We shall remember you with "love and best wishes" awaiting that future great and grand reunion of us all!
Respectfully submitted by Buddy Youngreen, HHS Class of 1957
Sad news Buddy, Mary Ton was an icon in the early years of Hawthorne High. She will be fondly remembered by me and many others who knew her.
Name: Art Lamere ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 3, 2011, 5:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bettendorf Iowa
No E-mail
Message: Britt sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother, you and your family will be in our prayers.
Name: Greg Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 2, 2011, 1:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Got this link in an email. I watched and didn't have any problems. It does take one back to simpler times. I recommend viewing it. The music is great. TakeMeBackToTheSixties.htm Hope the link works. If not maybe John can plug it in so it does.
Hey Greg, Yes that one is a classic and has been around for probably 10 years or more. I get email on this one at least 15 times a year and once had the link on the website. Very cool.
Name: Britt Stonebraker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 1, 2011, 10:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: Sacramento Valley AZ

Message: I'm sad to say that today we lost my Mom, Nancy Ellen Stonebraker, She fought a long battle with cancer, She was upbeat and full of smiles to the end.
Hi Britt, Very sad to hear the news about your Mom. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of the Stonebraker family in your hour of sorrow.
Name: Kathy Michael ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 1, 2011, 8:35 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Groseclose
Class: 1976
City & State: Plymouth, Minnesota

Message: Original Beach Boys guitarist, David Marks, is partnering with the newly-formed Hawthorne Historical Society to promote that local 1960's guitar sound as a legitimate part of the city's history and culture. David feels like the authenticity of their original guitar sound got lost a bit as the Beach Boys evolved into a more vocal-oriented band and he wants to get back to the original style and techniques they came up with as kids. This is his way of honoring his partner, Carl Wilson, and their first mentor, John Walker's memory and its the historical society's way to preserve their history, so its a great partnership. As part of the "Good Neighbors Day" event on July 16th, David will be conducting a full-day guitar clinic in the Hawthorne High music room where he will demonstrate chord progressions, authentic rhythm techniques & lead figures as they were originally recorded...participants are encouraged to bring their (unplugged) electric guitars to play along so they can get a better feel for the parts. Or, you can just observe. He will hit 3 & car songs, ballads and instrumentals. That evening, David and the Surf City All Stars will perform on the Hawthorne High football field at 7 are going towards the establishment of the first Hawthorne Museum. Tickets are at: and clinic information and registration forms be found on:
Thank you Kathy for this information. Hope to see lots of Cougars and their guitars at Good Neighbors Day on July 16th at Hawthorne High.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 1, 2011, 7:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente, CA

Message: TEN THOUSAND PLUS!!! Wow! You Cougars are AWESOME! A-W-E-S-O-M-E ! I said now AWESOME! (cheer humor) Judy- you are - well,,,,,,,,AWESOME! A-W-E-S-O-M-E ! I said now AWESOME!
Sharon is Happy Yes I am happy too. This is an AWESOME out-pouring of Cougar generosity. Thanks again to our donors for . . . . . well, you know.
Name: Matt Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 1, 2011, 8:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: EDH, CA
No E-mail
Message: Congrats on going over $10,000. HHS made the Sacramento Bee again. Does anyone know Tevita Moala who graduated from HHS in 1992? He was quite the football star even playing at Oregon State. There was an article in the Sacramento Bee about someone recently finding his high school class ring that he lost years ago.
Don't know him Matt but I bet someone here does. Thanks
Name: Lois Palmer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 31, 2011, 9:06 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McDaniels
Class: 1955
City & State: Sun City, Ca

Message: Thanks for the birthday greetings! Oldie for sure. 73. Still keeping busy. Just finished a play. It was funny and fun to do. Just need a little more time to rest up these days. Nice picture Marilyn. Lois
Name: El Rojo ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 31, 2011, 1:59 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID

Message: Here's to another victory for the Cougs!! Way to go John, Judy, EVERYBODY, who did their part. Coach Kanach, tell the guys that they need to hit that sled hard enough to turn it over every time they hit it. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!!Jake N Jude
Hey Russ, We need you coaching on the team. Get out here! ! !
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 31, 2011, 1:36 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: A very Happy Birthday to 1955's Lois McDaniels Palmer. One of the oldies but goodies.
Happy Birthday Lois!!
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 31, 2011, 11:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest

Message: John, great to hear from coach Joe. I remember when we were at HHS for your "62 Turns 62", we were escorted around campus by a couple of Cougar football players, they wanted to be upbeat but they seemed kind of sad.. Not knowing at the time that the program was in the midst of a long losing streak. I know that there are many smiles and stories of their big win last year!! Come August, all the smiles will be gone.. I can see it now, coach Joe riding the sled and blowing his whistle! Good Luck Cougs!! See ya all soon!
Hey man, a win comes at a price. We need MORE wins, thus a harder work ethic. It's time to mow Halcap with that sled, boys
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 31, 2011, 10:05 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Just received an email from HHS Football Coach Joe Kanach, he writes:
Attached is the updated donation list. They have been keeping me busy, which is a good problem to have. We made our first purchase which is a 3 man sled from Rae Crowther. A much needed upgrade and one that our lineman will come to love and hate. Things are really starting to shape up, as we have started our spring drills and had a very competitive outing versus Banning and we are traveling to Southeast High School on Thursday. I also wanted to note that Jolene Vallejo donated her old washer and dryer, and that will go to good use.
In Cougar Victory, Joe Kanach
Thanks for the note, Coach Joe. It's very nice to hear that our team is being outfitted with 21st century equipment. Thanks too, to HHS88 Cougartowner, Jolene Bailey Vallejo for donating her washer and dryer. It will, no doubt, be put to good use. Fight on Cougars.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 30, 2011, 5:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach, ca

Message: Whoo hooo!!! Good going Cougars. It's amazing how generous everyone on this site has been. Also, GOD BLESS OUR SERVICEMEN past and present.
Yes on both accounts Sharon.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 30, 2011, 1:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, ca
No E-mail
Message: It was really great seeing a lot of Cougars at the Hawthorne Memorial Day service this morning. It was a somber reminder of all that has been sacrificed so that we have the freedoms we do. The Mayor made a very good point when he spoke of how thousands of Veterans are returning home only to find no jobs. Sad indeed. On a brighter note, congratulations to everyone, too, for passing the $10,000 goal! Now, go out and fly your American flag with pride!!
Name: Stephanie Brito ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 30, 2011, 11:05 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Hall
Class: 1961
City & State: RPV, Ca

Message: John, Thank you for organizing this support for the football team....making it easy for us to help and....THANK YOU to all the Cougars who responded. I felt very happy reading your post this morning. Happy times...
You are welcome Steph.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 30, 2011, 9:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Well we just went flying by our goal of $10,000.00 thanks to 1972's Dean Morris. Thanks very much Dean and to all of our HHS football donors, thank you so much for your generous donations. Now that we've succeeded in making this goal, let's keep the donations coming, folks. I'm very proud to be one of you, a Cougar all the way.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 28, 2011, 8:59 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Hey JB, Made a second donation to help make our goal!
Thanks Maureen for the donation. A little over $300.00 away from our goal of $10000.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 28, 2011, 12:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Laguna Woods

Message: This donation is memory of crazy legs Dave Hobart.
Crazy Legs it is Steve, Thanks very much.
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 28, 2011, 10:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Thank you for all the birthday wishes. It's friends like you that make birthdays happy. On a sadder note, my condolences to Officer Garton's family and the Hawthorne P.D. over this great loss. Our prayers are with them.
Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 28, 2011, 8:10 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Peterson
Class: 1970
City & State: Marietta, Ohio

Message: My donation was mailed yesterday. Here in Ohio we have done pay to play for many years. As a parent I got sick of the fundraisers, but the student athletes had to raise $ too. Even our local doctors gave sports physicals for $10.00 to $20.00 and the money was donated to the boosters. Band and choir had to raise their own funds also. The teams even have to pay the school bus drivers for rides in our old school buses to away games/events. (the high price of gas doesn't help) Parents sell tickets, work snack stands , scorekeep, ref(if qualified), anything to help and long as it meets state safety guidelines. One year we had to mow and weedwack the soccer field before the first game. The kids wear uniforms that are ten years old. Good luck on the fundraiser, but I have to tell you I am glad my last one graduated.
Hey Kathy, it is what has to happen nowadays. The money is not there and hopefully that will change in the years to come. In the meantime we do what we do to keep our kids on the athletic fields. Thank you Kathy for your generous support.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 27, 2011, 11:06 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: Well, here's a goofy twist for ya. Tonight, at Haw VFW Bingo, I walked around with my "pass the hat" for the football donations saying, " Give me a buck or your first born son." At the end of the break, all I had was about 20 small pieces of paper with names of first born sons and their addresses and emails. Second time around I asked for a buck or their wedding rings, and so now I'm turning in $174.00. Wording really is everything. I learned to ask for gold rings from Rhett Butler.
Great job there Judy girl, you done good AGAIN. Thanks very much to the VFW Bingo crew and our own 1968 Janet Amuchastegui for your generous donations today. We're almost there folks, only $417.00 to make our goal of $10,000.00. Thanks again, to all our Cougartowners for your generous support of the HHS football program.
Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 27, 2011, 2:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Torrance, CA

Message: Happy Birthday, Bob Fraser, and may you enjoy many more.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 27, 2011, 1:40 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingm an, AZ

Message: Just read about the tragic motorcycle accident in Torrance yesterday, and the loss of one of Hawthorne's officers. Very sad.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 27, 2011, 7:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West Hills Ca,/ Hanalei HI,
No E-mail
Message: Hey class of 69! Come on i only saw two other 69ers on the donation list! Were almost to the goal! "Be True To Your School" I received a very nice thank you letter from coach Joe! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB!
There you go 69ers. Please step up.
Name: Russ Jacobsen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 27, 2011, 6:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID

Message: Happy B-day Bobby Fraser. Jan and Judy you guys do a wonderful job for the VETS on this site. I wish I could be down there to enjoy a VFW B-Fast with ya. I'd just like to say to the rest of the Cougs out there, that every time you take a bite of a hotdog or burger or sip a beer this weekend, say a prayer for one of those GI's that made it possible. And to our real young Cougs who are into the sports world at HHS, wear your UNI with COUGAR PRIDE!!! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude
Amen to that, Russ, thanks.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 10:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Cindy, I sent the information on the accident to your e-mail address.
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 9:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Mena, AR

Message: To the quiet one, our next door neighbor on Birch Ave, Bob Fraser. Happy Birthday! ...Ray