Name: Debbie Beachler ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 24, 2012, 1:40 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kilroy
Class: 1971
City & State: The OC

Message: Happy Birthday Coach!! He looks great and certainly is loved by many. I got a kick out of seeing my old Spanish teacher, Mr. Bravo, he was pretty intense but I enjoyed his classes, would love to talk to him again. Looking forward to Cruise night tomorrow, my brother is finally letting me tag along! LOL!!
Thanks Deb, see you there too.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 24, 2012, 10:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: I have an unusual recollection of Coach Chauncey, who would substitute for Mr. Jack as a driver-training instructor. I recall the Coach's droll humor and his patience with us teenage would-be drivers as we drove around the South Bay in a white Crown Vic from Chaffee Ford. After 44 years and over a million miles, I must have learned something.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 23, 2012, 9:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca

Message: Getting closer to Cruise Night looking forward to it now counting the hrs. I hope to see a lot of Cougs out there. Happy belated Birthday to Coach Chauncey. Best Wishes & still looks the same since high school keep on going & for those past B-Days as well
See you there, Cindy.
Name: Camille Hawkes-Gainey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 23, 2012, 9:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hill
Class: 1959
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Great Job on the pictures of Coach C.'s 90th bash Rich & John. Wish I could have been there. So good to see so many I admired & respected from '58/'59. Must agree w/Sue: It was wonderful seeing how well Mike Gillespie looks - Thanks for sharing.
Glad you enjoyed them Camille. We all still look great.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 23, 2012, 2:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Dennis Kilroy: I never grow tired of meeting with loyal HHS Knights like yourself! See you Saturday! Is anyone from Cougartown in contact with Roberta (Bobby) Burkett? I wish you'd get her to cruise night as she was my freshman english teacher at HHS and I'd like to see her again to thank her for her hard work back in '72! Karen Fraser, you better start praying for your Fighting Irish now as we (USC) are #1 in the country and ready for a boot kicking of Notre Dame and UCLA! Sorry John but it's that season again! If anyone from Cougartown wants to attend an HHS football game other than homecoming, e-mail me and I'll join you! I wouldn't mind seeing a game other than homecoming and I've known coach Swain for many years and I'm sure he's working hard to produce a winning squad!
Clark, you didn't just JINX USC, did you?
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 23, 2012, 2:01 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: Love the birthday pictures. Mike Gillespie looks wonderful!!
Yes he does.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 23, 2012, 1:22 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
City & State: Redondo Beach

Message: Well, Saturday night our reunion is here. Check-in and cocktails start at 6pm. Dinner will be at 7:30 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. We will have about 90 people in attendance. The Marriott is setting up a memorabilia table for us and I have some pictures and saved-momentos and if you have any you would like to share, please feel free to bring them along to put on the table. Looking forward to seeing you Sat.
Have a great one, 66-67ers.
Name: Hal Chauncey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 23, 2012, 8:55 am - HHS Time
Class: 1951

Message: That was a "rip roarer" of a 'birthday party---seeing all those guys and the stories that go along with them really was special! You know that with almost all of those 'kids' -- go memories! That set back my "halfheimeres" forever!! It's interesting how changed some of them looked--of course they were older--the white hair was showing--what the hell should I suspect -- these "kids" are only in their 70's! Plunk! Thanks again John for all your work on behalf of HHS and all the "kids"! True story-- when HHS first started in 1951 -- Cap and I were involved in recommending the football equipment -- the helmets, particularly. We wanted the Rydell helmet which was a couple dollars more expensive than the Wilson R/P helmet! Rydell had the suspension in them and the Wilson just had sponge! The business manager ordered the Wilson because it was less expensive! One of our first practice games, one of the kids made a tackle and ended up with a 2 inch gash in his head! The Vice Principal was there at this game -- as we're going out for the first half I showed him the injury and told him that he was coaching from now on, until we got the Rydell helmets. The Rydell helmets arrived the next Thursday! Stay well--as ever, Ol' Coach Hal Chauncey
Hi Coach, Great story as always and thanks for the opportunity for all the early footballers to get back together. After all, if it wasn't for you, most of these guys would never have a chance to see each other What a who's who of early HHS Football. With you, Cap, and these early teams setting the stage for future pride and tradition at HHS. In retrospect I, for one, am so grateful you took that job. It made all the difference in countless Cougar lives to follow. That showed last Saturday as about 200 "old guys" showed up to honor not just their Coach, but a true friend for over a half century. Thanks Coach for all you've done, and been, to so many "kids" through the years. Great Party for sure and as the Beach Boys once said, "Let's Do It Again". WE LOVE YOU MAAAANN!!!
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 23, 2012, 5:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Susanna /Hanalei Kauai

Message: I truly enjoyed coach Chauncey's pictures of his birthday bash! Never seen so many "Tommy Bahama shirts in one place! HA HA! But i hope i look half as good as the coach when i turn 90! He looks great! Happy Birthday coach!
The Ol' Coach looks great as always and still has his stories like "I can remember when the Dead Sea was just sick".
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 22, 2012, 11:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: oregon city, oregon

Message: Thanks John for all the pictures of the coach's party. On photo 58, person where name tag not visible looks like David Roelen class of 58'. Well done Webmaster, well done.
Thanks Carl, I have to give credit to Rich Sloan for half of the pictures. He did a great job.
Name: Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 22, 2012, 6:17 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Hawthorne High Football starts this Friday with their opener at Torrance High at 7 pm. The Cougars have their first home game on August 31st against Lawndale. The Daily Breeze has been running the prep football news all week and today featured the Ocean League. Here is what they say about the "outlook" : "Fourth time is the charm, right? That is what Hawthorne is hoping for, bringing back James Swain for his fourth stint as the program's head coach. Swain hopes to carry on some of the good vibrations started by Coach Joe Kanach the last two years."
Hi Karen, let's hope Coach Swain and the 2012 team is up to the task.
Name: Johnny Reissig ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 22, 2012, 12:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960

Message: I am from the class of 1960 I was the stage crew from 1956-to-1960
Welcome to Ctown, Johnny
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 22, 2012, 11:43 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Happy Birthday to Virginia Lutz Shoren. Hope it's a great day.
Happy Birthday Virginia
Name: James R. Noble ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 21, 2012, 4:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Torrance, CA.
No E-mail
Message: Just wanted to let you know I'm still above ground.
Thanks James and welcome to Cougartown.
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 21, 2012, 1:01 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA

Message: John its been a great Month for the Class of 77 our Reunion was Amazing. Jill & Michelle did a wonderful job. Now I look forward to a night at Foster's with the rest of my Cougar Buddies! And as far as the Modernization of HHS. It is sad but we need to prepare a New Home for the Next Generation of Cougars. With New Facilities you can also attract and retain better Faculty and Staff. And when we come back to visit we can say how it used to be in the olden days! I look forward to hanging out with everybody. Hopefully alot of the 70's people will come out. Clark gets tired of talking to me, he needs some fresh blood! (Ok just kidding).
Hey Dennis, Glad you had a great time at your reunion. I know how magical they can be and we are getting ready for our 50th at the end of next month. All you 62ers out there, if you're sitting on the fence, please join in your reunion. You won't regret it. See you next Saturday, Dennis and the rest of our Cougar family, at Fosters about 5pm.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 21, 2012, 12:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Susanna /Hanalei Kauai

Message: Just want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jerry! Thank you for all your contributions you have given this web site! I especially enjoy watching the Corriganville flicks you put together. Our California home is very near (Santa Susanna) and i enjoy walking my dog there often. All the buildings are gone and just foundations to those old sets. They have metal plaques with B/W photographs of the way it once was. So in honor of your B day ..... Im taking my new i phone to Corriganville and watch your movie while i walk my wonderful dog Poppy! BTW It's a great place to walk , Hike , Mountain Bike, etc, Happy Trails little buckaroo , See ya at the cantina!
Name: Lisa Dulin ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 21, 2012, 11:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1967
City & State: Palm Desert. CA

Message: The weekend is approaching fast. It will be party time at the Marriott in Manhattan Beach for the 66-67 reunion. Thank you committee for putting this event together for us!
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Aug 20, 2012, 9:37 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks CA
No E-mail
Message: Thank you JB and Linda. But Linda, there is plenty of time. It is today...haha!
I knew that
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 19, 2012, 11:44 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach

Message: Happy Birthday, Jerry Miles:) There are a few minutes left of it. Hope you had a great day.
Happy Birthday Jer', have a great day.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 19, 2012, 11:01 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Maybe the best kept secret ever about HHS got pulled off yesterday. Coach Hal Chancey was expecting to have a nice quiet lunch with his family for his 90th birthday; instead he has greeted by about 200 of the people he mentored while at HHS. There were teachers, coaches and students from the 50s, 60s and 70s at Old Ranch Golf Club to celebrate his legacy at HHS and in Hawthorne. I am sure you will be see a lot of what went on because John Baker and Richard Sloan took a lot of pictures. I hope they publish the program because it was an amazing group of speakers. Great fun seeing all the old coaches; who by the way turn out to be not that old. Here is to the next 90 years.
Thanks Gary, yes a fun birthday celebration for someone HHS will never ever forget. Thanks to all who were there and yes there will be pictures. Give me a couple of days to get Rich's pictures and I will add them all.
Name: Mike Stallings ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 18, 2012, 7:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: San Pedro, CA

Message: I would like to add my 2 cents about our old High School being demolished. I am just as nostalgic as the next person and have fond memories of our high school when i attended in the early 1970's. Built in the Mid-Century Modern Style, Hawthorne High was a great campus to be a part of the first 30 years of it's existence. But in the Mid 80's they needed more classroom space so they started planting trailers in the spaces between the original buildings. There was no order to their placement, like brown boxy spaceships landing from another planet. Then they built those wonderful 2 story stucco wooden boxes, (that look nothing like the original school buildings they sat next to,) at the prominent exterior corners of the school. Then the cafeteria, (that looks like the starship enterprise landing on senior square,) was added. I teach architecture at El Camino and went to our old high school every year for the past 30 years to recruit students for my program. It made me sad to see our school slowly change from what it once was. The point i am trying to make here is that our school, that i am so proud of, had evolved into a mish-mash of questionable architecture that did not match the original buildings and there was no sense of order as to where the new buildings were located. The new High School Design has a wonderful order to where academic buildings are located and will be more uplifting & an easy circulation pattern for the students to get from class to class quickly. In our case, I think the old saying "You can never go home again" is true. Everything isn't that way though, some classmates of mine that attended St. Josephs Parochial School in the 60's are getting together next weekend for a reunion and to take a tour of our old school that really hasn't changed much at all, since it was built in 1923....
Thanks Mike for your input and observations.
Name: Matt Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 17, 2012, 3:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: EDH, CA

Message: St. Joseph's Class of 1970 is having a reunion. The new schedule is FRIDAY AUGUST 24: 1:30pm Lunch at Chips, 3:00 pm- Tour of St. Joseph (All St. Joes alumni welcome) 5:00- Watermans-Hermosa Pier SATURDAY AUGUST 25 4:30-Main Reunion Party Cozymels Restaurant (2171 Roscrans, El Segundo SUNDAY AUGUST 26th 11am-Picnic at the beach 26th Street Beach in Manhattan Beach To RSVP and for more information contact Mike Stallings at
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 17, 2012, 11:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: I remember that Beach Boys dance well. It was great. I do have a question though. I guess I have forgotten over the years. If the attendees wore school clothes did the attendants wear white coats and carry very large butterfly nets?
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 17, 2012, 9:27 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance CA

Message: Sid--Here's a "bait & hook" for ya. BAIT: The HAWTHORNE VFW BREAKFAST IS THIS SUNDAY. 9-11:30 AM..huge breakfast for only $7.00. (wouldn't kill ya to leave a tip either) All proceeds help to keep the VFW focused on the VETS. I'm going to be displaying (long saved) copies of many Cougar newspapers for all to see. Anyone that wants to take home one or two are welcome to do so. They range from 1959-1966 so all the older Cougs should enjoy them. There's a lot of old pics and memories in each. Here's the HOOK part, you have to be at the breakfast to get one. (there Sid, ain't I a good salesperson)? Your friendly juice maiden and happy serving wench.
Yeah, that should pack'em in. Seriously folks, even if you don't care about the "Bait", you'll have a fun time this Sunday as our own El Rojo and lovely wife, Judi are in town from ID and would love to see you all. Come on out for a great breakfast and fun morning with JakeJude. I know you'll have a great time.