Name: Scott Leighton ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 10:04 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Accidently came across this site while surfing the net and was quite pleased with the trip down memory lane! It's especially nice to read about some of the great teachers and what happened to them.
Name: linda huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 3:57 pm - HHS Time
City & State: torrance, california
Message: Dear Lee Ann, I've just seen your e-mail regarding Ernie's Mother-in-Law passing away. My condolences, Ernie, to you and your family, in this tragic loss. As you say, Lee Ann, Ernie is so good about attending our functions for HHS. I just saw him at Foster's, a few weeks ago.
Congratulations to you on becoming a Grandmother, as well..
Take care, Linda Huthmaker
Name: Rip McQuitty ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 3:16 pm - HHS Time
Message: Hello Everyone, It?s been a very long time but it?s good to be back. I just wanted to stop in and inform everyone I will be retiring from the Navy after 20 years, and extend an invitation to you all to attend the ceremony on June 23rd 2006. I have been reading a few of the most recent feedbacks on Senior Square, etc? and I would just like to add this?
In this day and age, it seems like tradition, along with ?rights & privileges? for senior people, are becoming a thing of the past. Even in today?s military, certain rights and privileges for senior people are having to be shared with junior folks, mainly because it is viewed (at least by them) as discriminatory or segregation, and are not part of the team player concept, etc?
So it seems the squeaky wheel always gets the grease? Meaning, if you lobby long enough, jump up and down and scream loud enough, eventually you will get your way just to shut you up? Traditional initiations, (when done properly) have/had value and are meaningful. But unfortunately people have taken them to the extreme and because of that, they are going away. Just as cruising the beach or the strip use to be harmless and good clean fun entertainment, that too eventually got out of hand and has disappeared. Now I?m not sure what the answers are and what to do about it, other than be firm and stand up for what you believe in and follow through with it. But nevertheless, it is my opinion that the word ?EQUAL? gets more attention than the words ?SENIOR RIGHTS & PRIVILAGES?.
Keith Jones How the hell are you buddy? Tried emailing you but no reply?
Anyone know David & Steve Lewis? Steve bought the old Swingin Door on Inglewood Ave. a few years ago and changed the name to Coaches, and then sold it to someone else awhile after. If anyone knows how to contact either of them please let me know. Rip McQuitty HHS Class ?77?
Name: Vicki ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 3:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: mission viejo, ca
Message: I only went to Hawthorne in my Freshman year and graduated from Edison in Huntington Beach. I teach at at Rancho Viejo Montessori in RSM. I was talking to one of the elementary students parents and both she and her husband grew up in Hollyglen as I did. We all went to Cabrillo only I went 12 years earlier than they did. They are the Goldenbergs. Another Cougar sighting....Vicki
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 12:47 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: COUGAR SIGHTING!! Hello Danny Ray Class of '72!! I've been attending a particular church here in Hemet but didn't know our Asst. Pastor was a Coug until this morning when they decided to print a short bio in our bulletin. Another member approached him after services and she was from Leuzinger. I encouraged both of them to check out this site as neither knew about it. It's a small Cougar world.
Name: Raymond Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 11:40 am - HHS Time
City & State: Portland, OR
Message: I know of a great place for Senior Square...where it will be used more. Build it right in front of the outdoor stage. That way when they have their rallies the Senior's will have a great place to sit and watch. (just my 2 cents worth) But of course it might have to accommodate 200 to 300 Seniors.... hehehehehe. ok ok, I'm outta here.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 10:31 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Man Dewie you look so much like Mike Kitto in that picture. I remember Steve Jackson. He was Melanie's boyfriend for a while. We were friends but I have not seen him in 30 years.
Name: Larry Baglin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 23, 2006, 1:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Golden, Colorado
Message: Hey Cougars, Sorry to break into your discussions as to what became of the HHS Senior Square (which I respect-we had something similar at SPHS). My question this time is an 'era' question (late 50's-early 60's) about a local TV personality. Does anybody know if 'Engineer Bill' was played by William Christopher, who then went on to play 'Father Mulcahy' in "MASH"? I know that this isn't a question about Hawthorne especially, except in the fact that kids in Hawthorne in that era watched this show after school just like kids all over the LA Area did. Just thought I'd ask. THANKS, COUGS!
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 9:57 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: On the issue of Senior Square, I ran into Gary Shambaugh(president of HHS class of 1971) at a track meet today. He agreed we could rebuild it with about 50 alumi who would put up $200 apiece and get their names on a dedication plaque. Some of the ideas for the square have been very entertaining but Senior Square is suppose to be a nice place for seniors to gather and regroup after a tough test or just relax and be seniors together. The current administrations plan to rebuild it between the science and shop buildings doesn't work because it is too remote from the center of activity. If there are 47 of you fellow alumni, (I'm including myself, Gary and my brother Ray HHS 71) reading this who will commit $200 apiece to this project, I'll coordinate the rebuild. I intend to get the current Knights and Diaconians involved. I am a past president of Knights and plan to track them down on campus next week. Oh Scarlet & Gold let a new Senior Square unfold! I agree with those who said that the current generation must be taught about pride and tradition. This is what HHS Alumnae should do. Let's get to it!
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 9:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Carson, CA
Message: This is kind of for Dennis Campbell & Marilyn Ross since they raised the question about early graduations at HHS. I attended the FIRST graduation from Hawthorne (in 1954)because my sister, Susanne was in it and our mother filmed it with an 8mm movie camera with other family members there.
The audience was seated about where Senior Square was going to be and facing Nyman (under construction) Hall.
The new grads marched from South to North in front of us after coming from their seats S/West of the audience. Since I was just nine years old I don't remember ALL the details but, I do remember Mr. Nyman smiling during his remarks. Then when I graduated in 1963 the event was held on HalCap
field as had been the case for several years.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 5:47 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: In answer to the question of early graduations in Sr. Square, yes John it would have to be a really small class. The class of '55 graduated on the lawn just east of Nyman Hall right next to Sr. Square. I don't know about the class of 54' I didn't go to that graduation but it was probably in the same place. The class of 56' graduated in the brand-new gym.
Name: Dewey Storie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 3:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Chandler,AZ
Message: Still looking for Steve Jackson class of 1976 ...
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 9:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: John, to answer your earlier question, according to the HHS website, the Knights and Diaconians are still listed as active clubs on campus. Also I noticed the motto seems to have changed to "A Community Built on PRIDE".
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 7:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: If we would want the dedication to relate to today?s students I think perhaps a bronze iPod would be more in order. You could periodically text message the time in lieu of a sundial.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 7:23 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fullerton. CA
Message: How about the sundial like Keith with a BUFF surfer dude and have a speaker in his head playing music. A "sound" mind on a sound body! Actually I would like CT to try to find some new kind of "rights of passage" tradition. I moved from HHS in my senior year and the school I finished up at didn't have any of those traditions. (They did have a senior sancuary.) It REALLY makes a difference. It doesn't need to be anything that can cause hazing, just respect! Maybe the teachers could back the "rights" and if caught not respecting the right have the person write a paper on respect. In freshman english maybe the first assignment would be to write a paper on respect and when they graduate the administration return the paper to the student.
Name: Pat Underwood ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 22, 2006, 4:13 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Calif
Message: Lawndale High School lost their ?Senior Circle? a couple of years ago. It seems that the word ?Senior? didn?t mean much any more and the Juniors moved in as well. Senior Circle moved into the history books. Leuzinger has a ?Junior and a Senior Square?. My son says their used everyday by the proper students. I loved my Senior Circle, it was a place where I could get away from the lower classmates and relax. Yes there was the occasional junior that wandered in but we redirected them in the right direction without hurting anything but their pride. I don?t know why the students (some of them) of today don?t give a hoot.
Name: steve fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 21, 2006, 10:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Woods, CA
Message: Many ideas have recently surfaced on how to replace Senior Square. The property is gone, so it can't be rebuilt. But with the great group of people who support C-Town, and with the help of the school district, I'm sure that we can find a place on campus to place a small, yet memorable, tribute to all of us who spent so many good years at HHS.
And not to forget those to come.
I really like Keith Jones' idea of a sundial, the surfer sounds good, but we may need a hodad too! Think about it!
Name: Anita ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 21, 2006, 10:04 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: For the past week now I have been reading everyones feedback regarding the "death" of Senior Square. And be it good, bad, or indifferent, it had different memories for all of us. More often than not, I seem to remember it being cloaked in pretty shades of pastel toilet paper...courtesy of the Junior class! There is one time I do remember using it however. I was assigned to write a feature story for the COUGAR on our African foreign exchange students. Any one remember the Okumbe brothers? I could have conducted the interviews almost any place on campus, but I chose Senior Square. A little piece of ground that for me implied respect.....and to a lesser degree, privacy, but none the less was the perfect setting for the task at hand.
We've all heard the saying, "If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." All changes, even the ones we have really wanted, to some extent carry with them a little sadness. Yes, we all graduated and left Senior Square behind us, but as evidenced from everyone's posts.....it is still a part of us, whether it is still physically standing or not. And I think we all seem to get a bit nostalgic about a lot of things (now that we've matured) that perhaps the first time around, we weren't all that crazy about.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 21, 2006, 9:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: A sundial made of bronze or something like it with a surfboard and rider. That would look cool as the sun went around the shadow of the surfer would too,
Name: Karen Kuehl ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 21, 2006, 1:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vista, CA
Message: I like the idea of dedicating something to the school, but a sundial sits on a granite stone in front of Leuzinger. I'm sure we could come up with something different, couldn't we? Like Peggy Westbrook Sarvis said, the "rights of passage" traditions we had back in the 50s and 60s were anticipated throughout the preceding 3 years of high school. I remember when I finally got my ring turned around, I felt very grown up and had finally made it to the top. BTW I still wear my class ring!! I'm afraid to ask what the "rights of passage" are for the kids of today.
Name: Bob Kyllonen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 21, 2006, 12:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Rancho Mirage, CA
Message: The recent interest and comments concerning Senior Square at Hawthorne High School prompts me to relate a project undertaken by the Knights during the 1980's.
The Knights had transformed themselves into an outstanding school and community service club at that time and were probably the most active service club at HHS during those years. The club also earned a great deal of money selling popcorn at noon and selling ice cream during the Hawthorne Air Fair.
During one of our weekly meetings, it was noted that Senior Square had fallen into disrepair. Planters were devoid of plants. Tables and benches were badly in need of paint.
The Knights purchased the plants and paint and donated their time to bring Senior Square "back to life." As I recall, they also replanted planters near the area and continued to maintain them for some time as well.
Unfortunately, the area required more attention than could be provided, but for a brief period of time Senior Square was attractive and used again.
I am very proud of the Knights and their accomplishments in school and community service during those years.
Perhaps some former Knights from that era might recall more details of student initiated projects, and if the Hawthorne High School Knights are still active (and I hope that they still are) they may be the individuals to spark a new interest in a similar great tradition.