Montebello High School is located in the San Gabriel Valley approximately 8 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. Its famous alumni include tennis champion Jack Kramer, baseball great Bobby Knopp, basketball player and coach Jerry Pimm, Nobel Prize winner Bruce Merrifield, actors Edward James Olmos and Jack Larson, and California Democrat Party Chairman Art Torres.
I saw this meme over at Fiddledeedee. Dee Dee got it from another blogger. You know how that goes. Since High School was 39 years ago I’ll see how my memory is holding up. Yikes did I say 39 years ago…2007 minus 1968 = 39, Ouch! Have fun at your 20th year reunion (oops I mean 30th!) Dee Dee!
1. Who was your best friend? My best friend in Junior High and High School was Judy T. and Nanc M. (I want to respect their privacy so no last name even though they’re married).
2. Did you play any sports? I did enjoy sports. I was part of G.A.A. (Girls Athletic Association). I didn’t play any organized sports on an actual team, just in Phys Ed.
3. What kind of car did you drive? I drove whatever second hand car was available. I didn’t have my own old jalopy till college.
4. It’s Friday night. Where were you? Football games, basketball games, or baseball games. I was a Song-Leader part of the Pep Squad so I attended most every sporting event and cheered and danced away! I lost about 5 lbs. (water weight) every Friday night!
5. Were you a party animal? No, I really didn’t see the point of parties.
6. Were you considered a flirt? Not typically. I did get along with boys and sometimes better than I got along with girls.
7. Were you in the band, orchestra or choir? Cheer Squad was my gig. I was part of the Russian Baptist Youth Choir.
8. Were you a nerd? Nope, not smart enough to be a nerd!
9. Were you ever suspended or expelled? Never!
10. Can you sing the fight song? “Long ago she rose and stood, Montebello dear old high, Mid the sunlight’s golden flood, Montebello dear old high, Where the blue and gold flag flies, sheltering splendid enterprise, neath California’s summer skies, Montebello dear old high.” That doesn’t sound to fight songish. I think the fight song was more along the lines of “On Montebello, on Montebello, Fight on for your team da da da da da da da…..
11. Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Sawyer ~ English
12. What was your school mascot? Ollie the Oiler
13. Did you go to the Prom? We had a Junior/Senior Prom. I went to the prom in my junior year but not my senior year. Our prom was at the now demolished Ambassador Hotel (where Bobby Kennedy was assasinated). My date took me to the Coconut Grove for the pre-prom dinner and show and we saw the Righteous Brothers.
14. If you could go back, would you? No way, no how, well…maybe just to set the things right.
15. What do you remember most about graduation? The tiring all night party at a bowling alley and the senior trip I took with my best buddies right after graduation.
16. Where were you on Senior Skip Day? We did not have a senior skip day.
17. Did you have a job your senior year? Yes, I worked for Link-Belt as an office assistant. I got off school half-day because I had enough credits.
18. Where did you go most often for lunch? Cafeteria with my sack lunch that my mom made for me every day.
19. Have you gained weight since then? Mercy, mercy me! Yes, anywhere between 10 – 60 with pregnancies, etc. Right now I weigh 26 more pounds than I did in High School. I’d like to get that down to 20.
20. What did you do after graduation? I attended University of Redlands and then Cal-State Los Angeles, both in Southern California. I graduated with a degree in Home Economics and a k-8 teaching credential.
21. What year did you graduate? I graduated from high school in 1968.
22. Who was your Senior Prom Date? Senior year no one, Junior year with Adam M.
23. Are you going/did you go to your 10 year reunion? I went to my 10 year and my 30 year. There weren’t enough of my old buddies at the 30 year reunion :(. I was happy to see the few that were there.
Please feel free to play along! Then let me know if you do…