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We may have found a connection…as the rain gauge fills up in the Pacific Northwest so goes the stock market. Stranger and more obscure connections have been discovered in the mysteries of life than this…could the weather and this unpredictable financial entity be related? Case in point; one of our newsletter departments at our downtown headquarters located in one of the prestigious high rise towers, recently received a letter from old HHS Alumni, Gertrude and Mortimer, Class of 24’ or 42’, (couldn’t tell which year, it was kinda smudged from rain). The writing was blurred through out the pages and although difficult to read (it appears it was done with a quill from a chicken) the message became clearer as the staff poured over Gertrude’s note. It seems their back yard has become a floating cesspool with the septic tank full and the drain field flooded and unable to do its job. But as the rains continue to soak the earth and leave waste to even their most dependable of back up plumbing (the outhouse out back), a ray of sunshine has surfaced for these long time grads from the halls of Highline High. Sealed coffee cans have begun to ooze from the yard and from where they buried their ole dog Mooch. Coffee cans labeled with the same brand that Mortimer drinks, Truckers Buckhorn Grind, are emerging from the muck filled sod with old silver Civil War coins. Gertrude has had a hay day taking them down to the store and running them through that new fan dangled coin machine they have and trading them for new dollar bills. Apparently she’s now sporting new black walking loafers with the latest comfort gel insoles that have made the corns and bunions feel the best they’ve felt in years. She mentions how Mortimer has even commented on how striking her new red hats go with her most recent hairdo which has just a hint of purple. As Gertrude continues to feed the economy, HHS grads may want to reassess their investments and pass the word on to friends and relatives.
And from the Vice Pres…well another year has passed, but exciting things are happening with the HHS Alumni Foundation. We’ve come a long way since attending my first meeting with this incredible group of people. The topic of discussion during that first meeting was to start a scholarship. The amount decided on was $500 and naming it the Harry Lemon Scholarship Award. At the time I wondered how we were ever going to sustain that amount every year with the few of us we had volunteering at that time.
Now look at us…ten years later we have grown to eight yearly scholarships. The Foundation has grown tremendously with each member bringing their own special talents to the table. We recently added, the Alan L. W. Gunsul MD, Community Service Award. Dr. Gunsul worked as team physician for numerous years at the school and all of his children attended Highline as classmates. The winners of the Community Service Award will be picked by his family. The Foundation now has several scholarships that are funded and chosen by family members and we appreciate what all these people have given in time, energy and financial assistance. In addition, we received word that an alumnus from the class of 1934, Ralph Karlson, left an endowment of $48,000 to the Foundation. Again, our most sincere appreciation.
Each summer we also have a HHS Alumni Golf Tournament. This is not only a lot of fun; it also donates any monies and proceeds it generates to the Foundation as well. The same goes for the Gab Fest and Auction held each year. It gives members a chance to take part in activities they enjoy while raising money to boot. If you care to participate in some way with the HHS Alumni Foundation feel free to contact us through any of the sources located on the front page. The opportunities are numerous and your time can be big or small. Thanks again… Sincerely, Joanne Bakken Pease ‘70
What The ALUMNI FOUNDATION Does .....
And Can Do For You
Annual Newsletter Pep Assembly Judging
Membership Tracking Scholarship Reception
Scholarships Information Service
Golf Tournaments Updates for HHS Office
Golf Team Assistance Alumni Buttons
Help with Reunions Alumni Sweatshirts
Alumni Website Alumni Polo Shirts
4th of July Parade Updates/Revises By-Laws
Burien Market Booth Financial Accounts
Homecoming Involvement HHS Excellence Program
HHS Museum & Donations Athletic Hall of Fame
Maintaining Historical Log Cannon Shots
Passing of the Helm Any Other Services
And WHO Is Your Foundation . . President…………………………………………….…..………….Howard Call ‘57 VP………………………………………………..……Joanne (Bakken) Pease ‘70 Secretary…………………………………..….Georgina (Busch) Wicklund ‘56 Treasurer…………………………………………………………….Scott Salzer ‘71
At Large Members...Sally (Carey) Newton ’70, Gary Korsgaard ‘64
Top Left to Right - Cristina Chacharon - Emily Nishimura Herod Scholarship, Alexandra Berg- Business Department Scholarship, Mike Myers - English Department Scholarship, Miguel Carrion- Jorge Madrazo Legacy Latino Scholarship.
Middle - Maleena Scarsella - World Language Department Scholarship, Stuart Grayson - Social Studies Department Scholarship, Helena Bottemiller - Harry E. Lemon Scholarship, Zoe Viklund - McEachern Family Fine Arts Scholarship.
Lower - Colyn Nouv- Science Department Scholarship, Sarah Nouv- Uli & Gayle Chi Mathematics Department Scholarship, Medena Mulic - Stanley Watson Memorial Science Scholarship, Haley Smith - Music Department Scholarship, Eleonora Akopyan - Stanley Watson Memorial Science Scholarship, Delsie Baumgardner - Linn, Schisel & DeMarco Scholarship.
BURIEN GETS TASTE & SMELLS OF BAKERY CAFE DELICACIES FROM CLASS OF 95
The Maplewild Bakery and Cafe owned, operated and delicacies dreamed up by Kelly (McGehee) Carr, Class of 95. The ever growing cafe has lunches as healthy as any organic all natural person could desire, or pastries as sinful as any sweet toothed carb junkie would want to die for, or pizza and pasta (on Fridays) that would cater to the most finicky teenager or nutrition concerned family parent. Highline grads Kelly and husband Jason have had the cafe for two years with the biggest hurdle being the tremendous amount of baked goods going out the door. Help comes from her parents, Dave and Robin (Class of 70) on Fridays when as many as 50 pizzas can end up devoured in an evening. Brother Robbie starts prepping the pizza and pasta early in the morning before the sun has a chance to shine with additional help coming from staff Nathan running the front and Greek cook Frosene keeping the ovens busy in the back. Seattle Weekly described Friday's fare as a true Northwest Pizza. Breads, quiches, salads, and more join organic coffee, unique wines, and expresso for complete meals. If you're interested in a culinary treat, visit the bakery and cafe in Seahurst just 21 blocks west from Highline High School.
Address- 15217 21st Ave. S.W. across the street from Saint Francis Church. Ph 244-0737
1957 FOOTBALL TEAM STILL HUDDLES TOGETHER
1957 Football Team Still Huddles Together
Yes, you’re looking at the 1957 Highline High School Football team.From Left to Right is…Dennis Pittis, Dick Michaelson, Gary Send, Larry Webb, Larry Plischke, Gary Woldstad, Lindy Aliment, Bob Thornton, Dick Hull, Jack Kalina, Norm Eckert, Jack Brown, Noel Kane, John Dudder, and Howard Call (President of the Highline High Alumni Foundation).
2005 ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT
2005 GOLF TOURNAMENT
At the table (Left to Right): Todd Kimmel 1981,
John Shelly 1981, Walt Hunt 1981, John Klein 1981,
Scott Gilbert 1981, and Allen Fenton 1979.
THE 6th HOLE
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
HIGHLINE HIGH SCHOOL
PUGET SOUND LEAGUE CHAMPS
"HALL OF FAME"
At the Homecoming Assembly on Friday October 28, 2005 the 1953 Highline Pirates ‘Puget Sound League’ Football Champs were inducted into the ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME. During the assembly 20 returning members of the team showed up on stage.
(reprint) The football team of 1953 set a standard for excellence on the gridiron that all Highline teams aspire to emulate. The 1953 Pirate football team was one of the outstanding groups of athletes to ever come through the halls of Highline High School. After losing their first game and playing to a tie in their second, the Pirates ran the table defeating the rest of their opponents, often in hard fought games that went down to the wire.
The Pirates were led by head coach Jack Mackenroth and asst. coaches Alf Hemstad and Neil McKay. The team was blessed with an abundance of three year letterman who exhibited great teamwork and team spirit. Team members also had the enthusiastic support of a loyal student body that spurred them on and helped them maintain a winning attitude throughout the season.
Evidence of the quality of this team is that almost half of the All-Conference starting eleven was held by Highline football players. The Pirate’s starting ends; Rich Brandt and Dick Doerflinger were both selected to the All-Conference Team. Roger Krohn, star lineman for Highline received All-Conference honors. Two other Highline athletes were also recognized, Don Kyle and Clarence Coplin, who finished first and second in league scoring. Second team All-Conference honors went to John DeVick and Don Grambo while John Colasurdo and Ray Tibeau received Honorable Mention. Further recognition came to Rich Brandt who was selected to play in the All State Game.
The Inspirational Award went to Don Darchuck, an outstanding halfback that unfortunately had to drop out of competition after suffering a head injury during the season.
Total team members were; Robert Bartleson, Richard Brandt, Don Carlson, Johnny Colasurdo, Wayne Colman, Dick Colman, Clarence Coplin, Don Darchuck, John DeVick, Dick Doerflinger, Jim Ecklund, Maurice Esko, Tom Farstad, Tedd Foote, Jim Frey, Don Grambo, Craig Gunsul, David Hartman, Jack Hoffman, Jerry Jackson, Joe Jovanovich, Roger Crohn, Don Kyle, Marvin Mercer, John Oliger, Don Ossinger, Dave Palmer, Bob Parks, Loren Petersen, Ron Peterson, Bill Rich, Hugh Shaw, Ray Tibeau, Amond Verdi, Cecil Vokman.
ON DISPLAY AT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.....
THE 1953 CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL TROPHY.
EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE BY THE CLASS OF 54's
DICK DAHLGARD, ALMUNI FOUNDATION MEMBER, TO
HAVE THE TROPHY MOVED TO HIGHLINE'S
"HALL OF FAME"TROPHY CASE
Also Inducted Into The ‘Athletic Hall of Fame’
Kevin Inglehart, Class of 2000. Cross Country State Champ & 1500m Track State Champ.
Jenny Campbell, Class of 1992. Jenny was also a Cross Country and Track Champion.
Chuck Czubin, Teacher/Coach. Chuck coached Track, Football and Girls JV Basketball with an awesome win column. Chuck was also a PAC 10 Football Official.
1970 Reunion Committee Still Together
The Committee members for the Class of 1970 Reunions still meet together yearly to discuss STRICTLY business. Meetings are held in the month of December, usually at a nice restaurant or a committee member’s house, Santa is usually invited. Most of the team has been together for the 20 and 30 year reunions. The Committee is called the World Reunion Exemplary Committee Keeping Staff or W.R.E.C.K.S. for short. Long time WRECKS include Joanne (Bakken) Pease vice pres. Of the Alumni Foundation, Sally (Carey) Newton founder & advisor of the Alumni Foundation, Richard Newton, Joe Cail, Robin (Barnhart) McGehee, Sandy McDade, Tom Garrison, Dan Rice Alumni Newsletter, Bonnie (Rogers) Rice, Pam (Asher) Molner, Mary Kaye DiMarco, Janis (Vacca) Kelly, Kevin Patrick, and Linda (Hardwick) Waltenburg.
Joe Cail & Rich Newton
Joanne (Bakken) Janis (Vacca)
Bonnie (Rogers), Pam (Asher), Sally (Carey)
Dave & Robin (Barnhart ) McGehee
Bonnie & Linda (Hardwick)
Tom Garrison & Janis (Vacca)
10/22/1914 - 12/26/2005
Glen Odman was born in 1914 to homesteaders in North Dakota, Oscar and Amelia Odman. The family moved to Minnesota in 1918 because of his mother’s illness. Then in 1927 his father passed away and the family moved back to North Dakota to their original homestead where Glen graduated from Beach High School. That summer he worked with the CCC building dams using wheel barrows and shovels. He graduated from Jamestown College, North Dakota in 1937 and then moved in with his family where they had now settled in Selah, Washington. He took his graduate studies at the University of Washington and began his teaching career in English, Latin, speech and drama at Selah High School. He served as principal at that school from 1948 to 1958.
In 1942 he joined the infantry which was the 334th. They were assigned to every major battle in Europe including the Battle of the Bulge. Glen was awarded the Bronze Star.
In 1958, Glen accepted a position as the first principal at Mr. Rainier High School in Des Moines. In 1966 he was transferred as principal to Highline High School and it was there that he retired from public education in 1974. His accomplishments also included but were not limited to; attending the Academy of Speech and Fine Arts at Royal Albert Hall in London, assistant professor in the Education Department at Seattle Pacific University and was an active member in Rotary and Toastmasters. Glen also devoted much of his time to the ministries in the Covenant Church he attended and the First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Minnesota where his services were held.
(Excerpts from the Highline Times, Jan. 04, 2006)
Something is there that does not like "Alone"...
The hollowness of a hand not there to clasp in warmth,
The boding quiet of an absent voice,
The unheard song in the laugh of a friend
Something is there that does not like "Alone"...
Though the hours seem gay,
Though the room be still,
The gnaw aches the heart as only my shadow shares
Something is there that will not live "Alone"
Your needs meet mine; My needs meet yours
In countless arbors on the way
While we walk on together
Then laughter rings and troubles lift
For we have shared each other Glen Odman
Kenn was born on September 3rd, 1921 in Vancouver, Canada. In 1939, he and his brother Don enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force where they served until 1942. That same year Kenn enrolled at the University of British Columbia, then eventually transferred to Bob Jones University in Greenville South Carolina. He completed his Bachelors in Education at Seattle Pacific College in 1953 and went on to get his Masters in English Literature at the school as well.
Kenn started his teaching career in the Highline School District in 1953 as a 5th grade teacher and then transferred to Highline High School the next year where he taught until his retirement in 1996. His passion for young people and desire to teach was too strong to let him totally retire, so he continued to teach as a substitute at Highline until this past June at the age of 83. He was known as the "Silver Fox" to many of his former students, he demonstrated tough love for all his students, demanding their best in every chosen path. His love for teaching was known by all his colleagues.
In this high school days Kenn was a four-sport letterman, playing football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and also played semi-pro hockey for the Vancouver Canucks in the 1940's. Always a lover of sports, Kenn coached Football and Baseball for many years at Highline High School, and served as an umpire for over 30 yearswith the Northwest Baseball Umpires Association. He also was an usher for most all Washington Husky sporting events and Quest field for Seattle Seahawk home games.
Kenn served as an Elder at Berean Bible Church for over 30 years, and was honored with the title of Elder Emeritus on May 9th, 2004 for this selfless services to his church. He is survived by Doris, his wife of 53 years, their 3 sons, and nine grandchildren. "He will be missed by all of us, but we are grateful for his life and his influence on each of our lives"
10/10/24 - 9/13/05
When Patty was fresh out of the University of Washington, she landed a job at Marineland in Pacific Palisades, California. There are pictures of her swimming and photographing sharks in a tank. She was their Public Relations Director. She was, for a while, a writer for a Hollywood rag magazine and hob knobbed with some of the greats. She was even friends with James Garner. Pat always remembered fun days in Roslyn, Washington hanging around the "Brick" that Pat inherited which was a family owned tavern used in the TV show Northern Exposure. During the Depression, she and her grandmother ran a University of Washington fraternity house. She wore the clothes that the rich boys left behinds after they went away. Pat loved that. In Seattle she then began teaching for many years at Highline High School where she inpsired countless students to achieve their best. In retirement Pat moved to Belfair, Mason County to enjoy a full life with activities in her church, TOPS, Twanoh Falls Beach Clus and weekly trek to sing with the Rolling Crones in North Seattle. We all miss Pat in our various lives and will be in the hearts and minds of everyone who knew her.
5/13/30 - 10/23/05
Teacher, Director, Actor, Costumer, and Artist. Al Reamer passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 2005. He was 75 years old. Al was a Burien resident for 49 years. He taught English and Drama in the Highline School District from 1953 until his retirement in 1982. The schools included: Chelsea Park Elementary, Normandy Park Elementary, Marvista Elementary, Puget Sound Junior High and Highline High School. He was a long time member of the Burien Arts Association, Burien Little Theatre and City of Burien Arts Commission, and he directed the Burien Strawberry Festival. Al was born May 13th, 1930 in Bellingham, Washington. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1948 and earned a Master of Education degree from Western Washington State College. He served in the US Army stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Al is survived by his wife Barbara of 46 years, three daughters, and two brothers.
1913 to 8/6/05
Herbert Elsner, Highline High School Grad, Class of 1931, was born in 1913 in Zenith, Washington just south of Des Moines. Herb was a very avid mountain climber, never met a mountain he didn't like. One of this most memorable climbs was reaching Mount Rainier's summit with two of his friends in 1939. After he finished the trip, Herb compiled a log of notes that he kept while on the climb. His family still reads it often. He also had a hiking stick called an alpenstock that he carved the name of every mountain he reached the summit of. The alpenstock was put on display at this services by this family.
Herb loved nature. He had some strong feelings as many Northwesterners do, that if you eventually ruin the enviornment, you eventually ruin yourself, his daughter related about him. A few years after climbing Rainier, Herb was drafted into the Army. He served during World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines as a radio operator and construction foreman, and eventually eared the rank of Master Sergeant. Herb is survived by his wife Evelyn of 57 years, two daughters, one son, and a grandchild.
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