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PLHS Pointer Association
Alumni eUpdate 
December 2010

Pictures - Pictures- and more Pictures!

pirit of the Pointer sculpture

Spirit of the Pointer sculpture
Donated by the Alumni
November 13, 2010
Sculptor Richard Arnold '59

Dear Account,

This final issue of the Alumni eUpdate of the year is filled with links to lots and lots of pictures for your enjoyment. The 85th Gala, Spirit of the Pointer unveiling (and dedication, and student dedication), Noah Tafolla's wonderful history of PLHS (produced for the Gala), and a very special singing of the Alma Mater. We hope you will find time to view them all....guaranteed to rekindle memories, and bring a smile to your face. Just click the link for each album below and they should pop up. (They are posted to You Tube and the Pointer Association Facebook page but you do not need to be a Facebook member to view them.) You can click on any picture to enlarge it.

Also in this issue, In Memoriam. Thank you to those who continue to send us notice of Pointer's who have passed so we can honor them here. (Special thanks to Suzanne Ballantyne for her regular reports!)

Here is wishing you and yours the best of everything as we move into 2011.
Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer!

(PS....How do you all feel about renaming our eUpdates 'Pupdates'?)

PLHS 85th Gala Celebration

The Gala committee, Andrea Justus, Eleanor Snyder, and Maria Virissimo Gibson '87, pulled off a great event. A fun night, plenty of old Pointer friends to chat with and new friends to meet, a history area, and display of current Pointer programs, dancing, food, laughter, and great auction items. Over $40,000 was raised for Pointer "Three As' for Success: Arts, Academics, and Athletics." Also, at the event, the unveiling of the Spirit of the Pointer sculpture, and a video production of PLHS history (from vacant lot to today!) by Noah Tafolla '86 (KPBS Wonderland).

Gala photo Album

Noah Tafolla's PLHS History
 (This one was not working on Dec. 20th....will try to get it back up soon!)

Singing of the Alma Mater at the Gala
You do not want
to miss this one!!! Golden Pointer Ken Harvey '42 and sons, Jim '73 and Doug '76, sing the Alma Mater at the Gala. (Check out which one of the three does not need the cheat sheet with the words!!!)

Spirit of the Pointer Dedication and installation

After months of anticipation, (and almost a year of planning), the Spirit of the Pointer sculpture was unveiled at the Gala, then dedicated and installed the next day on campus. To say that 'our Pointer' is a hit would be an understatement. Everyone who comes in contact feels compelled to pet/pat or scritch his head or chin, or to hold his paw. He is being photographed regularly (stop by and pose with him!) with classes of students, Pointer families, athletic teams, and staff. And last week he was wearing a Santa hat!

Photo Album:
 Spirit of the Pointer and Dedication 

A dedication just for the students was held on campus during lunch a few days after the Gala. Principal Bobbie Samilson shared Richard Arnold's inspirational story and asked him to speak to the students. The Cheer team and band members wore Cheer, Songleader, Lomanette, and Band uniforms from the past.

Photo Album:
 Student Dedication of The Pointer 

To Richard Arnold '59, a huge thank you for the idea, and the talent to make it happen. What a wonderful gift you have given to Pointers past, present and future. And to Randy Dietz, thank you for donating your time and expertise to build the base, lay the bricks, and even plant a couple of maroon plants on either side of the base! And Jeff Moore, thanks for all your help making the dog ready for the unveiling!

Thank you to all the alumni who donated to this Gift to PLHS, which also generated enough in donations to fund a Spirit of the Pointer scholarship. We hope alumni will continue to donate to this scholarship fund in years to come!
 to the Spirit of the Pointer scholarship fund.

A couple of other things:

Alum Steve Baldwin '75 was left out of the list of Accomplished Alumni, Politicians. Steve was elected to the California State Assembly in 1994 and chaired the Legislative Committee on Education. He was also the youngest minority whip in California history. 


Alum Jon Berndes '65 never ceases to amaze us.....This time it was a 600 lb pumpkin that he grew in his garden, then drove all over San Diego for a variety of uses (including to promote USC football!) He promises an even bigger one next year!

Here's to You Point Loma High School, a DVD compilation of photos and video from footage left by Caroline Crosby is still available from the Fort Guijarros Foundation. Click here for more info or email Paula Reynolds. This makes a great Holiday gift for anyone who lived in PL in the late 1950s through mid 1960s.

Message from Principal Bobbie Samilson and Pointer Association President Kevin O'Beirne

Dear Pointer Alumni,

There are many opportunities to make year-end donations. If you are in a position to do that, we would be grateful for you to consider giving to our high school through the Point Loma High School Pointer Association.

You can make your tax deductible donation (501(c)(3) tax ID #95-380016) by sending a check to PLHSPA (2335 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego, CA 92106) or click here to Donate securely on line.

Please let us know where your passion lies and we will direct the money to support academics, arts, athletics, or the alumni scholarship program. 

Thank you for considering PLHS. We are thankful for your support and wish you a wonderful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bobbie Samilson, Principal, Point Loma High School
Kevin O'Beirne, President, PLHS Pointer Association

In Memoriam

ointer Dog  

Linda Densley ‘65
Carleton Creager ‘49
Louise Balelo Virissimo ‘48
William “Bill” Lancaster ‘52
Charlene Willardson Bradshaw ‘65
Nola Plummer Fernandes ‘49
Jean Lister Medina ‘49
Carol Smith Shannon ‘51
Elizabeth Groeschel Sville ‘41
Jane Goeb ‘54
Emmett “Mike” Herz ‘47
Earl Hegerle ‘39
Earl S. Tobey '41
Robert S. Featherstone '74

Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer!

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