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PLHS Alumni eUpdate

August 2013

When life gets busy and the eUpdates take longer to get out there is a LOT of info to include. Hopefully there is something of interest to all alums in this link-filled issue. (I know I keep promising to send these more often, but the time flies by.)

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. If you have pics from your reunion or other gatherings of your classmates, please get them to me with a breif explanation and we will put them into the next eUpdate!

Kim (PL '73)
(Proud mother of second generation Pointer, Andrew Jessop PL '00, who received his Ph.D in Accoustical Engineering from Purdue last weekend.)



BOBBIE SAMILSON RETIRES: http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/7OMW_P1160194.JPGAfter 9 years as Principal at PLHS, Bobbie Samilson has retired. Bobbie’s energy and enthusiasm were infectious and she has had great rapport with the PL community and the alumni. We will miss her but send our best wishes to her as she begins the next chapter of her life. Read more about Bobbie

Hans Becker has been selected to replace Bobbie. http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/C9ZO_Hans_Becker_recropped.JPGHe has been a VP on campus for 5 years and has become a familiar face at PL events and activities. He has a strong connection with the PL Cluster Council and looks forward to working with the community. Welcome Hans! More about Mr. Becker.

http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/IMG_1215.jpgOn April 11th the new state of the art Motion Pictures Industries Facility was dedicated at PLHS. This project is part of the District College, Career, and Technical Education program.

Speakers indicated that there is no other facility of this caliber in a high school anywhere in California.

http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/IMG_1214.jpgIt will prepare students for additional education or for entry level work in the motion pictures industries (a high demand labor market in California.)

http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/IMG_1219.jpgThe Facility includes video editing rooms, audio suite, audio-video hub, podium with speaker, a green screen, and a tool shed for building sets. There is also a screening room. The curriculum with include 4 levels of Video production, and 4 levels of Multimedia production. No other high school in the SD District offers this curriculum. Read More


CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT turns 100 this year! http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/Cabrillo_Lights_up_the_Night_icon.jpg

"Cabrillo Lights Up the Night", a celebration event, will be held on October 12. Activities include a 6pm Sunset Walk to the Lighthouse, Catered food, Cash Bar, Dancing with live music, and a Silent Auction. Come out and enjoy the evening at the Point! More Info


CAMPUS TOUR: We have had multiple requests for an Alumni Campus tour at Homecoming (November 8th) this year. If you would be interested in a tour please let us know. Pointers Email (And plan to stick around and join us for the Annual Alumni March in the Homecoming Parade!)

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT PLHS ALUMNI: Your tax deductible contributions allow us to maintain our alumni website (the only administrative cost we incur), broadcast Reunion news to classmates, archive Alumni memorabilia, and give an annual Spirit of the Pointer Alumni scholarship to a college-bound Pointer (a PLHS Alumni tradition since the 1970’s!) There is also an option to help fund the Bennie Edens and Larry Zeiger scholarships. We can’t keep it going without your support.

http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/IMG_2454.JPGDonate Here

http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/Madrigals.JPGKathy Lazarro PL ’66, Anne Colt PL ’67, and Mark Niederman PL ’67, former members of the PLHS Madrigal Choir group, have spent the summer in their old choir room at PLHS to organize and catalogue the sheet music collection in hopes that a vocal program may one day be reinstated at PLHS. Read the Story


Josh Morse (PL ’10) has a life journey that has taken him from homelesshttp://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/aspres_joshatdesk.jpg student to San Diego State University Student Body President. His story is touching and remarkable. Having had the opportunity to work with Josh on an Alumni video of PLHS a few years ago I can attest to the fact that he is a wonderful and highly motivated young man. Congratulations Josh for the honor of heading up the SDSU ASB!! Josh’s Story


Richard Arnold PL ’59 (the sculptor of the Spirit of the Pointer statue donated by Alumni) has another work of public art …. This time honoring the SD Lifeguard service and commemorating Robert Baxley and the 13 victims of the 1918 drowning at Ocean Beach. http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/Lifeguard.JPG

The tragedy was the impetus for the City of San Diego to add additional lifeguard services. When you are in OB check out the life-sized statue next to the main Lifeguard tower. Lifeguard memorial

Joe Radovich PL ’68 took over as new head Baseball Coach for PLHS in May.

Scott Hopkins PL ’67 won 5 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists presentation event. http://graduateconnections.com/olc/filelib/ULHS/email/Library/Aug13eUp/EL5R_P1050621.JPGScott continues to chalk up an impressive array of awards for his stories about PLHS Sports, campus activities and community happenings. He is at almost every PLHS event taking photographs and notes. Read the story. (Most of the pics in our eUpdates are from him.) Congrats Scott!!! You can read a collection of Scott’s Beacon stories at www.sdnews.com (Enter 'Scott Hopkins' in the Search line.)

Read more about what is going on at PLHS and in the PL community go to:

PLHS Pointer News (Student newspaper)

The Beacon (Local OB/PL News)


Events are planned for the following classes.

For more info go to: Reunions

1953: Sept. 20-21 draystevens@cox.net

1956: 75th Birthday October 12th at SDYC

1958: Sept. 19th at Fiddlers Green

1961: 70th Birthday Sept. 14th at ZLAC rowing club.

1963: Sept. 6-8 Bellab345@cox.net

1968: Oct. 12 SDYC (printable flyer: www.plhsalumni.org.reunions.html )

1973: Sept. 13-14 plhs1973@gmail.com

1983: A great time had by all! July 19-20

1988: Aug. 10-11 Waiting to hear how much fun they had!

1993: Aug. 16-17 plhsclassof93@gmail.com

2003: Aug. 24 House of Blues www.plhs2003.com

In Memoriam
Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer!

Ron Ellsworth ’56

Pamela Gott ’67

Patricia Stucy ’93

Susan Casad Barker ’72

Jeannette Mollering ’38

John R. Wilbanks ’55

Lyndall Roux Creager ’48

Carleton Creager ’49

Madeline Ruth Kuhl ’45

Joan Funk Welch ’66

Mary Jane Scott Caldwell ’43

Charlotte Fried Schultz ‘37

Marvin T. Bradeen ‘47

Craig T. Burke ‘66

Thomas James Salston ‘64

Chris Brinker ’88

Katherine “Kitty” Hardie Edwards ’52

Joan Bain ’50

Robert D. Medearis ’56

Clifford B. Hewitt Jr. ’48

Helen Pastore Shultz ’44

Katherine Francis ’95

Mary Adele Turchinski Kipp ’44

Darlene Marie Contreras Treat ’50

Janet Bischoff Smith ’48

Pete F. Zuker ’83

Christian Todd Little ’85

Joann Brown Spencer ’56

John Porkny ’69

Heather Quintrall ’93

Robert Cheverton ’64

Joel E. Poukkula ’56

George Cierny III ’65 Obit

Dan McKinnon ’52

Helen J. Robinson Carlson ’52

Patricia Early Cotter ’47

Rosamund Decker Emerson ’45

Peggy Carlson Parker ’50

Mary Alice Rosa Gonsalves ’53

Terry Teudt ’63

Anita Evanson ’78

Daniel H. Butler ’55

Shirley Mengar Peck ’50

Martha Hartley ’78

Suzanne Rayburn Webb ’52

Jane Rankin Coronado ’57

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The list is long….and our Pointer family mourns our loss.

Many thanks to the growing number of Alums who have been sending in notice of passed Pointers. There is no way we can keep track without your help.

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