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'72 - '73: A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR KE-ALIANS

Class name: Ke-Alians, the Royal Ones

Class colors: Maroon and Bone

Class song: Stairway to Heaven

Plays: Dark of the Moon, A Cry of Players, South Pacific

Class sponsors: Jake Kosheba, Nancy Wells




Prior to Senior Year
The Class of 1973 was marked by a distinctive spirit and organization. It showed greater creativity and more involvement than preceding classes by raising funds and holding events throughout its memorable tenure at San Pedro High School. The class provided a taste of antidote to the apathy that was rampant at SPHS. Activities in our Sophomore and Junior years, such as the Junior Class Art Fair, which included paintings, photographs, macrame, metal sculpture, held in April 1972 at Peck Park helped raise funds. The class name, class colors were chosen, and the class emblem was created by Helen Anderson. The guidance provided by sponsors Jake Kosheba and Nancy Wells steered the class through this time period.
Sophomore Class Presidents: Helen Bechtol, Carol Benedict
Junior Class President: Larry Laskey

Color Day


Summer of 1972
Activities included bake sales to raise funds and painting the benches in Senior Court maroon and bone. Senior Court was also TP'd at the beginning of the school year.

School year begins with election of Class Officers
Steve Knowlton and Wendy Waterman were elected co-presidents by receiving the most votes.
Ervin Frazier, Marie Pilato, Denise Sanchez, and Mark Wells were elected to the board by being runners up in the balloting. Debbie Rodriquez joined them later in the year.

Class Officers


Senior Week: October 16 - 20
Monday: Talent Show arranged by Dan Mitchell
The class made high profits with an entry fee of a nickle and a dime.

Talent Day Mindy, Barbara

Talent Day Mindy, Barbara


Tuesday: Flag Day chaired by JoAnn Tominaga, Elisa Wilder and Noel Tamburovich. Elisa and Noel made a bright class flag that was flown throughout the year.

Flag Day, Nancy Wells, Jake Kosheba


Wednesday: International Day chaired by Nina Marquez.
A gala carnival held in Senior Court with food, games and dances from around the world.

International Day, Edith Hansen


Thursday: Powder Puff Football Game organized by Steve Knowlton.
Senior girls defeated the junior girls at Dodson Field cheered on by all male cheerleaders.

Powder Puff Players

Powder Puff Cheerleaders


Friday: Color Day chaired by Joy Palmquist.
Cars were decorated with crepe paper and tissues then displayed on the girls field. Dan Mitchell's car won first prize.

Color Day

Color Day

Color Day


October 27: Homecoming 1972
Homecoming was held in late October during the Gardena - San Pedro football game at Daniels Field. Gina McLendon was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime. Other members of the Homecoming court were Louise Lokers, Forrest Shaw, Helen Bechtol, Sandra Gutowski, Piper Hale, and Silvia Tognola.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Homecoming

Homecoming

Homecoming


November: Dark of the Moon
Drama presented Dark of the Moon a dramatic stage play by Howard Richardson and William Berney.

Other Senior Activities
Seniors also enjoyed a picnic at Irvine Park, a snow trip, and a visit to Cinerama during the course of the year.

March 3 - 9: Girl's Week
Girl's Week was scheduled during the first week of March. Events included a kickoff breakfast followed by a performance by Ruthie Gordon, feminist and folksinger, in the auditorium, Girl's Day in the Community with visits to local businesses and schools, a baking contest to raise funds, and a volleyball game where the students defeated the teachers.

March 22 - 26: A Cry of Players
A Cry of Players was presented by Drama and performed in the round. The playwright, William Gibson, intended the play to be a fictionalized biography about William Shakespeare's young adulthood which dealt with the struggle young Will faced in deciding whether to run away with traveling actors or stay with his wife and young family.

March 25: Renaissance Fair
In the mood of the current play production, A Cry of Players, students, teachers, and parents joined in the merriment of the Renaissance Age which included olde time sweets, arts and crafts, gymnasts, an accordian player, and even a minkey.

April 2: Senior Fire
The school Counselor's Office suffered $25,000 damage in a fire that was caused by vandals.

April 7: Welcome Home for John Fer
John Fer, former SPHS graduate and POW in Vietnam for six years, was welcomed home and given a special presentation at Dodson Field. On hand were a host of dignitaries, including the mayor of Los Angeles.

April 13: Spirit Concert
A sell-out crowd at the SPHS auditorium listened as the world-famous rock group Spirit entertained students past all expectations. Concert was performed thanks to the Cabinet.

May 12: Morp '37
The Prom was "briefly" held at Disneyland Hotel with the Post-Prom held at the Queen Mary.

May: South Pacific
The combined band, orchestra, drama and stage crew presented Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific musical. The plot centers on an American nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II.

May: Caps and Gowns
The home stretch to graduation became apparent as measurements for Caps and Gowns took place. Graduates, including Lester C. Rodan, are measured.

Caps and Gowns



June 5: Senior Supper organized by Michele Haddix, Teresa Bass, Debbie Rodriguez, Toni Figler and Denise Sanchez.
Senior Supper was held in the school cafeteria with a buffet style Hawaiian dinner of beef teriyaki, Hawaiian pork and fresh pineapple. Entertainment was provided by graduating Hawaiian dancers. Class presidents Wendy Waterman and Steve Knowlton expressed their gradtitude to class sponsors Jake Kosheba and Nancy Wells for providing their advice and encouragement throughout our senior year. 1973 Annuals were presented toward the end of the evening.

June 12: Honors Convocation
Outstanding seniors were recognized with well deserved awards.
Pledge of Allegiance: Steve Knowlton
Student Addresses: Toni Figler, Dan Maricich
"Every generation inherits a world it never made, and as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after." - Robert F. Kennedy
Presentation of Academic Honors, School Awards and Community Awards. Recipients displayed on the "Senior Recognition" page.
Expression of Appreciation: Wendy Waterman
Recognition of Honorees: Principal David Carter

June 14: San Pedro High School One Hundred-Sixteenth Commencement
Graduation at Dodson Field at 5PM
Pledge of Allegiance: Wendy Waterman
Student Addresses: Chuck Wilcox, Sylvia Espinosa, Ervin Frazier
Presentation of the Class of 1973: Sponsor Nancy Wells
Challenge to the Class of 1973: Principal David Carter
Roll Call for the Class of 1973: Sponsors Jake Kosheba and Nancy Wells
Acceptance of Diplomas: Steve Knowlton

Graduation Program


June 14: Grad Night
Grad Night at Disneyland closed the school year and a memorable chapter in our lives.
The Ke-Alian Class of 1973 would move on to new endeavors and adventures but certainly remember their eventful Senior Year.

Class Presidents Steve Knowlton and Wendy Waterman at Graduation



SENIOR MESSAGES


ALL MY LOVE AND THANKS TO MOM, DAD, CURT, AND GRETCHEN. I MADE IT! TONI

BEST WISHES TO MIJA, TERRY, AND TO ALL 1973 GRADUATES. LINDA LISMAN

DON’T THINK OF THE HAPPINESS OF THE PAST NOR THE HAPPINESS OF THE FUTURE, BUTH THINK OF TODAY. AND DON’T BE CHEATED OUT OF IT. SHERRI SHRANKO

SLO-DIP, WIGGLE, WAGGLE, POOF. WENDY, TONI, DENISE, MIKE AND MARK. OCT. 19. ‘73

THIS SOCIETY CANNOT TOLERATE MORAL TURPITUDE, LASSITUDE, HYPOCRISY, PLEONASM, AMBAGIOISNESS, PLATITUDES, AND FLAGITOUSNESS,SUCH AS THIS EXEMPLARY OF HOT AIR. CHAIRMAN Y

THE SAN PEDRO FREE PRESS “BUT NO STARCH” IS ALIVE AND LIVING AT NEWPORT BEACH. SAN PEDRO FREE PRESS STAFF

REMEMBER: “HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.” CHRIS HOOKER

MS. WELLS AND MR. KOSHEBA – THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! WE LOVE YOU! KE-ALIANS

TO MONICA, CHRIS AND THE OTHER CHECHER PLAYERS: YOU WERE SENSATIONABLE! ALSO ALL THE YEARBOOK STAFF WERE “GRRRRREAT!!!!” ROXANNE WINTERS

TO BIG BUSTER BROWN EYES WHO HAS BEEN MY CONSTANT COMPANION THROUGHOUT MY LAST YEAR. I LEAVE BARRY’S LOCKER SIGNED, WITH MUCH SACRIFICE. YOUR FAVORITE “RAH-RAH”, ELISA WILDER

TO ALL FUTURE KEY CLUB PRESIDENTS. GOOD LUCK, YOU’LL NEET IT! DAVID GRAHAM

TO ALL COMPATRIOTS: STAY ROWDY AND GOOD LUCK IN ALL YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. “STRAIGHT ANSWER” SHEEHAN. REMEMBER BROWN MEADOW!

EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT BANNING, NARBONNE, GARDENA AND CARSON!! THE SPHS YEARBOOK STAFF.

TO THE CLASS OF ’73: TAKE ONLY THE BEST FROM LIFE, ‘CUZ YA’LL DESERVE IT. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPINESS. LUV CINDY

KEEP ON CHUCK’N SR. WOODCHUCKS AND TO THE CHECKER PLAYERS. LUV U SHEF AND ALL YEARBOOK STAFFERS. TO MY DAD, MOM, PUTT AND FAMILY, THANKS!!!! TO MY MON AIMIS: ROXANNE, CHRIS, DAVID, ANTHONY, BRAD AND OTHERS, LUV U ALL. MONICA (THE MON)

GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE TO THE CLASS OF 73’ AND THANK YOU TO: GINA, CHICKEN, THE WOOD – CHUCKERS, KNIGHTETTES, MANY TEACHERS, AND SAN PEDRO HIGH SCHOOL FOR MAKING THIS GREAT YEAR. CINDY STRICKLIN

MR. BERGERON: HANG YOUR NEXT CLASS WITH A DANGLING PARTICIPLE AND PELT THEM WITH SENTENCE FRAGMENTS. THE ALWAYS PERTINACIOUS ENGLISH CLASS. PERIOD 2.

TO VICKY, KIM CINDY, ROXANNE, MONICA, DELLA, DIANE, LORI, LOLA, LUCKY, GINA AND OTHERS. KARL

DENISE, LOVE IS FOREVER OR NOT AT ALL. MARK CHAMPION

ANOUILH IS ENNUI. CORDELL YEE

SO LONG DIRT, TREE, AND BENCH, ALSO MUD. THE WOODCHUCKS

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL UNDERCLASSMEN. A SENIOR

GOOD LUCK JIM, CHUCK, AND JOHN IN ABRAHAM. GOOD LUCK TO MARK, RONNIE, ROBERT AND TOM. KARL MONTOYA

DEAR J.C. I AM VERY FOND OF YOU STILL EVEN THOUGH YOU DON’T THINK SO. REMEMBER OUR FROG FARM? IT STILL GOES. EVEN THE ATTIC TOO. LOVE ALWAYS, PUMPKIN

BEST WISHES TO MY OLD BUDDY, CHUCK GONZALEZ. VERONICA GUERRERO

GOOD LUCK TITANIC: DAVID, ALEX, BOBBY, JIM, FROM THE GIRLS: BETTY MELODY, MARIA, AND AMANDA

TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN DARK OF THE MOON, CRY OF PLAYERS AND SOUTH PACIFIC, GOOD BYE AND GOOD LUCK. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. AND I’LL MISS ALL OF YOU. LESLYANN HANBEY

FIGHT FOR PEACE. BILL D. CLERK

THEME FROM 1973 YEARBOOK


The wave of the future approaches.
And with it comes the optimism and idealism that is youth.
The wave is the harbinger of the cultural revolution culminating in the establishment of a new society.
Based on friendship and coexisting in harmony with nature.
We starve, look at one another short of breath, walking proudly in our winter coats,
Wearing smells from lab'ratories, facing a dying nation of moving paper fantasy,
Listening for the new told lies with supreme visions of lonely tunes...
Somewhere, inside someting, there is a rush of greatness,
Who knows what stands in front of our lives;
I fashion my future on films in space.
Silence tells me secretly everything, everything.
I have learned about the universe, my world and its people.
I have learned about myself, and I am still learning.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and wisdom always to tell the difference.

And like a wave we form a crest,
Our adulthood, which carries with it to shore a vision of the future
Full of hope and imagination and abounding with wisdom
Built on adventures and experiences of our adolescence.
As the wave swells and surges, finally crashing along the beach,
We will look back upon this vision characteristic and of the memories in this book...
Elisa Wilder

AROUND CAMPUS





Homecoming

Debbie

Noel

Chess Match During Physics

Lanese, Pat, Della, Betty

Key Club in Action

Drill Team Uniform