Moor Man Alhambra High School Alumni Association
Famous Alumni

Political Leaders

Jane Anderson ('62), Board of Education, Alhambra Unified School District 2006 to current.

Talmadge Burke ('35) is a prominent local attorney and former mayor and member of the Alhambra City Council.

Chester Chau, Board of Education, Alhambra Unified School District 2005 to current.

Robert Gin ('68), Board of Education, Alhambra Unified School Distirct 2002 to current.

Alfred Gitelson ('22) was the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge who ruled on busing and the integration of L.A. City Schools.

Rev. George Hill ('33) was one of the many AHS graduates who have distinguished himself in religious activities. While at AHS he was active in debate, Commission, Alhambran staff, and track. In 1945 he became the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Pasadena and the youngest man of his denomination to head a nationally prominent church. He was also a recognized leader in the field of international religious understanding.

 

Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson

Robert Gin
Robert Gin

Judge Frederick F. Houser ('22) was the youngest member elected to the California State Legislature in 1931. He served two more terms before he was elected Lieutenant Governor of California (1943-47). Immediately after this term, he became a judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court. While at AHS he was Senior Class President and in 1923 became the Southern California Junior Tennis Champion. He attended UCLA and later received his L.L.B. degree from Harvard Law School.

Prescott Lieberg ('36) was one of the partners that operated Liebergs Department Stores in Alhambra, Pasadena and Temple City. In 1958 he became a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives, but lost in one of the closest congressional races in the San Gabriel Valley.

Tom King, Councilman for the City of Walnut.

Denise Menchaca ('79), Governing Board Member of the San Gabriel Unified School District.

Michael Messina ('57), former city councilman of Alhambra.

Mark Paulson ('75) became a city councilman and mayor of Alhambra.

Steven T. Placido, D.D.S. ('78), Councilman and mayor of Alhambra.

Richard Richards ('34) was elected to the State Senate in 1954 and 1958. He made a bid for the U.S. Senate seat in 1956 and was able to win the Democratic nomination. Richards was a recognized political leader and spoke at the 1956 Democratic National Convention. He was a star AHS debater, a U.S.C. varsity debater and took his graduate work at Harvard University Law School.

Stuart Spencer ('45) was an advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

John Stanton ('41) became an Alhambra Municipal Judge.

Paul Talbot ('79) became a city councilman and mayor of Alhambra and currently serves as city manager of Monterey Park.

Michael Woo ('69) was active in student government, member of the Los Angeles City Council, and candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 1980's.

 

Tom King
Tom King

Denise Menchaca
Denise Menchaca

Michael Woo
Michael Woo


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Writing/Media

Carl Bell ('66) is currently a weatherman for KCAL Channel 9 News in Los Angeles.

Steve Bisheff ('59) is a sports writer for the San Diego Tribune and the Orange County Register.

Clive Cussler ('49) is a best-selling author of action and adventure novels with Dirk Pitt as his famous hero. He is noted for including AHS personalities in his books. Four of his best known books include "Raise the Titanic", "Sahara", "Iceberg" and The "Mediterranean Caper". By 1997 he had written over 13 novels and material for several television programs.

Hardie Gramatky ('25) wrote and illustrated the children's classic, "Little Toot" in 1939. He attended Chanard Art School in Los Angeles and was the head animator for Walt Disney Productions from 1930-1936.

Bob Mieszerski ('74) is a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times, specializing in horse racing.

Milton Morris ('35) was a cartoonist for The Moor while at AHS and later went on to become a nationally syndicated political cartoonist for the Associated Press. He was especially known for his series of WWII cartoons.

Gerald Petievich ('62) is the author of popular novels such as To Live and Die in LA and The Sentinel, which were made into films.

Joe Saltzman ('57) produced Emmy-winning documentaries and is currently a professor at USC School of Journalism.

 

Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler
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Hardie Gramatky
Hardie Gramatky
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Arnold Shapiro ('58) was news editor of The Moor and President of the Light and Shadow Club while at Alhambra High. He went on to become an Emmy award winning producer of television documentaries including his 1978 Oscar winning documentary Scared Straight. In 1985 he produced the documentary Return to Iwo Jima and now writes for Readers Digest, Westways, and other national publications. His own production company produces "Rescue 911."

Joan Tewksbury ('54) was involved in television production and was in the original Peter Pan cast on Broadway.

Richard Wiseman ('69) is a biographer of Jackson Brown and Neil Diamond and editor of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Thurman Wilkins ('33) was an Assistant Professor of English at Columbia University and author of best-selling 1958 biography of Clarence King.

Elaine Woo ('72) is a feature writer for The Moor while at AHS and went on to become a feature columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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Entertainment

Stanley Freberg ('44) was a top personality in national entertainment and advertising fields. He had his own CBS radio program and was an award winning writer of satirical commercials. While at AHS he was an outstanding debater, student government leader, and a talented entertainer.

Grant Gershon ('77) is a noted pianist and Assistant Conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra.

  Stanley Freberg
Stanley Freberg
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Virginia Sampson ('34) played more important roles in movies than any other AHS graduate. Under the screen name of Virginia Reed, and later Lyn Carver, she played with many top actors such as Van Heflin and Lionel Barrymore. One of her earliest featured parts was with Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald in "Maytime".

Cheryl Tiegs ('65) is an internationally famous cover girl with over 100 covers of magazines in the United States and Europe. By 1978 she had the Title of "The All-American Model" and the prestige of appearing on the cover of Time Magazine. She was also a model for Sports Illustrated, and had a television segment on health and fitness on Good Morning America.

Caryl and Susan Volkmann ('55) are identical twins that became known cover girls and models while attending UCLA. Their TV appearances were topped by their winning of $16,000 on the $64,000 Question program. Their best known magazine cover was Look Magazine in January 1956. While at Alhambra both were members of Los Laureados, Caryl was Commissioner of Fine Arts and Susan Editor-in-Chief of The Moor.

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Military

John C. England, Ensign, U.S. Navy ('38) was an officer on the U.S.S. Oklahoma. He was one of six former AHS students killed in the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. England died attempting to save the lives of enlisted men in the radio room. For his heroism, the Navy named the U.S.S. England in his honor. The J.C. England Memorial Trophy is presented each year to an AHS senior for "unheralded but dependable service and citizenship."   John C. England, Ensign, U.S. Navy
John C. England
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Sports

Duane Allen ('56) was an All CIF and Player of the Year in 1955 and JC All-American while at Mt. San Antonio Community College. He played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears in the National Football League.

Bob Boyd ('48) was the head basketball coach at the University of Southern California and later head coach at Mississippi State and Chapman College. Recently Boyd was special assistant to Dale Brown at LSU.

Charles Crawford ('46) was an Indy race car driver who went on to become V.P. of Crawford Stores, Inc.

  Duane Allen
Duane Allen
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Bill Fisk ('34) was an All-CIF football player in 1935. He was an All-Coast tackle for USC in 1939, and later a well known NFL player. Fisk later coached at USC.

Sam Hanks ('33) won the Indianapolis Memorial Day 500 Mile Race in 1957, breaking all previous records with an average speed of 135.6 mph. While at AHS Hanks was on the football team, worked in the school bank and participated in orchestra. He later became the racing director of the Indianapolis Speedway.

Darrell Imhoff ('56) was an All-American center for Cal in 1960. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the late 1960's and was a member of the NBA All-Star team in 1967-1968.

Ralph Kiner ('40) was one of the AHS's finest baseball players. He played with the Pittsburgh Pirates and led the majors in home runs for three straight years, 1949-51. In his first six years in baseball, his 43 homer average was topped only by Babe Ruth's first seven year average of 44. While at AHS, he was captain of the varsity baseball team and president of the Varsity Club. After he retired as an active player he became a General Manager for the San Diego Padres and later was with the New York Mets as a broadcaster and part time batting coach. In 1975 Kiner was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.   Ralph Kiner
Ralph Kiner
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Dan Larson ('72) accumulated an assortment of baseball records while at AHS including being voted the MVP in CIF in 1971. In 1972 he turned down several baseball scholarships when he was drafted by St Louis. After two years in the minor leagues, he was traded to the Houston Astros in 1974. Larson pitched his first major league game against the Montreal Expos, and ended the season with an ERA of 3.12 (second best for Houston pitchers) and batted .295 as a pitcher.

Orville Mohler ('29) is equaled by none other in athletic history at AHS. He was an All Southern California quarterback who led the Moors to the Southern California football championship in 1928, was also Commissioner General and president of the senior class. A varsity letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track, he also served as commissioner of athletics. Mohler is generally regarded as embodying the greatest traditions of AHS athletics.

John Petrovich ('40) is considered by many to be the best football back in Alhambra history. He was a true triple threat in that he could run, kick and pass. Petrovich also led Alhambra to a CIF championship in the Los Angeles Colosseum.

Texas Schramm ('38) was General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys. He returned to AHS in November 1986 to serve as the Grand Marshall for the Homecoming game against San Gabriel High School. While at AHS from 1934 to 1938, he was the sports editor of The Moor and was active in the varsity football team. Before going to the Dallas Cowboys, he was the publicity director for the Los Angeles Rams.

 

Orville Mohler
Orville Mohler

Texas Schramm
Texas Schramm
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John Seixas ('29) was the only graduate to have coached at all three district high schools over his 53 year teaching career. While a student at AHS he was Commissioner General, Secretary of Athletics, and sports editor of the Alhambran. Seixas was a two year letterman in football, baseball and basketball and while attending USC, he played tight end on the 1932 national championship football team as well as being captain of the ice hockey team. His number #43 was retired by USC in 1988. While at USC he played against the Knute Rockne teams of Notre Dame.

Mickey Thompson ('48) was a millionaire racing promoter and a dominant force in auto racing promotions in California and nationwide. He developed road racing into a spectator sport in stadiums such as the Coliseum, Rose Bowl, Pomona Fairgrounds and Anaheim Stadium. He was the first American to break the 400 miles per hour land speed record. Thompson was very supportive of vocational education and awarded scholarships to numerous students in automotive programs in the Alhambra District. In 1988 he and his wife, Trudy, were murdered in the driveway of their Bradbury estate.

Dick Wallen ('54) was a star half-back in 1954 and later became All-Pacific League Player of the Year. Wallen became an All-American end at UCLA in 1957.

Max West ('34) was a Major League baseball star, playing with Boston, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He led the Pacific Coast League with 49 home runs while with the San Diego and Los Angeles clubs in 1949 and later became proprietor of Max West Sporting Goods Company in Alhambra.

Jim Tunney ('47) was NFL Official and Supervisor. As a senior he was selected for Los Laureados.

 

Mickey Thompson
Mickey Thompson
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Jim Tunney
Jim Tunney
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Other Famous Graduates

Nelson David ('23) had a long career in flight and aviation. He was the personal pilot for Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and President of Alaska Airlines.

James Edwards ('25) was the founder, owner, and chairman of Edwards' Theaters. In 1930 he opened his first theater in Monterey Park and quickly parlayed his investment into one of the nation's largest regional chains with more than 500 screens in California. He believed in the trend of huge cineplexes with comfortable seating, elaborate lobbies, and massive snackbars to lure people away from their VCRs.

Virginia Goodhew ('47), Marion Brown ('49) and Ann Mossberg ('55) were AHS graduates who became queens in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

Owen Guenthard ('55), executive director of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, and the 2012 AHSAA honoree of the Distinguished Alumni in Public Service.

William J. Johnston ('44) was a member of the AHS school band and served as a drum major. In 1970 he became the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Los Angeles.

R. Brownell McGrew ('34) was "Dean of Southwestern Painters" famous for his western landscapes and portraits.

Donald "Putt" Putman ('45) attended Fresno State College and later taught at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His western art hangs in many museums including the Rochester Museum and Whitney Museum. Celebrities including Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and sports-caster Curt Gowdy own paintings with the famous "Putt" signature.

Dorothy Howell Rodham ('37) is the mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, mother-in-law of President Bill Clinton and the Grand Marshall of the 1997 Homecoming Parade.

Verne H. Winchell ('33) was the founder of Winchell Donuts in California. While at AHS, he was a member of the Light and Shadow Club.

 

Dorothy Howell Rodham
Dorothy Howell Rodham
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Verne H. Winchell
Verne H. Winchell
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