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Track/football stadium closes for renovation
After 66 years TCHS's North Field - Hitchcock Stadium officially closed June 7 for reconstruction and refitting. We await news of the intended reopening date, TC folk.

TCHS played away meets and games at opponents' facilities for its first two years. The south bleachers, turf and track were constructed for the 1958-59 seasons. TC lost all its games in its first year and most the second, an inauspicious start to what became a more legendary heritage.


Class of 1984 to assemble in September
Contact the organizers for more information.

Alumni-related firm promotes cooking-oil recycling
Since 2008 my company has provided scheduling services to the used cooking oil (UCO) recycling industry, using a customer relations database with turn-by-turn routing. In the year of maximum activity, our clients made 135,000 stops at about 40,000 restaurants and collected 7.9 million gallons of oil weighing 59,726,437 pounds.

About 77.4 percent of each pound of UCO is carbon. Thus the equivalent amount of carbon (est. 0.774 X 59MM = 46MM lb = 21,012 metric tons) was not extracted from the Earth as petroleum, because the oil came from agriculture, not from drilling, and the majority of the carbon was used twice, once for cooking and once for energy.

The USA adds approximately 1,424 million metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere each year, based on CO₂ emissions data from 2021. A national program to recycle 90% of UCO from restaurants could significantly reduce the US carbon emissions. As with all recycling efforts, each person or industry can achieve little, but together we can do much.

Now let's talk about that half-gallon of two-year-old Mazola under your kitchen counter.

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The Pacific Electric's TC Extension — Once and for all
Many misconceptions have been passed down among present and former TC area residents for decades. Once and for all — one hopes — be it known: No one who ever attended Temple City High School truly remembers riding a trolley from TC to Alhambra let alone to Los Angeles.

According to Wikipedia and multiple other sources, "the service became a part of the Pacific Electric system by 1911, terminating at the Pacific Electric Building. Tracks were extended to Temple City on July 29, 1924. Cars began bypassing the Mission in 1928.

"The last trips occurred on November 30, 1941. After passenger service ended, tracks were retained for freight until removed in 1951."

To have made that trip one must have been born before November 30, 1941, which would probably have made one too old to be in the TCHS Class of 1956. A person born in 1937 would have been 18 in the fall of 1955 when the first class attended what is now Oak Ave Intermediate School. In previous years TC children attended junior and senior high in Pasadena. If you are the sole exception, please send in your birth certificate and diploma and two boxtops from any 1940s cereal package, and we'll retract this article.

It is likely that a few older alumni, like this author, recall the tracks along Las Tunas from early childhood, but if we went to Alhambra or L.A., it was on a bus.

(The adjacent image shows an early mail delivery via the PE. The genius decision of the founder, Henry Huntington, was to use standard gauge tracks, which allowed freight deliveries during the night when passenger service was closed.)


The Source (not the novel, the Wiki)

Celebration planned as athletic field closes for remodel
TCHS will close its football and track stadium (North Field aka Hitchcock Stadium) after the current term ends. A new facility will rise in its place. At this time no reopening data has been confirmed, but if you care to shed a tear you can attend the June 7 event described in the poster.

A bit of history: The football and track facility opened in fall 1959 and was named North Field after 1960 honoring school's founding principal, Arthur North. The Hitchcock Stadium designation was added in about 2010 marking former coach Bob Hitchcock teams' long run of successful seasons and championships. To paraphrase Santayana: those who forget history are doomed to name stadiums that already have a name and occasionally to print misleading posters.

Tips on getting that first job after high school
High school graduates face an array of opportunities and challenges when entering the job market. Securing a good first job requires a combination of strategic planning, skills development, networking, and perseverance.

Firstly, it's crucial for high school graduates to identify their interests, strengths, and career goals. Self-assessment helps in determining the type of job that aligns with their passions and abilities. Researching various industries and job roles can provide insights into potential career paths.

Next, acquiring relevant skills and qualifications greatly enhances job prospects. Whether through vocational training, certifications, or higher education, investing in skill development is essential. Skills such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and adaptability are highly valued by employers across industries.

Building a professional network is another key aspect. Attending career fairs, networking events, and leveraging online platforms like LinkedIn can connect graduates with potential employers and mentors. Networking not only facilitates job opportunities but also provides valuable guidance and support.

Crafting a polished resume and cover letter tailored to each job application is vital. Highlighting relevant experiences, achievements, and skills increases the likelihood of getting noticed by recruiters. Additionally, practicing for interviews and showcasing enthusiasm and confidence during interactions can leave a lasting impression on employers.

Internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer opportunities offer valuable hands-on experience and insights into the professional world. Gaining practical experience not only enhances skillsets but also demonstrates initiative and commitment to potential employers.

Lastly, maintaining a positive attitude and being resilient in the face of rejection is essential. The job search process can be challenging, but perseverance pays off. Learning from setbacks, seeking feedback, and continuously improving oneself are keys to long-term success.

In summary, high school graduates can increase their chances of landing a good first job by clarifying their career goals, developing relevant skills, building a professional network, crafting strong application materials, gaining practical experience, and maintaining a positive mindset throughout their job search journey.

—Reader submission.
Baby it's ??? outside!
We've added a weather widget for Temple City. Scroll to find the prettified view on the home page, or while this item is active, click the TEMPLE CITY link below.


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Alumni offspring needs a hand
Wendy Ashton McKenna '73 writes in Facebook: "I wanted to share this GoFundMe post from our dear classmate and friend Jenny Lawrence. (Jennifer Joanis) Jenny's son Brian was burned terribly from a propane fire recently and is in need of help. He lost everything he had so if you can please donate to the fund to help him get back on his feet plus help with the medical bills to come that would be greatly appreciated! If you're unable to donate at this time please just keep Jenny and her family in your thoughts and prayers."

She added the following from Jenny (Joanis) Lawrence, in turn from a GoFundMe appeal from Brian's sister. "Hello, I am Brian's sister Ashley. On Saturday Nov. 18, 2023, we received a call that Brian was in a trailer fire and had to be transferred to a burn unit in Las Vegas NV due to his severe burns that consumed over 30% of his body. He will be in the burn unit for 3-5weeks... [He had been struggling, and...] with this sudden accident, he is left without anything again. All of his clothes, personal belongings and trailer he lived in are gone. Now having to start all over again. Brian has received skin grafting to his whole face and back so far, now waiting for arms chest and hands. He is in good spirts for the most part but is worried about the medical bills that will be coming. We are asking for any donations to help with the medical bills and clothes he will need in the next 3-5weeks."

GoFundMe page

TCHS Girls CIF Volleyball Champs
Temple City defeated Rancho Christian to become 2023 CIF Division 5 volleyball champions on 3 November, according to the Pasadena Star-News.


Class Reunion Cruise // Canceled - No Group Reservation
UPDATE from Hector via Farcebook: I wanted to let you know that we did not meet the required number of commitments of classmates to confirm a group reservation. As a result I will cancel our reservation. WE WILL NOT BE HAVING A CRUISE CLASS REUNION.
Martha and I will continue to plan our annual seven day Mexican Riviera Cruise for travel mid-October to mid-November. We will schedule our cruise by February 15,2024. This will not be a group reservation. It will not be a reunion cruise. Just to give you an idea of cost for this trip we paid $1,500. For both of us plus taxes. I don’t yet know the 2024 prices. If you are possibly interested Message me and I will give you our travel dates and who our agent is.
Happy Thanksgiving to all

Thanks to Hector Hernandez, plans are in the works for a fun 4-day Temple City High School Reunion Cruise next year! The 4-day cruise would leave from Long Beach with stops at Catalina and Ensenada.

Hector needs a tentative head count in order to move forward with plans and to get a group discount and on-board perks. Through Facebook we have about 25 people so far interested in going. A “yes” doesn’t obligate you to go, but let’s him know that you really hope to go.

A date hasn’t been set yet, but we’re shooting for sometime in July-October 2024. The cost is approximately $350 per person, which includes your stateroom, all on-board food and entertainment. Secure parking is about $20 per day.

Other friends and family members are welcome and ALL CLASSES are welcome as well. The more people who go the more perks we get!! Send an email to Martha Hernandez at with your name, your email address and number of people in your party so we can keep you updated with the details.

“Be There or Be Square!”

Class of '74 Photo
Susan (Sasse) Peer '74 has submitted the adjacent photo of the class. Click the photo for a larger view, click again to maximize (depending on your browser), or open it in the Gallery.

Are you a class member? You can submit a C/74 story for inclusion in TCHS Alumni News. Of course, we're always seeking class coordinators to maintain contact data and announce class events.
Class of '74 Photo

Torosian's Broomball reaches bookstore shelves
Writer and friend of TC Joe Torosian's newest effort is Broomball, a look into church athletics. Torosian's feel-of-the-50s (and the years after) style has captured much that is good and bad about youth sports. Here's the Amazon teaser (Kindle version). —RC

“Broomball, man. It’s not cheating. It’s trying.”--Ryan Merlo

The weekend before the events of The Pastor Who Couldn’t Wait For Christmas…To Be Over, two church youth groups got together to play Broomball. What starts as a pleasant inter-denominational fellowship quickly turns into a desperate competition. The truth learned is that Broomball can never be organized, reformed, or sanitized because embedded into its DNA are anarchy and outlaw.

"Glorious! Torosian captures all the beauty and drama of church athletics."

Review & purchase @ Amazon

TC to Celebrate 100th Year
Come see the TCUSD students perform. Band, Auxiliary/Guard, Choreo, cheer, combined choirs, and Brighter Side Singers will provide entertainment throughout the day.

US News: TCHS in top 6 percent of nation's high schools
Temple City High School earned high National and metro-area rankings in 2023-2024 Best High Schools, which U.S. News released this morning. TC High School ranked in the top 6% in the nation.

The district comments "We take immense pride in the ongoing accomplishments of our high school students. We extend our thanks to the dedicated staff, teachers, and administration who work behind the scenes to foster high-achieving learning environments and cultivate an active and inviting campus atmosphere!"

US News article