In “alumni speak,” there is a term “X graduates” which refers to people with whom you went to elementary and junior high schools but who graduated from different high schools. Such is the case with Darlene Carothers Lovell, who attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary and John Muir Junior High, but then moved to Orange County before getting a chance to go to Burbank High. She discovered this blog and found many familiar names and places. (Thomas Jefferson alumni, can you please identify yourselves in the picture above? Click the picture to see an enlarged view.)
She sent along a number of photos of Burbank memories, and I was especially happy to see the one from the Burbank Methodist Church, located right across the street from Burbank High School (yes, it’s still there!) The photos were taken on Palm Sunday 1962, and wouldn’t you know it, Christians are celebrating Palm Sunday this very weekend. In the picture of the Youth Members are many youngsters who became Burbank High 1968 grads. Some of the names I recognize from our class include Kay Hoadley, Laurie Whitehead, Jan DeJaegher, Suzanne Schweitzer, Janet Ogle, Cynthia Redding, Rick Reynolds and Skip Johnston. (Click the photo to the left to enlarge it to read the complete list of names.) Say, wouldn’t it be great if any of those people wrote in to let us know they’re still alive and kicking?! Some of them have already contacted us, such as Jan DeJaegher (“Retired and loving it”) and Skip Johnston (“Wrong Wray!”)
Darlene also has memories of the Burbank Cotillion, a series of dance parties, which she remembers as a fun way to learn to dance, held at the Burbank Women’s Club. (Burbank residents, is this still here? I remember it being located on Olive Avenue, and I used to play the piano for fashion shows there.)
Today Darlene lives in Temecula Valley, California, with a Jack Russell terrier, enjoys cooking and works for the school district. She has two daughters, one son who currently resides in Burbank, and two grandsons. Her son moved to Burbank to take advantage of a great job opportunity, and Darlene couldn’t wait to take him to The Castaway Restaurant, where she celebrated her 12th birthday many years ago.
Ah yes, the Castaway — The restaurant is known as “The Jewel on the Hill” and has been a landmark in the Burbank area for over 40 years. Our class was there for our 40th reunion in 2008!