Yesterday was our first event for the Class of 1968 Reunion: a tour of the new and improved Burbank High School. In 1996, the city of Burbank passed a school bond for the rebuilding of Burbank High School. Phase I was completed in 2001 and 80 new classrooms had been built, along with the administration offices and a counseling center. By 2003 there was a new Performing Arts Center (including the Wolfson Auditorium, named for beloved drama teacher, Deanne Wolfson) and more than 100 classrooms with lighting and most importantly, air conditioning! I do remember that some of those old classrooms got awfully hot at the start of school. Ninth graders came back to the school, increasing the student population to nearly 3,000 by the year 2011.

We met at the far end of campus, where the old Science building was located near Delaware Road. It has been completely replaced by a parking structure and athletic facility—but what I was more interested in was taking photos of my former classmates!

Patti (Trish) Molloy Vosper and Karen Watson Gillespie
Kenda Vaughan
Jodi Tillotson Huddleston
Mike O’Connell and Dave Campbell
Janet Ogle Kami and June Ingersoll Roseberry
Chuck Duffy
Barbara Sebern Rowe and Chris Heim Teuber
Betsey Nash and Jodi Tillotson Huddleston

Our first stop was to the Athletic Hall of Fame where trophies and other sports memorabilia are displayed.

The new gym
Now, no one will forget the words of the Alma Mater, as they are painted on the walls of the gym.

We walked outside to a brilliantly clear day and saw the new football field. Games are still played at John Burroughs field, though, because there is no space for fans of the opposing team on the opposite side of the field.

Next we walked toward the Art building, and I took more pictures of our classmates along the way.

Mike Katzman
Stephanie Llewellyn
The new PRIDE sign.

On our way to the main academic buildings we saw the new dance studio and swimming pool.

Dance studio
Swimming pool
Karen Walther Berg in the Art Gallery
Classes are now held in Animation.
Outside the Deanne Wolfson Auditorium.
A sneak peek inside the auditorium where the musical Spamalot will be performed. There was a hiatus of about 17 years where no musicals were performed in alternate years with the students at Burroughs.

We ended our tour of the Quad, a brand new complex of buildings for teaching the academic subjects. The courtyard is where students enjoy their lunch.

Administrative offices are located just off the Quad.

There is even an ATM on campus!
Group photo, Class of 1968

You know the saying, “You can’t go home again”? Touring this new school facility was like going back to a home you have grown up in — and the present owners have remodeled it beyond recognition: Same in some ways, but oh so much better now!

I was impressed by this sign as we departed.

About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

7 responses »

  1. Cheryl Mc Nulty Hall says:

    WOW has BHS changed! So sorry I can’t be there with all of you because my Mom just passed away. Hi to everyone-I’ll be there with you in spirit!! oxox
    Cheryl Mc Nulty Hall

  2. Patti Molloy says:

    I am sorry for your loss Cheryl, we will meeting again soon and maybe you can join us then, it was a lot of fun!

    • I would love that I am so sorry I had to miss this I I had every intention of being there and was really looking forward to it I was afraid my mom would be passing about this time as she has been ill and it did happen so grateful I had her this long that she got to stay in your own home surrounded by family and love and that she got to meet her last grandchild I was hoping for another get together would be be again soon thank you for your kind words and caring my love to you all you all look great oxox💕😊

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