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Reseda High School - Classes of 1959 1960 1961
W'59 Seignions - S'59 Empyreans - W'60 Thalians - S'60 Saroyans - W'61 Titans - S'60 Adelphians
 
Reseda High School opened its gates in September 1955. It was the first new high school in the middle of the San Fernando Valley (aka The Valley) in urban Los Angeles. Our mascot “the Regent” was depicted with a human body with a lion's head wearing a cape and a crown. The Regent logo was drawn by a father of one the students who worked for Disney at the time. We were the first school to have three school colors: Columbia blue, Navy blue and White. Our principal and teachers were hand selected and did all they could to make our school mature and competitive in every possible way. It worked because our Sports, Track & Field and Gymnastic Teams along with our illustrious Band and Drill Team all excelled above the other schools in our area. We had great school spirit and cared about each other; it was a much kinder society in those days. To see more of the beginning story of Reseda High School and the Reseda Regents, check the following website; it is the vision of Jim Rowe of Reseda High School Class of W'58. www.angelfire.com/ri/resedahigh/index.html

The Winter 57 Class was the first to graduate; that was at the end of January 1957. The first class to attend all the way through to graduation was the Summer Class of 1958. Winter and Summer classes were combined to a single graduation year in June 1967; the Winter 1966 Class students had to go to school for an extra six months.

Reseda Regents Classes of Winter 1960 Thalians & Summer 1960 Saroyans

In 1970 our Reseda High School 10 year reunion was held for the W'60 Thalians and S'60 Saroyans at the Odyssey in Granada Hills. That was when we had a birds-eye view of the fires around the whole LA basin and Simi Valley.

In 1980 our RHS 20 year reunion for the W'60 and S'60 Classes was held at the Woodland Hills Country Club. The evening was enthusiastically celebrated by almost 400 people. The Master of Ceremonies for the Thalian Class was Jack Ross and the Master of Ceremonies for the Saroyan Class was John Calvert. The next day there was a family picnic held at Reseda Park. This reunion was such a success that many expressed how much they would enjoy another reunion in 5 years.

In 1985 we held our Reseda High School Class of '60 - 25 year reunion for the W'60 and S'60 classes at the new Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. Again, the evening was enthusiastically celebrated by almost 400 people - Saroyans, Thalians and guests. The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening were Frank Curcio and Ed Koch. The additional activities were both a family picnic at Reseda Park and our first RHS Reunion cruise as a group, which was a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines ship the Tropicale. Those attending cruises were hereafter dubbed "The Cruisers".

In 1990 our 30th reunion for the Reseda Regents Classes of W'60 and S'60 was again held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. Our theme was Rockin' Rollin' 'n Cruisin' and MC's were Alisa (Soltes) D'Alessandro and Karen (Sands) Meisel. Our additional activity was a 10-day Caribbean Cruise aboard Princess Cruise Lines cruise ship the Sky Princess.

July of 1992 we held a Class 50th Birthday Party at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro for the W'60 and S'60 Classes. The Reseda Regents Thalians and Saroyans were together again. The next day “The Cruisers” took a 4-day West Coast cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines the Viking Serenade.

Reseda Regents Classes of 1959 & 1960

In 1995 we invited the RHS Classes of 1959 - Winter (Seignions) and Summer (Empyreans) to join us for our "Thirty-Something" 35 year reunion at the Pickwick Center in Burbank. The additional activity was a 10-day Caribbean Cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship the Festivale, which was decommissioned two cruises later.

July of 1997 the Reseda High School Cruisers took an off year (non-event) cruise to Alaska for 10 days aboard the Legend of the Seas.

Reseda Regents Classes of 1959, 1960 & 1961

In November 2000 we invited the Reseda Regents Classes of W'61 Titans and S'61 Adelphians along with the W'59 Seignions and S'59 Empyreans to join us for our “Rockin' n Rollin' in the 50's” 40 year Class Reunion held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. It was spectacular with thirteen of our high school teachers in attendance, including Leonard Gagliardi and June Robathan who were thrilled as the high school dance band played and drill team did a routine along with Teacher, Oz Osborn who presented high school swat paddles, complete with swat, at the reunion. The adjunct activity was a 10-Day cruise in the Mediterranean aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship the Legend of the Seas.

October 6, 2002 we had a Class 60th Birthday Party at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro for classmates and schoolmates, whoever wanted to join us. “The Cruisers” took a 4-day West Coast cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines the Vision of the Seas.

July of 2003 the RHS Cruisers took a 12-day cruise to Scandinavia and Russia aboard the Grandeur of the Seas.

February 19, 2005 we had another Reseda High School reunion for Reseda Regents Classes of '59, '60 and '61. This “Forty-Something” 45 year reunion with “Happy Memories, Happy Times” was celebrated at the Pickwick Gardens in Burbank. After all these years it was such a pleasure to reunite with our fellow classmates, the W'59 Seignions, S'59 Empyreans, W'60 Thalians, S'60 Saroyans, W'60 Titans and S'60 Adelphians. Departing on Wed Feb 23, our adjunct activity was a 12-day Australia/New Zealand cruise on Princess Cruises new Sapphire Princess sailing from Auckland, New Zealand.

Saturday, September 25, 2010 we celebrated our 50 year reunion at the Marriott Convention Center, across the street from the Burbank Airport. The Summer and Winter classes of 1959, 1960 & 1961 again joined together in perhaps our largest reunion yet with over 400 attendees and indeed it was “Fabulous!” Many expressed this also included perhaps the finest of dinners yet at any of our reunions. Again we were honored and fortunate to have six of our high school teachers in attendance with four accompanied by spouses. Following dinner, introductions, a little entertainment and lots of wonderful mingling, the evening completed with dancing to memorable music. On Sunday, approximately 100 attended a picnic held at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. The adjunct activity was a 16-Day cruise in the Orient departing Beijing, China October 4 and arriving Singapore October 20, 2010.

In February 2012 we had a Class 70th Birthday Party at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys for classmates and schoolmates, whoever wanted to join us.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - "55 and Still Rockin' RHS Classes of 1960 & 1961 Reunion". This is our 55 year reunion held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys followed by a Picnic at Lake Balboa Park in Van Nuys on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

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