Saxon Alumni News!
December 5, 2014
Vol. 4

Welcome to the Loara Saxons Alumni Association e-newsletter! 
Message from the President

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.


Your Alumni Association is busy planning for 2015. 2015 is a memorable year for Loara. Not only will the Class of 1965 celebrate their 50th reunion but it will be the year of the 50th graduating class from Loara! I know reunion plans are in the works for the Class of 1965 and I am sure that Loara has something planned for the Class of 2015 as well.


Tis the season of giving! The Alumni Association will be donating a laptop computer to a deserving student for Loara's Winter Wishes program. We are working with Principal John Briquelet and the administration to determine the recipient!


A big thanks to all of you who purchased See's Candy. Whether it is for you or to give as a gift we appreciate your support. After all, who doesn't love See's.


As you continue to shop for loved ones this season, don't forget the Shoparoo app. This free, easy fundraiser can be downloaded on your phone. You just open the app take a picture of your receipt and you are giving back to Loara High School.  Click here to download the mobile app! 


Along with the season of giving is the season of celebration. There is still time to get your reservation for the Holiday Brunch at Orange Hill Restaurant. Don't wait until the last minute. This is really a fantastic brunch and the location is beautiful. Click here to order your tickets from our website. Reservations must be made in advance!


We have a new look on our website -! It is an interactive site and we are looking for photos from each class year. We know you have them and we would love to have you participate in the development of the website. Please send pictures to Anna Kunkle at Don't forget to caption them. If you have photos that need to be scanned let us know and we would be happy to do that for you and return the originals along with a DVD for you. It is just another way we can give back to you.


I want to thank the new members who have joined recently and all those who have renewed their membership. Your continuing contributions allow us to help the current and future students at Loara and preserve our rich history.


If you have not yet joined the Association I encourage you to do so. Your donations are what allow us to help Loara's students. We can't do it without you! It costs as little as $20.00 to join ($5.00 active military) and it is tax deductible!  Click here to join today! 





John D. Marshall

Class of 1969



Fall Production - The Dreaded Quartet
December 11 - 13, 2014
Loara's 2014 Fall Production, THE DREADED QUARTET, will be performed December 11-13, 2014.  The production features over 30 actors and 80 crew members and is co-directed by Loara alums Cynthia Espinoza '13 and Desiree Nguyen '13. Loara Theatre Director, Vanessa Montgomery, is thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for Cynthia and Desiree to direct this production while they continue to study Theatre at Fullerton College and UCI. 

THE DREADED QUARTET is a compilation of four short stories.  The first story is OVERTONES about two young women and their other selves-we'll let you decide who or what the other self is.  The second story is FORTY WHACKS, a new play by John Glass, about a brother and sister who run a bed and breakfast out of the Lizzy Borden House and yes, Lizzy does make an appearance in the play.  After intermission, audiences will be thrilled by the Poe favorite, THE TELL-TALE HEART adapted for the stage by Vanessa Montgomery.  Performances will conclude with THE LOTTERY based on the short story by Shirley Jackson. 

Tickets go on sale December 1st and are available for purchase in room 114 and at the door. Tickets are $5 presale, $8 at the door and $10 for VIP (aka the scare zone). 

Performances are December 11th at 4pm, December 12th at 7pm and December 13th at 2pm & 7pm. 

To reserve tickets email:
1st Annual Holiday Brunch
Join us on December 13, 2014 from 10:00am - 2:00pm for the 1st Annual Holiday Brunch at Orange Hill Restaurant.  This All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet - $55 per person!  Click here to purchase your tickets.

Click here for directions to Orange Hill Restaurant from Loara High School


Loara Gives Back at Christmas Time!
by Anna Kunkle/Paul Chylinksi
***Annual Toy Drive will be held from December 8 - 12, 2014.  Alll toys collected need to be unwrapped for kids ages newborn - 17. 
      Please drop off any toy donations to Loara's main office.

*** Winter Wishes allows the school to grant ONE wish to a child for Christmas.  They try to grant as many of them as possible.  Last year Loara donated a bike, stuffed animals, lunch, etc...

***Locks of Love is on December 17, 2014.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni may donate a minimum of 6" of hair to cancer patients.  The more that is donated the better.
      If you are interested in participating in the Lock of Love please contact Mr. Paul Chylinksi at to schedule a time to donate your minimum 6" of hair. 

Meet the Faculty - Todd Rolph, Class of 1983
by Anna Kunkle
Head softball coach and assistant athletic director, Todd Rolph, graduated from Loara in 1983. His favorite teacher was Dave Hurlburt and is favorite class was photography. He states, "the knowledge and wisdom imparted to me by Dave Hurlburt in drivers education class will always be remembered. I still see Coach Hurlburt to this day and '10-2' is always the first thing we say to each other." Since graduation, Todd attended Cal Poly Pomona on a baseball scholarship and studied Business/Marketing Management. He played for Cal Poly's baseball team for five years. When asked what it is like to return to high school and be an educator/leader Todd states, "it is a familiar place that I have had a lot of memories at that will always be Home to me."


As he looks back on his high school years he "was a member of the baseball program and played on the 1983 C.I.F. Championship Team." He remembers winning the championship baseball game held at Angel Stadium his graduating year, 1983. Athletics was a big part of Todd's high school career. "Athletics, in general, taught me many life lessons. How to handle successes, failures, and the ups and downs associated with everyday life. The ability to make adjustments, be accountable, dedicated, reliable, and trustworthy are just some of the attributes learned through competition." Not only were athletics a big part of his life but he also states, "the teachers during my school days at Loara were just great role models thru everyday commitments and rubbed off."


When it came time to prepare for life after Loara, Todd gives credit to several people in his life. "The strong base established at home led me to excel in school and push towards college. My parents, coaches, and teammates gave me the drive to reach this accomplishment." College prepared him for his future career with Loara. "All the knowledge that was learned was great but the life lessons learned on the baseball field in college can't be given a price tag. Family, drive, poise, control, class, character, commitment, and concern are just some of the traits learned through this experience. The friends and family that have developed over these years are based on my College Coach and his guidance."


It is no wonder Coach Rolph is the head baseball coach and assistant athletic director for Loara. His experiences from Loara and Cal Poly and made him who he is today. The one piece of advice he gives back to current and future Loara students is "Don't take any day lightly, you will never ever know what moment maybe that change in life."


Thank you Coach Rolph! You are an amazing alum and educator/leader for Loara High School!


Coach Rolph and his amazing daughter at the Fragile X 5K marathon.


In This Issue

Active Military                     $5

Member                             $20

Member and Spouse         $30

Name Plaque on Locker  $100

Lifetime Membership       $500


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Dates to Know
December 11th - 4:00pm 
Fall production - The Dreaded Quartet

December 12th - 7:00pm
Fall production - The Dreaded Quartet

December 13th - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Fall production - The Dreaded Quartet

December 13 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Holiday Party - Orange Hill Restaurant.

Loara Choir needs your support!

by Lorena (Munoz) Dayton

The Loara Choral Music Department is going strong with 5 choirs and over 130 students participating. After at least 10 years with the same dresses and tuxedos it was time to purchase new outfits. With no money provided by the district for new outfits, and with organizations not being allowed to charge the students any money, the Choral Music Booster parents have been fundraising for several years to purchase these uniforms, and although all of the money has not been raised, we had to go ahead with the purchase. The old dresses were literally falling apart. Skirts no longer would zip and were pinned together, hems were ripped, and the velvet tops of the two-piece dresses were threadbare. The boys outfits also had to be replaced.

So, our director Mr. Rigsby paid by credit card, and the boosters are paying him back as we can. The entire purchase was over $7,000.
We would love it if any choir alumni would like to "sponsor a dress or a tux"!  We purchased a single style dress for all the choirs to wear, instead of different dresses, so that sizing and replacement would be easier. We purchased new pants, vests, shirts, and ties for all the boys. The dresses run approximately $60 plus tax, and the boys outfits are about the same
Anything alumni can do is appreciated! Checks can be made out to Loara Choral Music Boosters and mailed to the school at

Loara High School 
Attn: Loara Choral Music Boosters 
1765 Cerritos Ave. 
Anaheim, CA 92804

Thank you for your support of the Loara Choir!   

Keystone Bolt & Supply Co.
Need a bolt or other fastener?   Keystone is owned and operated by John Marshall, President of the Loara Saxons Alumni Association. 

Keystone Bolt & Supply Co. has been supplying fasteners for industry since 1946. We specialize in small fasteners for the Electronics Industry, however we stock a large and varied inventory of fasteners for immediate shipment.

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The free and easiest fundraiser for Loara High School!

Did you know there is a hassle-free fundraiser called Shoparoo to earn money for Loara High School?  Shoparoo is a free mobile app that lets you earn cash donations for any school you choose, just by taking pictures of your shopping receipts. It's that easy and just takes a few seconds. The best part is that it doesn't matter where you shop or what you buy - every receipt counts!     

Loara High School could earn hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars a year through Shoparoo.  If you use the referral code "dist6729," extra donations can be earned for your first qualifying receipt. 


Join us in fundraising today!  Click here on your mobile phone to download the free app here.

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