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Burlingame High School
Faculty and Staff - Year 1955

(Please give us some help with the classes they taught!)
Mr. Thomas F. Reynolds - Superintendent
(BHS Principal 1941-1950 except for wartime leave 1943-1945)
Mr. Karl V. Loeffler - Principal
(1950 - 1956)

 Elsie Kestler - Secretary

Helen Hurd - Secretary

 Jessica Phinney - Secretary

 Alice Beeman - Dean of Girls

Victor Mangini - Dean of Boys

Mrs. Suhr (Sp?) - Attendance

The BHS Class of 1958 has a very professional website that includes photos of the faculty in Year 1958. These photos look suspiciously like the faculty pictures in our 1955 Panther Tracks Yearbook.

Click on the image (left) to bring up those faculty photos.


Elma Allen

Kenneth Allen - Mathematics. The 1966 Aragon High School Yearbook lists him as the school principal.
ALLEN, Kenneth Grant -- Age 84, of Atherton, CA. died July 11, 2001 at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA, Ken was the son of the late Tom and Bessie Allen of Richmond, MO. He was born in Orrick, MO. During W.W. II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a navigator on a B-17 bomber based in England. After numerous flights bombing German factories, his plane was disabled over Regensberg, Germany, It coasted gradually as far as Naples, Italy where he was picked up with his crew by German soldiers and spent 23 months in a German prisoner of war camp, Stalag Luft Ill in E. Germany. (Ed. Stalag Luft III was the camp made famous by what was known as "The Great Escape" in March 1944. With the end of the war in 1945, Ken Allen must have been there at the time of the escape.)

Kenneth graduated from N.W. Missouri State College. After the second world war, he pursued graduate studies at U.C Berkeley. During his career in the San Mateo, CA Unified High School District, he was a math teacher at Burlingame High School, Dean of Students and Vice Principal at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo and was the first Principal at Aragon High School in San Mateo.

He is survived* by his wife Eleanor Hayes Allen; one sister, Mrs. Mildred Mullikin, of Lee's Summit, MO; and two brothers, Norman Allen of Leawood KS and Wilbur Allen of Beaverton, OR. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 10, 2001 at Holy Cross Cemetery, at the corner of Santa Cruz Ave and Avy in Menlo Park, CA. Friends and family are invited to visit from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 P. M, at the family home following the memorial service. Arrangements by: Redwood Chapel, 847 Woodside Rd., Redwood City, CA. (650) 369-5537.

The above article was found at http://articles.sfgate.com.

*(Kenneth's wife, Eleanor Hayes Allen, age 88, of Atherton CA died July 18, 2009. The SSDI shows Kenneth's birth date as 20 Mar 1917. Ed.)

Muriel Antonacci - Latin - IN MEMORIAM, b.Jan 1898 - d. Nov 1992 (SSDI*)

Paul Armstrong - Boys Physical Education, Varsity Baseball. The June 13, 1955 edition of the Burlingame B reports that Paul Armstrong is moving to Hillsdale High School in the Fall to coach basketball. Paul Armstrong graduated from BHS in 1942 and was later inducted into the Burlingame High School Sports Hall of Fame(Induction Class of 2000). He was listed in the 1965 Aragon High School Yearbook as Counsellor.

Paul Armstrong's bio for the BHS Sports Hall of Fame reads, "Paul Armstrong, 1940, was All-League in basketball while at BHS and received letters in basketball and swimming. He was also active with ABS(Associated Boy Students), played in the orchestra and was on the Student Council. He attended San Mateo JC (where he was VP of the Student Body), University of Minnesota, San Jose State, Stanford and San Francisco State. He was in the U.S. Infantry during WW II..

There is a conflict as to whether Paul was BHS Class of 1940 or 1942.

(03 April 2009) A personal note received from Paul Armstrong: "I graduated in 1940 from Burlingame. I left Aragon in 1965 to go back to Hillsdale and eventually became Principal at Hillsdale, 1976-83, when I retired. I Then taught at San Francisco State and supervised Student Teachers, 1983 - 1991, when I retired for good."

Reuben Beltran - Spanish, and coach of Frosh/Soph Football, 30's Basketball, Tennis

IN MEMORIAM. Ruben Beltran Born Feb. 19, 1922. Died Jan 4, 2010. Ruben Beltran, longtime resident of Mountain View, California, passed away peacefully on Monday Jan. 4, 2010. Born in San Francisco, he proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corp for 17 years attaining the rank of Captain. After his military career, he entered the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a Masters degree in Spanish Literature.

After obtaining his teaching credentials, Ruben began teaching/coaching at Burlingame High School. His teaching/coaching career spanned nearly four decades and produced several championship basketball teams. Always an advocate of physical fitness, Ruben lived his life adhering to the principles instilled in him by the Marine Corp. He could often be seen jogging the streets of Mountain View accompanied by a faithful canine companion.

He is survived by Emilia Krause, sister, Anita Korcykoski, Victoria Barnette, Linda Beltran and Leanne Fuller, daughters and son Brad Beltran. (San Jose Mercury News, January 13, 2010)

Albert Biggs - Mathematics, and coach of Frosh-Soph Baseball, 10's/20's Basketball, Varsity Track
IN MEMORIAM - b.28 Mar 1905, d. 15 Mar 1994, Last Res: Burlingame CA, SS card issued in CA (SSDI)
His son, Robert S. (Bob) Biggs, BHS'56 died in Dec 2004.

Eugene Brose - Music, Marching and Concert Band, Member of faculty in 1927. - IN MEMORIAM, (b.19 Dec 1897, d.17 May 1992)

Everett Brown - Shop
Everett "Joe" Brown taught mechanical drawing in addition to shop classes. He also was advisor to the play-by-play announcing crew at football games. He retired and during the early 1980s lived in Reno, NV. Hal Elliott BHS '60

Helen Brown - Listed in the 1966 Aragon High School Yearbook as Counsellor

Florence Bundy - Mathematics, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Mar 1892 - d.Mar 1981 (SSDA*)

Fred Bushman - Mechanical Drawing, Mechanical Drawing Club advisor

Lucille (Lu) Chaikin - Girls' Physical Education

The photo below was found on the internet Dec 2010. Lu thinks the photo "is about 1955-56, soon after I arrived in California and Burlingame HS, my first job."

There is a cute quote, presumably from one of her former students that reads...

The girls will remember that if you were in the restroom and you heard the name "Chaikin" yelled out - you knew to put out your cigarette. Miss Chaiken always seemed to grab the outgoing door as a way to try and surprise the smokers!

In December 2010, we found Lu Chaikin still living in San Francisco. An unreliable Internet source lists her age at 85 years. Another citation gives her roots as Flatbush (Brooklyn) N.Y. If that is right, she would have been about age 30 for the Class of 1955.

For the Class of 1958 she was still listed in the BHS year book as a counselor and P.E. instructor. Lu writes that she left Burlingame High School for Mills High School (Millbrae CA) where she was a counselor and assistant principal. Mills opened in 1958; Lu was part of the original faculty at Mills.

In 1975 Lu took a sabbatical, completed work on a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and had a private practice in psychotherapy in San Francisco for about 30 years. San Francisco has always been her home since coming to California in 1954.

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Gaylord Coleman - Business - IN MEMORIAM, b. May 1927 - d.Jul 1981 (SSDI*)

Robert Fertig - Mathematics, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Aug 1903 - d.Apr 1984 (SSDI*)

(photo courtesy of Burlingame Historical Society,
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Dorothy Fowler - Girls Physical Education Dorothy Fowler graduated from BHS in 1925; named alumna of the year in 1987; and inducted into the Burlingame High School Sports Hall of Fame (induction year unknown). IN MEMORIAM, b. April 1907, d. April 1999 (SSDI*)

Esther Frost - English

Elizabeth Glang - Spanish.
(16 June 2008) The Burlingame Historical Society website Memories Page has a segment on a "Mrs. Glang" who was teaching French at BHS in 1965. The SSDI* lists an Elizabeth C. Glang, b.13 Aug 1910, d. 20 Nov 1995, last residence in Burlingame.

Florence Gulla - Spanish; IN MEMORIAM, Florence A. Gulla, b. Jan 1912, d. Jan 1997 (SSDI*)

Marion Harris - Librarian : IN MEMORIAM, b. Sept 1897, d. April 1981, (SSDI*)

Fern Harvey - English

Larry Hazeltine - Biology, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Feb 1911 - d.Dec 1980 (SSDI*)

The Burlingame Historical Society cites a biology teacher in the 1940s as the one responsible for planting all the redwood trees that grace the school's front lawn.
(photo courtesy of Burlingame Historical Society; click on photo to view full size)

Ruth Hettinger - English, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Jul 1894 - d. Jul 1980 (SSDI*)

Edward Hevey - California History, Counseling, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Feb 1898 - d. Mar 1980 (SSDI*)

The photo(left) of Ed Hevey was taken in 1973 at the Celebration of the 50th birthday of Burlingame H.S.
It was obtained from an article by Donovan Bess, dated November 24, 1973, S.F. Chronicle(?).
In 1973 Ed was 75 years of age. He had taught at BHS from 1923 to 1962. That would make him part of the original faculty.

Who can forget the Cal History trips chaperoned by Mr. Hevey, and his frequent lecture references to historical California by John W. Caughey?

Ed Hevey was one of two BHS teachers featured in Burlingame: City of Trees, 1997. The other was 'Vic'.






Henry Clay Hinds - IN MEMORIAM b. 17 April 1918, d. 20 November 1987, age 69 years.

Driver's Education, Frosh/Soph Football, Frosh/Soph Baseball

(June 2008) We have received a note from a Henry C. Hinds, namesake of his uncle, one of our teachers at BHS. Henry writes that his uncle was raised on the East Coast ; indeed, his SSN was issued in the State of New York.

Henry, our teacher, graduated from Stanford in 1941. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor occurred a few months later, and Henry served for the duration. He stayed in the reserves and served again during the Korean War (1951-1953). We recall Mr. Hinds as a guy who made education fun. His widow still lives in Burlingame.






Jeannette Jennings - English, Public Speaking, Junior Statemen advisor

Here is an article found on the internet. It comes from the College of San Mateo school newspaper The San Matean in an issue dated 02 Oct 2006. The writer is Rachael Nyrhila.
"Jeannette Jennings Mathers (emphasis added), former CSM teacher and administrator, died Sept. 10 in Roswell, New Mexico, at the age of 87. Ms. Mathers was a teacher in the Language Arts department and administrator at CSM for 24 years. She taught both English and speech. She served as president of the academic senate and worked with many other committees during her time at CSM. "Jeannette was a presence here at CSM," said Albert Acena, Dean of Social Science and fellow faculty member. "She was very much involved," said Acena. Ms. Mathers retired in 1979 to Roswell, New Mexico where members of her family reside. Ms. Mathers was also involved in the community. She opened the San Mateo chapter of Planned Parenthood and was president of the Sequoia Hospital Auxiliary. She was an advocate for education and helped with a program for Japanese students to come to America to further their English speaking skills. Rose Marie Beuttler, a former professor at CSM, knew Mathers well. "We were not only contemporary colleagues, but also friends. I was the matron of honor at her second wedding," said Beuttler. Ms. Mathers was a member of the National Association of Parlementaries. "Outstanding parliamentarian," Beuttler said of Ms. Mathers. Ms. Mathers is survived by her three step-children, four step grandchildren, one step great grandchild and nephews, and cousins. There was a private service held for close family only, and Ms. Mathers' ashes will be scattered at sea."

Carl Johnson - Science - Listed in the 1966 Aragon High School Yearbook as Science Teacher

Horace T. Keeler - Orientation, History, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Dec1898 - Apr 1971 (SSDI*)
Mr. Keeler had a son, Ide Eldon Keeler, who graduated from BHS with the class of 1947. The SSDI lists him as Ide E Keeler. Died Jan 2010. Last residence in Wartburg TN.

Leland 'Lee' Lancaster - Boys Physical Education, Golf, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Nov 1896 - d.Mar 1966 (SSDI*)

Jack Lee - Journalism, Frosh/Soph Football, 30's Basketball, Advisor for "Burlingame B" student newspaper. The 1966 Aragon High School Yearbook lists him teaching English

Maxine Lee - French, Spanish

Victor A. Mangini (photo taken at Class of 1956 50th Reunion in October 2006)

Victor Mangini - 20's/30's/Varsity Track, Future Teachers of America advisor

In January 1946, Vic Mangini became the Burlingame High School assistant football coach and head track coach. He served as Dean of Boys for the Class of 1955 and in 1958 became assistant principal. Vic's coaching years from 1946 to 1958 were legendary. In football, Burlingame topped San Mateo for 11 straight years. A high point in his track coaching was when his pole vaulter became the first in Northern California to top 13' - 2". That would be Jess Undlin, Class of 1955. Upon retirement from coaching, Vic was named the City of Burlingame Citizen of the Year. From April 1970 through Nov 1987 Vic was on the Burlingame City Council.serving several terms as Mayor. In May 2001, the Burlingame City Council voted to name the circle street in front of Burlingame High School after former Vice Principal Vic Mangini. The new high school address is now One Mangini Way. In June 2001, three Burlingame High School graduates and staff were inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame. They were Vic Mangini and Byron '44 and Bruce '45 Van Alstyne.

See also Alumni Assn News this website, Fall/Winter'01 Edition. "The Legend of Vic Mangini" by Dick Dunbar.

IN MEMORIAM. Victor Mangini, 04 February 2007, age 88 years. Click on the link to read a biographical sketch of his life.

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Audra Longley - History - Listed in the 1965 and 1966 Aragon High School Yearbooks as Dean of Girls.

Beatrice Z. Maple - History - IN MEMORIAM, b. Jul 1901 - d.Jun 1997 (SSDI*)

Vera W. Maple - Clothing Classes, Member of faculty in 1927 - IN MEMORIAM, b.Nov 1896 - d.Feb 1987 (SSDI*)
Beatrice and Vera were sisters. Another reference lists Lois and Vera Maple as Home Ec teachers in 1927.

Betty Markiewicz - Special Education (Hearing Impaired)

Allen McNitt - English, Drama, Term Plays - IN MEMORIAM, b.Jun 1907 - d.Nov 1984

Charles Mink - Physics, Football scoreboard operator. We spoke with Mr. Mink and his wife at the June 6, 2008 Burlingame Centennial Ball.

Charles W. Mink

IN MEMORIAM 1925 - 2014

Charles W. Mink passed away January 4, 2014 from heart failure at Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame. Chuck was born May 1, 1925 in Merced, California to Walter and Rheta Mink.

Growing up in Merced he tried his hand at a variety of jobs, from cutting fruit to building and glazing doors to being a weigh master at a packing plant.

He followed his interest in science and math to UC Berkeley where he earned his degree and teaching credential and married Margaret Laverne Pitts. They moved to Lomita Park (now Millbrae) and Chuck started his 37 year career in San Mateo Union High School District, half as a teacher of physics, chemistry, earth science and drivers training at Burlingame High School and the other half in administration focusing on curriculum development.

He was a Chair of the District Academy of Instruction where faculty and administrators sought creative ways to improve education for the District's students. He taught summer school at Cal Berkeley as well.

In 1952, Chuck and Margaret moved to Burlingame and started a family. Their family grew to include four children of their own, and a niece and nephew. Chuck shared his life long love of music and the great outdoors with his family through hiking, camping and exploring the natural beauty of California and the west, especially his beloved Yosemite.

Chuck sat on the Burlingame Planning Commission for 25 years. His interest in local politics and community development stayed with him for the rest of his life.

After the passing of Margaret in 1977, Chuck, in 1979 married Carol Clifford a Social Science teacher at San Mateo High. Their shared interest in Southwest Indian art and culture, international relations adventure led them to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Africa, and a total solar eclipse cruise as well as driving trips to Arizona, New Mexico and throughout the United States. They especially enjoyed their time at their cabin in Idaho.

Mildred Moore - Girls Physical Education
Here's another link that is kind of iffy. The SSDI lists a Mildred J. Moore of San Mateo (CA), Social Security card issued in CA, b. 22 June 1920, d. 09 June 1994, age 73.

Mabel Morrison - Clothing Classes

Dorothy Nielson - Crafts, Art

C. E. "Swede" Righter - History, Swimming coach (Mr. Righter was on sabbatical leave in 1955)
From the Burlingame "B", by Bill Paden(paraphrased). "Swede" Ends Coaching Career
Following 20 years of coaching at Burlingame, Mr. C. E. Righter will conclude his coaching career with the closing of the swimming schedule. Mr. Righter's sports career...began during his college days at Stanford University where he excelled in football and basketball. He was named to the All-Pacific Coast Conference basket ball team for two years. Before graduating from Stanford, he spent two years in the U.S. Army during World War I. During his college years he participated in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp as a member of the American Rugby team. Mr. Righter's coaching career began in 1921 at College of the Pacific where he had a 12 year stint as athletic coach. He then moved to Burlingame High School and served here for 20 years. "Swede" has been coach for every sport at BHS except golf and tennis.

Prior to the 77th Annual Little Big Game (2004), Coach Righter was inducted into the Burlingame H.S. Sports Hall of Fame. His 'bio' published in the Spring Summer 2005 BHS Alumni Assn Panther Postscripts read as follows:
"C. E. "Swede" Righter (deceased) coached football at UOP from 1921 to 1933 and at BHS from 1934 to 1947. His teams won many championships. He also coached track and field. His greatest joy was running the Burlingame Relays. He coached track at UOP and sent Jim Corson to the 1928 Olympics. From 1947 to 1961 he taught history at BHS. He has two sons who graduated from BHS - Richard'49 and Robert'51."

From Internet Wikipedia: Cornelius Erwin "Swede" Righter, b. 7 Mar 1897, d. 6 Sept 1985.

James Risner - Peninsula YMCA
We first knew 'Jim' Risner as the jolly assistant director at the San Mateo YMCA. It was rumored that he fell into disfavor at the "Y" and he surfaced in our senior year as an English teacher. There is a web reference to an organization named "California Youth and Government, Model Legistlature and Court" with a business address in San Mateo CA. In the period 1980-1982, a James C. Risner was the Board Chairman. There is another reference to a 1990 perpetual award in James C. Risner's name, an indication that he was now deceased. In the SSDI, there is a listing for a James Risner, b. 24 May 1917, d. June 1984. There is also a reference to a James C. Risner, also born in 1917, but he did not die until 2005. The James Risner we knew had an extreme weight problem and his passing in 1984 is more probable.

Robert G. Rittenour - Drama, Drama Commission advisor. The 1966 Aragon High School Yearbook lists him teaching English.

Charles Rossier - English - IN MEMORIAM, d. 1976, Age 76 (read caveats below)

As of 26Oct2007, the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) lists three candidates for Charles Rossier. The first is the most likely.
#1 - Charles Rossier, b. 30 Sept 1900, d. Feb 1976, last residence in Angwin, Napa County, SSN 555-30-5936
#2 - Charles W. Rossier, b. 30 May 1912, d. 2 Sept 2001, last residence in Antioch, Contra Costa County, SSN 562-18-1919
#3 - Charles Rossier, 4 Jan 1927, d. 24 July 1988, last res. unknown, SSN 572-22-9791
All three had Social Security Numbers issued in California.
It is interesting that #2 was an English teacher, but a professional article published by him in 1933 would have made him only 21 years at the time.
#3 would have been 28 years old in 1955, and I remember him as much much older that that. Just look at his photo in the yearbook.
So that leaves #1 as our Charles Rossier, 55 years old in 1955.

Naomi Sellers - Creative Writing, Fresh Flame advisor

Elmer Schaake - Boys Physical Education, Varsity Football, Varsity Basketball
IN MEMORIAM - The Aragon (San Mateo) High School 1965 Yearbook lists Elmer teaching Safety Education.
The 1966 Aragon Yearbook lists him as Faculty-In Memoriam.

A sports-web reference lists him as Elmer Earl "Dutch" Schaake, born 11 Feb 1911, in Lawrence KS. He attended high school in Lawrence KS and college at the University of Kansas. Elmer's son, Bruce Schaake (BHS'55), b. 13 Mar 1937, died in Apr 1979 (SSDI). Bruce, like his father, played varsity football at BHS.

Elmer Schaake has been enshrined in the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. The photo and bio are from the Hall of Fame website.

Elmer Schaake was a unanimous All-Big-Six Conference halfback and captain for the 1932 Kansas Jayhawks. As a sophomore in 1930, he started for KU's conference-champion team in the same backfield with Jim Bausch, Carnie Smith and Ormand Beach. He also started for Kansas University's Big-Six champion basketball team in 1933. Schaake played one season of professional football in 1933 with the Portsmouth Spartans, which became the Detroit Lions of the National Football League the following year. He went on to coach for 30 years, beginning at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he coached from 1934 to 1937. He later spent five years at Lawrence (KS) High School where he compiled a 29-11-4 record and served one year as an assistant for the University of Kansas before moving to California to coach at the college, junior college and high school levels.

* Unanimous All-Big-Six Conference halfback and captain of the 1932 KU team
* Started as a sophomore on KU's conference-champion team in 1930
* Started for KU's Big-Six champion basketball team in 1933
* Played one season of professional football in 1933
* Coached for 30 years beginning with Bethany College from 1934-37
* Coached at Lawrence High School for five years with a record of 29-11-4
* Coached many years at all levels in California
* Born in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School

Another quote from Elmer found on the web. It is indicative of his demeanor as a coach at Burlingame High School and why we men students loved him:
From an open letter 1932
"The three years in which I have participated in football at the University of Kansas have been the most pleasant years of my life. The high type of morals and ideals, which characterize the coaches will inspire any athlete who takes part in any of the sports at Kansas. The friendships I have made and the many people with whom I have come in contact will, undoubtedly, be of value to me in future years."
Elmer Schaake,
Honorary captain of the football team
1930, 1931, 1932

If you compare this photo with the faculty photos in our 1955 year books, you would say they are about the same vintage.


(8 June 2010) Another tidbit found on the Internet

Schaake paved the way
By Bill Mayer, KUSports.com, Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's always amazing how the all-around brilliance of the late Elmer Schaake falls through the cracks when Lawrence High and Kansas University sports stars are recounted. He was a super athlete at LHS and KU, posted a nifty football coaching record at LHS, enjoyed coaching success in seven other collegiate and high school venues and is included in the Kansas All-Sports Hall of Fame.

Why is somebody of that caliber so often semi-overlooked? My guess is that he came along too early to tantalize today's media "historians" and died too soon to have his amazing record reviewed with any element of longevity. Doug Vance has been doing what is a terrific article on locally oriented athletic legends for the Lawrence Magazine. It was Doug's research that renewed my reverence for the achievements of Elmer, pronounced Shockey.

After streaking brilliantly across the high school horizon as an all-sport Lion, Elmer went to KU and starred as a sophomore halfback on the 1930 Jayhawk team. That was the LAST Crimson and Blue grid unit to win an outright league (Big Six) championship. Elmer glistened again in 1931 and '32 and earned all-league honors while leading the loop in scoring.

Basketball coach Phog Allen loved to have football types to rattle enemy bones and installed Elmer as a starting guard when Schaake was a 1932-33 senior. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Elmer helped Phog and KU win another league court title. One year, he was chosen all-league second-team.

In the fall of '33, Schaake played pro football with the Portsmouth, Ohio, Spartans, who by '34 became the Detroit Lions. Weary of the battering, Elmer began coaching, which he enjoyed the most, with four years at Bethany College in Lindsborg. Then he came home for the 1938-42 seasons to coach Lawrence High. Schaake set the stage for later leaders such as Chalmer Woodard, Al Woolard, Bill Freeman and Dick Purdy with a 29-11-4 record. That included a departing 8-0 in '42.

In wartime 1943, Henry Shenk asked Elmer to help him as a Kansas football assistant; he did so, also assisting Phog Allen in basketball. The next season, Schaake got a good offer and went West. He lived and worked there until his death in January of 1966 after a heart attack. He was only 54.

He successfully coached at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.; Modesto, Calif., Junior College; and at Dinuba and Burlingame high schools in California. Burlingame liked him so much it gave him a lifetime contract.

Elmer's wife was the former Lois Parker of Lawrence; they had a son, Bruce, and a daughter, Joann. A nephew, Bill, was a sports standout at Lawrence High and lettered in football and basketball at KU.

Kansas state high school football titles weren't in vogue until after World War II. For a while, media polls determined them; finally the playoffs began. At last check, LHS is still the only prep team in the nation with 31 unbeaten seasons.

Give Elmer Schaake credit for setting the stage for Woodard's 58-6-2 record here (four state titles) before leaving for McPherson. Woolard followed with 154-12-5 for 19 seasons (13 titles).

All the later guys benefited from the firm foundation Elmer Schaake helped build.

Ruth Schaub - School nurse, Future Nurses of America advisor

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Michael Lawrence Short - Music, Orchestra. In 1969 Lawrence Short married Marilyn Dickman, BHS'55. In Marilyn's bio on this website, she talks about Lawrence and their life together. Lawrence died in 1997.

Phyllis Simpson

William Stretch - History, Social Studies, Swimming Coach. The year ending June 1955 was Mr. Stretch's first year at BHS. The June 13, 1955 edition of the Burlingame B reports that he is moving to Hillsdale High School in the Fall to teach and coach swimming. IN MEMORIAM – William Henry Stretch (b. 30 September 1922 in Kings County CA, d.15 July 1971, San Mateo CA) With some research done by John Holzer, BHS’58, we have constructed a biography of William Stretch, voted favorite teacher (along with Mr. Wedertz) by the Senior Class, 1955. William Stretch graduated from high school ~ 1940. He attended college for one year, then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. Following the war (WWII) he returned to college, graduating ~ 1949. Before arriving at BHS in the Fall of 1954, he taught at the University of California, San Mateo High, the College of San Mateo, and Los Angles City College. There is some thought that William Stretch’s early passing (age, 48) was the result of a brain tumor.

Hester Thompson - Business, Typing

Margaret Wade - Bill Walsh '62 writes: "Aka “mother Wade”, (she) taught speech when I was there."

William Walsh - Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics
(September 2005) A note from Bill Walsh, Jr.: "Just a short note to let you know that last weekend 33 of us celebrated dad's 90th birthday on Bass Lake in the Sierras. We had a wonderful weekend with him, culminating in a dinner outside on the gazebo deck of the Pines Resort. Much wine, tribute and fun times were had by all. Earlier that day we rented a touring boat and located Miss Bundy's and Mr. Fertig's estates (now somewhat subdivided) on the shores of the Lake. We also drove by the cabin dad built with hand tools in the 40's. Dad has continued on to the east coast for a 20 day cruise. He's probably half way up the climbing wall by now. His pace is somewhere between a Timex and the Energizer Bunny."







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This photo of Bill Walsh, a young man of 91 years, was taken at the BHS Class of 1956 50th Reunion weekend, most likely at the Ice Cream Social held in Washington Park on Sunday Oct 8. You might call it the BHS55 gang. Barbara (Walsh) Hansen has an interesting connection. Besides being Bill's daughter, Barbara and the Walsh family lived across the street from classmates Sue (Stoll) Egan and Ron Marlin on Lexington Ave. Barbara, later, while a student at Cal met and married Bruce Hansen, who would have been with the BHSClass of 1955 if his family had not moved to Santa Cruz when Bruce was in the 5th grade (Washington Elementary School). Barbara was a product of St. Catherine School in Burlingame.


IN MEMORIAM,William James Walsh Sept. 27, 1915 - April 10, 2010
Bill was born in Chicago, attended grammar and high school there, but moved to California to pursue higher education. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1938 and continued the next year in order to receive his California teaching credential. Bill was a perennial student and attended Northwestern University to continue his work in Chemistry; received training courtesy of the US Navy at Cornell University, was awarded a Ford Fellowship to study at Columbia University and received an MS in Chemistry from Montana State University.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Donna and his children: Barbara (Bruce) Hansen, William Jr. (Sue), Michael (Cecilia), David and Virginia (Gary) Gottlieb. He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his son, Jim.

Bill began his teaching career at Oroville High School but soon moved to Burlingame High where he taught from 1942 to 1956 with a short break for service in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bill joined the San Mateo Junior College District in 1956 and served as Dean of Men at CSM until 1968 when he became Director of Student Services at Canada College. Bill retired in 1977 and has spent his time since then traveling the world with his wife, Donna and his many SIR's friends (Seniors In Retirement).

Please join us in a memorial mass celebrating Bill's life at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 19 at Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bill's name to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 395 Oyster Point Blvd., Ste 128, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 18, 2010.


Ava Warren - English, Sewing

Robert Watson - Biology, Scholarship Society advisor

Gilbert Wedertz - Chemistry - IN MEMORIAM , b.Jan 1904 - d.June 1977 (SSDI*)

(photo courtesy of Burlingame Historical Society,
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Ernest Williams - Foreign language

Herbert Woods - History - IN MEMORIAM - b. 09 Sept 1913, d. 05 Jun 1997, last residence Weaverville CA. Spouse Helen L. Woods (1916-2003) (SSDI*) In retirement, Mr. Woods devoted much time to the Trinitiy County Historical Society. How appropriate. Thanks to classmate Susan Broadwood Yelton for background information.

*SSDI (dates from Social Security Death Index found on the Internet)

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