Foundation and Alumni Association
eUpdate February 2009
It is our hope to provide PLHS
alumni a way to keep in touch with Pointers past and present and to
continue the legacy and history of PLHS for future
Pointers. We are working with alums from
all decades on a new permanent Memorabilia
display for Room 301 on campus. There is an incredible
archive of old photos, newspapers and Pointer 'artifacts' that
we are sorting through. Read below for more info on this
In this Issue:
display at PLHS.
Dog Bites: Pointers in
Jeffrey Bennett '76 - on Galileo and
a cosmic perspective
Eric Allen '83- inducted into SD
Breitbard Hall of Fame
Class of 63 gift to
completes digital classroom project!
Sail Team wins big!
Men's Basketball and Women's Soccer
head to playoffs.
of Deceased Pointers
planned for Classes of '59, '64, '69, '79, '84, '99. For Reunion
Kim Melhorn Jessop '73
Memorabilia to be on permanent display at PLHS
Vickie Vaughn '63 heads up effort to sort,
identify and display 80+ years of PLHS history.
Room 301 on the Point Loma
campus is used as a conference, meeting and activity room by many
student, staff, and community groups. PLHSFAA hopes this room will
soon be known as the "The Alumni History Room."
chair Vickie Vaughn Fay and Executive Director Kim Jessop welcomed a
group of volunteers to the room on a recent evening, and together they
began work to transform the room, featuring memorabilia dating back to
our alma mater's opening in the 1920's.
Volunteers sifted through a
small amount of the numerous artifacts and materials gathered by PLHSFAA
over the years. Some items were taken home for extensive repair and
It is hoped that displays from every decade of Pointer history can be
featured, with space reserved for present students and recent
Kim observed that artifacts such as old yearbooks, sports
paraphernalia, documents and photographs seem to transfix alumni at
events such as the annual Homecoming Barbecue.
"This interest shows what
is meant when we say, 'Once a Pointer, always a Pointer,'" Kim
Visitors will now gaze upon
walls that reflect the rich history of Point Loma
And alumni wishing to reminisce will hopefully be drawn to the decorated
classroom as well.
by Scott Hopkins, PLHSFAA Communications Director
Dog Bites - Pointers in the News
Eric Allen (1983)
Pointer football star and alum was recently inducted into the
Breitbard San Diego Hall of Fame.
But it's not Allen's first such honor. He already is a member of the Arizona State and Philadelphia Eagles
(NFL) Halls of Fame.
After hearing legendary football
coach Bennie Edens speak to ninth-graders in 1980 at the former Dana
Junior High, Allen and a group of friends who played Pop Warner football
together in Southeast San Diego decided to play for Edens at Point Loma. By his senior
season, Allen, a running back and cornerback, played a part in Edens revamping his
offense to take advantage of the team's athletic skills. The
result? An undefeated season for the Pointers.
Allen went on to stardom at Arizona State, helping the Sun Devils win
a Pac-10 championship. His crucial interception in the 1987 Rose
Bowl helped defeat Michigan.
Drafted as a cornerback by Philadelphia, Allen
spent most of his 14-year NFL career with the Eagles. He holds team
records for interception returns for touchdowns in a career (5), a season
(4 in 1993) and shares the franchise record with 34 career interceptions.
Allen later played for New Orleans and Oakland, finishing his career with 54
interceptions which ranks him 7th on the all-time NFL list. He was
named to the Pro Bowl six times.
While at Point Loma, Allen also played baseball with future major-leaguer
David Wells. The team won a CIF championship in 1982. and was
saluted in 2007 by the San Diego Padres on the 25th anniversary of their
Married for 19 years to his high school sweetheart Lynn (Noe '84), the
couple has four sons. Allen currently works as an NFL analyst for ESPN.
-By Scott Hopkins, PLHS Communications
Jeffrey Bennett (1979) has a new book,Beyond UFO's, which was chosen as the 2008 Summer Reading
Program book for 3700+ incoming Miami University of Ohio
students. Students are required to come to school in the Fall
prepared to discuss the book. Click Convocation
speech to hear
Jeffrey address those students as they embark on their college path.
Also, be sure to read Jeffrey's LA Times article about the 400th
anniversary of Galileo and the International year of Astronomy. He
challenges us to look outside our own world to a 'cosmic perspective' as
we move into the future. LA Times:
has agreed to come speak at PLHS next time he is in town. Stay
PL Sailing Team wins top honors
The Point Loma High sailing team continues to add
evidence they are the top prep team in the United States.
In recent months, the Pointers tacked to a first place finish in the
prestigious Gold Pacific Coast Championship regatta held in San Francisco.
Also, the team swept to second place in the Silver
Pacific Coast Championship competition held on Mission Bay.
competitions are considered the most difficult in high school sailing.
Pointer Alumni Baseball Game
A pack of Pointer alumni
baseball players turned out for the 12th annual alumni vs varsity game,
the traditional kickoff event for the 2009 Pointer
season. Varsity players defeated the alumni 7-2.
Former major league all star
player, David Wells pitched 3 innings and hit the longest ball
of the day before removing his Padres jersey, autographing it and
presenting it to head coach Jon Posternack.
Men's Basketball and Women's
Soccer are headed to the playoffs.
For more Winter and Spring Sports
go to: PLHS Athletics
Class of 1963!
PLHS Class of 1963 celebrated
their 45 year reunion in October 2008 and then made a generous donation
to thier alma mater. The generosity of the Class of 63 reunion
attendees has allowed the PLHSFAA to provide 3 classrooms with digital
equipment upgrades (including the conference room that is being decorated
with alumni memorabilia!)
Many thanks to the Class of
63 on behalf of PLHS students and staff.
If your class would like to make
a contribution to a program or activity at PLHS, or set up a scholarship
fund, contract Kim at the PLHSFAA office.
Go to Reunions for the most current
information on upcoming class reunion events.
Be sure we have your most up to date contact information
in our secure online directory so that your reunion chair can find you.
Click Update My Info . And please tell other
Pointers to update their info.
We can't do it
Budget Cuts make
Foundation support critical!
With more major budget cuts
hitting our educational system this year our help is needed more than
PLHSFAA supports programs, activities,
and capital improvements at PLHS. We fund scholarships to assist
college-bound seniors with their higher education goals. We maintain the
alumni directory to keep Pointers in touch and to assist reunion
chairs. And we assure that the 84+ year history and legacy of
PLHS are carried forward.
We cannot do it without your
generous contributions. Won't you please help us build Pointer
Pride for generations past, present and future?
Escrip is an easy way to give to PLHSFAA. It is free
money...all you have to do is sign up and keep shopping for groceries!
up for eScrip
forget to periodically review your trust and will:
that you review your trust and/or will every five years, and remembering
your high school in your estate is a wonderful way to be "Always a
Pointer!" A simple idea, a planned giving expert told us (but
definitely consult with your own financial advisor!) is to name your alma
mater as a beneficiary in your life insurance or IRA, for a specified
amount or a percentage. But it's important how you actually name it: For
details, call Kim Jessop at 619 226-4509
Florence Cooper '47
Naomi Ferreira '41
Carl Eugene Allen '50
Lewis Leopold '54
Dean Rhoads III '79
Once a Pointer, Always a
If you wish to
report the death of a classmate please email the firstname.lastname@example.org Include name of deceased, class year,
source of the info, your name and contact information for verification.