assist Pointer grads with their goals:
The tradition of giving
scholarships to graduating seniors began with the original PLHS Alumni
Association in the mid 70’s. Since
that time, close to $100,000 in scholarships have gone to Pointer Grads
to assist them with their academic goals!
Several thousand dollars
in Association scholarships are given every year as our commitment to
continuing that tradition. In
addition, Memorial scholarships are given whenever friends and family
elect to raise funds to honor an individual. If
you would like to learn more about honoring a classmate or community
member with a memorial scholarship, or if your class would like to give
a scholarship in honor of a special reunion milestone, contact Kim at
the Association office.
2009 PLHSFAA Scholarship
4 Year College:
2 Year College:
| Tatiana Contreras
Donations to specific scholarship funds
from Friends and Family
Zeiger Scholar (honoring
Mr. Z’s commitment to theatre and performing arts)
Bennie Edens Scholarship (honoring long-time PLHS Coach)
| Dion Riley
PLHSFAA Green Scholarship (Commitment to the Environmental
|Jeremy Hayes Dawe Memorial Scholarship (in memory of a passed Pointer)
Highlight: Jeremy Hayes Dawe Scholarship:
Jeremy graduated from
PLHS in 1996. He passed away at the age of 28 of a massive
cerebral hemorrhage. Jeremy had a passion for music, travel, and the
outdoors. And he was committed
to helping raise funding for public libraries throughout the state. He graduated from the University of Oregon with
a BS in Political Science, went on to receive his Law degree and had
recently started working at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek prior to his
death. Each year his family gives
a scholarship in his memory, keeping his legacy alive for Pointers.
Class of 59 Reunion Recap:
The reunion was spectacular from start to finish. The weekend
began with a harbor cruise on Friday morning. In the afternoon there
was a wonderful tour of PLHS
The evening was capped off with a magnificent cocktail party hosted
by Karen and Billy Fontana at their fantastic home. They provided, valet
parking, incredible food, unlimited refreshments and the hightlight was
a fly over by a small plane with a banner: "Point Loma High School
Class of 1959". The warmth and happy greetings launched the perfect
weekend. Saturday, the main event was at the Kona Kai.
The fun just kept on with more visiting, great food, memorbilia, and
the highlight of the evening the music by Billy Romberger's band The
Pacifics. We danced until we dropped. Sunday
Jim Nickel and Peggy Lipscomb-Kazwara hosted a fabulous brunch at the
Bali High on Shelter Island.
All and all it was wonderful. Now, we have a 70th birthday celebration to
Linda(Louis)Charman, Class Pres. 1959Links
Our prank involved both the tires hoisted
up and over the small flagpoles in front of the PAC, and the stringing
up on a cable of all the cats we dissected in AP Biology that year
across the quad, and up the big flag pole. Made
quite an impression, and I felt sorry for the custodian who had no
ladder tall enough to reach the cat hanging up the flagpole.
The graduation year was 1970; I was
a junior and a willing accomplice to the crime due to my lustful
infatuation with a particular senior, the ringleader of the prank. I
believe 1970 was the year after the Great Tire Caper.
Pointers of old will recall the morning ritual of the ROTC raising the colors
while the Star Spangled Banner blasted across the campus over the PA
system. We were all required to stop in our tracks and show proper
respect as the flag was raised. It was a time-honored, patriotic
ritual and as such, the perfect target for the senior prank.
D-day morning at 7:55 a.m., the dream team went into action. I was
the decoy and my job was to play "damsel in distress", diverting
the attention of the poor ROTC guy who was in charge of starting the
tape playing over the PA system. Once the ROTC guy had the cabinet
opened, I dashed in, gasping for his help with someone who had collapsed
outside. Naturally prone to service of humankind, he followed my directions
to the point of rescue with me (seemingly) trailing behind him. I ducked
out of sight and while he searched for the unconscious body, another member
of the team switched the tape, loaded a recording of Iron Butterfly's "Inna
Gada da Vida", closed the cabinet and snapped it shut with a different
The PA system blared; Pointers all over campus stopped in their tracks...not
from habit but from sheer surprise at the heavy rock music pulsing from the
I hereby apologize to the poor girl who likely got dragged into the Principal's
office to explain why her gym lock was found at the scene of the crime. And
to the ROTC guy that I duped into leaving his post to attend to a non-existent
It was a prank in very poor taste but very very cool; perhaps the naughtiest
thing I've ever gotten up to. Ah, memories.
I do remember the streaker—what guts..this was at the ’74 grad
and I was a junior!
on the door knobs. I will neither confirm nor deny I ever had anything
to do with it.
one from Dana Junior High…..circa 1970:
shark, hung by the tail, dangling from a rope in the courtyard.
My most memorable "class prank" was, together
with a couple other PLHS class of 59 grads, painting "So Long Suckers" on
the top of the football stadium bleachers just prior to graduation
Class of 46: In a classroom
on the second floor some students hung a desk out the window tied to
the ropes of the venetion blinds.This was just before the teacher arrived.
One of my most memorable pranks was performed on Ms. Heater on April 1st
1994 during Spanish class. months prior to the monumentous occassion
Ms. Heater had been bragging that throughout her entire teacher history
no student had ever successfully pulled off a practical joke on her. I
felt devilishly compelled to alter the course of history. working with
a bunch of handpicked classmates I plotted my assault, and what better
day then April fools to execute. now out of respect for Ms. Heater
and her witts one prank would not be sufficient, I had to conjure
up a fail safe. I decided that one out of three pranks were bound
to hit their mark (vaseline on the phone receiver, lesson plan replaced with mad
magzine, and the infamous woopie under the seat cushion.) to make a long story short
the vasoline and mad magazine were a flop, but the woopie cushion
was oh so rewarding. as Ms. Heater was the chalkboard going over her lecture
I was able to sneak to her desk and place a fully inflated woopie
sack under her seat.. the damn thing was so blown up there was no way that
Ms. Heater could miss it. as she made her way back to her desk
the class was almost in stitches. before seating her rump down to
rest Ms. Heater paused in front of her seat as to almost
mock our attempt to foul her. after her closing comments which seemed to last
an eternity she collapsed into the loudest fart which followed an
uprour of laughter.. I could not contain myself from admitting blame..
instantly I was sent to the Mr. Schneider's office..
true story :D
3 of us
let the air out of the vice principal's tires. we got caught and had
to do clean up work at plhs on saturday.
the statue of Bob's Big Boy to campus...
My class was involved with the Bob’s
Big Boy ( I won’t say who), but also a large camp out on the football
field with ample supply of “mole man punch.” I think we started
a tradition that year. 1981
It was my Dad's Chevy
Silverado. J was shotgun and B was holding onto Bob in the back of the
truck. We went there first around 11pm and broke the lock at the
base – J’s words were "Bob
is free". Then we went back at around 3 AM. The only thing that kept us from getting suspended
was that Bob's was going to press charges so the VP pretended not to
know who it was.
not sure who was involved with this prank, but I remember the class of
1986 prank was pretty gross. They got cats that were used for science
experiments and hung them all around campus. Yuk!!
prank in the of Spring 1964 was a spur of the moment decision by several
of us on the night before our last class to remove a small diseased tree
on the senior lawn and replace it with something "unique".
up a yucca plant and transported it back to campus in the dead of night.
We snuck on to campus and then started to dig up the tree when we were
surprised by the janitors, who doubled as the security.
it wasn't too much of a surprise to them that some of the kids would
try something. Anyway, we split in 40 directions taking the shovel but
leaving the yucca plant. The following morning the tree and the yucca
were both gone and the spot where the tree had been was filled in. So
much for making a splash. This is what passed for fun on a warm spring
night in 1964.
up a golf coarse on the quad grass ... class of 83
started out as a fairly innocent prank, unfortunately turned out far
more sinister. We arrived early morning to the School and began
stacking benches into a type of box pryamid. We were able to get
them four or five high or about twenty feet in the air. We had
one minor casulty as one of our guys got clipped in the head by these
100 plus pound benches but he didn't need stitches. We lined
the top of the pryamid with trash cans, and then did the obligatory toilet
paper throughout the interior mall area of the buildings and on the tower
we had built. Where things got unfortunately out of hand was when
we decided to hoist three trash cans up the flag poll. They were
empty and posed no danger, but we thought it would look neat up at the
top of the poll. The next day the vice principal trying not
to take any chances, brought in a large crane to make sure there wasn't
anything in the cans and when the crane truck was setting up to raise
their boom to check them, it somehow broke a water main and flooded out
a large area of the school. We have pictures somewhere of the night
of fun, I got to see them ten years later, all in all it was meant in
good fun, but thankfully we never got the bill for the damage.
The large "81" printed
in sand, glued to the wall on the outside cafeteria wall for at least
5 years, maybe longer…. and vaseline on the door handles and locks on
some of the buildings
of kids piled into a pickup truck and went around Point Loma picking "For Sale" signs
from the yards of poor, unsuspecting homeowners (sorry!). They then
planted all the signs in front of PLHS to proclaim that the school was,
in fact, for sale. This was the night that we camped on the football
field before graduation. We noticed at 5 or 6 am, that some janitorial
or groundskeeping staff had unplanted the signs which had been intended
to surprise the kids coming to school that day. We (I say “we,” because I participated in this
portion, but not the other) went and stuck all the signs back up. I
think they still got pulled down before school opened, but we tried. We
thought we were quite witty.
Class of '87
A new Principal had just started and was advised
of senior pranks at PLHS. She warned all graduating seniors that
if anyone was caught trying to pull off a prank, they would be suspended
from commencement. We thought hard about this, and while tempted,
everyone feared being suspended.
So what was the prank? On graduation day, before
walking up to the stage to shake hands with the Principal, we all had marshmallows...and
as you shook her hand, you squeezed her hand against yours with a marshmallow. She
had to get napkins to clean her hands off. My graduation picture
shaking hands with the Principal shows the marshmallow hands she was left
prank, pulled off by many of our graduating Seniors, was to hold a marble
in our right hand, and when we went to shake the principal’s hand at
graduation, we handed him the marble. Pictures from that graduation
ceremony reveal a sea of white marbles on the ground in front of the
for me, I did not participate in any pranks. I was a "good
girl"......but don't misunderstand, it was only because my father
worked at the school. Every little wrong turn I made got reported
back to him. It was a bummer, but that was life! ha
ha Like going to school in a fish bowl with all the teachers watching