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1920s

1926 - Horace Bristol, LIFE magazine photographer

1930s

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Student Body President Jack Webb wrote a message in the 1938 yearbook

S'35 - Jack Dixon, Class President
S'35 - Willa Kim, an American costume designer for stage, dance, and film; a member of the American Ballet Theatre Hall of Fame
S'37 - Richard Saulque, Class President
S'37 - Young Oak Kim (1919-2005), a highly-decorated U.S. Army combat veteran of WWII and Korean War; Young Oak Kim Academy in Los Angeles is named after him (below right photo)

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Young Oak Kim in 1961

1940s Classes

Richard Donald Crenna (1926 – January 2003) was an actor (below left photo). Shows: "Our Miss Brooks" (1952-55), "The Real McCoys" (1957-63), "Slattery's People" (1964-65), "All's Fair" (1976-77), "It Takes Two" 1982-83), "Pros and Cons"(1991-92), "Gabriel's Fire".

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Richard Crenna in 1961

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Judge Robert M. Takasugi

Robert M. Takasugi (1930 - 2009) was a Senior U.S. District Court Judge (above middle photo)

1941 - Saul Halpert, '41, KNBC News reporter and editor
1941 - The class celebrated its 50th reunion at the Sportsmen's Lodge and the 55th Reunion at the Beverly Garland-Holiday Inn, Noth Hollywood, on November 2, 1996.

Sid Thompson was featured in the Daily Bruin at UCLA: Mentor seeks education reform to benefit underserved youth

1950s Classes

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Mike Bell, front and center, leading his Class of '51

1951 - Mike Bell was star baseball and football player; he came back to Belmont to coach football and baseball
1953 - Jim E. Mora's son Jim L. Mora is now the head coach of the UCLA Bruins football team; Mora Sr. graduated from Unversity High was friends with Stan Friedman (who came back to coach at Belmont) and Ron Botchan (former NFL official). The three of them played football at Occidental College with the late Jack Kemp.
W'57 - Forrest Robinett, Student Body President; Adolpho Cruz, Class President
S'57 - Bob Kawaguchi, Student Body President; Keny Hicknan, Class President

1960s Classes

1957-1962 - Reunion was held Oct. 14, 2000 at Glendale Hilton.

1960 - 1969: Belmont HS MidSixties has a Facebook page

1963 - Milton Elliott went to both Virgil and Belmont; was a computer programer; now lives in Norway to be close by his two adult sons. He remembers the Little Symphony and Mr. Kessler.
W'63 - Joe Ozawa, Student Body President
S'63Patrick McGinnis, Student Body President; Joe Vasquez, Class President; and Daniel Kessner, the Class Valedictorian.
'63, '64, '65 - 50-Year Reunion, Sept. 26 & 27, 2014, Pala Casino Spa & Resort (David Corrao is the contact person: BelmontReunion2014@Gmail.com) 
W'64 - Paul Nakamura, Student Body President; Ruben Hernandez, Class President
W'65 - Robin Cababa, Student Body President
S'65 - Ruben Garcia, Student Body President
1966 - Ruben Garcia was nominated by Congressmen Ed Roybal to West Point; 1966 - 50th Reunion was held August 20, 2016 at the City of Industry.
1967 - Class Reunion in 2017 is being planned for October 2017.
S'66 - Marvin Cassio shows: "60's Dances Twist Pony Mashed Potatoes LA Style (more information at Belmont HS MidSixties' Facebook page)
 
1968-1972 - Reunion was held Sept. 15, 2000 at Four Points Sheraton.
W'68 - Clinton Burch, Student Body President; Adolfo Zamora, Class President
S'68 - Robert Garrett, Student Body President; Miles Mitchell, Class President; first class to have a different design and color commencement program cover
Bruce Mitchell,  S'69, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner
Luis Gómez Sánchez - baseball player & member of the LDS Camp Rainey Mountain 2011
 

1970s Classes

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A page from the 1978 Campanile

1970 to 1974 - "Ohana" Reunion, September 18, 2016, Holiday Inn/La Mirada, email address: Belmont70sReunion@gmail.com
1973 - Veronica Porsche Ali was married to boxer Mulhammad Ali (June 19, 1977 - July 1986)
1973 - Los Sonadores 40th Class reunion is set for September 28, 2013, 7 pm at Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown L.A. Contact the committee on their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/531572880239985/ (Link)
1974 - Dan Verches was post humus brillante and in memoriam tribute awardee of the 2013 Brillante Awards by the The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)
1975 - Alihians, 40th Reunion, June 5, 2015, La Canada Flintridge Country Club, Contact classof75@outlook.com
1976 - Robert Hana, Student Body President; "Spirit of '76" 30-year Class Reunion was held at The Kyoto Restaurant at the Wilshire Grand Hotel July 28, 2007 (e-mail: belmontspiritof76@yahoo.com)
1977 - Nick Somilleda, Student Body President
 

1980s Classes

 
1983 (Futurians): 30th Class Reunion in 2013 - Saturday, June 15, 2013, Coco Palm, Pomona, CA, 6 pm to 12 am
1986 - 10-year Reunion was held Oct. 19, 1996 at the Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles; 2016 - Belmont High Class of 86 reunion is coming up, all 80z classes welcomed! September 24th. 
1989: Class reunion in 2009, held at Almansour Court, Alhambra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bquarhA2XK4 (Belmont High 20th Year Reunion of the Majestics '89)

1990s Classes

1992 - Class Reunion (Classes '89 to '95 welcome), Sat. Sept. 8, 2012 at Elegant Banquet Hall, North Hollywood, Contact: Melvin De Leon, mdeleon353@yahoo.com or 323 821-8274
1994 - Miguel Canales is planning a 20th Class Reuion for Oct. 20, 2014

2000s Classes

2002 (Dynasties) - 10-year Reunion (2012), LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, Sat. Nov. 17, 2012, Contact: Jimmy Linares 213-700-2075 or j.linares@belmontrunion.com, website: http://belmontreunion.com
 

Faculty and Staff News

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H. Don Christian, former Social Studies teacher, was elected Superior Court Commissioner, Pomona, in 2003
Helen Singer Suran, former Spanish teacher, is now active at UC Davis, helping with medical research.

Please send information to us at belmont@usa.com.