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May 31, 2009

In Memory of Mrs. Jessica White

Dr. Jessica B. White,  Principal Retired (LAUSD), passed away unexpectedly on
Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

Jessica's White's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 2 p.m.

Congregational Church of Chimes
14115 Magnolia
Sherman Oaks, California

Scholarship Update!

A scholarship fund has been established in Jessica's name at the the place where she was last principal. As such, we are requesting that you send a contribution to the Jessica B. White scholarship fund which will be held in trust at the Downtown Magnets High School.  Please send contributions for this year’s scholarship by June 10th, payable to Downtown Magnets High School and marked, Jessica B. White Scholarship in the memo section. Mail contributions to:

Downtown Magnets High School
c/o Lynda McGee

1081 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You may send any inquires regarding the scholarship to Lynda Markham at . Money received after June 10th will be awarded in future years.



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Angel Anderson on August 17, 2014 10:27 PM
Jessica White was one of my most favorite people; when I was student body president in 1978, she was my advisor in leadership. I learned so much about being a strong, dedicated leader from Mrs. White. She taught me how to be patient and consider the needs of others, as well as how to stand up for what I believe. She also taught me the true value of education. Mrs. White was a wonderful role model for me and other young women who attended Los Angeles High School. My condolences to the family of Mrs. White. She was one of the best.

Staci Robinson-Cheeseboro on March 30, 2014 10:30 PM
REGINA HEARN,,,,CLASS OF 1981,,,she passed unexpectedly and suddenly on March 20, 2014,,,,,

Jayn Higgins on July 30, 2012 12:56 PM
Here is a slide presentation from the 2012 White Party event which honors 70's Romans who have passed on

Sharon Warfield on August 24, 2011 6:35 PM
Please add Jon C. Warfield, Class of 1983, Jon Passed Away June 22, 1992
mary miles on August 5, 2011 8:18 PM
Ms White came to my aunt's funeral in the early 90s &amp; she spoke in honor of my aunt because they were Masons. She also asked if me or my older sister Sheila Skiffer were in the church, unfortionally I had not arrived, by the time I arrived she was gone, I always felt bad about that, because I knew she realy cared about me, as person as well as a student. To support my claim, there was a time at school when she cought me trying to smoke in the girls gym, someone said run Mary!,&amp; out of fear I ran &amp; she chase me for what seem like a year, I finally gave up &amp; mind u all of LA High seemed to be watching &amp; chanting run Mary!!. I knew I was wrong for smoking &amp; running. The next day Ms White was sitting in my livingroom talking with my mother. I love her for that!! help make me who I am...RIP Ms White<br />
Daryl Austin on November 1, 2010 11:47 PM
It's with a heavy heart to bring notice that another of our own has made the transition tonite, Nov 1, 2010. Sharon Carson, Class of '75 leaves a daughter, mother, father and brother Bobby, also Class of '75, and a host of family and friends to morn her loss. I had the honor and the pleasure to know Sharon since about 1969 starting at JB. I have the greatest respect for her easy, honest and generous nature. She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers tonight. I think I will light a candle for her.

Tyra Goodman on October 29, 2010 10:42 AM
 Yalon Murray c/o 1977 will be greatly missed.  She was very instrumental in planning all of our class reunions.  She was a wonderful woman and a great mother.
J.J. Lewis on September 22, 2010 5:57 PM
Carolyn Banks... We the class of 1972 do miss you and want you to know that we cherish your memory with Roman Pride. We had many young years together. May you remain in our prayers and thoughts forever. Always A Roman JJL<br />
Daryl Austin on August 15, 2010 12:35 AM
Another admission: Eugene (Frog) Simms, Class of 1975. I hate to put him on here. He was (and still is in memory) a good friend of mine from childhood. We had big fun from Day 1. He's the guy I found out what happens to you when you jump off a roof and try to float down with an umbrella with. I know where you are at the break of dawn. 100+ miles an hour on the 10 Fwy with the top down coming from a blast in nowhere specific ville, jus tryin' to make that Crenshaw exit to get home ...Good times, great memories, Thanks Gene.
Don Dorsey on August 14, 2010 10:50 AM
Michael Horton (LAHS 1972-1975) - RIP 2008
Deborah Bullock on June 23, 2010 10:21 PM
( continued list )


Phil Silver '66 - September 1998
Elizabeth Starkey S'54
Sharon "Cheryl" Cherry '76 Dec.2009
Eugene Tanaka 2008
Timothy Dowell(Murphy)'68 - 2000?
Frieda Jenkins '68 - 2005?
Tauleece Robinson '75 - Dec.4,2009
S. Cheryl Cherry '75 - Dec 2009
Mary A. Fierro - May 2010
Gerry Hatashita '71 - June 15, 2010

Thank you,
Deborah Bullock
Deborah Bullock on June 23, 2010 9:03 PM
Gerry Hatashita '71 passed Wednesday June 15, 2010.

a message from: Ron Veto '70

Hi Deborah,
I hope you are well.Thanks again for all the hard work and dedication to our class and school mates.We lost a great guy this past week.

Because of the timely matter can you please post to the proper space for me?

I wanted to let everyone know that Gerry Hatashita from LAHS class of 71 passed away on Wednesday June 15th 2010. He played Varsity football with Coach Jim Pendleton and will be missed.
His funeral will be at the funeral will be at:

Gardena Valley Baptist Church
1630 West 158th Street
Gardena, CA. 90247-3712
June 30, 2010

Gerry's wife Patty asked if any one would like to tell a story they have about Gerry.
Lois Lewis-Perkins on March 27, 2010 9:02 PM
I just wanted to comment on Mr. Riddle.  He was a wonderful teacher.  I remember we had two minutes of meditations each day, which allowed us to focus on the things we were going to make in class.  His room was a place to get away durning lunch when you didnt want to be in the sun.  He was a well respected teacher during the 70's.  I want to add a name to the list.  My cousin Gloria Young class of 70 - August 2005. 
Brenda King on January 30, 2010 11:39 PM
I just wanted to add two more names  to the memorary list my loving sister Claudia Lane (known as puppet or peanut)  who was killed in 1994 and my best friend Milred Jones who died from Cancer. I love both of you and miss you so much.
Bassma Bassma on November 22, 2013 1:55 AM
Hi there! I have been following your fbcaeook posts, and you inspire me! I love helping others too get into shape! What is entailed in your challenge groups? Thank you! Leah Wheeler

Kenny Thomas on January 6, 2010 5:51 PM
David King and I practically grew up together.  We go back as far as Mt. Vernon Jr. High.  His father use to give us a ride to school in the mornings.  I lived a few houses from he and his family.  I know the King family well!  Another young soul taken way too soon.  If any on the King family should read this short tribute, I want to say David was a gift and thank you for accepting me as an extending family member.  Vicki, Charles, Hosie, Mr. and Mrs. King, I will always cherish the times we spent together.

With much love and respect, Kenny Thomas. 

Kenny Thomas on January 6, 2010 5:18 PM
 Kevin Manor was my friend, confidant, and brother.  The news of his passing was a severe blow to me.  I want to think of him as being somewhere where the air is clean, his spirit is free and he is dancing to the music of the angels.  Kevin, you left me too soon, I miss you.
Sharon Warfield on August 24, 2011 6:31 PM
Please add Jon C. Warfield, Class of 1983, Passed Away June 22, 1992

Sheila Hongo on July 31, 2009 1:02 PM
Please add Barry Hongo, class of '70 to your list.  He passed March 1999

magda washington-white on July 18, 2009 7:28 PM

Melvin J. Washington -class of 1969
the last class to enjoyed the tower! always in many hearts, the best brother. love, baby sis, mag


Paula Morrison-Davis on July 3, 2009 2:24 AM
Please add William Jackson to the list. I dont remember when he passed but I last saw him at the 10 year reunion.
Class of 75.A wonderful person and friend. I often think of him from time to time. RIP

Doris Thomas on June 30, 2009 1:48 AM
This is in memory of Aretha Carter and Lloyd Carter may they rest in peace. Thier brother La Vell Carter and I attened LA high we are the Class of 79. Through life and the pass 30 years we still remain friends.

Carmen perry on June 30, 2009 1:45 AM

Ms White was a WONDERFUL women! 
I am so sorry to hear of her death.  However, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to have her in my life for the years that I attended LA High.   Her patience, direction and her graceful ability to connect to  the many young women from the moment we enter her dance class it was through dance that she shaped my life and left an indeliable appreciation for the art of dance and music.   

I have often wondered what happened to her.  I am so proud to know that she achieved the rank of Principal at a school she truely loved!  She will be missed by me and I am sure by all who knew her.  She is and will always be a ROMAN!


Alexis De Laney- Burries on June 28, 2009 7:57 PM
God Bless Darrow Goins my dear dear friend I miss you, and I  love you so much.   Seems we just  didn't have enough time.  Shirley Boykins passed away as well God Bless you and keep you.  They were both Class of '75. Shirley was a member of R.O.T.C.  They were both beautiful people.  Gone too soon!!


Brenda King on June 28, 2009 4:50 PM
To my sister Claudia Lane class of 1970 who passed in 1994 I miss you so much you were my best friend. You are gone but not forgotten and you left a part of you such a special blessing your daughter Chyenne and your granddaughter Mya whom you never met.  Also to my Mother who was my rock there are no words that can express my love for you left behind? To all my family and friends who have passed on.  I wrote this poem for everyone who has lost a special person in their lives knows one day we will all meet again and celebrate a new life.


A Peaceful Sleep


One day death

Will call on me,

And my life will

Be no more.


My family and friends

will moan for me,

tonight I will lie down

to a peaceful sleep.


Death is slow in coming

for me you see,

from the day of my birth

it was written for me.


That one day my life

would be over indeed,

for life is not guaranteed

for you and me.


Although the end is at hand

in this evening hour of sleep,

don’t let my family and friends

cry any more tears for me.


For the same journey

they will undertake one day,

a safe journey and peaceful

sleep for them I will pray.


I have no more fears

for I have lived a full life,

and problems are no more

Because my soul is free…


For I am happy

To meet my Savior,

For he has come

to cross with me!!!


Deryck Allen on June 27, 2009 7:24 PM
Please add:

Franklin D. Walker c/o '76 to the list of dearly departed


Deryck Allen on June 27, 2009 6:57 PM

Anthony Buchanan - thanks for the memories, thanks for being one of the first people to arrive at our reunions and one of the last to leave........... thanks for being just you. i now have such a better understanding of how special your support was with those "keys" - please leave the key to the door to heaven somewhere where i can find it.


Tanya Bullock - my darlin, my sweet. thank you too for coming out to support our reunions in the past. you would be so proud that this time we even get to do it with your sister. we do this in honor of you and all of those from ROME because one never knows just when they may be called home, but this time we are all coming back home to ROME!


Deryck Allen on June 27, 2009 6:03 PM
ma guryl, ma guryl, my girl - thanks for coming the last time and for all of the times. i just would not have thought. but in your memory we will carry on (sadly a bit) on that field like nobody's business.



Deryck Allen on June 27, 2009 6:03 PM
ma guryl, ma guryl, my girl - thanks for coming the last time and for all of the times. i just would not have thought. but in your memory we will carry on (sadly a bit) on that field like nobody's business.



Deryck Allen on June 27, 2009 5:58 PM
lil lloyd - Lloyd Carter - Senior Class President 1976

bro, this one's for you! you'd be so proud, we are continuing the legacy in true "Roman Spirit", ALL THE CLASSES TOGETHER............ you had often spoke of this day....... now on the next one i'm just buying a ticket and showing up..............mission accomplished..........

Patricia Lincoln & David King

again from our 1st 10 yr. reunion meeting we are "doin dat @#%*"  sssshhhhhhhhhhhhh...........

keepin yal and all my fellow romans who have gone home in prayer,  we are coming back home to "ROME" in all the praise and glory........... RIP

Carmen Torres on June 25, 2009 7:09 PM

June 25, 2009 - In Loving Memory of Michael Jackson (1958-2009) - "The King of Pop" ,  Please add him to this list as an "Honorary Roman"..... Michael's Musical Legacy and the Jackson Five's Musical Legacy are a part of our Roman History!!  May his family and fans be comforted during this sad time.

Carmen Torres '75


Sally Roderick on June 20, 2009 5:03 PM
For all of you music, theater, and stagecraft folks,  I am so sorry to inform you that our incomparable Bill Roderick passed away April, 2001.  You were always in his heart, and he loved you so.

All the best to you and hope to see you at the reunion,

Sally (Rice) Roderick
Deryck Allen on June 27, 2009 6:41 PM
ahhhh mrs. rice, i'm so sorry to hear the news. i had my true moments of fame with the training from mr. roderick and ms. asmow. i can't beleive i used to get up before 1st period to rehearse for a show. i did follow through with a short lived "commercial print model" endeavor and without his guidance and support i would not have had the foundation to make it through. may he RIP and i look forward to give you a great big hug at the reunion.

my best,
deryck allen '76
Jayn Higgins on June 23, 2009 1:18 PM
Hello, Ms. Rice.  

Mr. Roderick was indeed a favorite teacher of  mine.  He directed me in the play "Anything Goes" and helped to instill in me a love for performing that  exists today.  He and Ms. Asmow had a wonderful working relationship.  I have photos with him.  Many prayers to you and your family.

marisa miller on June 20, 2009 12:08 AM
 Pat Magness-teacher
passed away Feb. 2008-

Toy R Hightower on June 19, 2009 6:23 PM

Please add Terry M. Allen ' 75 he passed away October, 2008. 
Ricardo Eason ' 75
James Hodge ' 75


Carol Isadore on June 18, 2009 1:45 AM
Please add Donna Harris C/O of 76. Donna passed Nov. 28, 2008

Stephanie Holoman on June 17, 2009 12:26 AM
Please add Alex Thomas Class of 1976

Jayn Higgins on June 13, 2009 1:38 AM
Thought I was gonna miss the prom until I finally got asked by the shyest guy in school! We boogied the night away!   Albert Carter, '75 this one's for you!!!  Thanks for everything.

Karen Lawson on June 13, 2009 12:50 AM
Antonette "Toni", I miss you so much girl.. I think about you all the time... RIP my firend ...  Friends for Life!  
Class of 72

Marian Wade on June 6, 2009 12:44 PM
God bless Mrs. White and her family.  She was very special.  I think of her and will always remember her beautiful smile and spirit.  Heaven has a new angel.

Deborah Bullock on June 2, 2009 3:44 PM



This site is to pay tribute to our friends, family and acquaintances who are no longer with us.

When you see a name of that special one, please leave your name and a commit (if you'd like).

In respect of the deceased we encourage you to keep this site in good taste.

Thank you,
Deborah Bullock

The following consist of Name, Grad Year, Month, Day & Year of demise.

This site will be updated as often as information comes in!!!

Tonya Bullock '76 - March 11, 2000
Danny Scott '74 - July 29, 1994
Marlon Yates '74 - July 14, 2000
Linda Jones '74 - November 11, 2004
James Landry '74
Anthony Walker '74
Terry Dunson '74
John Dunson '73
Kelvin Black '74
Willie Brooks '74
Edward Scott '74 - Aprox. 1993
Robert Ballou 70's
Ron Veto '52
Melvin Rosenthal '52
John Deichman '50's (Teacher) - October 2, 2006
George Amman S'62 - October 13, 2005
John S Mitsuuchi S'51 - January 2002
Roy T. Shitakubo S'51 - September 2001
Yvonne Williams '80 - September 23, 2006
Donald Bolton ? (Teacher) ?
Albert List S'62 - ?
Don Egan ' ? - January 24,2004
Sam Fields '68 - September 23, 2005
Walt Drane W'54 - 1984
Bill Sanchez '50s
Robin Cofield '77 - November 11, 2002
Antwan Newton - ? - January 1, 2003
Alfred Andrews '77
Medrick Walsh ? - March 17, 2007
Joel Fries S'54
Charles Chase ? - November 19, 1991
Jerry Jefferson '74
Brenda Reed '74
Ricardo Eason '70s
Robert Dingle '74
Kevin Manor, '75
Albert Carter, '75
Shirley Boykins, '75
James Hodge, '75
Terry Allen, '75
Willie Hixon, '75
Karen Lee, '75
Robert Sawyer '74
Nadine Mills '74
Kim Haynes '74
Teliafaro Condilee '74
Marlon Washington '74
James Langley (Teacher)
Cecil McGhee '80 - 2006
Vernell Huckleby
Danny Osborn '77 - 1977
Kirk Caldwell '80 - August 1992
Antonette "Toni" Nixion '? - May 2004
Roosevelt T. Harris '74 - September 8, 2007
Donna D. Elliott (Malone) S'57 - September 22, 2007
Gregory Brown '73 - July 21, 2007
Linda Harvey '77 - November 4, 2007
Peter Melkonian ' - ???
Laverne Wright (Berry) '75 - August 26, 2002
Robert Chuman '74 - June 21, 2002
Larry Fine '61 - December 2001
Lloyd Carter '76 - January 1995
David King '76
Ernest Jackson '76
Patricia Lincoln '76
Anthony Buchanan '76
Dorian Cummings '76
Gerald Ward '76
Donna Buchanan '77
Keith Wymon '77
Byron Williams '77
John "Wes" Marshall '77
John T. Riddle, Jr. (Teacher)
Diane Burgess '73
Stanley Reginald Burt '73
Beverly McCoy '76 - May 1999
Janet Brown '73 - Febuary 2006
Jamiel Shaw '09 - March 2, 2008
Joan Donnelly '47 - April 15, 2008
Henry Hunter mv'71 - Aprox. 2003
Kenny Williams '66
Samyra Van Buren
Ericka Jones
Reggie Johnson
Kelly Ragland
Jack Wheaten '70 - June 1989
Aretha Carter '85 - March 2004
Sharon Mott 2008
James Holloway '72 - September 2008
Marvin Smith '69 - April 2003
Anita Howse '73 - October 10, 2008
Chris Mims '? - October 2008
Gilbert Jones '74 - 1999
Chris Robinson
Gary Medina
Gregory Fulton
Cassandra Hodge '71 - Febuary 16, 2006
Gail Richards
John Morrison '56 - 2004
Miriam Hesslein '61 - September 2,1993
Philip M. Ritterband '55? - April 27, 1972
Eugene "Jr." Tanaka '? - May 2007
Carolyn Curtiss '69 - 1994
Quentin Mars '71 72/73?
Kevin Spears '70's - October 2002
John Riddle '69 - 04/05?
Phyllis Johnson '72 - January 1995
Ronald Johnson '73 - 1978
Debra Bertrand '73
Cora Scott '73 - Febuary 9, 2009
Pamelia Ethridge '70 - January 5, 2006
Mr. Rod Smith s'67 - March 7, 2009
Theresa Kavanaugh '71 - June 18, 1982
Hayes Pullard '69 - 2008
Tonya Marie Owens '81 - Feb 28, 2009
Dyane Wilson Ibrahim s'69 - July 2006
Robert Lloyd Johnson w'40 - March 2009
Lonnie Henderson '68 - 2006
John Riddle (teacher) - 2001
Michael Huey'69 - 1996
Jessica White(teacher)'63 - May 2009
Charles Crable on March 15, 2014 5:45 PM
I was Senior Class President in 1970 and one of my classmates was James Moore. He was a quiet, hardworking, bright and a very giving young man with an infectious bright smile. With all due respect to all the others, I hope the details are not inappropriate but this has bothered me for many years. I wrote about James and circumstances of our minority youth in my first book seven years ago. In addition to school work James had an evening job at a grocery store to help his family. There was an attempted robbery and James was killed. I believe that was during the fall of our senior year,1969. He would have graduated S'70. Please honor James Moore as one of our own truly missed and never forgotten. God Bless His Soul,
Willard Love on June 19, 2009 2:19 PM
Charles Jackson (teacher)
Deryck Allen on June 27, 2009 6:27 PM
in your honor mr. jackson as my track coach, you taught me the very important lesson of even if you don't win - one's persistence and tenacity will get you through.... i still live by this creed to this day.....


deryck allen
3rd place winner in so many different things by way of the track - this thing called "life"....... thank you.
Willard Love on June 14, 2009 3:08 PM

Robert Pullard (c/o70) should be added to the list of deceased. He has been gone for sometime, I'm no sure of the year.

Keep up the good work.

Willard Love
CARL MCGILL on April 10, 2016 4:49 PM
I just happened on theis post about Robert Pullard, who I worked with in the LAPD as well as Robin Cofield. Robert died July of 1989. Here is an article about his death.

Pullard, Former USC Pole Vaulter, Is Found Dead
July 15, 1989|GABE FUENTES | Times Staff Writer

Robert Pullard, 38, a former star USC pole vaulter who became a Los Angeles police officer, was found dead Friday in his Canoga Park apartment, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

The death was reported to the coroner's office as an "apparent natural death," although a determination was not made as to whether an autopsy will be performed, coroner's spokeswoman Deborah Peterson said.

After Pullard failed to appear for work on Wednesday and Thursday, police officers were sent to his apartment Friday afternoon to investigate and found him dead, a police official said. There were no signs of violence or forced entry, according to police.

An eight-year veteran of the force, Pullard had been assigned to the Van Nuys Division but was temporarily working for the department's press relations section.

Pullard's 1969 vault of 16 feet 7 inches while competing for Los Angeles High School still stands as the City high school record, and at the time was the National Interscholastic Federation record. It also made him the highest black vaulter of all time outdoors. He went on to become a star at USC and later, in 1978, became the first black vaulter to clear 18 feet.

His best vault was 18 feet 1 1/2 inch in '78.

Pullard was eliminated in qualifying for the 1972 Olympic Games but made the 1976 U.S. Olympic team as an alternate, although he did not compete. In 1980, his Olympic hopes were frustrated by President Jimmy Carter's ban on U.S. competition in the Moscow Games as a protest against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.

In 1984, at age 32, Pullard tried again. He came three inches short of the minimum vault required to qualify for the U.S. trials.

In recent years, Pullard remained active in track and field, working with local clubs and coaching high school-age pole vaulters at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys.

Pullard was a rarity among pole vaulters on two counts, both as a black and because he was left-handed.

After graduating from USC in 1974, Pullard worked briefly with pole vaulters in Nigeria. When he discovered that the Nigerians did not have a pole-vaulting pit, he manufactured one out of 120 bed mattresses tied together.


Glenda on May 31, 2009 4:52 PM
I owe so much of who I am and how I deal with my little cheerleaders to Mrs. White, she was a wonderful women.  And gave me my first opportunity at a leadership role as drill team commdore (Me, Trisha and Marian)  My sincere condolences.

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