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THE OROVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1969

The first Oroville High School on Bird Street - 1892.

The second Oroville High School at Robinson Street and Second Avenue - 1904.

The third and current location at the corner of Orange and Bridge Streets. The main building at Oroville High School stood there from 1918 until it was torn down in early1966 - our Freshman year.

That same location in January 2009.

Hi! My name is Larry Matthews and it's now been 47 years since 264 others and I graduated from Oroville High School in Oroville, California.

It's been a long time. In September 2008, since it had been such a long time, I built this web site about our class.

I have added a few photos of the school and class and also provided a list of the graduates. I've listed information regarding our Reunions. Group photographs from all 8 of our Reunions are displayed here. I've even thrown in a bit of trivia about 1969. Should you be a member of the class, or know of a member of the class and have information regarding a class member to add to this website, please e-mail me at the address below.

Additionally, there is an IN MEMORIAM section in honor of those classmates who have passed away.

We now have a link to all OHS Class of 69 Senior Portraits. It's located in the "List of Graduates" section just before the list of names. These are all of the Senior Portraits that were included in the OHS 69 NUGGET YEARBOOK.

I am so amazed at how much time has gone by so swiftly! This web site promises to be a continuing effort so keep checking back!

SECTIONS:

1. OHS Class of 69's 45th Reunion!

2. OHS Class of 69's 40th Reunion!

3. Revisiting the Campus.

4. List of Graduates and Link to Senior Portraits.

5. In Memoriam.

6. Reunions.

7. 1969 Trivia!

8. Reunion/OHS Related Links.

9. Oroville Union High School District Hall of Fame Inductees.

1. OHS CLASS OF 69's 45TH REUNION!

All who attended the 45th Reunion had a great time. As before, it was a joint reunion with the OHS Class of 1970. It was on September 20, 2014 at Gold Country Casino. It was well attended by around 100 classmates and guests. It was one of my favorite reunions. We expect a much greater crowd for the 50th Reunion in the Fall of 2019.

Additional OHS 69/70 Reunion photos that were taken that night by Scott Roberts and Larry Matthews can be accessed at:

REUNION PHOTOS

2. OHS CLASS OF 69's 40TH REUNION!

The 40th Reunion was a blast! At least I and many others thought so. It was on Oct. 17, 2009 at the Gold Country Casino. It was a joint reunion with OHS Class of 1970. There were 170 classmates with their guests and, between the good food, great friendships that were renewed, wonderful music and great enthusiasm. I got to meet classmates I had not seen in 40 years. My thanks to the Reunion Committee and all those who attended.

For additional OHS 69/70 Reunion photos that were taken by Scott Roberts that night you can access them at:

REUNION PHOTOS

The "O" on Table Mountain - June 1969. The "O" was changed into a "69" by classmates Barry Duensing, Mike Scroggins and others.

3. REVISITING THE CAMPUS

The Boy's Gym in January 2009. One of the buildings that has only had minor changes in 40 years.

I had not visited the campus for probably 20 years but on the evening of October 8, 2008 fellow classmate Scott Roberts and I took a walk around. We noted that the "T" or Temporary Buildings, that turned out to be permanent for 40 years, have finally been replaced with a nice, new building. Also, the Block "O" Bench is still there. But the eastern part of it is almost covered by the hillside they installed for the new building. Also, the old tree inside the bench is now twice as big as it was 40 years ago. It was very nice to revisit the campus.

(Block "O" Bench photo by Sandy Smith. November 2011)

Scott and I revisited the campus again on July 25, 2012. Here are a few photos from that visit.

The Quad with the C, S and H Wings. July 25, 2012.

Scott on the Block "O" Bench. July 25, 2012.


4. LIST OF GRADUATES

We graduated on June 6, 1969. The above photo is from that evening. A great memory from a long time ago.

OROVILLE HIGH SENIOR PORTRAITS

LINDA ADAMSON

JANET AISTON

DEBRA ELLEN ANDERSON

JENNY ANDERSON

DEBBIE ANDES

MARK C. ANTHONY

PAUL A. ANTHONY

JAMES L. ATKISON

GREGORY STEVEN BAKER

KAREN SUE BAKER

ROBERT C. BALL *

DAVID E. BEEMAN

MARK BEEVER*

VAN RAE BILBO

KATHIE ELAINE BISHOP

MARK DENNIS BLACK

BRAD BLANCHARD

KENNETH ALAN BLUFORD

SANDRA LEE BOONE

MEL BOREN

MICHAEL BOURDIU

WENDY BOYD

GARY D. BRASEN

RICHARD BRAZIL

AL W. BRILLIOTT

MAX BRISTER

DENISE LORRAINE BURWELL

MICHAEL CALCATERA

SUSAN CAROL CAMERON

CAROL CAPLINGER

DIANA ARLENE CARTER

PEGGY T. CASADA *

NEIL CASTELLO

DICK L. CASTLEBERRY

ROBERT ELLIS CHAMBERLAIN *

PAUL CHOLLET

KATHLEEN CLARK

THOMAS EARL COLEMAN

NANCY CORBALEY *

LARRY CORDOVA *

KATHY CORKIN*

CHERYL COTTON FOX

SERENIA SUE CROWE

STEVE CUNNINGHAM

HAL STEPHEN DAHLMEIER

LARRY DAMASSA

ALLEN LAVERN DAVIS

PEGGY ANN DEAN

JILL CLARICE DODD

DANIEL DOMINGUEZ

AUTHUR W. DRYDEN JR.

BARRY JAMES DUENSING

STEVEN DUNN

CHRISTINE MARIE ELLIS

RICK EVERETT *

PATRICIA FAREK

JOHN EDWARD FENDT

DIANE FISHER

SCOTT C. FOLEY

CHRISTY FRENCH

RONALD EUGENE FRIEND

JIM FUGATE

KEN FULTZ

RON GASTON

LIND FAYE GEE

JAN GEORGE

DENISE JOANN GILBERT

MARGARET GILLUM *

JANET MARIE GODDARD

STEVEN GOFF

BRIAN GRANT

GARY GRAVIER

JOHN T GREGORY, JR.

BRIGID ANN GROGAN

ROBERT ERNEST GROH

PETER BRAXTON HANSELL

MARSHA BROOKE HARLAN

ROBERT ELWGNN HARNESS

HAROLD EDWARD HARRISON*

HARRIETTA HARTSHORN

PEGGY HAWKINS TROXEL

JOHN ALLEN HAYES

ILSA HEINRICHS

LANA HEMENWAY

BONNIE HILBORN (FUGATE)*

JUDY HILTON

WILLIAM S. HOLBROOK,JR.

CARLA YVONNE HOLCOMB

ALLEN HOLDER

ROBERT HOWARTH *

SARAH S. HOWE

HARRY HUDSON

MARGIE HUGHES

JACK T. HUNGERFORD *

MARK MILLARD HUNTINGTON

DONALD E. HUTTON

KATHLEEN INGRAM

LARRY EUGENE INGWERSON

DEBBIE JAMISON *

DAVID RUSSELL JEWELL

LAWRENCE JOSEPH JOHNSON

LIOLA MAE JOHNSON

PATRICIA MARIE JOHNSON

BEVERLY JEAN JONES

CONNIE JONES

DEANNA CATHERINE JONES

MARY ELIZABETH JONES

MARGARET ANN JOYNER

KRIS STEPHEN KANGAS*

STEVE KANGAS

ARTHUR RAY KARR

STEVE D. KERN

KARL E. KEYES*

JOSEPH KRUPLA

NANCY LAFIELD

CHRIS LEE LAMB

JERRY LEE LAMBERT

DEBORAH JANE LAMUSGA

ROBERT LANE *

TERRY LEE LANCE

STEPHEN EUGENE LANDES

BETH LANDRY

ROBERT LEWIS LANE

THOMAS E. LANTSBERGER

DENNIS WAYNE LEE

JOHN AUGUST LEGGET

STEVE B. LEISHMAN

CRAIG LEMASTER

KAY LETTERMAN*

EDWARD LINCOLN

WENDY SUE LOWMAN

JOEL K. LUDWIG

JAMES LUNDERGREEN

CRAIG DANIEL LUTZ *

GREG LYONS

BRENDA LEE MCCOY

ROBERT JOHN MCDONALD

ELLEN MARIE MCGINNIS

LONNELA LOUIS MCLELLAND

VIRGINIA MCPARTLAND

NEAL ALLEN MACKEY

ANN MAGUIRE

PAMELA ANN MARK

CATHERINE MARLER

LINDA DIANE MARSHALL

CYNTHIA MARIE MARTELLO*

LARRY R. MATTHEWS

MELISSA MARYANNE MEITH

BRAD R. MELTON

STEVEN E. MENEFEE

MICHAEL OLAV MESSERSCHMIDT

DOREE MEYER

GAIL JEAN MILLER

STEVEN L. MILLER

KAREN ADELE MONETA

GEORGE KURT MOWLES

PATRICIA ANNE MUNSTER

DAN NELSON

CAROLE NEWTON

DONNIE LEE ODOM

MICHAEL DUANE OHLHAUSEN

LARRY OLSON

SANDRA O'QUINN

DERRIE OSBY

EILEEN PALOOLIAN

SUSAN MARGARET PATRICK

MICHAEL J. PATTERSON

JOANNE M. PAULLIN

SANDRA PEARSON

ROSE MARMELLA PERO

WILLIAM H. PETERSON

ASCUNCION MENDOZA PINEDO

JAMES BRIAN POWERS

VIOLETA QUINTERO

THERESA ANN RADEMACHER

CHARLES RATHBUN

DAVE RAYOME

THOMAS A. REICHENBACH

CARLOS REYES

TONY G. REYES

IVIN RAY RHYNE

MAINER RICHARDS

JANE LYN RICHTER

SCOTT ROBERTS

DAVID ARLEN RODEN

JOHN ROGERS, JR.

DEBBIE ROOKARD

RICHARD R. ROPER

ADELLE ROWLAND

LESLIE SAWTELLE *

SHARON LEE SCHUTT

GREGORY JOHN SCOTT

MICHAEL C. SCROGGINS*

BETTY SHANER

WESLEY SHARP

RICHARD HAROLD SHAW

STEVEN ROBERT SHIELDS*

PATRICIA SHIPE

JEANNE SHOOK

SARAH JANE SIMS

BARBARA JANE SMITH

DAVID ROSS SMITH

MIKE SMITH *

RICHARD W. SMITH

LAWRENCE MICHAEL SMITTCAMP

THOMAS E. SPRADLIN

BRENDA LEE STALTER

CAROL ANN STAPLETON

PAT STEIDL

LARRY J. STEINGASSER *

KATHY STRACHAN*

JOE STURGEON

KATHY SWEET

LEE TATRO

DEBBIE TAYLOR

GEORGE TEAGUE *

LARRY TEAGUE

KATHY TETZLAFF

ELAINE THOMAS

CLYDE THOMPSON, JR.

PAT THOMPSON

CHARLES MICHAEL THURMAN *

STEPHANIE LYNN TROVER

BILL TURPIN

JACQUELINE PATRICIA VORIS

PAMELA JEAN WALTERS

GAYE CELESTE WARD

ROBERT D. WATKINS

DANIEL RAY WEIDMAN

DAVID WEIKEL

WALTER LEROY WELKER *

LAURIE CAMERON WELLS

PATRICIA MARIE WENTZ

TERRY L. WHITE

BILL WIDENER

NADEEN WILLIAMS

KATHLENE WILSON

DANIEL WINSTON *

KRISTIE LYNN WOODHAM*

DUANE V. WRIGHT*

GREGORY CHARLES WRIGHT

DANIEL WILLIAM WYCOFF

DONNIE WYMAN*

CARRIE ZAMBORY

TIMOTHY GLEN ZUNDELL

5. IN MEMORIAM *

Many thanks to Ilsa (Heinrichs) Phillips for creating the "In Memoriam" display for the 45th Reunion.

Robert C. Ball (March 6, 2008)

Mark Beever (May 6, 2015)

Peggy Casada (October 13, 2003)

Robert Chamberlain (August 29, 1974)

Nancy Corbaley (April 18, 1996)

Larry Cordova (February 16, 1994)

Kathy Corkin (March 7, 2013)

Rick Everett (May 20, 1979)

Margaret Gillum (January 7, 2009)

Harold Edward Harrison (August 13, 2012)

Bonnie Hilborn (Fugate) (January 10, 2013)

Robert Howarth (October 27, 1967)

Jack Hungerford (February 9, 1990)

Debbie S. Jamison (June 7, 2005)

Kris Stephen Kangas (December 10, 2010)

Karl E. Keyes (January 28, 2017)

Robert Lane (August 18, 1998)

Kay Letterman (March 14, 2009)

Craig Lutz (February 13, 1985)

Cynthia Marie Martello (July 19, 2014)

Leslie Sawtelle (February 10, 2005)

Michael C. Scroggins (March 11, 2017)

Steven Robert Shields (September 18, 2016)

Mike Smith (February 18, 2007)

Larry J. Steingasser (February 11, 2002)

Kathy Strachan (November 11, 2013)

George Teague (May 12, 1999)

Charles Thurman (November 21, 1978)

Walter L. Welker (March 7, 2010)

Daniel Winston (July 24, 1992)

Kristie L. Woodham (June 24, 2008)

Duane V. Wright (September 26, 1989)

Donnie Wyman (February 15, 2008)

Special thanks to Steve Goff of our class for his research confirming the dates of death of class members.


6. REUNIONS

10th Year Reunion - June 23, 1979 - Elks Lodge, Oroville

15th Year Reunion - August 11, 1984 - Elks Lodge, Oroville

20th Year Reunion - July 22, 1989 - Eagles Club, Oroville

25th Year Reunion - August 6, 1994 - Eagles Club, Oroville

30th Year Reunion - October 16, 1999 - Kelly Ridge Clubhouse, Kelly Ridge

35th Year Reunion - October 16, 2004 - Feather River Senior Center, Oroville

40th Year Reunion - October 17, 2009 - Gold Country Casino, Oroville

45th Year Reunion - September 21, 2014 - Gold Country Casino, Oroville

Thanks to Betty Shaner Ledford and Dick Roper for coordinating all of our reunions.

7. 1969 TRIVIA!

THE "NUMBER ONE" ALBUMS OF 1969

1. The White Album - Beatles (8 weeks)

2. Taking Care of Business - Diana Ross/Supremes and Temptations (1 week)

3. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (4 weeks)

4. Blood Sweat and Tears - Blood Sweat and Tears (7 weeks)

5. Hair - Original Cast (13 weeks)

6. At San Quentin - Johnny Cash (4 weeks)

7. Blind Faith - Blind Faith (2 weeks)

8. Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival (4 weeks)

9. Abbey Road - Beatles (8 weeks)

10. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin (1 week)

TOP 40 "NUMBER ONE" SONGS OF 1969

1. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension

2. In The Year 2525 - Zager and Evans

3. Dizzy - Tommy Roe

4. Everyday People - Sly and the Family Stone

5. Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones

6. Sugar Sugar - Archies

7. Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension

8. Crimson and Clover - Tommy James and the Shondells

9. Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet - Henry Mancini

10. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam

TOP TELEVISION SHOWS OF 1969

1. Rowan and Martin's Laugh In

2. Gomer Pyle, USMC

3. Bonanza

4. Mayberry RFD

5. Family Affair

6. Gunsmoke

7. Julia

8. Dean Martin Show

9. Here's Lucy

10. Beverly Hillbillies

TOP GROSSING MOVIES OF 1969

1. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

2. The Love Bug

3. Midnight Cowboy

4. Easy Rider

5. Hello Dolly

6. Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice

7. Paint Your Wagon

8. True Grit

9. Cactus Flower

10. Goodbye Columbus

TOP NEWS STORIES OF 1969

1. Richard M. Nixon sworn in as President on January 20, 1969.

2. First Jumbo Jet (747) flies on February 9, 1969.

3. Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Accident - Death of Mary Jo Kopechne on July 18, 1969.

4. First Americans on the Moon on July 21, 1969.

5. Tate-Labianca Murders on August 8 and 9, 1969.

6. Woodstock Music Festival from August 15-17, 1969.

7. Hurricane Camille kills 248 on August 17, 1969.

8. First Draft Lottery on December 1, 1969.

9. Number of American deaths in Vietnam in 1969: 11,616.

10. Celebrity deaths: Boris Karloff on 2-3-69. Dwight Eisenhower on 3-28-69 and Judy Garland on 6-22-69.

8. REUNION/OHS RELATED LINKS

For Scott Roberts' scenario of our 40th OHS 69 Reunion, check out:

SCOTT'S BLOG

9. OROVILLE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

DANIEL RAY WEIDMAN - 2015

LARRY R. MATTHEWS - 2016

Thanks to Scott Roberts for his assistance on this web site!


Larry Matthews

writerlarry@hotmail.com

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This page was last updated on March 23, 2017.