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Purple pride turns 75

May 15, 2004

Pediatrician Forrest Beaty, '62, was a world-class sprinter

without peer. As a junior, he covered 220 yards in 20.2 seconds. The

world record at the time was 20.2. In his senior year, he clocked a

9.4 in the 100-yard dash, which was 0.2 seconds off the world record

at the time.

"I beat a lot of guys, but I never beat that guy," recalled Jim

Pagliuso, '63, a varsity basketball player who also ran sprints for


the Tornado track team.

Beaty, who lives in Forestville, a small Sonoma County town north

of San Francisco, is expected to attend today's reunion, along with

several other prominent Hoover athletes from the past.

Pagliuso, a Glendale attorney, was a pretty fair athlete in his

own right. He was captain of the basketball team that won the

Foothill League in 1963 and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF

Southern Section playoffs.

"It was really like the 'Happy Days' TV show," he said of Hoover

in the early 1960s. "After [football] games, an unbelievable number

of students from the three high schools [Crescenta Valley High opened

in 1961] would go to Bob's [Big Boy] on Colorado."

Carlos Moorhead, '40, who first won election to the U.S. House of

Representatives in 1972, and Glendale Assemblyman Dario Frommer, '81,

prepped at Hoover.

Both will attend today's all-class reunion, and Frommer will

present a resolution congratulating the school on its 75 years.

In addition to participating in student government, Frommer was a

member of the Latin Club, and wrote for the Purple Press, the school


"I got a very good education at Hoover," he said. "I had some

really great teachers who really pushed me."

Irv Currier, '40, got his start in photography at Hoover High, and

later made training filmstrips in the Air Force. In 1946, he went to work for Gayson's Camera on South Central Avenue, and 10 years later

bought the store. By the time Gayson's closed for good in 1986,

Currier had developed glaucoma. He lost his eyesight about two years


"When I heard about [the reunion], I thought it would be fun to

go, but I have to have somebody guide me around," he said.

No problem.

Classmate Aaron Yaussi volunteered to pick up Currier and take him

to the reunion. Along the way, they'll stop and pick up classmate

John Palmer.

The three men have remained close friends over the years, and

Yaussi often drives Currier to Kiwanis meetings.

"I am so darned lucky to have people who pick me up," Currier



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