Wasco Coaches Inducted Into Kern County Bob Elias Hall of Fame
More On Coach Andy Darby
More On Coach Frank Thiessen
Local Tiger track coach Andy Darby and tennis coach Frank Thiessen inducted into the Bob Elias Kern County Hall of Fame at their annual dinner in February. Both coaches had long tenures here at Wasco with Darby starting in 1954 and Thiessen in 1965. Many of us were on their teams and enjoyed earning league championships many times. Thanks coaches for adding to our Tiger Pride. Click here for story. You many scroll down and click Skip Survey to read.
See the new Wasco High Student Services Building open house video and walk around tour, click here. This video is well worth a watch for the entire length as you will see many of the campus changes. Wasco High continues to be a class act!
The Wasco High 2016 Hall of Fame awardees video has been made available. To see their stories click here.
2016 Hall of Fame inductees:
Virginia Bergthold 1932
Kathy Profitt 1995
Heather Skeels 1999
Joe Hively 1971
Jerry Scott 1970
Gary Cheatwood 1971
Wasco High winning track coach and Bob Elias Kern County Hall of Fame inductee Coach Andy Darby comments on honor...more
The Wasco High 2018 Hall of Fame current inductees were announced recently as follows:
Angelia Davidson 1989
Bill Peck Coach
David Lucas 1974
Leonard Ortiz 1973
Nacho Martinez 1992
Tony Padilla 1977
Click here to view their stories.
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Beloved Mary Ellen Reaches 100
Recently in the Wasco Tribune was an article (click here) about Mary Ellen's 100th birthday celebration at the Wasco Womens Club.
1,000's of Wasco High alums remember her working with her photographer husband Ray Rexius busily setting up students on the Auditorium steps for the annual ritual class picture day. At other times she was hand color tinting black and white baby photos since color photography was not in use then or fussing with a brides veil to have it just right at a local wedding picture shoot.
Ray and Mary Ellen's recording the history with pictures of Wasco High and the community is much appreciated by us all.
We dug out a video interview of Mary Ellen recorded in her living room on 1st Street in Wasco. Watch and listen (click here) carefully as she talks about her arrival as a new teacher in Wasco.
Science Building In Major Remodel
Memories flowed during a recent walking tour of the on going major remodeling of the Wasco High Science Building.
#2 Science room held Student Council meetings and classes gathered in that theater designed room where students watched science film strips with narration played from a record player. Down the hall was Ham Smith's chemistry class where alarm clocks were hid in drawers to go off in class and other pranks were dreamed up to pass the time away. Many Senior pictures were hung high up on the hall walls and students strained their necks trying to find the Senior picture of their mom or dad and another relatives and friends displayed in this place of honor. The sewing class held rows of Singer sewing machines for up and coming seamstress students and the cooking class some times filled the halls with the smell of something burning telling us some one made a mistake. Click here to take a tour to see what plans are being developed as this grand 'ol building from the 1930s is totally remade to accommodate more students than ever before. They will one day hold memories too for the great years they had here as a Tiger.
Teacher and coach Frank Thiessen Dies at 81 (click here)On Facebook, type in Frank Thiessen to add or read many Tiger tributes