This is a site about our days circa 1969 at Roosevelt High
School in Boyle Heights, California. Here you'll find
facts, memories, photos, events, and general facts about
what the alumni is doing these days.
Irene F. Vázquez
Norma M. Guerra-Flores
She was of the Class of 1971 RHS; majored in business. Her first job
was as a clerk at the First Street Medical Clinic and her last was
for MTA's Blue line as a secretary to the president before she
retired on disability for heart attacks and diabetic complications.
Take a look at some of our
A Message from RHS Teacher Alan Gersham
I had the most wonderful time last night -- my cup runneth over!!! It was the
greatest fun ~ such vivid memories of so many students, who and how they were in
my classes; I even remembered where many of them sat in my classes. I am
grateful that so many greeted me, introduced me to their spouses and
"significant others," and recalled the RHS classes we shared 40 years ago.
You and the Reunion Committee did magnificiently in bringing so many to a
terrific celebration, producing a thoroughly memorable program -- I especially
enjoyed the dancing; the final three couples were awesome!!! -- and recalling
the late 60's with such wonderful spirit.
The 2007 - 73rd Annual East L.A. Classic
Roosevelt - 23, Garfield - 15
Here are a couple of photos. Please sign
the guestbook and
tell us if you were there at the game!
CLICK HERE To See PHOTOS
Read some eulogies given by by
Irene Vuez and others •
De La Rosa, class of 1976 went home to be
with his Lord on Friday, July 23, 2021. For many years
he was also a missionary to the Deaf & other ministries
Ruben also leaves behind his immediate family, HERMANOS
that are alumni: Al , S'69, Rosa, W'70, Elvira, Elena,
Elias, Beatriz, Frank, Refugio, and his mother too. The
eulogy and post below is from his daughter...
of the Teddy Bear
I was on maxpreps.com, the High School Sports website.
For Roosevelt High School's Football Team they list the
mascot as "Rough Riders". Our mascot is the Teddy Bear.
For those of you who may not be aware, the Teddy Bear
was created because of Teddy Roosevelt and named after
him. That is the reason it is our mascot. I would like
to share the following story with all Rough Riders.
"The Teddy Bear was invented in honor of President
Theodore Roosevelt. It all began when Theodore Roosevelt
was on a bear hunting trip near Onward, Mississippi on
November 14, 1902. Mississippi's Governor Andrew H.
Longino had invited him, but unlike other hunters in the
group, Theodore had not located a single bear.
Roosevelt's assistants, led by Holt Collier, a born
slave and former Confederate cavalryman, cornered and
tied a black bear to a willow tree. They summoned
Roosevelt and suggested that he shoot it. Viewing this
as extremely unsportsmanlike, Roosevelt refused to shoot
the bear. The news of this event spread quickly through
newspaper articles across the country. The articles
recounted the story of the president who refused to
shoot a bear. However, it was not just any president, it
was Theodore Roosevelt the big game hunter!
Clifford Berryman, a political cartoonist, read the
article and decided to lightheartedly satirize the
president's refusal to shoot the bear. Berryman's
cartoon appeared in the Washington Post on November 16,
1902. Morris Michtom, a Brooklyn candy shop owner, saw
the cartoon and had an idea. He and his wife Rose also
made stuffed animals, and Michtom decided to create a
stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who
refused to shoot a bear. He called it 'Teddy's Bear'.
After receiving Roosevelt's permission to use his name,
Michtom mass produced the toy bears which were so
popular that he soon founded the Ideal Toy Company. To
this day the Teddy Bear has worldwide popularity and its
origin can be traced back to Theodore's fateful hunting
trip in 1902.
You can print this coupon below, fill it out
and send it with with your check or m.o.
...At the 45 Reunion, Dr. David Almada, a former teacher at
RHS (1969-1974) handed me an envelope with a letter in it.
Here is Dr David Almada's letter :
"To the class of 1969 and 1970 Roosevelt High
Dear Irene,Mario, and all of you on the committee and class members. Thank
you for your wonderful invitation. My wife Christina and I, are enclosing a
donation to your scholarship
*Roosevelt High--the students who attended during the time I taught: Feb.
1969-June 1974- I always cared for and loved all of my students--in my
classes and all those that I met and attended during the time I was with
you. You were indeed special to me and you continue to be so.
Thanks for all of the memories!!!
(Please note: the reunion committee has sent the
donation to the Roosevelt Memorial Scholarship Fund/Larry Villalvazo, who was a
1970 graduate, now deceased.)
Back Row: Christine Montenegro, Eleanor Peters,
Margo Santisteban, Raul Gonzalez, Joella Vega, Irma Garcia
Sitting: Irene Guerra Vázquez, Gloria Perez and Charlie Molina
Pals since Hollenbeck:
Candy Tanamachi, Socorro Garcia, Irene Guerra Vázquez
list of ALUMNI who ATTENDED
2009 - RHS 40th Reunion
Best of Times!
More 2009 Photos
Fellow Rough Riders...
East Los Angeles Classic
November 6, 2009
East L.A.College stadium on Floral Dr.
See Map Here
Check out the 35th Year Reunion Pics
The 1969-70 Football Varsity Banquet
Cheerleaders Stunt (Winter 2005 - Maggie's, SFS)
Roosevelt High School Football Team Reunion at Maggies 2005
Before & After
Irene Vázquez (Guerra)