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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
(nee Guerra)

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 football players

A Message from RHS Teacher Alan Gersham

Irene, Dear Heart...
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!

In Memory
James Roberts
TB 21

Read some eulogies given by by Irene Vuez and others

In Memory of
Armando Ariza



Ruben 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 in Ensenada.   
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...

The Story 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 School Reunion

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
Love always,
David Almada
*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

L A T E S T   U P D A T E ! ! !

2009 - RHS 40th Reunion Photos

Gettin' Down!

Best of Times!

See More 2009 Photos

Fellow Rough Riders...
East Los Angeles Classic
Roosevelt-Garfield game

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 Senior High School
Our Alma Mater's website... Lots of information! Go and read about this great school... Tell them we sent you! — 456 South Mathews Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 - Tel: (323) 268-7241 • Fax: (323) 269-5473

We Welcome the Roosevelt High School Softball Program...providing our student-athletes the finest educational and athletic experience.

Before and After
They looked hip. They looked cool, groovy and could juggle the tough guys with the twinkle of an eye. This is how they looked in 1969. Got any idea what they look like today. C'mon... Arencha bit curious? Well dig it, Groovy! Far out! Outta site!

RHS Alumni Foundation
The Roosevelt High School Alumni Foundation supports efforts to affect the good and well being of our community through the ongoing support of EDUCATION!

Class of 1968
40th Reunion in 2008? We're looking for volunteers with good ideas and even better contacts. If you have a good idea and can get us a good deal, let us know.  Please add your name to our mailing list so we can keep you informed about what's happening.

1969 Roosevelt High School Football Team Reunion at Maggies 2005

Before & After

Contact me
Irene Vázquez (Guerra)




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