The Second Annual 5K Family Walk-a-Thon, sponsored by Healthy Start at Westchester High School, is scheduled to begin at the school cafeteria on the 91st Street side of the school at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22nd.

Proceeds from the walk will be used to support free services for students at the three schools on the Westchester campus — Westchester High School, Del Rey High School and Westchester Math Science Aerospace Magnet.

Sign-ins for walkers will begin at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria patio.

The school Parents Teachers Students Association (PTSA) will help with sign-ins, and the Knights and Ladies, student groups, will help the various sponsors set up their tables.

During a 9:30 a.m. assembly in the Social Hall, D. J. Dense, from Radio 100.3, the Beat, KKWB, will play music, and walkers will receive instructions from Anita Barner, Westchester High principal, and Marvin Cooper, Healthy Start coordinator.

Key Club members will help set up barricades along the route, and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be on hand.

The walk itself begins at 10 a.m., and will be led by campus sports teams.

Students, parents, faculty, administrators and friends will leave from the cafeteria and proceed west on 91st Street to St. Bernard Street, south to Falmouth Avenue and east on Westchester Parkway.

A mid-point water station will be set up on McConnell Avenue, where the Stepp Team will cheer walkers on as they turn and retrace their steps to the school.

The cheer squad will welcome walkers at the finish line. Back in the social hall D. J. Dense will furnish entertainment. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place walkers, the walker who brings in the most money, the oldest and the youngest walker and the winners of the drawings.

The public is welcome to participate in this event.


Remember the days when Westchester High School athletes actually lived in Westchester?

On Saturday, March 4th, Westchester High School athletes from 1957 through 1967 paid homage to a collection of the school’s former coaches, including longtime football coach Bill Young, at a reception at La Marina Inn in Playa del Rey.

“It is safe to say that if love will extend one’s life, our beloved Coach Young will never leave this planet,” said Jeffrey Solomon, who played for Young and graduated from Westchester High School in 1960. “It’s safe to say that no one had to run a lap or do 20 pushups, but we all totally celebrated this incredible human being for what he gave unselfishly to us.

“Some of us needed a disciplinarian, some of us needed to be whipped into shape, but all of us needed to feel part of a team. Coach Young instilled just that.”

The former players and coaches spent the day exchanging memories and taking pictures.

“We traveled back to yesteryear, a Twilight Zone in which we were kids again,” Solomon said. “There was the ‘other’ junior high, Airport Junior High, that’s now a rent-a-car area. Of course, there was the ‘Handout’ with its 19-cent hamburgers, cruising to Scarpelino’s for pizza after the big game or looking for a place ‘to park’. “We had it all, and yet it was so simple: ‘Do your homework, get good grades or you don’t play.’

“What could be simpler? We all looked back that night to understand that we had it better than any other generation before or since.”