POLY HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 1983
Region: Inland Empire
Polytechnic High School Riverside
District: Riverside Unified School District (RUSD)
Poly High School
Riverside Poly High School (PHS)
5450 Victoria Avenue
Riverside, CA Riverside 92506-3362
Phone: (951) 788-7203 FAX: (951) 784-2306
Poly Koala Year Book (1983)
Grammer Girls, Poly High School Class of 1983
The "Grammer Girls" at the Word Factory: Donna Ritter, Tracy Morrow, Jenne Harris,
Maria Brandon, Ruth Harriss, Kerri Wiltchik, Jill Reves, Sheryl Miller, Ann Hubbard,
Leslee Ekwall and Kelly Menzia, The Word Factory Words... By The Line, By The
Page By The Books Ruth Harris, Free-Lance Writer 682-3002
Riverside Animal Hospital - 1979
Class of 1983 - Freshman Year Photo in 1979
Chris Grigsby, Joanne Robinson, Laura Eillen,
Freshman lending a hand in 1979 at
Victoria Animal Hospital
Poly High School Year Book 1983
Poly High School Year Book, The PolyGraph; Koala 1983
Chris Grigsby and group in the pool learning from American Inland Resources
While Scro Bros Christopher T. Grigsy, Bill E. Sackett, and Dick E. Avellino seem to be
using the cranial capacity they've worked so hard to attain an less important things
John L. Grigsby tries to teach them the basics in geting a head in American
Inland Resources, Inc. 5430 Via San Jacinto
Van Buren Drive-In - Class of 1982
The Edwards Group from Poly High School Get a Great View of the
Van Buren Drive-In Movie Theater from on top of the bill board
ledge, Just in time to see Burt Reynalds.
Kathy Edwards, Ann Sullivan, Vicki Leslie, Dawn Williams and Carol
Stinchecum attempt to lure movie goers to Van Buren and
Swensen's Ice Cream Factory, Riverside Plaza 1983
Kelly Nance, Poly High School Class of 1983 aboard Johnson Tractor in Riverside
Kelly Nance, Roger Duncanson, Ann Shackleton and Mary Towns Davis show off the
tractor of Johnson Tractor, 800 East La Cadena Drive, Riverside, CA.
Poly High School
5450 Victoria Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
Phone: (951) 788-7203 FAX: (951) 784-2306
Links to Official Poly High School Websites:
The Official Poly High School (RUSD) Web Site Link
June 10, 1983 - Exerts from the Classic Poly Spotlight School Newspaper
The Poly Spotlight Volume 63, Number 16, Riverside Poly High School, June 10, 1983
Front Page (1983)
Singers Win Silver Medal
The Poly Chamber Singers recently sang at an international music festival in
San Francisco and received a silver medal rating.
Performing Arts Abroad (PAA) sponsors many festivals worldwide and judge groups
against an international standard for music, then award a bronze, silver, or gold
The three judges in San Francisco, who have judicated at numerous festivals nationwide,
told Poly director Mr. Don Morris that the Chamber Singers are the best choral group
they have heard this year.
June 12, 1983 - Baccalaureate at 3:00 pm in the Little Theater
June 15, 1983 - Graduation rehearsal in the gym at 12 noon
June 15, 1983 - Senior yearbook signing party from 3-6 p.m. on the Poly Field
June 16, 1983 - Graduation rehearsal from 12-2:30 p.m. in the gym
June 16, 1983 - Graduation at 6 p.m. on the Poly Field
Poly Spotlight Photo of girl with shoes:
Marian Davidson won first place with "Shoes" in the Best of Show contest in the 1983
Riverside County High School Art Exhibit.
Awards night honors students
Award winners for 1982-83 school years were honored June 7, 1983.
Riverside County Industrial Art Exposition
Brad Gamson (12), Dan Peterson (12) Adam Kelly (9), and Peyam Ataii (9) received
the first place trophy for their entries.
Edward North Reed
Carolyn Strong received this memorial award.
Maurice Beckley Memorial
Teresa Dipadora (12) was recognized for her business skills.
American Field Services
Four students via AFS will be spending their summers abroad.
Jeff Chance (10) in Denmark, Thea Norman (11) in Indonesia, Denise Stadelbacher (11)
in Spain, and Kent Staude (11) in Malaysia. Leslie Ransom (12) will stay the next
year in France.
Charlotte Wilson Memorial Award for Outstanding Commission Members
went to Jill Reves and John-Mark Staude.
Edna Bailey Lockhart Scholarship
John Simmons and Lea Appleton received this award
California Savings and Loan League Award
This year's California Savings and Loan League Award went to Laura Brooks (12).
Music Awards-Outstanding Seniors
Robin Borden (12) and Scott Swindall (12) each received awards for their achievements
in vocal music.
California Math League
Robert Jen (12) was recognized by the California Math League.
Reba Wharton Memorial Award
John Simmons (12) received the English award, Tracy Morrow (12) the Social Studies
award and Reesa McCoy (12) the languages award.
Girls' Athletic Association
Linda Fithian, Paula Gooderum, and Jennifer Read received these scholarships.
Irma Sutton/Sally B. Watlers Memorial was presented to Christina Ellis.
Parent Teachers Association Scholarship
Mary Lurena Everett (12) and David Oetting (12).
Bishop awaits retirement
Poly's English department will soon be lacking the skills of Mrs. Doris Bishop who has
announced her retirement beginning at the end of the school year.
Bishop's 17 year teaching career has been spent solely at Poly. She has taught ninth
grade honors English and tenth and eleventh grade regular English.
She has also contributed her services for the past 11 years as Koala advisor.
Following her retirement Bishop looks forward to spending time with her family,
traveling, writing, and doing things she has little time for now.
Although her future is bright, leaving will not be easy. "I'll definitely miss the
students most," she smiles.
ROTC students receive awards -- (12th Grade Awards Below)
Key personnel who served this semester were Battalion Commander David Hobdy (12),
Deputy Commander Ramona Romain (12), Battalion Executives Officer Kelly Thompson (12)
and Command Sergeant Major Peter Arnold (12).
James Oana (12) received the Americanism Medal.
A Gold Excellence in Drill medal was given to Major David Breed (12).
Daisy Chain tradition continues for Poly's graduating Seniors
Twenty-five junior girls will lead the Poly High School class of 1983 at graduation
Out of approximately 40 girls, 25 have been selected to participate on the chain.
They are: Soma Alford, Marci Aron, Traci Bice, Elaine Carter, Ellen Donlan,
Karen Ferguson, Vickie Junkert, Heidi Hoffman, Kathy Kjos, Christi Knox, Dawn Lowe,
Trina Mangione, Dagney Moore, Catherine Muller, Linda Murray, Lisa Poole, Jamie Press,
Lynette Rinehart, Denise Stadelbacher, Dana Thompson, and Carol Waterhouse.
Daisy Chain girls are nominated through an invitation or turn in a request to
Mrs. Majorie Kross, ome economics teacher. They must have at least 25 hours service to
their school or community.
Beforehand, the girls must ask people if they may pick their daisies, then, the day
before graduation, the go around and acquire a few hundred daisies apiece. Then the
thousands of daisies are formed into the traditional chain.
(Poly Spotlight page 2)
Smoke pollutes bathroom, causes others to suffer - by Kathy Kjos
The administration has graciously given the students two areas on campus for the
sole purpose of smoking. Unfortunately, some abuse this privilege and insist
on illegally using the restrooms to smoke.
In using the bathrooms instead of the smoking area, students force non-smokers
to suffer from the hazards of related to this unhealthy pastime. People who inhale the
smoke from the burning end of a cigarette are unknowingly inhaling a lethal gas
found in car exhaust, carbon monoxide.
Researchers have proven that inhaling second hand smoke gives the same results as
smoking first-hand. Because of the great concentration of smoke in the restrooms,
breathing in this area is dangerous.
Students who enter the restrooms leave with the smell of smoke in their clothes and hair.
Parents often detect the disgusting odor and unfairly question their children about it.
The use of matches and/or lighters in the bathrooms also poses a serious fire hazard.
A person could carelessly forget to extinguish his cigarette and start a fire.
The problem of excessive smoke in the restrooms is a complaint from girls particularly.
The reason for this is the fact that all the campus aides are male and the girls'
restrooms are not part of their patrolling area.
Besides female teachers, the one woman at Poly who cold watch over the girls' restrooms
and help solve this annoying problem is Mrs. Mary Munoz, but because she is the
supervisor of On Campus Suspension (OCS) and spends all her time there, she is
fortunately, the administration is trying to work out a rotation system between male
campus aides and Mrs. Munoz. This would allow her to leave OCS a few days a week
and check for smokers in the girls' restrooms.
Another alternative might be to lock up the bathrooms.
(Poly Spotlight back page (1983))
Sports Recap (1983)
Poly teams complete winning year - by John-Mark Staude
Poly athletic teams won nine out of 17 possible league championships. They qualified
for the CIF playoffs in 16 sports.
This year's athletic achievements have placed Poly in the CIF semifinals five times
and a CIF 3A championship in boys basketball.
Fall sports led the way by winning league in water polo and girl's tennis. Both teams
went undefeated in league and made it to the CIF semifinals.
After placing second in league, the football team finally lost in the CIF quarterfinals.
Both the boys and girls cross country teams qualified for CIF by finishing second and
third in league respectively.
All three winter sports teams won the Ivy League. The boy's basketball team did even
better by winning the CIF division 3A and playing in the quarterfinals of the
California State Tournament. The boy's team mounted an overall record of 30-3.
Girl's basketball won league for the fifth year in a row with a record of 17-4.
Soccer remained undefeated in league (9-0) for the third straight year.
Spring brought four more league championships and three second place finishes.
Golf won the league championship for the twelfth time in 15 years.
The boys track team, running an undefeated league season of five wins, had 123
individuals qualify for CIF including both relays. Girls track finished second in
league and had four of the eleven members team participate in CIF.
The girls swim team won league for the ninth year in a row with a record of 7-0 and
finished second in CIF 3A, while the boys team placed second to Indio with a league
record of 6-1.
Girls softball placed second in league to Arlington. The baseball team finished third
in league with a record of 10-4.
Badminton ended up fourth in the Sunbelt league.
The boy's tennis t4am rounded out the year for Poly sports by winning league (15-0)
and winning the quarterfinals of CIF.
Poly has won the Sports Award, which goes to the school that wins the most
league championships, for the seventh straight year.
Seniors win athletic honors
At the senior awards night last Tuesday night several students won athletic honors.
John-Mark Staude won the prestigious Athletic Service Cup. Kelly Obeso won the all-
around female athletic award based on her attitude, enthusiasm and high degree
Reggie Miller and David Myers shared the male award based on their outstanding
ability, leadership, and inspiration to others.
The Bill Mumma Award recipient, Matt Forstie, won a $100 cash bond based on his
high scholastic achievement and his earning of varsity letters.
Dan Bennett and Tina Kopcha won the Athletic Scholar of the Year Awards.
This honor, new this year, is based on participation in sports and a high grade
The Girls' Athletic Association (GAA) presented Jennifer Read, Paula Goodrum,
and Linda Fithian $300, $300, $100 respectively for their service to the club.
Backpackers flee summer crowds by Kenneth Rosenberg
Many students enjoy the backpacking sport, but their reasons differ.
Jenne Harris (12) enjoys the "good exercise, clean air, and scenic views," but
dislikes the fact that there is "no where to go to the bathroom."
Blythe Skeen (12) also backpacks and enjoys almost everything but "mosquitoes,
rain, mud, bears, and wolves."
For Sheryl Miller (12), the most rewarding part is "skinny dipping in the cool
Whatever your reason, if you plan to go this summer, be sure to contact the
National Park Service as soon as possible for information and permit reservations.
Sports Quiz - Some Trivia:
Some Poly High School Sports Trivia by Derek McKown
Who has scored the most points in a game?
Reggie Miller, 49 points scored in one game.
Who has the most assists in one season?
David Myers, 152 in 1983.
Who has the fastest time in the 200 yard freestyle?
"Sippy" Woodhead 1:47:43 in 1980.
Athleletes star as al leaguers by Jeanie Gardner
Julian Barham (12), Shawn Goodsite (12), Jeryl Keith (10), Beny Mascari (12),
Steve Matulis (11), and Matt Nagle (12).
Ben Theobald (11), 2nd place, Warren Snider (12) 5th place
Bear On Fence
Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Strong
News Editor Linda Oakes
Staff Kathy Kjos
Features Editor Dan Bennett
Staff Amy Bailor
Sports Editor John-Mark Staude
Staff Lea Appleton
Editorials Editor Jill Reves
Staff David Bacchus
Business Manager Sabrina Lee
Advisor Mrs. Marjorie Herring
Printer Hearne's Book Crafts
June 16, 1983
Ninety-Fourth Annual Commencement
Riverside Poly High School
Poly High Field, 6:00 P.M., June 16, 1983
Class of 1983
Procession: Led by Daisy Chain ....................... Class of 1983
Junior Girls with Highest Number of Service Hours
Invocation ........................................... Nobie Hill
Salute to the Flag ................................... Jill Reves
Senior Class President
National Anthem ...................................... Poly Band
Valedictory Address .................................. Martha Denham
Presentation of Class ................................ Mr. Joseph E. Rile
Graduates of the Classs of 1983
Rose A. Abdulla Diane Marie Bartoo Christine Lucille Brooks
Cara Ann Adams Todd Matthew Beasley Laura Ann Brooks
Dawn Ellen Adams Vincente Becerra Greg Michelle Brown
Don H. Ahn John J. Beck Gwendolyn Yvette Brown
LaRoy Charles Alexander Richard Duane Beck Jana Michelle Brown
Sandra Marie Alexander Tina Marie Bell Tregg Robert Brown
Kevin R. Alford Daniel Rhodes Bennett Thomas Daniel Buchfeller
Roxsann D. Almond Thomas Richard Bernath Susan Ann Burns
Liliana Elizabeth Alvarez Kelly Ann Bishop Marc Phillip Burruss
Theodore Raymond Amidon Stacy Blackburn Raymond A. Carbajal
Christina Lynn Anderson Steven Brian Blanton Debra Clara Cardoza
Mark Radon Anderson Robin Lane Borden James Michel Carpenter
Karen D. Anthony Sharon Lynn Born Debbie Ann Casale
Lea Jean Appleton James Cleveland Bowen Jay Robert Cassinelli
Duane Maurice Armstrong Dawn Bowerman Donna Marie Cavanaugh
Peter Orrin Arnold Peter James Bowie Paul Angelo Chacon
Richard Anthony Avellino Cheryl Lynn Bowyer Kelli Lynn Chaks
Carol Lynn Avey Timothy Bruce Boylen Nancy Irene Chavira
Sandra Avila Keenan Marco Bradshaw Renee Maree Cheney
Veronica Avila Tina M. Braggs Matthew S. Christley
James Tolbert Babbage II Maria Anita Brandon Lori Ann Christoplis
Kenneth Darin Baber Mercy Bravo Jacquelyn Michelle Christy
Amy Michelle Bailor David K. Breed Ronald Eugene Chupp
Jerry W. Baker Coleen Ruth Brewster Kevin Earl Clark
Kim Balestrieri Paula L. Briceno Nancy Jean Clark
Debbie Ann Ballard Maurice Bridges Reginald D. Clark
Brian Kennedy Bannon Karl E. Brinkerhoff Rita Cly
Julian Vernon Barham Michael Wayne Brogdon Vida Cly
Shannon Ryan Coco Terra Lynnear Goolsby Vance Joseph LeGarde
Jillian Mary Coconate Cretchen Mikael Gordon Lisa Deborah Levin
David Alan Cole Diane Kathleen Graham Anthony Alan Lewis
Lori Anne Condinus Christopher T. Grigsby Jennifer Jean Lowry
Kathleen Dee Conner Deborah Lynn Gudmundson Ray Leroy Lozano
John Robert Connolly Robert Joe Guzman Wayne Evan Ludwig
Maria Conte Douglas James Hale Jay Cameron Luebs
Kimberly Cooper Carolina Ana Hall Wendy Anne Maberry
Christina A. Corvin Michael John Hallisey Ramon Macias, Jr.
Mary Walker Courtney Shelly Elizabeth Hare Carolyn S. Mann
Jonahan A. Covel Cathryn S. Harris Terri Lynn Marchando
Thomas Fanning Coyle Jennifer Lynne Harriss Brad Anthony Marcotte
Michael Victor Coyne John Douglas Harvey Paul O. Marinos
John Carl Dalman LaJuana JoAnne Haselrig Michael James Martin
Patricia Ann Daniel Karen Lynn Haworth Bernard Joseph Mascari
Sonja Deneen Darby Dawn Michelle Hays Brian Scott McArtor
Casselle Donnette Darling Deanna Hee Chryl Anese McBride
Marian Tracee Davidson Kevin William Hemborg Dennis Jay McBride
Eric D. Davis Vicki Annette Henley Ellen Lee McCormack
Jill Renee Davis Laurie Sue Henson Diane Jeanne McCoy
Mary Towns Davis Christopher S. Herbst Reesa Dawn McCoy
Paul Michael Dean Aimee Katya Hernandez Shannon McDermott
Christopher Alan DeGonia Paul Gerard Hernandez Nancy Jannette McDonald
S. Scott Degnan Raymond Peter Hernandez Maureen McDonough
David J. DeLorenzo David James Hobdy Jill Susan McGoon
Martha Lorraine Denham Dawn Marie Holmes Tracy Yvonne McLaurin
Daniel Joseph Dennington Eric D. Holmes Jennifer Susan McNeil
Ilka Depken Leslie Jean Holsinger Roosevelt A. McRae
Gwendolyn Lee Dermody Mark Steven Hopkins Leslie Jean Meacham
Tod L. Deveny Natalie Lynne Horvath Anne McRae Meeker
Theresa Ann DiPadova Ann Margaret Hubbard Patricia Benavente Mediola
Devin Fraser Donner David Gunar Hughes Kelly Eileen Menzia
Michele Renee Dowdy Karyn Kristine Hunley Richard Anthony Messer
Rex Arthur Drake David Andrew Hylton Gary Alan Meyer
Kelly Celena Deneen Duncan Nicole Kathleen Ivanoff Marbeth Anne Michowski
Roger Vincent Duncanson Art Jackson Reginald Wayne Miller
Leslee Ekwall-Adams Brett Wayne Jacobs Sheryl L. Miller
Christine Marie Ellis Robert Jyh Jen Rhonda L. Mitchell
Cathy Sumiko Endo Lisa Irene Johnston Spencer Jones Moeller, Jr.
Patty Reiko Endo Robert Eugene Jones Kirsten Elizabeth Monson
Mary Lurena Everett Robyn Stacey Jones Scott David Montague
Marie Antoinette Falzone Ruben P. Juarez Danny Louis Moore
Leah Linn Nalani Faubion Craig Scott Jutila Marilyn Elizabeth Moore-Speer
Robert William Fite Mark Walter Kamrath Luis Moran
Linda Marie Fithian William F. Kannor Kelly Ann Morgan
Keith Bernard Fletcher Lisa Ann Kelson Gwendolyn June Morris
Margarita S. Flores Kevin John Kidder Dana Raw Lauren Morrison
Philip Don Floyd Jennifer E. Y. Kim Tracy Anness Morrow
Thomas Joseph Forbes Catherine Ann King Kristi Alice Moss
Arthur Zigler Ford Paul Douglas King Erin Marie Mott
Matthew Charles Forstie Robert Preston King Jenifer Anne Mottershaw
Julie Ann French Margaret Rose Kish Steven Scott Moyer
Michele Barbara Friedrich Leslie Lyn Kleinman Adam Stephan Myers
Scott C. Fulkerson Christine e. Kopcha Brian Keith Myers
Christopher Alan Gables Barbara Lynne Kraemer David Thomas Myers
Bradley Lyndon Gamson Marilyn Sue Kraft Matthew Christopher Nagle
Anita Dianne Garcia Scott Eric Krajian Kelly Lynn Nance
Jeannette Akatherine Gardner Kyle Anthony Krivanek Franz Joseph Nasluchacz
John Michael Gayer Jill Marie Kross Krista Diane Nelson
Cynthia Anne Geerlings Victor H. Krummenacher Thao Thi-Phuong Nguyen
Jeffrey Paul Geldreich Diane Ellen Krupsaw Nanette A. Nickson
Kari Maria Gill Hanh V. Lam Sharon L. Nielson
Charles Darren Guirbino Edward C. Larsen Linda Elaine Oakes
Vitaly Glozman Douglas Allen Larson James Peter Oana
Scott David Golz Michael Joseph Larson Kristopher George Ober
Ralph Perez Gomez Loretta Ann Lazier Denise Kelly Obeso
Paula Lynne Gooderum Thanh Le Juan V. Ochoa
Brian Goodpaster Barbara Liann Lech Gary James Odebralski
Shawn Kalin Goodsite John E. Lee David J. Oetting
Troy Allen Goodwalt Sabrina Tracy Lee Michele Lynn O'Neal
Sheila Ann Ott Daniel Scott Rudd Jeanne Carol Thoele
Nancy Helen Ottenfeld Brian Douglas Rusaw Laura June Thomas
Victor Padilla John Carlton Russell Kelly Michelle Baker Thompson
Yolanda C. Padilla William James Sackett Malerie Lynne Thompson
Leone Maximillano Palagi David Jean Sailor Maria Rene Thompson
Brian L. Pallesen Mario Victor Sanchez Brian F. Thomson
Beryl A. Palmer John Paul Sandra Debra Anne Thurman
VonAaron A. Palmer Kurt Robert Schesser Carrla D. Toews
Becky Lynn Peckels John Robert Schirmer Cary Bent Townsend
Dan Michael Pedersen Lisa D. Schneider Linda Marie Trimm
Jane Michelle Pelowski Susan Julianna Schrader Matthew Frank Turnbull
Joseph a. Penrod Lori Lynne Sebree Joselito Tuscano
Jon Joseph Perone David Christopher Semones Cheryl Ann Veth
Matilda Jane Phanara Stephan David Serfati Robert R. VonPertz
Susan Marie Pierce Ann Catherine Shackelton Thao Thi Vu
Robert John Pina Stephanie Ruth Silver Jens V. Wacker
Maxine Susannne Pinedo John Bradford Simmons Phil Edward Walsh
Anita Louise Polite Ronda Lee Simpson Candy Renee Ward
Jennifer Diane Pool Don Kurt Sims Kelvin Kenyatta Ward
Clarissa Yvonne Poole Blythe Marie Skeen Theresa Marie Ward
Whitney Megan Presser Lisa Rena Smith Scott Alan Warren
Duglas I. Prosenik Nanette Marie Smith Brian Hans Weber
Martin Ramirez Peter Dolen Smith Karin Ursula Weber
Andrew Richard Ramos Rhonda Sneed Donald Ian Weir
Sandra Josefina Rangel Warren Kirk Snider Bryan Burke Welker
Leslie Flint Random Sherry Ann Sommers Susan Jean Wellenkamp
Lesli Anne Rapp Mike Howard Sompayrac Theo White, Jr.
Ruta Raterman Valerie Stadelbacher Tobin Lee White
Shawna Lee Ravsten Kathryn Louise Starling Linda Marie Whiteman
Michael Dean Rayburn John-Mark Gardner Staude Timothy Ray Whiting
Jennifer Elsbeth Read Valerie Ann Steenhoven Adrian Dante Williams
Jill Chrisine Reves Douglas Brian Stevens Dawn Marie Williams
Donna Sue Ritter Jennifer Margaret Stewart Valerie Jean williams
Eric Lance Robertson Carol Lee Stinchecum Lori-Anne Louise Willis
Lisa Ann Rocha Angel Sheri Stowers Alan Ford Wilson
Eric Wayne Roeder Carolyn Jeanette Strong Brock D. Wilson
Brooke Mari Rogers Earl Dean Stuller Kerri Sue Wiltchik
Ramona Irene Romain Michael Lee Sullivan Lisa C. Winship
Gina Lyn Rosales Kenneth Scot Swindall Michael Francisco Wong
Robert Stephen Ross Michael Sean Taber Suzanne Elaine Wulfing
Bobbie Tyanne Rounds Lavarro Taylor John Peter Wynne
Stephen P. Rountree Dean A. Teague Richard Christopher Ybarra
Stewart Eliot Rowlands Keith Allen Terwelp Jacques Stalder Yeager
Lisa Marie Theis
A Brief History of Poly High School
High school classes have been conducted in Riverside since 1875. the first classes
occupied a room in Lincoln, the first elementary school in Riverside. Later, the
classes were moved to the old YMCA building at Sixth and Main Streets. In 1887,
they were again moved to the old Grant School and in 1890 diplomas were issued to
the first graduating class. In 1902, a Science Hall, Classics Building, and shop
building were built on the Terracing site for high school boys. In 1924, the
Applied Arts Building was added and the school became coeducational. The ninth graders
were sent to the junior high schools and the buildings became known as Poly High
School. Poly was relocated to its present site on Victoria Avenue/Central in
About Riverside Community College District (RCC)
Located on 108 acres in downtown Riverside, the City campus was built on the site
of the former Riverside Poly High School. Several of the original buildings acquired
by the District from RPHS still stand and serve our students. The first classes were
held here in September 1916. RCC Riverside is one of California’s leading community
colleges and is a landmark in downtown Riverside. It is also home to the RCC
President’s Office and the Board of Trustees.
The Riverside Community College Quad Beginnings
In 1924 the first two buildings of the Riverside campus quadrangle were constructed.
One was for a library; the other mostly for sciences. These buildings are now historic
landmarks and are the oldest extant buildings dedicated to junior college instruction
The Quad, now named for Arthur G. Paul, was expanded in 1928 and 1932, and eventually
completed in 1950. Recognized as a beautiful structure, the Quad owes a great deal to
the vision of Paul and to the architect G. Stanley Wilson. Much of this construction
was done to provide a more collegiate atmosphere for the institution; however,
Poly High School was still just across the street, and the junior college was often
referred to as “Terracina Tech,” a deprecating remark that would endure to the 1960s.
Riverside Community College Raises Funds to Build the new Poly High School
The new facility for Poly High School was decided for a site about two miles away from
Riverside Community College. Of course this would involve considerable funding, but
once again the citizens of Riverside came through in 1962 and passed a six million
dollar bond issue to allow the college three million to purchase the high school
property and three million for its own building program.
Reggie Miller, Poly High School Class of 1983
Indiana Pacers Professional Basketball Team
Indiana Pacers Professional Basketball Team
Reggie Miller, Class of 1983, A Poly High School Star and Professional
Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers)
Position Guard / Base
Height 6’7” / 201 cms
Weight 195 lbs. / 98 kgs
Birthday August 24, 1965
NBA Team Indiana Pacers
Where stardom started: Reggie Miller shot many baskets on these courts behind Poly
High School in Riverside, Calif. He got his first start as a sophomore when a teammate
brought the wrong jersey to a game and couldn't play. - Sam Riche / The Star
"I was just out there, as they say," he said.
His breakthrough game came as a sophomore at Riverside (Calif.) Poly High School, when
one of the team's starting guards, David Myers, took a home jersey to a road game.
Miller got the starting nod from coach Arlo Gard, and responded with 35 points. He
believes it was the first time he reached double figures.
That performance earned him a start for the next game, too. He had another big game,
earning Player of the Week honors, and never looked back.
"When I speak at camps, I tell kids about always being prepared and waiting for your
opportunity," Miller said. "I tell kids, 'What if Dave Myers hadn't forgotten his
What if I hadn't got that opportunity?' You never know. That's why you have to stay
Miller and Myers went on to become the starting backcourt, gaining local fame as the
"M&M Boys," and led Poly to a championship as seniors.
Getting the last laugh
Growing up in Riverside, Calif., before they became famous locally, Reggie and Cheryl
Miller ran scams that ensured them free food at McDonald's or Dairy Queen.
They would go to local basketball courts and pretend that Cheryl knew nothing about
the game. She even dressed the part, putting her hair in pigtails and wearing cheap
shoes and knee socks.
Reggie would act as if a friend or his brother was supposed to show up. That, or he
would pretend to teach Cheryl how to shoot while she pretended to be playing the game
for the first time. After a while he would reluctantly agree to a game of two-on-two
with his sister as his teammate. They would even let the other team jump out to an
early lead, then turn it on, breeze to a victory, and collect on their bet.
"The thing I didn't understand was, why did I always have to be the klutz?" Cheryl
says now. "I always had to come out and be the clumsy one."
A few years later, Cheryl was having to defend Reggie's honor.
He averaged 28 points and shot 66 percent from the field as a senior at Poly High,
and drew recruiting interest from several major college programs. USC was not one of
them, however, despite the fact Cheryl was starring for the women's team as a freshman.
Cheryl asked USC men's coach Stan Morrison if he was recruiting her younger brother.
"Well, Cheryl, your brother is a good shooter, but that's about all," she recalled him
When Cheryl responded with disbelief, Morrison laughed.
"We'll see who's laughing," Cheryl said.
She immediately called Reggie to tell him not to go to USC under any circumstances.
He eventually accepted an offer from UCLA, but only after other recruits fell through
for the Bruins.
Morrison was fired by USC three years later. Coincidentally, he's now the athletic
director at the University of California's Riverside campus. He called Miller's father
Saul recently to ask if Reggie might be interested in coaching the school's team after
Needless to say, the answer was no.
Reggie Miller had dealt with doubters throughout his life. So when he heard the boos
at the Pacers' draft party at Market Square Arena from fans who wanted the team to
select Steve Alford, he knew what he was facing.
One more challenge.
"I knew I was walking into the lion's den," he recalled. "But I knew what I was going
to be able to bring here, and I knew it was a matter of time before I won them over."
Miller wasted no time. Against the advice of his agent and his father, he agreed to
play in an exhibition game at MSA in August despite not having signed his contract
with the Pacers. The U.S. team that would participate in the Pan American Games in
Indianapolis that fall was to face a group of NBA players. Miller saw the exhibition
as an opportunity to get acquainted.
Reggie Miller Playoffs (2004)
NBA Basketball Star, Reggie Miller says farewell to NBA - 2/13/05
Reggie Miller called Pacers coach Rick Carlisle on Thursday to tell him of his decision,
which was announced by his sister, Cheryl Miller, a three-time player of the year
at USC and now an NBA sideline reporter for TNT.. Miller has set the NBA record for
3-pointers made and is moving up to 14th on the league scoring list with 24,696 points.
He said this is definitely his final season after 18 years with the Indiana Pacers.
Notebook: November 4, 2005
Pacers to honor Regie
From News Services
The Indiana Pacers will retire Reggie Miller's No. 31 in a March 30 ceremony.
Miller, a Riverside native, plahyed his entire NBA careeer with Indiana and retired
after last season as the Pacers' leader in points, assists and steals. He alsoo was a
five-time All-Star and set NBA records for three-point goals made and attempted.
"This is a truly deserved honor for Reggie," Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said Thursday.
"No. 31 in the rafters adds another legacy to the great tradition of Indiana
He will become the fourth Indiana player to have his jersey number retired, following
George McvGinnis (30), Mel Daniels (34) and Roger Brown (35).
Cheryl Miller, Poly Class of 1982
Cheryl Miller - Poly High School Class of 1982 (1979-1982) sister of
Reggie Miller - Class of 1983
Girls Basketball: Cheryl Miller Comparison in 22 Year old Records
February 4, 2004
"Cheryl was a killer player," "Her record lasted for 22 years. It's just good to be
mentioned in the same breath with her. And to think that a San Diego girl, Charde
Houston broke her record.
Cheryl Miller's all-time state scoring record for high school girls basketball was
3,446 points and pulled down 1,620 rebounds while attending Riverside Poly from 1979
Charde Houston's career total stands at 3,472 points with a minimum of four
regular-season games and one section playoff game remaining.
Charde Houston, who also holds the section single-game scoring record with 71 points,
just missed a quadruple-double, dishing out eight assists.
USC Trojans - Cheryl Miller - Jersey #31
Miller was a three-time national player of the year at the University of Southern
California and helped the Trojans to two NCAA titles.
It was a performance that not only surpassed the record but drew comparisons with
Cheryl Miller, who went on to a brilliant career at USC, was an Olympic gold medalist
and helped launch women's professional basketball.
Golden state girls
Top 10 all-time scorers in California high school girls basketball history:
PLAYER POINTS YEARS
Charde Houston, San Diego 3,472 2001-2004
Cheryl Miller, Riverside Poly 3,446 1978-1982
Brandi Collato, Santa Fe Christian 3,325 1998-2001
Terri Mann, Point Loma 3,188 1984-1987
Danielle Viglione, Del Campo 3,089 1990-1993
Giuliana Mendiola, El Toro 3,069 1997-2000
Diana Taurasi, Chino Don Lugo 3,047 1997-2000
Nikki Blue, Bakersfield West 2,938 1999-2002
Lisa Leslie, Inglewood Morningside 2,896 1987-1990
Candice Wiggins, LJCD 2,864 2001-2004
- National record of 4,506 was set by Missy Thomas of Gibsland-Coleman High (La.)
Cheryl Miller, Poly High School Class of 1982
Riverside (CA) Polytechnic High School (1978-82)
Enshrined: As a player on May 15, 1995
Born: January 3, 1964 in Riverside, CA
most points by an individual player
135- Danny Heater (Burnsville, West Virginia) 1959-1960
114- Wayne Oakley (Hanson, Kentucky) 1953-1954
114 -Pete Cimino ( Bristol, Pennsylvania) 1959-1960
105- Cheryl Miller (Riverside Poly, California) 1981-1982
97- Ed Burling (Crystal Falls, Michigan) 1910-1911
Cheryl Miller, Poly High School Class of 1982
Riverside (CA) Polytechnic High School (1978-82)
High School Playing Highlights:
Four-year letter winner
Parade magazine four-time All-America, the first male or female in history
to accomplish that feat
Street & Smith's national High School Player of the Year (1981, 1982)
Averaged 32.8 ppg and 15.0 rpg a game
Scored 105 points against Notre Vista H.S. (1982)
Led Riverside to a 132-4 record
University of Southern California (1982-86)
College Playing Highlights:
Four-year letter winner
Called the best basketball player in the nation (male or female) by Sports
Naismith Player of the Year (1984, 1985, 1986)
Broderick Cup winner, symbolic of best women's player in the nation (1985, 1986)
Champion Player of the Year (1985, 1986)
USBWA Player of the Year (1986)
Sullivan Award nominee (1986), first female player to be nominated
Wade Trophy winner (1986)
Set and holds USC records for points (3,018, 23.6 PPG), rebounds (1,534, 12.0 rpg),
field goals made (1,159), free throws made (700), steals (700) and games
Holds USC records for most rebounds in a game (24) against Iowa (Dec. 12, 1984)
and Oregon State (Dec. 22, 1985)
Holds USC record for most blocked shots in a game (10) vs. Pepperdine (Dec. 4, 1984)
Held USC record for most points in game (45) vs. Arizona (Jan. 28, 1985), a career high
Held USC record for most steals in a game (11) vs. California (Jan. 26, 1986)
Led USC Trojans to a 112-20 record
Led USC to NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984 over Louisiana Tech (69-67) and
NCAA Tournament MVP (1983)
NCAA All-Tournament Team (1982, 1984, 1986)
First-Team All-WCAA (1983-86)
WCAA Player of the Year (1984-86)
WBCA Player of the Decade
USC retired her jersey number 31
U.S. team member, Olympic Games (1984)
US team member, Pan American Games (1983, 1986)
US team member, Goodwilll Games (1986)
International Playing Highlights:
Gold medal, Olympic Games (1984)
Gold medal, Pan American Games (1983)
Gold medal, Goodwill Games (1986)
University of Southern California (1993-95)
College Coaching Highlights:
Compiled a 44-14 record in two seasons (26-4, 18-10)
Led USC into the NCAA tournament both seasons, including the NCAA Mideast
Regional Final (1994)
WNBA Phoenix Mercury (1997-2000)
Has worked as a sports commentator for ABC, TNT, TBS and ESPN
Sister of NBA All-Star Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers
Many basketball followers say that Cheryl Miller did for women's basketball
what Julius Erving did for men's basketball: she took the game off the court
and put it into the air. With tremendous grace and athletic ability, Miller
established a legacy throughout her high school and college career that may never
be equaled. As a scholastic standout at Riverside (CA) Poly High School, Miller
averaged 32.8 points and 15.0 rebounds through 90 games, dished out 368 assists
and once scored an incredible 105 points in a game against Notre Vista in 1982.
That performance was indicative of her forthcoming collegiate career. Cheryl Miller
could score from anywhere.
In guiding Poly High to a four-year mark of 132-4, Miller became the first male
or female named a Parade All-America four straight years and was named Street
and Smith's High School Player of the Year in 1981 and 1982. As a collegiate
forward at Southern California (USC) from 1982-86, Miller helped to bring women's
basketball to the forefront of American sports. Her superior athletic ability and
engaging personality placed her among the elite in the world of college and
professional athletics. In 1986, Sports Illustrated named Miller the best male
or female player in college basketball. In a spectacular career, Miller scored
3,018 career points -- second to Hall of Famer Carol Blazejowski -- and was a
four-time All-America. Miller was named Naismith Player of the Year three times
and earned the Wade Trophy once. At USC, Miller led the Trojans to a 112-20 record
and NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984. She was a member of the NCAA All-Tournament Team
three times and was named NCAA Tournament MVP in 1983 and 1984. During her senior
season, Miller picked up her third Naismith Award, the Broderick Award as the Female
College Basketball Player of the Year, and established several USC records, including
points (3,018, 23.6 PPG), rebounds (1,534, 12.0 rpg), field goals made (1,159), free
throws made (700) and steals (462). In total, Miller holds records in nine USC
At the international level, Miller guided the United States to a gold medal in
the 1984 Olympic Games, and gold medals at the 1983 Pan American and 1986 Goodwill
Games. In 1986, Miller became the first female ever nominated for the prestigious
Sullivan Award, and in March of that year, USC retired her jersey, making Miller the
first Trojan athlete so honored. Following a brief, but successful coaching stint at
USC, Miller turned to broadcasting as an NBA studio analyst for TNT along with assorted
national networks. For the past three seasons, she has been head coach of the WNBA's
Phoenix Mercury, and in the 1998 season, led Phoenix to the WNBA Finals against eventual
Cheryl Miller had a severe knee injury that required surgery effectively ended her
basketball career in 1987. She was unable to play on the Pan-American Games team that
year and she failed in the trials for the 1988 Olympic team. A sports information major,
she went into broadcasting.
CHERYL MILLER '86 - Resides in Los Angeles; TNT sports broadcaster; former head coach
and general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury; 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 USC
Naismith Award winner.
In 1997 Cheryl Miller was selected as Head Coach and general manager of the WNBA's
Phoenix Mercury. She left the team in 2000 returning to Turner Network Television
primarily as a sideline reporter for TNT and TBS Superstation.
Cheryl Miller (USC 1985)
Text from, "The 1983 Poly Spotlight Newspaper" Link
Photo from, "The 1983 Koala Year Book" Link
Poly High School Class of 1983 Link
1983 Poly High School Senior Pseudo Awards (Predictions/Winners)
Awards voted for by the students of Poly in 1983.
Most likely to Succeed Dan Bennett Jill Reves
Einstein of the '80's Robert Jen Carolyn Strong
Age Fifty and Still Partying Shawn Goodsite Sue Schrader
Most Sex Appeal Toby White Lisa Levin
Longest Morning Preparations Roger Duncanson Tracy Morrow
Biggest Ego Bobby King Lisa Levin
Politician of the Year John-Mark Staude Valerie Stadelbacher
Cutest Ted Amidon Maria Brandon
Male/Female Chauvinist of the Year Warren Snider Carolyn Strong
Best Body Bobby King Mary Courtney
Best Dressed Roger Duncanson Mary Towns Davis
Most Spirited Jerry Baker Tracy Morrow
Space Case of the Year Billy Sackett Lisa Winship
Nicest Eyes Keenan Bradshaw Kelly Menzia
Biggest Gossip Roger Duncanson Tina Kopcha
Class Clown Jerry Baker Robin Borden
Nicest Smile John Wynne Jennifer Lowry
Best Posterior Toby White Karin Weber
Frat of the Year Roger Duncanson Mary Towns Davis
Most Likely to go Bald Jerry Baker Tracy Morrow
Jock/Jockette of the Year Reggie Miller Kelly Obeso
Best Legs Toby White Maria Brandon
Most Friendly Tommy Forbes Tracy Morrow
Cutest Couple David Myers & Mary Courtney
Playboy/Playgirl of the Year Toby White Lisa Levin
Most Likely to Become a Millionaire Jacques Yearger Jill Reves
Best Personality Tommy Forbes Ann Hubbard
Eighteen and never Been Kissed Dan Bennett Kelly Nance
Best All Around Person Roger Duncanson Ann Hubbard
10 Year Reunion was held at the Mission Inn, Riverside, California in 1993.
20 Year Reunion Recap for the class of 1983
Riverside Poly High School
Class of 1983
Twenty Year Reunion
October 25, 2003
See the Riverside Poly High School Class of
1983 current Twenty Year Class Reunion
Class Photo Link
Thanks to all who served on the reunion committee:
Dave DeLorenzo, Ruta Raterman, Diane Graham Gregori, John Perrone,
Maria Bradon, Roger Duncanson, Susan Schrader Sweica and Gina Rosales
Note: The ten year reunion for the class of 1983 was held at the
Mission Inn at 3525 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA.
The list of Attending Alumni of the October 25, 2003 Reunion Party at the
Riverside Marriott, 3400 Market Street, Riverside, California 92501
1. ADAMS, CARA, Anthony
2. AMIDON, TED
3. APPLETON, LEA
4. AVEY, CAROL Smith
5. BORN, SHARON Elliiott
6. BRANDON, MARIA
7. CHENEY, RENEE Huss
8. COCO, SHANNON
9. CONNOLLY, JOHN
10. COURTNEY, MARY
11. DE GONIA, CHRISTOPHER
12. DE LRENZO, DAVID
13. DEAN, PAUL
14. DONNER, DEVIN
15. DUNCANSON, ROGER
16. ENDO, CATHY
17. ENDO, PATTY
18. FORD, ZIGGIE
19. GABLES, CHRISTOPHER
20. GEERINGS, CYNTHIA Aguinaldo
21. GOODSITE, SHAWN
22. GRAHAM, DIANE Gregori
23. GUZMAN, ROBERT
24. HARRISS, JENNE Kibort
25. HAWORTH, KAREN Scott
26. HEMBORG, KEVIN
27. HERBST, CHRISTOPHER
28. HOLMES, DAWN Saylor
29. HOLSINGER, LESLIE
30. JOHNSTON, LISA Anderson
31. KING, PAUL
32. KING, ROBERT
33. KOPCHA, TINA Yates
34. KRIVANEK, KYLE
35. KROSS, JILL Schmitt
36. LANSDALE, KEVIN
37. LECH, LIANN
38. LEWIS, TONY
39. MARCOTTE, BRAD
40. Mc COY, DIANE Goodman
41. MC COY, REESA Staten
42. MC NEIL, JENNIFER Miller
43. MESSER, RICK
44. MILLER, SHERYL Murdock
45. MONTAGUE, SCOTT
46. MOORE, DANNY
47. MOORE - SPEER, MARILYN
48. MORGAN, DAWN
49. MORROW, TRACY
50. MOSS KRISTI Hardin
51. MOTT, ERIN Strauss
52. MOYER, SCOTT
53. O'NEAL, MICHELE Hampton
54. PECKELS, BECKY Koenig
55. PERRONE, JOHN
56. PHANARA, MATILDA Mc Clusky
57. PROSENIK, DOUG
58. RANGEL, SANDRA Lizer
59. RATERMAN, RUTA
60. ROCHA, LISA Carson
61. ROGERS, BROOKE Dodson
62. ROUNDS, BOBBIE
63. ROUNTREE, STEVEN
64. ROWLANDS, STEWART
65. RUSAW, BRIAN
66. SACKETT, BILLL
67. SCHRADER, SUSAN Swieca
68. SIMMONS, JOHN
69. STARLING, KATHRYN Frankfurt
70. STAUDE, JOHN-MARK
71. STOWERS, ANGEL Spinks
72. THEIS, LISA Newhall
73. THOELE, JEANNE Koepke
74. THOMPSON, KELLY Martinez
75. THURMAN, DEBRA Brown
76. TURNBULL, MATT
77. WACKER, JENS
78. WALSH, PHIL
79. WEBER, KARIN Bremer
80. WEIR, DONALD
81. YEAGER, JACQUES