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Welcome to the

Class of 1965 


This site was created to promote, celebrate and reconnect with all members of the Torrance High School Class of 1965.  Your participation is essential for it to succeed.


If you are a visitor, such as school faculty, family, friends or Torrance High Alumni and you would like to see more of our site, you are welcome.  Just send an e-mail through the "Contact Us" link to the left of this page, requesting the password with your name and e-mail address so I can get back with you. Thank you for visiting.




Volunteers Needed!

1917 - 2017
Torrance High School

Your Torrance High Centennial Committee invites you to volunteer a few hours of your time at our Family Reunion on September 9. Each shift will be a two-hour commitment. Shifts will run from:


Adult volunteers will be assigned an area of campus to assist student volunteers

Please use the link below to register!

Thank you!

Torrance High School Centennial Committee



Book for Sale 

In celebration of Torrance High's Centennial, a very special book was put together filled with school history, memorable Tartars and amazing photos. Current THS teacher and alumnae Loralee Spradlin authored this book and had the very difficult task of summarizing 100 fabulous years in only 128 pages. 

Visit https://torrance-high-school-centennial.myshopify.com/…/all… to pre-order your book. There are two options - one for pick-up and one for mailing. This book will be released on August 28, 2017.

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Generations of Tartars

Go to the Torrance High School Facebook Page and tell them about your family - how many generations graduated from Torrance High, their names and grad years.

(If you would like you can post this information on our message page and I will submit on Facebook for you.)


*Centennial Shirts are now available for purchase online*

Centennial Couture
People have been beggin' to show their Tartar Pride with Centennial Couture, so we made it happen!  We're talkin' short sleeve T-shirts (men's and women's), long-sleeve T-shirts, hoodies and crew-neck sweatshirts. Sizes S – XXXL (for most shirts).
Here's wear (pun intended) you can shop 'til you dropTorrance High Centennial Merchandise Offical Store
Or . . . you can pop into the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Ave., Old Torrance)

between the hours of 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday & Sundays, and pick one up!

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Torrance High School Centennial Shirts and Sweatshirts are now available and ready to be shipped out. Visit our online store and order yours today!




Test your Torrance High Trivia - Twice

1. For what purpose was the Little Theatre originally used?
2. What was the original name of the school newspaper?

*Answers at the bottom of this e-blast.

We'll keep you up-to-date on the haps, so be on the lookout for our next Tartar Tidbits. Feel free to share with friends, family and fellow Tartars! Invite them to get on our Centennial Celebration mailing list: www.TorranceHighCentennial.com

Cheers to 100 Years!

Torrance High Centennial Committee

* Answers:
1. The Little Theatre originally served as the Library.

2. The original school newspaper was called the Tentacle.  It was later changed to the News Torch to fit better with the yearbook.


In September 2017, Torrance High School will celebrate its 100th birthday, so . . . 

it's time to get this party started!  

Since this will only happen once in our lifetime,  the Torrance High Centennial Committee invites YOU to become part of this history.

"What in Tartarnation is going on?!"

We’ve got . . . 

·      Centennial Couture
·      Tartar Family Reunion
·      Concert of the Century
·      Friday Night Football
·      Commemorative Bricks & Pavers
·      Alumni Connections/Class Reunions & Meet-ups
·      Torrance High Trivia

Here's the scoop on each of the above . . .


Friday, September 8, 2017 - 6:30 PM 
Friday Night Football -- Cheer on our Team, and give it up for our former Football Players, Coaches, Pep Squad, Band & Drill Team members

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Tarter Family Reunion
We look forward to seeing you at the Tartar Family Reunion on Saturday September 9, 2017. The fun begins at 10AM and continues until 3 o’clock! Join us between 11 and 2 for delicious food (available for purchase) from local, noted food trucks. While you are enjoying your lunch under the tent, listen to music from DJ Ozzie and other bands. Stroll the campus and reminisce with your friends while checking out exhibits celebrating our school. Between 10:30AM and 2:30PM, there will be games for the kids. And at 7PM is the Concert of the Century with Dave Pack and Fred Beato.

10:00AM – 3:00PM - Open House
11:00AM – 2:00PM  - Food available for purchase on the Lower Field
11:00AM – 2:00PM - Local bands
10:30AM —2:30PM - Games for the kids
7:00PM - The Concert of the Century with Dave Pack and Nick Beato

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Concert of the Century - featuring talented Tartar Alumni - including David Pack, perhaps best known as the co-founder, singer, and guitarist of Ambrosia, and the voice of the timeless hits they produced in the 1970's and 80’s. 

Fred Beato and David Pack of Beato Band and featuring original singer, Tom Croucier.

Our newly renovated Auditorium is beautiful and it is filled with state-of-the-art lights and sound equipment.  What better way to debut it than to have Tartar alumni perform? We are fortunate to have David Pack, former lead singer/co-founder of the musical group Ambrosia singing several of his #1 hits, including “You’re the Biggest Part of Me” and “How Much I Feel”. David will also join Fred Beato as the Beato Band performs songs from their debut CD, “My Old Friend” and “Cuba BC”. For those of you who attended Torrance High in the late 60’s, you are familiar with the Symbols of Tyme , who were the 1968 United States Battle of the Bands winner. There will be a special tribute to the SOT by the Beato Band which will feature Tom Croucier, their original lead singer. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.TorranceHighCentennial.com.

After nearly a year of blending the new with the old, the restoration project of the 800+ seat Torrance High Auditorium is complete, and that is where this concert of the century will be held. 

Here are the details .  . . 

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where:  Torrance High School - 2200 W. Carson St., Torrance 90501

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cost:  $30 

Tickets:  Available for purchase online - www.TorranceHighCentennial.com 
Note: if you need a wheelchair access seat, please use promotion code "Wheelchair" to release available seating.


Hotel Reservations

Coming from out of town to Celebrate the Centennial and/or a Class Reunion?  Have friends who will be here to join the weekend festivities?  Book a room at the DoubleTree (21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 90503) at the special rate of $149, per night

A block of rooms has been reserved for September 7, 2017 - September 10, 2017The special room rate will be available until August 18th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. You'll want to stay the entire weekend, so you won't miss a thing!

Book your room today via the Torrance Centennial Committee Reservation Site:


Buy a Brick, Baby!

Be a party of our history -- buy a brick and be remembered -- show your Tartar Pride!  The renovation of the campus allows an opportunity to build a lifelong memorial.  Leave a lasting mark of your time at Torrance High by purchasing a personalized brick to create a pathway leading to the Main Gym

Here are the details . . . 

Brick Sizes:

  • A standard 4” x 8” brick is $100 with up to 3 lines with 18 characters per line
  • An 8” x 8” paver is $200 with up to 6 lines with 18 characters per line (for an additional charge, a company logo may be added to the 8” x 8” paver, only)
  • To Order:

  • To order your brick(s), visit:  https://bricksrus.com/order/torrancehigh/  If you would like hard copy of the order form, contact: TorranceHigh100@tusd.org or 310.533.4396 ext. 8032

All brick sale proceeds will be used for the Torrance High School Centennial Celebration with donations tax deductible as allowed by law.  The Torrance Unified School District/Torrance High School Tax ID is 95-6003151.



Score a Piece of Floor! 
Torrance High School is a National Landmark, and you can own a piece of it!  We're selling pieces of the Torrance High School Main Gym floor. This floor was originally installed in 1962, and was removed during the renovation of the gym. 

The middle of the floor, with the Tartar on it, was cut into 3" x 3" pieces and mounted in 5" x 7" shadow boxes -- complete with a nameplate and a Certificate of Authenticity. Each framed floor piece is being sold for $50 (if paying by cash/money order) or $54 (if using a credit card).

These one-of-a-kind, once-they-are-gone-they-are-gone collectables. 

To Order: Email your order to
 torrance.high.school@gmail.com or call the Student Activities office at 310.533.4396, ext. 8031. Gym floor pieces can be mailed to you for an additional cost. 


Test your Torrance High Trivia

Who was the first Torrance High Graduate to become a faculty member? 

*Answer at the bottom of this e-blast.


We'll keep you up-to-date on the haps, so be on the lookout for our next Tartar Tidbits.  Feel free to share with friends, family and fellow Tartars!  Invite them to get on our Centennial Celebration mailing list:  www.torrancehighcentennial.com

Cheers to 100 Years!
Torrance High Centennial Committee

* Answer:  Torrance High Trivia - Pete Zamperini returned to Torrance High School as a Track Coach for 10 years.







Were you a band member, Drum Major, Drum Line, Majorette at THS???? We are looking for band alumni for our 100th birthday celebration on 09-09-2017.  Ann Strong, who is in charge of finding all you band folks, is looking for pictures from the 1930s to the 1970s. Also, if you would like to volunteer one hour or more to be in the THS Band Room (yup it is still there and better than ever) on Saturday at the BIG TARTAR FAMILY REUNION, any time from 9am to 4pm (the event is from 10am to 4pm but we need Tartars to help set up also) please tell Ann. You can email her at strong.annlujan@tusd.org

In the subject area put THS BAND ALUMNI. We so hope you will join in on the fun. Tartar Thanks. PLEASE EMAIL ANN STRONG




Car Show and all 60's Get Together

Car Show at THS on October 14, 2017 from 10-2pm

Torrance High School Annual Classic and Custom Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show?? from 10am to 2pm on the campus of THS, another 100th Celebration event. Since it is a fundraiser for THS, the cost is $5.00 for adults (anyone 18 or older), $3.00 for students (high school and below with school ID) and kids under 5 are free but must be with an adult over 18. There will be food sold by the various clubs and organization at THS, lots to see and the cars, trucks and motorcycles come from THS alumni and our wonderful community members. Walk the campus and see great works of art.  

All 60's Get Together:

October 14, 2017 there will be an all 60's get together at the:

Moose Lodge on Sartori Ave in Torrance.

Dinner starts at 6pm, band starts at 7pm.  

The price is $35.00 per person.

Please send check to: 

Donnell Cook 585 Sand Dab Drive, Lake Havasu City, Az. 86404        

by October 1 for food count. Please pass this on to other classmates.     

Friday night we will be meeting at Keegan's downtown Torrance.

Any questions please call. 661-993-1027.
Thank You
Donnell Cook, class of 66











Coach Boerger and his wife Rosemary passed away this year, here is a picture of our Basketball Team with Coach.




THS Band 1965





Shamrock Skate Arena

Lions Drag Strip

Foster's Freeze



Alma Mater

 Torrance High School Alma Mater.

 Our strong bands can ne’re be broken
Formed in Torrance High. 
For surpassing wealth unspoken 
Sealed by Friendship’s tie,
Torrance High School, Alma Mater,
Deep graven on each heart
shall be found unwavering true,
When we from life shall part.


A pink ribbon is displayed for those
who have dealt with breast cancer. 
Please send in via "Contact Us"
the names of classmates
and/or classmates' family
members who have been
affected by this disease.



Shirley Myers-Bill                      Tammy Scherer                     Vicki Coast  

     Shirlyn Floyd                          Sally Horton                   Linda Flagg-Hampton                        



 "Our friends are a very important part

of   your lives. Treasure the tears,

treasure the laughter, but most importantly,

treasure the memories." 











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