The Burbank Burroughs Alumni Assn. is having its summer mixer honoring past and present faculty from both high schools from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at Once Upon a Page, 2527 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Representing Burbank High School are Dave Thomson, who is a social science teacher, and Clyde Richards, a retired math teacher and tennis coach.
This is Thomson’s 31st year teaching. He was instrumental in helping to put together the history for BHS’s Centennial celebration. He was also the self-study coordinator in 2013 when the school prepared for its accreditation visit, which resulted in a six-year term due to Thomson’s leadership.
Richards retired as a math teacher, but is renowned for cultivating a boys’ tennis dynasty. His teams advanced to the CIF division quarterfinals 12 of 13 years, capturing 13 straight Foothill League Crowns. He was inducted to the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Representing John Burroughs High School are Jill Sullivan, an English teacher, and Mike Krose, retired math teacher and track and field coach.
Sullivan began teaching English at Jordan Middle School in 1980 and moved to Burroughs in 1990. This is her 36th year inspiring students. She was Department Chair for more than 10 years and was a longtime advisor to the Odyssey of the Mind club.
Krose retired as a math teacher and track and field coach. He was the boys’ golf coach for 11 seasons and started the girls’ golf team. He was a fixture at basketball games where he worked the scoreboard for nearly two decades. He was inducted into the JBHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a substitute teacher for the district.
The three-year-old alumni association has created quarterly mixers to honor educators and to raise funds for scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Members have raised funds to donate scholarships to both schools over the last two years.
Guests attending the mixer are requested to donate $5 for the scholarship fund, but it’s not required.
The mixer is a great chance to chat with past teachers and reconnect with grads and meet new people. Alums and their families as well as past and present teachers and administrators from both schools are invited.