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Burroughs Inducts 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees

This years Hall of Fame recipients. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

John Burroughs High School held their annual athletic “Hall of Fame” ceremony recently in the school’s gymnasium. This years “Hall of Fame” recipients included All-American Brady Riggs, Jayleen Romberger-Budwig, Ron Stillwell and Coach Bill Flora’s 1955 CIF runner-up basketball team.

A video of the ceremony is now available to view at the bottom of this article.

Athletic Director Marty Garrison honored the newest members and their families in a special ceremony prior to the football game between the Indians and North Hollywood.

Brady Riggs was presented his HOF plaque by former JBHS athletic director and golf coach, Brian Hurst.

Jayleen Romberger-Budwig was presented her HOF plaque by former JBHS physical education coach, Terry Scott.

Ron Stillwell was unable to be at the induction but was represented by good friend and teammate, Pete Hillman.

The original 1955 CIF runner-up team trophy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jack Flora, son of Coach Bill Flora, honored his late dad and the 1955 basketball team with a heartwarming speech.

Members of the 1955 squad, the program’s first league championship team and the school’s first CIF championship finalist, included King Archer, Terry Arnold, Bill Bloom, John Casprowitz, Tom Crawford, Burton Dole, Steve Foster, Mickey Foster, Nick Georgino, Jack Marshall, Brian Marshall, Roger Morris, Gordon Muhethaler, Jerry Persinger, Don Pulford, Tom Shollin and Tom Waterman.

 Here is a brief summary of the newest JBHS athletic Hall of Fame members:

Brady Riggs (GOLF)

Brady Riggs – Coached by Brian Hurst, Brady led his team in scoring average all 4 years. This is the only time in JBHS golf history this has been done. Brandy was All League the last 3 years, once a runner – up finisher for the Foothill League Individual title and Foothill League Individual Champion in 1985. In 1985 he advanced to the finals of the CIF and received All American status.

Brady Riggs Hall of Fame certificate (photo by Ross A. Benson)

After High School he was ranked in the top 20 players in the country and received a scholarship to San Jose University. Brady Riggs is now recognized by Golf Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Teachers. He is Class A PGA Professional and the Director of Instruction at Woodley Lakes GC in Van Nuys.

One of Brady’s students, Danielle Kang, became the first woman to win back-to-back United States Amateur Championships in 2010-2011 and was ranked #1 in the world before joining the LPGA.

As a Lifelong Burbank Resident, he dedicates his time to Burbank’s youth on a daily basis as a  volunteer and a Coach. He has served on the Board of the Burbank AYSO for the past five years and coaches multiple teams in other sports throughout the year.

Jayleen Romberger-Budwig (TRACK)

Jayleen Romberger-Budwig played basketball and participated in track and field. When she was in high school she dreamed of going to a college and playing basketball. She attended Glendale Community College and played basketball and participated in track. She still holds the school discus record for GCC. She received an athletic scholarship to attend Fresno State.

After graduation Jayleen started her coaching career. She started coaching at Clovis High school and eventually landed a job with Fowler High School in 1988. She had been the Head Coach since 1995. Through her administration as Head Coach, Fowler High has won 15 league Championships and 4 small schools Valley Championships.

She also has taken athletes to the State Track and Field Championships 10 years straight and was named “Track and Field Coach of the year” Her track  teams have finished in the CIF: 10th in 88, 5th in 89, 4th in 90, 2nd in 95, 4th in 96, and 5th in 97.  Her teams also have finished 4th in the state in 95, and 7th in 96. She also has coached 3 State champions and 5 All-Americans.

Ron Stillwell (BASEBALL)

Ron Stillwell, ASB President

JBHS-ASB President-1957

Played Basketball and Baseball for JBHS and graduated “cum laude,” earning a full Academic Scholarship to USC. After coming in second at the College World Series in 1960, he was able to return the next year to win it all. Ron was the captain of the best team in college baseball. He was awarded student/athlete at USC.

Following their College World Championship, Ron signed a bonus contract with the Washington senators. He played two years and a serious on field accident led to a premature retirement. In 1977 he was selected as the head baseball coach of the USA College all Stars against Japan. This led Ron into teaching. He Coached 32 years for Thousand Oaks High School. He was just inducted into the Ventura Sports Hall of Fame in June, 2011.

1955 Basketball Team

The 1955 Indian basketball squad has done more than any other single team in the history of the school. They not only were league champions, but also came out the second top team in Southern California. Four of their members, Bloom, Crawford, Archer and Muhelthaler, were placed on the All-Foothill league team. The Team was coached by the “Hall of Fame” Coach Bill Flora.

King Archer – Sports occupy the greatest part of Kings time. Team play, he says, is more important than individual achievement. King played baseball, football, and basketball at JBHS. Archer’s highest single game in basketball was a healthy 24, against Pasadena. At 6’3”, King tops the squad. Inaddition to his outstanding cage work King lettered at left end for the ’54 football team. Says Archer about coach Bill Flora, “We’ve got a good coach – a great coach.”

Terry Arnold – Played Basketball and Baseball at Champman College on a Scholarship. Terry worked over 25 years as a Private Investigator. He and his wife Rosie, will celebrate their 54th anniversary this year. They have a daughter and sons.

Bill Bloom – Played basketball at USC. A retired community College Basketball Coach and Athletic Director. Bloom, who has been heralded as the greatest athletic in the history of Burroughs High School. During his senior year he was All Tournament in both the Burbank open and Fillmore invitational. He was unanimous All League in Football and Basketball. He was also voted MVP of the Foothill League Basketball.  In addition, he was 1st Team All CIF and was runner up in voting for CIF Player of The Year.

Tom Crawford – Burroughs basketball squad captain ranks high among the great athletes of John Burroughs. In his senior year at JBHS Tom finished the basketball season with a total of 77 points and a 7.7 average. Coach Bill Flora says “ Tom is the greatest defensive player in all high school basketball”  Tom played basketball at Stanford 1956-59. He is a retired attorney who is an accomplished portrait painter who has one of his painting of Jackie Robinson hanging in the Black Baseball players “Hall of Fame in Kansas City.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burton Dole – After graduation Burton attended Stanford University on a US Navy scholarship and earned a Bachelor and MBA. He then served as an officer aboard ship for three years in the Pacific Fleet. After the Navy, He began a career in the medical device field. This work entailed in manufacturing and sale of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of critically ill patients throught out the world

Nick Georgino – After graduation Nick joined the Navy. While in the Navy, Nick played on the baseball, basketball, and boxing teams. In 1956 Nick won the welterweight championship for SubPac and in 1957 was selected to 1st team sub Pac were they toured San Diego, Mexico City, San Francisco and Hawaii, playing other military teams.

Gordon Muhethaler – 1st team All-Foothill League

Jerry Persinger – All American football player for “USC” 1957-59, Jerry was class president at John Burroughs High School. Besides playing basketball, Jerry was also a All League Football Player.

Don Pulford – The five foot, ten inch set shot artist was an important factor in the Tribe’s late season drive for the pennant. Pulford racked up 31 points during league play and his highest single game output was against Burbank when he dunked 16 markers. Tom Was also a All-League Football player, and pitched for the championship baseball team.

Tom Shollin -1954 1st team All-CIF Baseball- All American Catcher for the 1957-58 USC baseball team. Bonus baby with the Phillies. Now a Executive for Signal Oil Land Development. Married for 55 years to his high school sweetheart Fran Feary.

Tom Waterman, Jack Marshall, Brian Marshall, Roger Morris, Steve Foster, Mickey Foster, and John Casprowitz were also honored as part of the team.

1955 Basketball Team

Teen Punched, Knocked Unconscious At Memorial Field

An apparent attempt to break up a fight between two other teens landed a 16 year-old boy in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, with a head injury.

The incident began Saturday, August 4, as the John Burroughs Football team was ending their practice on Memorial Field at the school.    George Tyler Heffley, a sophomore who is on the football team,  attempted to break up a fight near the basketball courts next to the field.  The fight started as an argument  between another member of the football team and a former student.  According to police, the victim was punched in the face by the former student when he stepped between the two boys,  then fell backwards and struck his head on the concrete  He was knocked unconscious.

The Burbank Police Department was called at 7:25 p.m. for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at John Burroughs High School.   Officers responding “Code 3” were directed to the visitor entrance to Memorial Field in the 200 block of N. Parish Place, where they found the victim lying on the sidewalk, conscious but disoriented.   The 15 year-old suspect was being detained by the football coaches.  He was wearing black tape used in boxing n his right hand, and had just come from a gym where he works out.

Burbank Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated the victim at the scene.  He was observed talking to the paramedics before they transported him by rescue ambulance to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.   According to police, who cannot release the victim’s name because he is a juvenile, he was admitted to the ICU.  Rumors spread quickly through the community, that the victim was on life-support and in a coma. However, a police spokesman confirmed that the teen’s condition was improving and he was not on life-support.  His condition is listed as serious but stable.

The suspect was arrested under section 243 (d) of the California Penal Code, battery causing great bodily injury.  The crime is a felony.  Because he is a juvenile, his name is not being released.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail, then released to his parents. He is scheduled to appear in Pasadena Juvenile Court on October 3.

Burroughs Breaks In New Memorial Field With Its First Graduation Ceremony

Burroughs graduates play kazoos during commencement ceremonies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Congratulations to the following seniors who graduated from John Burroughs High School on Thursday, May 24.


Brittni Abril

Gabriela Acevedo

Michael Acosta

Benjamin Aguayo

Claire Aguilar

Nicolas Aguilera

Ife Ajibola

Angelica Alatorre

Taylor Alcantar

Kimberly Alcantara

Diego Aleman Sanchez

Stewart Alexander

Christian Alfaro

Nicholas Alfaro

Karol Alonzo

Amanda Alvarado

Ruby Alvarado

Alexander Alvarez

Anush Ambartsumyan

Alexa Anassian

Dinora Anaya

Zander Anding

Brandon Andrade

Hannah Andrews

Megan Anghel

Maria Anzaldo

Lydia Anzures

Melissa Aranda

Athena Arce

Anthony Arellano

Shane Arenal

Samantha Armas

Melissa Arriaga-Trujillo

Michael Atienza

Sareen Avakemian

Alex Avelar-Escalante

Andre Avila

Ezekiel Aviles Zuniga

Hugo Ayala

Leonel Ayala

Martin Ayala

Daniel Ayala Robles

Estevan Ayon

Nicole Baczkowski

Joslin Badrian

Paul Bae

Francisco Baez

Cooper Baldwin

Myles Banks

Nathan Bankston

Alejandro Barbosa

Miguel Barrientos

Paola Barrios

Christopher Baughman

Carlos Bautista

Courtney Becht

Zachary Beimford

Damien Beltran

Tyron Bennett

Tristan Kim Bitanga

Christjian Blackburn

Lanae Blocker

Francesco Boccuzzi

Eric Boehme

Ivone Boensel

Miles Bonner IV

Joseph Bozeman

Jordan Bradley

Tatiana Brandon

Maylin Brennan

Zsanai Brown

Brandon Bu

Tee-Jay Christian Bual

Donald Bubbins

Samantha Buliavac

David Burns

Rona Cabrera

Katelynne Calderon

Nelson Camacho

Charles Camacho-Plancarte

Cindy Camberos

Cassandra Campbell

Alex Campos

Aileen Canaria

Zane Carey

Marcos Carmona

Angie Caro

Julia Carras

Giovanna Carrasco

Andrew Carrillo

Nicole Carrillo

Estephany Castellanos

Josie Castellon

Osvaldo Castro

Juan Carlos Castro-Bojorquez

Ryan Catalasan

James Cebedo

Elizabeth Cerna

Andrew Cervantes

Elizabeth Chadwick

Kamalpreet Chahal

Savineh Chaharmahali

Monessa Chahayed

Elizabeth Chang

Romario Chavez

Salena Chavez

Summer Childs

Adnan Chowdhury

Wesley Ciamacco

Sarah Clack

Connor Clayton

Christopher Coauette

Luke Coblentz

Jonathan Cohen

Nicholas Colbert

Molly Cole

Tyler Connaghan

Robert Conrad

Mina Contreras

Heather Cope

Ricardo Corado

Janna-Tessa Coria Mozannar

Alexandra Coronado-King

David Corral

Conner Coughenour

Andres Covarrubias

Charlotte Cox

Alejandro Cruz

The Burroughs Class of 2012 back on the Memorial Field to receive their diplomas. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kayla Cruz Esposto

Steven Cseh

Kristine Marie Cuesta

Andrea D’Agostaro

Jasmine Daniel

Kelsey Danzeisen

Nicholas Dao

Arienne Alyssa Dasalla

Janam Dave

Andrew Davis

Jessica Dean

Addam Debebe

Mewael Debretsion

Chadney Delaney

Martha Delgadillo

Alanna Dergan

Eve DeSantis

Christina DeVeyra

Valerie Devito

Robyn Dewett

Gabriel Diaz

Laura Diaz

Natalia Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Brenna Dilger

Lauren Dimailig

Julia Dimayuga

Vivian Dinardo

Dillon Disiere

David DiStefano Jaloma

Karlee Dontanville

McKenzie Dotson

Tessa Dudley

Arnnalyn Dumpit

Alexander Duran

Austin Eamnarangkool

Alyssa Ehredt

James Elliot

Zachary Elliott

Gabrielle Elong

Dakota Emata

Catarina Emerson

Valerie Enciso

Kevin Enriquez

Brandon Epperson

Cristobal Escobar

Jacqueline Espinosa

Dayana Espinoza

Carla Espinoza Morales

Kevin Estandarte

Alejandro Evangelista

Sean Farmer

Taryn Fashaw

Raeann Faussett

Aimee Felix

Gustavo Ferrat

Jocelyn Fierros Aguilar

Victoria Fink

Erin Fiske

Eric Flores

Jasmine Flores

Kenya Flores

Clayton Francis

Daniel Frantz

Jacob Freed

Kyle Freudenberg

Amber Frias

Stephanie Friedman

Kevin Gait

Giuliano Galang

Regina Galang

Sarrah Gallegos

James Galutza

Amanda Galvin

Michelle Gamba

Alexis Garcia

Alyssa Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Christopher Garcia

Karen Garcia

Kaylee Garcia

Kevin Garcia

Riley Garden

Christian Garia

Justin Genova

Christopher George

Anika Gerardo

Andrew Jason Geronimo

Emily Gilbert

Elijah Girgis

Krystal Glaude

Priscilla Gnanapragasam

Jordan Goldberg

Dylan Goldsack

Pedro Gonzales

Denise Gonzalez

Oscar Gonzalez

Tanya Gonzalez

Ryan Gordon

Isabella Goschin

Alexander Gouge-Schajer

Rachel Grady

Annie Green

Erika Green

Laura Green

Alejandra Grimaldo

Julio Guillermo

Ashley Gustafson

Hayley Gustafson

Francisco Gutierrez

Idania Gutierrez

Jessica Gutierrez Umanzor

Angie Guzman

Burroughs' Valedictorian Anthony Mark gets a shake from School Board Member Ted Bunch as School Principal Mr Emilio Urioste, Jr looks on. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brandy Haas

Ethan Hachey

Ryan Haggerty

Bridget Hagopian

Spirit Haitz

Tamar Hallajian

Christian Hanks

Amber Hannick

Jasmine Hansen

April Harris

Theron Harrison

Hannah Hart

Natalie Hauptman

Daniel Hausfeld

Heather Haynes

Hailey Hays

Kathy Henry

Courtney Hentz

Alex Hernandez

Arturo Hernandez

Daisy Hernandez

Edwin Hernandez

Kristie Hernandez

Sharon Hernandez

Cassandra Herrera

Edwin Herrera

Kristine Herrera

Cindy Hickok

Tanya Hidalgo

Allison Hollenbaugh

Alexis Howard

Taylor Howie-Sawdon

Savannah Hughes

Tuesday Hunsaker

Bradley Hunt

Brandon Huynh

Miguel Ibarra

Elijah Iniquez

Jesse Ising

Sarineh Issagholian

Selena Jackson

Kody James

Kody Jensen

Brandon Jimenez

Rogelio Jimenez

Ryan Johnson

Timothy Johnson

Kenichi Kajimoto

Nelson Kalayky Montano

David Kalpakian

Victoria Kapper

Hayleeanna Karr

Mihran Kazanchyan

Daniel Kiefer

Abigail Kelley

Sarah Kelly

Matthew Kelsey

Christopher Kesicbasian

Sarah Kingsbury

Makayla Koons

Connor Kramme

Carolyn Krystal

Colton Ku

Rowena Kumaratunga

Michael Kyriacou

Jacob Kim

Anthony Mark

Jeffrey Markgraf

Anshu Maskara

Nicolette Moreno

Noelle Ruiz

Ryan La Borico

Ryan Labayna

Gabriel Lacayo

Phillip Lam

Vanessa Lanza

Danny Lara Jr

Sidney Larin

Alec LeDoux

Stephanie Leiva

Brittany Lewis

Michael Lima

Thomas Liro

Zoe Lo Menzo

Caitlin Loera

Salina Lohacharoen

Amy Lopez

Andres Lopez

Brenden Williams

Hector Lopez

Jocelyn Lopez

Kimberly Lopez

Sherrilyn Lopez

Ravipa Losakul

Lauren Lotz

Eduardo Lozoya

Garett Ludlum

Alberto Luna

Erika Luque

Michael Lyons

Nathaniel Macaranas

Calley MacDonald

Christian Madrigal

Julian Magallanes

Shayna Mahoney

Levon Malakyan

Jonathan Marino

Marley Marra

Briana Martinez

Helen Martinez

Izabelle Martinez

Joseline Martinez

Josue Martinez

Raul Martinez

Anshu Maskara

Geena Massara

Brandon Mayorga

Grace McCarney

Corey McCoy

Charlotte Medrano

Patrisha Mejia

Samantha Mellon

Miguel Menjivar

Savannah Mersola

Gentzel Mesina

Tyler Meyers

Kevin Meza

Naera Meza

Hannah Milanovich

Joseph Mills

William Minniear

Amee Minsal

Anna Mirabal

Kassandra Mireles

Sharokina Mirzaie

Saleem Moinuddin

Janelle Molin

Anthony Monroy

Alexa Ysabel Monteverde

Jesus Morales

Marie Moran

Joselin Moreira

Vanessa Morejon

Joseph Moreno

Karen Moreno

Annie Morgan

Marilyn Mota

Robert Motz

Rita Murphy

Marissa Musgrave

Allyson Nash

Dominic Navarrete

Karen Navarro

Tran Nguyen

Alexandra Nissing

Tayler Nunez

Ike Nwachie

Haley O’Brien

Steven Ochoa

Armen Odadjian

Joseann Offerman

Violeta Oganesyan

Denim Ohmit

Jaqueline Olivas

Joseph Olympia

Bianca Orozco

Jaime Ortega

Danielle Ortiz

Rachelle Ortiz

Blake Osborne

Joseph Pacheco

Saul Padilla

Elsy Paniagua

Lilith Paparo-Prieto

Giselle Parada

Christian Paris

Lucine Parmakszyan

Elizabeth Pascual

Jorge Payez

Christopher Peale

Jon Pena

Eli Peppmuller

Alyssa Peres

Alejandro Perez

Dakota Perez

David Perez

Michelle Perez

Nicole Perez

Noemy Perez

Saige Perry

Danielle Perry-Kellier

Andrew Pham

Alison Phan

Elenie Philippas

Evan Philpot

Steven Pierce

Gregorio Pineda

Gabriella Pineiro

Natasha Pineiro

Kevin Pinkus

Itzhak Pleites-Morataya

Jerrod Plummer

James Powell

David Pucio

Mark Puente

Kathryn Purdy

Janelle Qualls

Alfredo Quinonez

Lester Quintana Arevalo

Moises Quintero

Alexander Quispe

Alyssa Quiterio

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fernando Ramirez

Jaime Ramirez

Marcos Ramirez

Wen Ramon

Daylin Ravel-Tone

Maximillian Reis

Christopher Reithel

Beatrix Reyes

Eduardo Reyes

Kayla Lynn Reyes

Matthew Reyes

Ashley Rhee

James Rivera

Paris Robinson

Olivia Rodas

Charles Rodriguez

Jessenia Rodriguez

Rudy Rodriguez

Sarah Rodriguez

Stevan Rodriguez

William Rodriguez

Cameron Rogers

Angelique Rojas

Jason Rojas

Wesley Rolph

Fred Romero

Nohely Romero

Austin Ross

Matthew Roth

Vanessa Rountree

Jeannine Ruiz

Robert Rutecki

Matthew Saavedra

Sergio Saenz

Lorena Salamanca

Pamela Salapong

Daniel Salazar

Melvin Salazar

Vanessa Salcedo

Jacklyn Salgado

Jairo Sanchez

Tatiana Sanchez

Veronica Sanchez

Aaron Sandoval

Parker Sands

Mark Santa Isabel

Ryan Santa Isabel

Guadalupe Santarriaga

David Santeliz

Alex Santiago

Melissa Santiago

Victoria Santos

Nicolas Sanzana

Trevyn Savage

Arianna Sawinski

Miranda Schaefer Arellano

Jacob Schillaci-Noack

Haley Schulman

Sarah Schwartz

Mikayla Sciberras

Israel Segura

Melissa Sencion

Ernesto Serrano

Cristina Seta

Nuor Shatila

Brian Shinn

Brandon Shulkin

Saul Silva

Michael Simeone

Savannah Simmons

Frank Simpton

Ashley Skifstad

Marin Sklan

Adam Slater

Robert Snader

Jose Solis

Rodrigo Solis

Ambar Solorzano

Kevin Songco

Dezi Soriano

Cristina Sosa

Alexander Speidel

Aimee Spore

Jeremy Steel

Jourdan Steel

Megan Stephenson

Brittani Stevens

Forrest Stevens

Aimee Strauss

Jenna Struble

Davon Stuart

Lachapelle Swain

Christian Switzer

Teadora Taddeo

Chloee Tarazon

Morgan Tashjian

Averyanna Taylor

Chloe Telles

Ashlie Tello

Dang Thai

Aalilyah Thomas

Austyn Thompson

Karen Thompson

Sandra Thompson

Trevor Tilton

Kelsey Dayne Tiongson

Rebecca Todd

Kevin Tom

Angelica Torres

Martin Torres

Samantha Torres

Sergio Torres

Daniel Tran

Kendrick Trejo

Steven Trejo

Shannon Trujillo

Nina Tumpunya

Photo By Ross A. Benson

David Umana

Jesus Valdez

Monica Valdez

Sebastian Valdez

Chantel Valdivieso

Maria Valenzuela

Deidrea Valle

Randy Valle Juarez

Joshua Van Dam

Erika Varady

Lizet Vargas

Victoria Vasquez

Grant Vaught

Diana Vazquez

Ivan Vega

Adam Velasco

Erick Velasquez

Alec Villalpando

Jonathan Vititoe

Jessica Vu

Kristen Wade

Nicole Watkins

Madeline Weiss

Austin Whitlock

Jonathan Wijesooriya

Caila Williams

Nicole Williams

Eric Wilson

Skyler Winkler

Brittaney Wong

Max Worthy

Brandon Wright

Logan Wright

Nicholas Wurtz

Stephanie Yha

Marie Yokers

Andrea Young

Camille Yuson

William Zaourbekov

Adrian Zaragoza

Kayla Zifchak

Emily Zsarko

Natalie Zuniga


Total Happeness. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Grace McCarney who gave the Farewell Speach and Jeffrey Markgraf who gave the class reminiscence give it all a thumbs up. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Life-Long Burbanker Ross Happy to Have Stadium Back

Vernon Ross

When Memorial Field was unveiled on the Burroughs campus several weeks ago, Vernon Ross, 75, showed he was still true to his school by wearing a red blazer to the dedication.

The 1955 Burroughs grad had a plaque under his arm that featured a piece from one of the old wooden bleachers. The school had sold 200 plaques as a fundraiser and Ross bought number 95, he said.

“My distinction is that I have attended all but three Burbank Burroughs football games,” he said.

He missed one in 1950 because there was a huge rain storm and he couldn’t get a ride. Then he missed another in 1962. And in the early 1980s he missed the game because he was working the swing shift at Lockheed.

He goes to most of the home games every season, he added.

Ross has lived in Burbank his whole life.

“My parents bought the house I live in brand new when I was 5 years old,” he said.

Vernon Ross sits in the new bleachers at Memorial Field with his plaque adorning a piece of the old bleachers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Vernon Ross takes a glimpse of the new scoreboard and new field at JBHS's Memorial Field. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Memorial Field Comes Back to Life to Serve Burbank

School District & City Officials listen to comments at Dedication Cermony (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The long awaited debut of the new Memorial Field premiered for the public on Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. at a touching dedication ceremony. Many long time residents, military veterans, city officials, school district officials, former athletes and current students gathered to take in a piece of local history.

“Memorial Field” is now officially a stadium after undergoing a 12-million dollar facelift the past two years. It will eventually house football games, soccer matches, track meets, graduations and more in the years ahead. However, Saturday was more about remembering the past.

The dedication honored those who had served in World War II and who the original field had been dedicated to in 1946.

Burbank City Manager Mike Flad makes comments during Dedication of The new Memorial Field.(Photo by Ross A. Benson

Several thousand people gathered in the home stands as the field was dedicated by a panel of honorees that included Chief of the Veterans Commemorative Committee Mickey DePalo, Mayor Jesse Talamantes, City Manager Michael Flad, Board of Education President Ted Bunch and Burbank Unified Schools’ Superintendent Stan Carrizosa.

At the ceremony’s conclusion, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony and a victory lap on the new track. The joint venture between the city and the schools was more than two decades in the making from talk to completion and was the vision of so many over the years.

New Bronze art piece at the entrance of Cusunano Plaza. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Talamantes and Flad both spoke of having played on the field as alumni of Burroughs High. Flad had the line of the morning when speaking of a controversial loss to the Bulldogs during the Big Game of 1984 when Burbank got two chances to kick a game-winning field goal following a penalty.

“I promised then to see the stadium and everything in it torn down, and here we are,” he said to a roar of laughter from the crowd.

Talamantes referenced how many members of his family have participated in athletics and activities on the old Memorial Field.

Presentation of the Colors by The United States Marines. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The ceremony first and foremost honored those who have served this country, including the two teachers and 25 students who the original Memorial Field was dedicated to in 1946. Bunch referenced their stories in his speech.

Starting the Memorial Field Dedication was a flyover by the Areo Squadron (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A flyover began the day, followed by a presentation of the colors by the United States Marines from the Los Angeles Recruiting Station of Eagle Rock. It concluded with an art unveiling of the piece titled “Home” by Sheila Cavalluzzi depicting a soldier home from war.

The new bronze sculpture caeed 'Home' (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

More than anything else the events surrounding the event also reminded the community members who had turned out to see the dedication ceremony what a joint-venture between the schools and city the field truly is. A JV baseball game was being played in the background while tennis lessons took place on the nearby courts.

Former coaches and current coaches could be seen wearing huge grins through the dedication after both the Burbank and Burroughs football teams played all ten of their contests on the road this past season including their rivalry game played at Arcadia High School.

Carrizosa thanked current students and staff for their patience through construction. The stadium will first see action during the upcoming track season. The Burroughs graduation is expected to be held at the stadium this May, after being relocated to the Starlight Bowl last year.

City & School District Officials cut the ribbon on the New Memorial Field's Track. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

New Plaque at the newly built Memorial Field. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Memorial Field Nearly Complete – Dedication to be Held February 25

Nearly one year ago today the Burbank Unified School District and the City of Burbank hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mem

The new entry way to the Burroughs Memorial Stadium gets completed for it's February Opening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson0

orial Field renovation project at John Burroughs High School and we are pleased to announce that the dedication ceremony is set for Saturday, February 25, at 11:00 a.m.

The joint project, with an estimated cost of $12.1M, was financed with BUSD construction project funds, City of Burbank funds, and donations from local businesses and members of the community.

The renovation project consists of a new athletic field with artificial turf for football and soccer, and areas for long jump, triple jump, shot put, and discus events; a new all-weather track; new lighting and ADA accessible bleachers; a new scoreboard; new restrooms, storage, and concession facilities on both the home and visitor sides; and a new parking lot with bus drop-off and landscaping.

The entire community is invited to help us celebrate this event, which will include a military flyover, addresses by school district and city officials, and a victory walk of one lap around the new track. In keeping with the military history of the field, a sculpture titled “Home” by local artist Shiela Cavalluzzi will be unveiled along with commemorative plaques to honor JBHS staff and alumni who lost their lives during World War II. Special recognition will be given to all members of the military, active and retired, who are encouraged to attend.

A series of black granite donor walls form part of the new Cusumano Plaza at the corner of Verdugo Street and Parish Place. These walls list the names of all businesses and individuals who have contributed $500 or more to this important community facility. If you would like to have your name included in time for the February 25 ceremony, please contact Jenny Jones at (818) 729-4455. The deadline is January 30. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations will also be accepted the day of the event and throughout the year.

See More Pictures of the nearly completed project from Ross A. Benson

City And School District Break Ground On New $12 Million Stadium At Burroughs

Members of the City and School District came together Monday for the ground breaking of the new stadium at Burroughs (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Principal Bruce Osgood gives directions to Burroughs Principal Emilio Urioste during the groundbreaking. The new field will have both an artificial track and playing surface. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank School Superintendent Stan Carrizosa takes a look at the artist's rendering for the new stadium which will feature new seats, restrooms, and concession stands. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)