2014 Faculty & Staff Reunion: Photos!

San Dieguito’s third annual Faculty & Staff Reunion (formerly known as “The Principal’s Tea”) was held Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Media Center at San Dieguito High School Academy. Photos are below.

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All former faculty and staff were invited, as were any alumni who wanted to attend. Several alumni were able to meet up with teachers they hadn’t seen since graduation.

Light refreshments were provided by the Foundation Hospitality chair, Sue Figueroa, and the Culinary Arts students, who made lemon and poppyseed cupcakes–ultra delish!

ASB students provided tours and interviewed guests.

If you’d like to attend next year’s Faculty & Staff Reunion, please let us know. Email sda.alumni@gmail.com and we’ll put you on the list!

Faculty & Staff Reunion RSVP List

Faculty & Staff Reunion Invite

Click on above image to download the flyer for this event

San Dieguito’s third annual Faculty & Staff Reunion (formerly known as “The Principal’s Tea”) will be held THURSDAY, March 20, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center at San Dieguito High School Academy.

All former faculty and staff are invited — but let us know if you are coming by March 10 so we may have badges made up for you.

Light refreshments will be served and tours of the campus provided.

Alumni are welcome to attend this event, too. Come back and meet up with your favorite teachers, coaches, administrators, and other staff! Help us reach as many faculty and staff as possible! Share this link with them. If they have not received an invitation, it is only because we don’t know how to reach them. Please help us reach them!


  • Fran Fenical
  • Bill Berrier
  • Vanora St. Clair
  • Jerry Henning
  • AnneMarie Ebeling
  • Bobbi Karnes
  • Ed Burke
  • Loretta Burke
  • Mary Leon
  • Debbie Rowe
  • John Crowson
  • Manuel Gonzales
  • James Fosnot
  • Don Rizzi
  • Margaret Pluth
  • Shawn Neely-Wirth
  • Henry Herms
  • Carol & Joe Koch
  • Mary Magana
  • Betty Brass
  • Lloyd O’Connell
  • Gail Twohy
  • Bob Zakowski
  • Jeanne Orphan
  • Anne Fragasso

1973 Alum Ken Harrison featured in U-T San Diego

Ken Harrison

Click image to go to the U-T article about Ken Harrison

We wanted to take note of the recent article in U-T San Diego about Class of 1973′s Ken Harrison.

Ken has been doing some great work on our Alumni Committee. Recently the district installed a sign at the front of the school that says “San Dieguito Academy”, even though the school’s official name is “San Dieguito High School Academy.”

Ken went to a SDUHSD Board of Trustees meeting and asked the Board to clarify their policy on the official name of San Dieguito High School Academy.

Thanks to Ken’s efforts, the Board will be implementing a policy clarifying the correct usage of the school’s name. This means that the next time the front of the school is painted, it should say “San Dieguito High School Academy.”

Thank you, Ken!

Go, Mustangs!

Thank you, Ariane Price (’92) for a hilarious evening!

On January 25th, Ariane Price (’92) and her sketch comedy group “Strangely Attractive” presented “The Lingering Smell of High School” in the theater named after Ariane’s SDHS drama teacher Clayton E. Liggett.

The evening of comedic sketches, readings, and improv about High School was the second annual alumni benefit for the school’s Theatre Department.

“The Lingering Smell of High School” contained several insider gags that our alumni attendees appreciated. Ariane is hilarious and had nice words to say about the students who helped put on the show.

The “Strangely Attractive” team included Patty Wortham and Tom Lenk. See the photos from this event below.

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Ariane Price graduated from SDHS in 1992 and has fond memories performing in the old Roundabout Theater. SDHS is where she discovered her love of improv. As an adult, Ariane is living her dream as a member of the famed Los Angeles Comedy Groundlings Theater where she writes and performs sketch comedy and performs improv — doing four shows every weekend.
Ariane Price

Ariane Price

Ariane is the host of a web series on Mom.me called Web Crawling. You may have seen her in appearances on Lost, Modern Family, Bridesmaids and others. You can see her on Abe’s Trophy Wife this February. She lives with her husband, who is a chef, seven year old son and two rescue dogs in the Hollywood Hills.

Patty Wortham is an alumni of the Groundlings Theater and currently performs with Impro Theater in Los Angeles. Impro Theatre creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest playwrights, authors and composers. Patty was in the critically acclaimed show Closing Escrow with Wendi McLendon Covey and Cedric Yarborough as well as many other productions. She is a graduate of Barnard College.

Patty Wortham

Patty Wortham

Thomas (Tom) Lenk attended the theater program at UCLA and was the recipient of the Carol Burnett Award and Scholarship. Tom has had a wide variety of acting jobs, be they in film, on television, or on stage. Most notably, Tom toured with the cast of Grease and Rock of Ages. Acting and singing are not Tom’s only talents, he is also a playwright, having written three plays to date. He had a recurring role as Andrew W More in Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was in Argo, Cabin in the Woods, Transformers and much more.

Tom Lenk

Tom Lenk

Proceeds from the event benefited SDA’s Theatre Arts Council, which funds the technical director for the theatre department and the theatrical resources and supplies for students.

“9 Guys Were Pals”

As told to Bonnie Wren by Norm Keith. Would you like to share your brick story? Or just share a memory of a favorite teacher, or an experience at school? Send your stories to sda.alumni@gmail.com

9 Guys Were Pals

Norm Keith’s brick in Phase 1

The Brotherhood consisted of me (Norm Keith), Tim Tinsley, Jack Hawkins, Carlos Benson, Charlie Grattan, Vincent Vint, Jerry Myers, Lou Dawson, and Lloyd Minnick.

One of the guys was class president the first semester, another was class president after that, we were on Student Activities, the Student Council, we were the people who ran the school. As a member of the Student Court, we were the people who judged our peers when they were caught doing wrong.

We ran around together. The Brotherhood dressed in cords, always had our hair cut clean shaven.

We double-dated a lot and basically dated the same gals. One time I’d pick up “Mary” and my friend would pick up “Sharon”, and then unbeknownst to either of us, the next time we went out, I’d call “Sharon” and he’d call “Mary”, and there we would be, the four of us again!

For dates, the brotherhood would cruise around a lot, listen to the rock songs of the times, and we’d sit around and harmonize with the songs. We loved Fats Domino, just about all of his music. Back then all of the groups always were dressed up and wore coats and ties and they had musical names, like “The Four Tunes”.

A good place the Brotherhood liked to go for dates was out in Rancho Santa Fe, an area that was undeveloped but graded and had plenty of room for our cars. We’d park our cars in a circle, bumper to bumper, and open the doors and stand around inside the circle. It was like a stereo, not blaring but mellow.

We’d neck a little bit and drink a little beer and that was about the end of it. We never got into any trouble because we kept the noise down. Nobody could hear our music or see us. Sometimes we’d go for a malt, too, or down to the beach and watch the submarine races.

We did so much together throughout our high school years. We were the Brotherhood, the nine of us. We’re still in touch.