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Class of 1970 - WHS/Aptos/Mora 50th Class Reunion - September 2020

May 6, 2019 by Darlene Stracener Amark (Register to contact)

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Class of 1970 WHS-AHS-MHS 50th Reunion will be held September 19, 2020 at the Seascape Golf Club from 6-11 p.m. Tickets go on sale soon so please register at our website http://www.*****/****
We need your help in finding classmates who have moved away. If you keep in touch with other 1970 grads, you can post their information in the "Missing Classmates" section of http://www.*****/**** after you register. Please include as much info as possible including email, mailing address, phone numbers, and maiden name/married name, and the specific high school attended. Hope to see you ALL at next year's Fabulous 50th Reunion!

Class of 1970 - WHS/Aptos/Mora 50th Class Reunion - Summer 2020

February 25, 2019 by Darlene Stracener Amark (Register to contact)

We're starting to work on our 50th high school reunion. Stay tuned to this site, to Facebook groups mentioning Watsonville for more info!

Multi-Class Reunion for WHS hosted by Class of 1967

April 16, 2012 by Louita Berry (Register to contact)

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Multi-Class Reunion happening September 29, 2012 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom. Class of 1967 invites WHS and Mora HS Classes 1963 thru 1969. Contact Louita (Clemons)Berry for further information. *****@aol.com

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PVUSD Celebrates Signing Day  Patch.com

From PVUSD: May is college acceptance season and today, PVUSD, in collaboration with UCSC's Educational Partnership Center, celebrated college bound ...



Watsonville High's spring musical opens Wednesday  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville High School drama department has been hard at work for the past few months rehearsing for its upcoming spring musical ...



Bill Sunderland Auto Shop named for former longtime teacher  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Almost a half-century after Bill Sunderland began teaching auto shop at Watsonville High School, his former classroom will now bear his ...



Watsonville HS placed on lockdown after 4 teens burglarized nearby home  KSBW Monterey

Police say that all four teenagers have been arrested after a short chase. While police were responding to the incident Watsonville High School was placed on lo ...



Santana lead singer visits WHS, launches fundraiser  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — After Andy Vargas graduated from Watsonville High School in 1995, he immediately began to pursue his passion for singing. Four years later ...



Teens arrested for burglary  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Four Watsonville teens were arrested Monday after allegedly burglarizing a residence on Lakeview Road, abandoning their vehicle near ...



At long last: Construction to begin on PV High athletic field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — For nearly 15 years, Pajaro Valley High School students have played “home” games at rival schools, and practiced on a misshapen field ...



Margaret “Peggy” Ann Ernst  Register Pajaronian

Born March 8, 1948 and Peacefully entered rest February 20, 2019. Peggy was born in Hendricks, Minnesota to Dale and Dorothy Fuhs. In the third grade they ...



Pajaro Valley Unified investigates two Watsonville High teachers’ alleged conduct  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> Pajaro Valley Unified School District authorities are investigating complaints made against at least two Watsonville High School teachers, ...



Spelling out the drama  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — On a rainy Monday afternoon, just after the final bell had rung at Watsonville High School, a small group of students gathered in the school's ...



Longtime teacher celebrates 100th birthday  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Jean Pogue, who taught thousands of Watsonville High School students math from 1944 to 1982, turns 100 Friday. Friends and family ...



PVUSD a step closer to purchasing The Towers  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — If a plan approved Wednesday by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees comes to fruition, the district could soon own its ...



Coach Accused Of Soliciting Provocative Photos From Student  Watsonville, CA Patch

Coach Accused Of Soliciting 'Provocative' Photos - Watsonville, CA - Police said Pajaro Valley High School employee Matthew Davis, 36, was arrested ...



District sets groundbreaking date for PV High sports field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Nearly 15 years after students first walked onto its campus, with generations of athletes forced to practice at other schools, Pajaro Valley High ...



Students cry: 'Enough!'  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The walkout at Watsonville High School Wednesday began at 10 a.m., when a small group of students walked through campus, shouting ...



PVUSD Area 4: Two newcomers challenge board veteran  Register Pajaronian

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a series of interviews with candidates running for seats on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.



Annual literacy event held at Starlight Elementary  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Groups of elementary students, many in their Halloween costumes, gathered in Starlight Elementary School's quad Wednesday for the ...



PV Chamber announces annual awardees  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Alex Solano has always been the man behind the scenes, helping out fellow veterans, students and any community member in need.



Dodge beats Yahiro in PVUSD race  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Daniel Dodge Jr. has clinched the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, ending the 28-year run ...



PVUSD Welcomes New School Administrators  Patch.com

PVUSD Welcomes New School Administrators - Watsonville, CA - The Mission of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District is to educate and to support learners ...



HS Football, Week 3: Aptos' Reyes could make history against M.V.C.  Register Pajaronian

(Aptos High School senior running back Marcos Reyes is set to break his school's record for career rushing yards tonight against Monte Vista Christian School.



Watsonville High students sign up to vote after walkout  KSBW The Central Coast

While other school districts hesitated about student walkouts and slapped students with unexcused absences, there was none of that from the Pajaro Valley ...



Local students succeed at MESA championship  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—Every Monday at lunchtime, a group of Watsonville High School students file into a small classroom on the edge of campus to talk math, ...



Andy Vargas to hold holiday benefit concert this weekend  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville native and Santana lead singer Andy Vargas will bring his band to the Henry J. Mello Center Saturday for a holiday benefit ...



Watsonville councilman asks for murder suspect’s release  Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ — A Watsonville city councilman on official letterhead asked for a former neighbor, student and Future Farmers of America affiliate charged with ...



PVUSD bids farewell to longtime board members  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE ‑ The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday said farewell to members Willie Yahiro, Leslie De Rose and Jeff ...



Firefighting his 'calling': Former Division Chief takes Watsonville Fire's top job  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When he was about 8, Rudy Lopez plied the streets of downtown Watsonville, a shoeshine box under his arm, as he tried to earn money at ...



Patti (Benich) Anderson  Register Pajaronian

September 2, 1938 – October 28, 2018. Patti (Benich) Anderson, resident of Sun City, AZ, former resident of Watsonville, CA passed away after a 4-year battle ...



Group seeks to name WHS auto shop  Register Pajaronian

(Bill Sunderland is shown in one of his auto shop classrooms in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of Jim Howes). WATSONVILLE — Efforts are underway to ...



Seniors CAP their year  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — At the end of the school year, Watsonville High School's seniors unveil the projects that cap their final year and serve as a legacy to their ...



Watsonville City Council, District 5: Incumbent faces challenger  Register Pajaronian

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of interviews with candidates running for the Watsonville City Council. WATSONVILLE — Incumbent Rebecca Garcia ...



PVUSD announces new admins  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Thousands of students across Pajaro Valley Unified School District will return to class Wednesday, beginning a yearlong journey of new ...



Election 2018, City Council: Parker receives majority of votes in three-person District 7 race; Garcia, Estrada pull ahead  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Ari Parker garnered more than 52 percent of the vote in the three-person race for the District 7 seat on the Watsonville City Council.



About Town, Week of Jan. 14  Register Pajaronian

Friday, Jan. 18: Advertisement. Tarmo Hannula: I walked into the Yamashita Market on Union Street Thursday after work because Sarah, my wife, wanted me to ...



About Town, Week of Feb. 4  Register Pajaronian

Friday, Feb. 8: Tarmo Hannula: On the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf a crew from Coastline Environmental Demolition of Watsonville was busy Friday morning ...



Riots in 1930 revealed Watsonville racism: California apologizes to Filipino Americans  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE – Hundreds of white men armed with pistols and clubs roamed the streets of Watsonville for five days in January 1930, beating Filipino field ...



PVUSD election season kicks off: A look at Trustee Area 7  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — With three seats up for reelection, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees could see its biggest shakeup in years. Several ...



Gonzalez sworn into city council  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — As Aurelio Gonzalez was sworn into the Watsonville City Council, Charles Montoya handed the reins to new City Manager Matt Huffaker ...



Deborah Johnson  Register Pajaronian

Deborah Ann Johnson Dawson, known to loved ones as Debbie, passed away on April 11, 2019 at Watsonville Community Hospital. She was born in Santa ...



City, school district launch summer internship program  Register Pajaronian

(Andrea Curtis (left), executive assistant for the City of Watsonville, gives Watsonville High School seniors Juan Vargas and Yannely Collazo a run-through of the ...



Roy D. Robertson Jr.  Register Pajaronian

Roy was born on August 20, 1931 to Nellie and Roy (Mike) Robertson Sr. in St. Louis, Missouri. During World War II, he moved to Watsonville with his parents.



A 'real-world' lesson  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — With music playing softly in the background, a group of students at New School Community Day School on Friday was focused on piles of ...



Julie Hernandez (Ibarra)  Register Pajaronian

Julie Ann Hernandez (Ibarra) died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at home surrounded by her beloved husband, children and grandchildren by her side after bravely ...



Crystal Marquez Galper  Register Pajaronian

Crystal Marquez Galper was surrounded by loved ones when she lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer on March 25, 2019. She was 53. She was born ...



Nathan Jay Sorensen  Register Pajaronian

October 28, 1937 – November 3, 2018. Nathan Jay Sorensen, 81, was born to Nick and Helen Sorensen in Salinas, and moved with his family to Watsonville, ...



Teacher earns Ph.D. in front of school audience  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When Watsonville High School government and economics teacher Sara Roe received her Ph.D. on Oct. 2, she defended her dissertation in ...



A life-changing trip  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Even before he joined several of his peers on a cross-country trip to see some of the top universities in the U.S. in late September, Pajaro ...



County supervisor, Cabrillo trustee seats join busy city council race on ballot  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Incumbent Greg Caput is facing off against Jimmy Dutra for the Santa Cruz County Supervisor District 4 seat after the pair finished in the top ...



About Town, Week of April 22  Register Pajaronian

April 26, 2019: Tarmo Hannula: If you're out driving around Watsonville today, and plan to in the next several days, be aware that there is construction going on ...



Janet Daley Thompson  Register Pajaronian

Janet Daley Thompson died Monday, December 17, 2018 in Seattle, WA. She had been taking treatment for lung cancer and died of a sudden heart attack.



Watsonville, Seaside students join National School Walkout Day  KSBW The Central Coast

Thousands of students walked out of their classrooms across the country Wednesday to demand stronger gun control laws and to honor the 17 students and ...



Watsonville High stages musical ‘In the Heights’ with cast from five schools  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> Watsonville High School and Pajaro Valley High School will present the modern musical “In the Heights” starting Friday this weekend and ...



James Patrick Hayes  Register Pajaronian

Jim Hayes passed away on Dec. 9, 2018. Son of the late Howard and Patricia Hayes, he was born on Sept. 18, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Minn. He graduated from ...



Kristine Michelle “Krissy” Taylor  Register Pajaronian

August 20, 1963 – August 14, 2018. Native of Watsonville. A memorial mass will be celebrated in Corralitos for long time resident Krissy Taylor who passed ...



Woman's Club awards scholarships  Register Pajaronian

(Chloe Deleissegues (from left), Victoria Otvos and Emily Kwok are three of six recipients of scholarships presented by the Watsonville Woman's Club at a ...



Martha Estelle Unruh  Register Pajaronian

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Martha Estelle Unruh “Estelle” peacefully passed away at her son Larry's home in Concord, ...



City approves PV High's long-awaited sports field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley High School is the closest it's ever been to building its long-awaited athletic field. And after Tuesday night, it just needs to wait a ...



WHS Hall of Famers honored  Register Pajaronian

(Photo by Mas Hashimoto). WATSONVILLE — Hundreds of students filled the Henry J. Mello Center Friday morning to see four people join the ranks of their ...



Man extradited, accused of murdering Watsonville student  KSBW The Central Coast

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced Thursday that a suspected Watsonville killer who was on the run for 14 years has been extradited ...



WPD officer awarded for recovering 12 stolen vehicles in five months  Register Pajaronian

(Watsonville Police Chief David Honda (left) and California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Monohan (right) are present Thursday to congratulate Watsonville Police ...



Take the plunge  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Parks and Community Services Department Summer Aquatics Program, held at the Watsonville High School pool, is up and running.



James Edward Asai | Obituaries  Santa Maria Times

James Edward Asai was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 18, 1955 passed away peacefully at his residence November 28, 2018. His early years were ...



Mark Davis  Register Pajaronian

Mark Davis, 67 of Gilroy, CA passed away April 12, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Born August 9, 1951 to Gordon “Bud” and Frances (Lopes) Davis of ...



Edna Nagata  Register Pajaronian

Edna Nagata, a devoted wife, loving mother and caring friend, passed away peacefully at her home on August 16, 2018 at the age of 81. Edna was born in Los ...



Gonzalez looking to fill vacant council seat  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Aurelio Gonzalez is vying for the District 2 seat on the Watsonville City Council. He will face off against Jenni Veitch-Olson in the June 5 ...



Watsonville man asks woman for lewd acts with her children, police say  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> A 63-year-old Watsonville man accused of asking for sexual acts from a woman's children was arrested Wednesday, Watsonville police said.



Franklin Nozumi  Register Pajaronian

Franklin J. Nozumi passed away on March 24, 2019 at his home in Aptos. He was born on April 30, 1955 in San Jose to John and Fumiko Nozumi. He graduated ...



UC Santa Cruz students study social justice in Watsonville  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Commercial Kitchen Incubator is normally a busy place, bustling with workers preparing their culinary creations. The space was even ...



Laurel Ruth Gephart  Gilroy Dispatch

Laurel Ruth (McDill) Gephart entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 06, 2018 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Born in Chicago IL on January ...



A musical homecoming  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When singer Andy Vargas heard that the City of Watsonville would be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2018, he knew he had to somehow be ...



New parks director at the helm as summer season approaches  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — A number of years ago, Nick Calubaquib was preparing to take a test that would propel him into UC Santa Cruz's teaching credential program ...



Search on for Missing Watsonville High School Student  Patch.com

Scotts Valley, CA - Dana Batalla Linares, who is also known as Dana Torres, was last sighted near the Target store in Watsonville around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.



Full of cheer  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — On a cloudy Tuesday evening recently, about 40 girls, their parents and six cheerleading coaches gathered on the front lawn at Linscott ...



Blazing a path for women  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — For 21 years, Maria Campos has helped women who are victims of domestic violence get through a difficult time in their lives. As a domestic ...



Santa Cruz, Harbor, Watsonville, Aptos football games canceled due to wildfire smoke  KSBW The Central Coast

Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups because of several massive wildfires burning over 100 miles away, in Northern California.



Early results show Caput ahead, Panetta far outpacing rivals  Register Pajaronian

(Salvador Zarate (right) gets help from Daniel Robins in casting his votes Tuesday in the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room. Photo by Tarmo ...



Ow Family Continues Tradition  Aptos Times

For the 29th consecutive year, long-time philanthropist George Ow, Jr. and his family provided American Dream Scholarships of $500 each to local, ethnic ...



PHOTO: Revved up  Register Pajaronian

The Watsonville High School varsity football team prepares for the school's homecoming parade Thursday in downtown Watsonville. The Wildcatz were ...



New mayor to be sworn in  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville will get a new, but familiar, face as its next mayor Tuesday. Advertisement. Lowell Hurst will be sworn in as mayor for the third ...



Barbara Elaine Brand  The Trinity Journal

Barbara Elaine Brand died Feb. 16, 2019. Barbara was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on Dec. 30, 1934, to Spence and Adene (Dolly) Rhody. Her family moved to ...



Introducing the Class of '17  Register Pajaronian

The senior class pours onto Geiser Field Friday for the Watsonville High School commencement event. For a look at area graduations, view the special ...



Lingering smoke forces school closures | News | Mountain View Online |  Mountain View Voice

Much of the Bay Area remained under a haze of smoke Friday, with unhealthy air conditions that prompted school closures across Mountain View and Los Altos.



Immigrant brothers go from Watsonville to Ivy League  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> The Ivy League is a long way from Michoacan, Mexico, but brothers Edgar and Cesar Garcia Lopez charted the course. Cesar, 17, graduated ...



Woman's Club raises funds for scholarships  Register Pajaronian

(The Corralitos Woman's Club's production of "The Murder of the Earl of Grey at Hound Manor" on April 28 was a deemed a success, with nearly 200 attendees.



Inspiring young students to branch into STEM  UC Santa Cruz

April 26, 2017. By Dan White. Share this story:TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedInReddit. Watsonville High.jpg The visiting Watsonville High School students ...



One California county epitomizes positive impact of home visiting amid national trend  Education Dive

To reduce child maltreatment rates, Santa Cruz's First 5 organization has worked to spread evidence-based intervention programs — with effective results.



Threats against Monterey supervisors Alejo, Salinas investigated  KSBW Monterey

Two members of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors received death threats Monday that spurred deputies to investigate the incident as a possible hate ...



Biochemist Glenn Millhauser receives Outstanding Faculty Award  UC Santa Cruz

Glenn Millhauser, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz, has received the 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Award from the ...



Popular coach remembered  Register Pajaronian

(Contributed photo). WATSONVILLE — Youth baseball coach Tom Gugale was known for his passion for the game, his gregarious personality and for the ...



Health Trust provides health screenings for local residents  Register Pajaronian

(Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust CEO Catilin Brune raffles off bicycles during the Diabetes Health Fair. Contributed photo). Advertisement.



Remembering the veterans  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Richard Montalvo was born and raised in Watsonville, and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1967. Robert Swinn lives in Scotts ...



Man Accused Of Reckless Driving, Possession Of Drugs, Guns: WPD  Patch.com

Man Accused Of Reckless Driving - Watsonville, CA - Police credit several witnesses with tracking down the Watsonville man.



Watsonville Recommended For $633,000 Grant  Patch.com

Watsonville Recommended For $633000 - Watsonville, CA - The City of Watsonville was recommended for a $633,00 grant to be used for safety improvements.



Making waves  Register Pajaronian

(Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Swimming). WATSONVILLE — To some, the sport of competitive swimming is only recognized every few years, when the Summer ...



'Ponytail' creator killed in plane crash  Register Pajaronian

(Former Warner Brothers artist Lee Holley draws a sketch of Bugs Bunny in his Rio Del Mar studio in 2006. Register-Pajaronian file photo). WATSONVILLE ...



Monterey County apologizes to Japanese Americans  Register Pajaronian

(Contributed photo). SALINAS — Seventy-six years after more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned across the nation, the Monterey ...



A shot at the top  Register Pajaronian

Claudia Torres (from left), Sergio Rosales, Adrian Vasquez, Luis Sanchez and Monique Sanchez of the Watsonville-based dance group Dynamic Street Rockerz ...



Louie Sabala, Sr  Register Pajaronian

Louie Sabala, Sr. passed away on the 30th of November 2017 in Madera, California. He transitioned to Heaven peacefully after a short illness. Louie lived a ...



Local people, event, business make history  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Mary Bannister led the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency for nearly a decade before her retirement in 2016, and is still deeply ...



Coffman-Gomez to run for Assembly  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville City Councilwoman Trina Coffman-Gomez on Friday announced her plans to run for the 30th District seat on the California State ...



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