Built in 1932 at Fifth Street and Euclid Avenue, Tower Hall is the oldest building on the Chaffey campus and is built in Mission Revival style. The tower rises an estimated 120 feet and contains a clock face on all four sides and chimes.
CHS alumni remember that the clock and chimes were operating in the 1960s, but at some time – perhaps in the 1980s – stopped functioning. Attempts over the years to fix the clocks and chimes were unsuccessful until June 2016 when the clock and chime assembly was replaced with a new, digital model.
The clock now keeps accurate time on all four faces, and Westminster chimes ring every hour from 7 am to 6 pm.
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Carolyn Barnard Pryor, Ph.D., Class of 1958, has been selected as the 2016 Tiger of the Year. Carolyn was nominated by her classmate Niki Brown Rapattoni ’58.
While at Chaffey, Carolyn was editor of the 1958 Fasti, was a representative to Girls State, a member of the National Honor Society, a song leader, and graduation speaker. She received two scholarships that she used to continue her education at Lewis and Clark College, College of the Pacific and Whittier College where she graduated in 1962 with highest honors. She continued her post graduate education at the University of California, Berkeley (Master of Social Work) and University of Michigan (Ph.D.)
Carolyn’s career was in the field of social work. She began as a school social worker, then became a professor at Wayne State University. Currently she is a sociology instructor at Mt. Olive College and Brunswick Community College as well as a Clinical Social Worker and Adoptions Social Worker. She is very active in civic and community organizations as an educator.
Besides her career positions, she is a sailing instructor, sailboat captain and wedding minister with the Priority Sailing Academy. Finally, she works as an actor and model in commercial print and television and industrial films.
In the words of Niki Brown Rapattoni, “Carolyn has been an inspiration to everyone who has known her. Raised by missionary parents with high standards, she saw parts of the world none of us have seen. She has worked for social reform in many arenas, has given tirelessly of her time and talent to many causes, and has been recognized by her peers for her success.”
Carolyn joins these other distinguished alumni in the Tiger Hall of Fame: Howard Tipton ’54; Robert Shaw ’33; Betty Davenport Ford ’42; Joseph Wambaugh ’54; Howard P. Allen ’44; H. Jack Meany ‘41’ John S. Graettinger, M.D. ’39; Ernest Payne ’25; Harold “Tony” Zenz ’28; Robert Lyn Nelson ’73; Kobe Shoji, Ph.D. ’38; Samuel P. Crowe ’53; Hobart “Hobie” Alter ‘51’ John Svenson ’42; Anthony Munoz ’76; Alan Paul Haskvitz ’60; Margaret Sanders Stewart ’39; Henry Bumstead ’33; John Dean, Ph.D. ’44; Glenn Goldsmith ’46; Jim Brulte ’74; Philo Biane ’28; Robert Graber ’31; Gary Ovitt ’65; James McVicker, Jr. ’70; Clyde Francisco ’45, Rear Admiral James Davidson ’56, Bruce Grube, Ph.D.’60, Richard Jones, Ph.D. ’51, Ed Berryman ’38, Leonard Mather, Ed.D ’35, Don Morris, Ed.D. ’48, Patricia Sawyer Benner, Ph.D. ’60, Andy Rapattoni ’57, Col. David Forden ’66, Gary Byrne, Ph.D. ’60, Sue Olinger Ovitt ’65; Robert Williams, Ph.D ’58; and Thomas Moore, M.D. ‘65.
Chaffey High School has a new principal. Dr. George Matamala, currently the Vice Principal of Discipline, has been named the successor to current principal Dawn Buboltz who is retiring at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Dawn has been principal since 2012.
Dr. Matamala has previously worked within the Chaffey District and for the past year has been part of the CHS administration team, serving as Assistant Principal of Discipline. He is “shadowing” Dawn to learn all he can from her before she retires.
The CHS Alumni Association has an inventory of Fastis from nearly every class.
These are in addition to the archival copies kept by the Alumni Association. We are particularly well stocked from the 1970s forward.
The cost is now $25 per Fasti which includes shipping.
CHS Academic Decathlon teams broke their own San Bernardino County record in the 32-year history of county Academic Decathlon competition, winning its fourth consecutive title. In results announced February 12, 2015, Chaffey won the title with 50,480 points, topping its record by 1,727 points set in 2013. It finished ahead of runner-up Redlands East Valley for the third consecutive year. Chaffey has won six of the last seven county titles under coach Steve Mercado. It matches the most dominant run of championships by any school since Redlands won six titles in seven years from 2002-07.
As county champion, Chaffey advanced to the state Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento in March 2015. At the state competition, winning teams from counties competed to qualify for the national Academic Decathlon to be held in April 2015 in Garden Grove. At the state competition, Chaffey finished in 10th place, the only San Bernardino County school to place in the top 10. In previous state competitions, Chaffey has placed 6th (2014), 7th (2013), 8th (2010), 9th (2009), 17th (2010) and 20th (2011).
Academic Decathlon teams are composed of nine students, three each from grade point average categories of “A” (Honors), “B” (Scholastic) and “C” (Varsity). The competition consists of written tests in the areas of math, economics, science, language/literature, music, art and social science. Students also wrote an essay, faced a panel of interviewers and gave impromptu and prepared speeches. The final event of the competition was the Super Quiz, a team test of knowledge.
Like the Decathlon of the ancient Greeks, the San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon consists of ten competitions. While the Greek events were contests of physical strength, the San Bernardino County event is a test of academic strength and endurance.
The goals of the Academic Decathlon are: to encourage students to develop a greater respect for knowledge, to promote wholesome inter-school competition in academic areas of study and interest; to stimulate intellectual growth and achievement; and to encourage public interest and awareness of outstanding programs in secondary schools.
Seven core-curriculum areas (Math, Economics, Science, Music, Art, Language and Literature, Social Science) are tested for academic strength, as well as three areas of communication skills (Essay, Interview and Speech). Teams compete for individual and team awards.
A full team consists of nine students from the ninth through twelfth grades. The team may be comprised of all freshmen, all sophomores, all juniors, all seniors, or a combination. These members can be any combination of males and/or females. Each full team includes three Varsity (GPA 0.00 to 2.99); three Scholastic (GPA 3.00 to 3.74); and three Honor students (GPA 375 to 4.00).
As it did in 2013 and 2014, the CHS Alumni Association donated $5000 to assist the Academic Decathlon teams in expenses associated with the State competition in Sacramento.
- Take any donation to the North Hall administration building and leave at the switchboard or principal’s office, marked for Backpacks for Hungry Students. The coordinators will be notified and will come pick up the donation.
- You can also contact Leslie Jensen (909-456-5917) to pick up a specific time to meet on campus and provide your donation.
We need 20 volunteers to help deadhead, weed, and groom the rose bushes in the on campus Community Rose Garden
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