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1940's

Notable Athletic Alumn ​1930’s

Harry Adelman graduated in 1940. He was an All LA City second team football selection in 1939. He lettered in football at USC as a guard and end in 1941-42.

 

Manuel Alba graduated in 1943 and placed second in the 440 at the LA City Track Finals in 1943. He later lettered in track at Pepperdine.

 

Art Aragon attended Roosevelt in the early forties and went on to become one of the most popular boxers in Los Angeles history. Known as "The Golden Boy", Aragon was the top rated lightweight in the World in 1951. He fought Jimmy Carter for the title, but was defeated. In 109 bouts, he lost only 16 and won 61 by knockout.

 

Pete Berokoff graduated in 1941 and finished second in the LA City Track Finals pole vault. He later attended Occidental where he was the 1949/SCIAC pole vault champion.

 

Tony Brizula graduated in 1949. He was the LA City Gymnastics rings champion in 1948 and 1949. He placed third in the National AAU Gymnastics Championships in 1949.

 

Gil Cadilli graduated in 1949. From 1950 thru 1959 he was a well regarded featherweight in the professional boxing ranks.

 

Al Cantor graduated in 1943. He lettered in football at USC as a halfback in 1948.

 

Marty Grbovaz graduated in 1942 and was the All LA City Football Player of the Year in 1941. An outstanding kicker, he was a starting end at USF in 1946.

 

Bill Harmatz graduated in 1949 and was the LA City parallel bar champion that year. Following high school, he became a jockey. The highlight of his career was a victory in the Preakness in 1959 aboard Royal Orbit.

 

Arnie Klein graduated in 1947. While at Roosevelt, he finished third in the All LA City Track Finals high jump in 1946 and sixth in the shot put in 1947. He was even stronger in gymnastics. He won the long horse in the 1946 LA City Gymnastics Finals and he won the rings in 1945 thru 1947. In 1950 he finished third in the National AAU rings.

 

John Leon graduated in 1943 and was an All LA City Football pick in 1942. He lettered in football at Pepperdine in 1948 and 1949. He later became a ranking administrator in the LA City School District. His son. Rich, played football at USC.

 

Arnie Klein graduated in 1947. While at Roosevelt, he finished third in the All LA City Track Finals high jump in 1946 and sixth in the shot put in 1947. He was even stronger in gymnastics. He won the long horse in the 1946 LA City Gymnastics Finals and he won the rings in 1945 thru 1947. In 1950 he finished third in the National AAU rings.

 

Harry Malloy attended Roosevelt and finished fifth in the National AAU Gymnastics Indian Clubs in 1948.

 

Marvin Milkes graduated in 1942. He began his career in baseball as a batboy for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. He served as Sports Editor at Roosevelt and at LACC. He was selected as Minor League Baseball Executive of

the Year in 1956. He served as Assistant General. Manager for the expansion Los Angeles Angels. He became General Manager of the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969.

 

John Mitzushima graduated in the late.1940's and became the 1952 Pacific Coast Conference rings champion in 1952, while attending UCLA.

 

Sam Mizrahi graduated in 1947 and was second in the long horse in the LA City Gymnastics Finals. He finished sixth in the National AAU long horse in 1949 while attending East LA JC.

 

Mary Novikoff, sister of famous Lou Novikoff, graduated in 1940. She played in the semi-professional National Girls Softball League in the early 1940's.

 

Tom Novikoff graduated in the late 40^s. He lettered in football as a fullback at Oregon in 1951 and 1952. During the 1952 season, he gained 486 yards on 123 carries.

 

Al Padilla graduated in 1946 and went on to Occidental, where he was selected to the All Conference team in 1951.

 

Henry Porras graduated in 1947 and was the LA City rope climb champ that year. He also finished second in the National AAU rope climb that year.

 

Manuel Ronquillo graduated in 1949 and finished second in the LA City Track Finals high jump that year. He also finished second in the state championships that season. He served as Student Body President in his senior year. He attended

USC, where he placed fourth in the 1952 NCAA high jump.

 

Dick Shivers graduated from Roosevelt and went on to Occidental where he finished fifth in the National AAU pole vault in 1952.

 

Sanford Werner placed-.third in the LA City Gymnastics rope climb, the year he graduated in 1949. He was a medallist six times in the rope climb at the National AAU meet, equalling the world record for 20 feet, while winning that championship in 1951, while attending LA City College, later competing at Cal State LA, and still competing in the '90s.

 

George Wickler graduated in 1948 and placed second in the LA City Gymnastics rings that year. He was the National AAU rings champion in 1950, 1952, and 1953. He also was the NCAA rings champion in 1955, while attending USC.