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1950's

Notable Athletic Alumni 1950’s

Rudy Alston graduated in 1954. He ran 9.8 in the 100 in 1954 and 22.3 in the 220. He lettered in track at Occidental where he placed fourth in the NAIA 220 in 1957.

 

Ed Averbuck graduated in.1957 and was an All LA City Basketball second team selection that year. He also served as Student Body President. He lettered in basketball at California in 1959 and 1960.

 

Robert Carrillo graduated in 1952 and was the All LA City champ in to side horse that year. He went on to LACC where he finished second in the National AAU side h in 1954.

 

David Chavez graduated in 1955 and was the All LA City gymnastics rope climb champion that year. While attending LACC, He placed second in the 1957 National AAU Rope Climb.

 

Willie Davis graduated in 1958 and was one of the greatest all around athletes to attend Roosevelt. He was an All LA City second team basketball pick in 1958, averaging 25.9 points per game. In track he placed first in the broad jump, third in the 100, and third in the 220 at the 1958 LA City Track Finals. He broad jumped 25-3 as a senior and had a 25-5 wind aided jump. He gained his greatest fame, however, in baseball. An All LA City outfielder in 1958, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers following his senior season. He first came to the major leagues late in 1960 and lasted for 18 seasons. He led the National League in triples in 1962 and 1970. He enjoyed his finest season in 1970 when he hit .305 with 93 RBI's. In 1969 he had a 31 game hitting streak. He is considered by many to be the fastest man in baseball history, going from first to third base.

 

Frank Guzman graduated in 1953 and went on to LACC, where he lettered in 1953. He transferred to Los Angeles State where he lettered as a quarterback in 1958.

 

Ara Hairabedian graduated in 1945 and placed in LA City Gymnastics tumbling in 1944 and 1945. He went on to USC where he lettered in gymnastics. He was the National AAU floor exercise champion in 1950 and 1951.

 

Floyd Jeter graduated in 1952 and finished second in the .All LA City Track Finals high jump that year. He also was a fine hurdler. While at East LA JC in 1954, he broke the National Junior College high jump record. Also in 1954, he finished second in the National AAU high jump/ He went on to USC and competed in track for the Trojans.

 

Don Jordan attended Roosevelt briefly in the early 50's. He went into professional boxing and gained the World Welterweight Championship with a victory over Virgil Akins in 1958.

 

Rudy Jordan attended Roosevelt in the mid 50's and became a professional boxer. A lightweight during the early 60's, he became a referee following his boxing career.

 

Norm Marks graduated in 1953 and was the LA City Gymnastics floor exercise champion that year. While competing for Los Angeles State, he was the NCAA floor exercise champion in 1957.

 

Pete Martinez graduated in the early 50^s. Although small(5-6,155) he was a starting football halfback at Pepperdine in 1956 and 1957. He served as Pepperdine football Captain in 1957.

 

Conrad Munatones graduated in 1955 and served as Student Body President. He was an All LA City Baseball selection in 1954. He went on to UCLA, where he lettered in baseball.

 

Dick Nagai graduated in 1952 and was an All Southern League Second Team Basketball selection in 1952. A defensive specialist, he lettered in basketball at USC from 1954 thru 1956.

 

Peter Parra graduated in 1958 and was the LA City Gymnastics parallel bars champion that year. He attended Los Angeles State, where he finished third in the 1963 NCAA parallel bars.

 

Ernie Rodriguez graduated in 1954 and was an All Southern League baseball player that year. He went into professional baseball and performed in the oufield in the minor leagues.

 

Alonzo Randall set the Roosevelt school record in the low hurdles before graduating in 1957. In 1961, he was the 400 meter hurdles winner of the Open Division at the Mt. San Antonio Relays.

 

Henry Ronquillo graduated in 1954. He played basketball at East LA JC, before transferring to Oregon University, where he was.a three year letterman. He also was a high jumper at Oregon.
 

Ell Sherman graduated from Roosevelt and went on to Los Angeles State, where he was an All Conference basketball player in 1955. He scored 357 points that season.

 

Kaz Shinzato graduated in 1955 and was All City in basketball that year. He went on to USC, where he set a freshman scoring record of 337 points, a 22.5 average. He played for the USC varsity in 1957, but only averaged 1.0 points per game.

 

Sherwin Sosnovsky graduated in 1951. A shot putter at Roosevelt, he was second in the shot put in the LA City Finals Track Meet in 1950 and 1951. He also placed fifth in the State Meet shot put in 1951. He attended USC briefly, but competed in the shot put for Los Angeles St.

 

Herman Stokes graduated in 1951 and was a second team Southern League football pick in 1950. He attended San Jose State where he lettered in track. He placed second in the National AAU hop-step and jump in 1959. He was a member of the U.S. Pan American team in 1963, competing in the hop-step and jump.

 

Keeny Teran attended Roosevelt and was a highly rated flyweight boxer in the early 50’s.

 

Almose Thompson graduated in 1957 and was All Eastern League in football in 1956. Nicknamed "Moose", he went ou to UCLA where he scored three touchdowns against Stanford in 1960. During the 1961 season, he served UCLA as alternate captain and gained 382 yards on 99 carries.