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1930's

Notable Athletic Alumni 1930’s

lex Atanasoff graduated in 1932 and was chosen All LA City second team in football in 1931. He lettered as a center at USC IN 1937. He played one season of professional football for the Hollywood Rangers of the PCFL in 1944.

 

Herman Borkin graduated in 1939. Nicknamed "Lefty", he was an All LA City Football halfback in 1938. He finished fifth in the 1938 LA City Track Finals broad jump. He played college football at Wyoming and professional football for the Los Angeles Bulldogs and Hollywood Bears of the PCFL.

 

Izzy Cantor graduated in 1935. He was selected All LA City in football in 1934. He went on to UCLA where he lettered in football from 1936 thru 1938. He played professional football in the PCFL with the Los Angeles Bulldogs in 1940 and

1941.

 

Leo Cantor graduated in 1938 and was an All LA City football selection in 1937. He went on to UCLA where he lettered in football from 1939 thru 1941. While at UCLA, He played in the same backfield as Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson.

He played professional football with the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL in 1942 and 1945. He was the starting fullback for the Cardinals in 1945, gaining 291 yards and running for five touchdowns.

 

Bete Chemey graduated in 1934 and participated in "B" football and "B" track. After high school he became a professional boxer.

 

Valvie Coughlin graduated in the early thirties. He went on to USC where he lettered in football as a tackle from 1932 thru 1934. He participated in one season of professional football with the Los Angeles Bulldogs in 1936.

 

Nate DeFrancisco graduated in 1938. In 1937 he was an All LA City second team football selection as a guard. He went on to play football at UCLA, where he lettered in 1939 thru 1941. He was chosen to the All Pacific Coast second team

in 1941. He played one season of professional football with the Los Angeles

 

John De La Vega graduated in 1934 and ran on the track team while at Roosevelt. He became a popular sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, often specializing in prep sports.

 

Henry Gonzales graduated in 1936. While at Taft JC in 1937, he tied/for the top time in the World in the 100 yard dash.

 

Joe Gonzales graduated in 1932 and went on to USC where he was an outstanding baseball star. Following college, he pitched several seasons in the Pacific Coast League and pitched briefly for the Boston Red-^ Sox in 1937.

 

Stan Grbovaz attended Roosevelt in the mid-30’s and went on to George Washington University where he was a starting tackle in 1938.

 

Nate Halpem graduated in 1932 and was an All LA City basketball player that year. He also served as Student Body President in 1932. He went on to USC where he lettered in basketball from 1933 thru 1935.

 

Margaret Johnstone attended Roosevelt in the mid 30's. She was a National Junior champion in springboard diving in 1935.

 

Bob Kardashian graduated in 1939 and was an All LA City second team football selection in 1938. He lettered in football at Loyola in 1940 and 1941.

 

Jack Kakuchi graduated in 1938 and was an All Northern League pick in 1937. After World War II, he attended San Jose State and lettered in football in 1946 and 1947.

 

Irwin Kaye attended Roosevelt in the mid 30's. He was a professional boxer in the late 30's.

 

George Kornoff graduated in 1937 and later starred in football at Taft Junior College in central California.

 

John Kornoff graduated in 1939, after having won a school record eight medal places in the Los Angeles City Gymnastics Championships, and starring in football. Following two years in the same sports at Washington State U, he became a physical fitness instructor in the U. S. Army, being featured on November 1942 cover of Look Magazine.

 

Ben Kvitky attended Roosevelt in the mid 30’s and went on to UCLA, where he lettered in football in 1939 and 1940.

 

Ron LuDin graduated in 1935 and finished runner up in the 1935 LA City High School Tennis Doubles. He lettered in tennis at USC in 1939 and 1941. He won the LA Metro Championship in 1939.

 

Frank Handle graduated in 1936 and was an All LA City Basketball pick that year. Nicknamed."Goon", he went on to Oregon State and was an All Pacific Coast pick in 1940.

 

John Mandic graduated in 1938 and was a two time All LA City Basketball choice. At 6-3, he was a very big man for his time. He also placed third in the 1937 LA City Track Finals high jump. He moved on to Oregon State where he was an

All-American basketball center in 1942. He finished fifth in the 1942 Pacific Coast Conference high jump. An NBA pioneer, he played professional basketball for Rochester, Indianapolis, Washington, and Baltimore in 1947 thru 1950.

 

Alex Mechikoff graduated in 1935 and was an.All LA City Football center in 1934. He went on to Whittier College and was an All Conference selection in 1939.

 

Jess Millman graduated in 1930 and was a tennis letterman at USC from 1932 thru 1934.

 

Lou Novikoff attended Roosevelt briefly in the early 30's. He was an outstanding softball player as a teenager. He went into professional baseball and had one of the finest minor league seasons of all time. While playing for the Los Angeles

Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1940, he hit .363, with 41 homers and 171 RBI's. He played in the majors with the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies from 1941 thru 1944 and 1946. His finest major league season was 1942 with the

Cubs, when he hit .300, with 7 homers and 64 RBI's. An excellent pinch hitter, he led the National League with 12 pinch hits in 1944.

 

George Perry graduated in 1933 and took part in the 1932 Olympics Marathon, representing the country of Colombia.

 

Ivan Pivaroff graduated in the mid 30’s. He lettered in football for St.Mary's in 1938 and 1939. He played professional football for the Los Angeles Bulldogs and San Diego Bombers of the Pacific Coast Football League in 1940.

 

Dave Schwartz graduated in 1933 and played baseball at Roosevelt. He went on to USC and lettered in baseball. A longtime administrator in the LA City Schools, he also was a track official in many important meets.

 

Jim Seminoff graduated in 1939 and was an All City Basketball performer that year. He lettered in basketball at USC from 1941 thru 1943. During World War II he played for the Fleet Marine Corps. Following military service, he played in

the NBA with the Chicago Stags and the Boston Celtics from 1946 thru 1950. Following his playing career, he became a highly rated college basketball referee.

 

Bill Shubin graduated in 1934 and went on to UCLA where he lettered in football in 1939.

 

Dorothy Shinen, who graduated in 1938, as well as her sister, Katherine Shinen, a 1940 graduate, both played in the Semi-pro National Girls Softball League in the 1930-1940 era.

 

Nick Suseoff graduated in 1939 and was an All City football end in 1938. He went on to Washington State, where he was a fine all around athlete. He was a starting football end in 1940 and 1941, a first base-man on the baseball team,

and a heavyweight boxer. He played professional football for the San Francisco 49er^s of the All American Football Conference. His finest pro season was 1948 when he caught 27 passes for 237 yards and 1 touchdown.

 

Johnny Wall graduated in 1932 and placed second in the LA City Track Finals mile that year. He also placed third in the State Meet. He ran the mile for USF and placed sixth in the 1941 National AAU 5000 meter run.

 

Bill Zazueta graduated in 1937. He attended Occidental, where he lettered in football in 1941. He coached football at Jordan from 1946 thru 1949.

 

Irving Ziff graduated in 1938 and served as Student Body President that year. He competed in gymnastics at USC.