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1970s History

1969-1970 School Year
  • The Eagle's Eye was awarded an International First Place Award by the Quill and Scroll Honorary Society for High School Journalists. Comments by the judges read, "The paper appears to cover events well and it tackles areas (cycle safety, drugs, parking lot) most other school newspapers avoid."
  • February 23, 1970 saw the opening of the swimming and diving pools
  • Last school in the CBL to get a pool
  • Varsity Cross Country, CBL Champs
  • Sharon Stuckey, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Revision in the dress code allowed girls to wear pants throughout the year
  • Carol Redding, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • The speech team put on a radio show that was played over the intercom during 3rd period
  • Eagle Marching Band chosen to be the official band of the 1970 Riverside 500 car race
1970-1971 School Year
  • Band was asked to play at the first California 500 auto race
  • Campus was open at lunch
  • Madrigals performed at the Riverside 500 and Disneyland
  • Wrestling, cross country, and varsity track beat Redlands for the first time in CBL
  • Evelyn Lambert, Football Homecoming Queen
  • First year for swimming and water polo
  • Debbie Koenen, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • The Homecoming Parade theme was Ecology and the entrants rode on unusual transportation

Students ride elephant in parade

1971-1972 School Year
  • Students were allowed to register for their own classes
  • Sue Palmer, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Varsity Cheerleaders went to the National Cheerleading Association and received high honors
  • Debbie Fogg, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Madrigals sang at the opening of the London Bridge at Lake Havasu (the bridge was purchased from the city of London and brought to the United States)
  • First annual Talent Show was introduced this year
1972-1973 School Year
Photo of Eisenhower High School in 1972
1972 Front of school view
  • New classes offered in English included Mystery Writers and Chicano Literature
  • Laura Assumma, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Geoff Sharp excelled in swimming, going to CIF Championships and AAU Nationals
  • Konda Mason, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • JV Wrestling CBL Co-Champions
  • Established a girls bowling team
  • Choir went to Hawaii
1973-1974 School Year
  • Equal rights influenced the Eisenhower campus
  • First year that both males and females trained and competed together in cross-country
  • Robin McCrary, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Rialto Police and Fire departments played against the students in the annual Donkey Basketball Game
  • Stella Marquez, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Math department introduced a new class on computers - basics in computer programming
  • Varsity golf CBL champs
1974-1975 School Year
  • Eisenhower is one of four high schools in the area that offers classes in how to make jewelry professionally. A ring made by a former Eisenhower student was appraised by on the of the country's top jewelers at $400.
  • Debate in the community of Rialto whether Eisenhower needed a football stadium
  • Also being debated, whether to allow girls to join the Lettermen's club
  • Girls were finally granted athletic letters
  • Eisenhower marching band participated in the 27th annual Huntington Park Christmas Lane Parade. This was televised on KCOP channel 13 and viewed by seven western states.
  • From the January 17, 1974 Eagles' Eye, by Jeff Cook:
    "One of the most exciting athletes seen at Eisenhower in a long time is Ronnie Lott, a sophomore. He has started in every game in both football and basketball. In football he was named All-Citrus Belt League end. Ron is currently playing varsity basketball and shows great promise. Even though he is the only sophomore on the varsity squad he fits right in with the team because he's been playing with the same group of guys since he was eleven years old in the Golden State Basketball league."
  • The Wrestlerettes had creative ideas to cheer on the wrestling team. They decorated pillow cases for wrestlers to sleep on before the first match, they made care packages, and organized "Mother's Night" which honored the wrestlers' mothers.
  • Arlene Aragon, Football Homecoming Queen
  • P.E. went coed second semester
  • The 2nd period physics class design and constructed an electric car
  • The K-building was improved by a wind powered generator constructed by the 3rd period physics class
  • Paula Tapp, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • From the April 4, 1975 Eagles' Eye: Eisenhower has sent seven players to major league baseball.
    • Jack Lucas, '62, Houston Colt 45's, now the Houston Astros
    • Bob Rauch, '67, L.A. Dodgers
    • Bill Bates, '70
    • Garry Hudson, '70, S.F. Giants
    • Tom Perkins, '71, Detroit Tigers
    • Dennis Blair, '72, Montreal Expos
    • Pat Zedalis, '73, Oakland A's
  • Student Council sponsored Spring Madness with many different lunchtime activities

Tug of war at lunchtime

1975-1976 School Year
  • From the November 7, 1975 Eagles' Eye by Mary Dillon:
    Laurie McBain's, '67, book, Devil's Desire has become a best seller paperback. It is now in its eight printing with over a million copies in print. Devil's Desire is set in 19th century England.
  • Sharon Lambert, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Dr. Wilson Riles, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, visited Eisenhower High School. At the 7th period assembly he was given EHS ASB Card #2. (Card #1 was given to President Eisenhower in 1963.)
  • Contract PE involved students taking classes off campus like roller skating, bowling, and skiing
  • Sophomore Basketball CBL Champions
  • Diana Tennell, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Steve Blumenthal, Ray Fulton, Dale Linaburg, and Ted Lund qualified for CIF in wrestling. Blumenthal advanced to the semi-finals.
  • Eagle's Eye newspaper received an award for being one of the best newspapers, received highest honor ratings by the National Scholastic Press Asssociation and Quill and Scroll (an honor society for student newspapers)
  • Ike baseball team rated #1 in the CIF. However, they lost to Long Beach Jordan in the semi-finals.
1976-1977 School Year
  • For the first time, guys entered interior decorating class
  • Students sold candy bars to help raise money for the new stadium
  • Laurie Ivans, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Nancy Casson, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Ron Lott was recognized in Joe Namath's National Prep Sports Magazine. He was also named a Parade All-American High School Football Team Member and was the Ken Hubbs winner.
  • Varsity Football team became CBL Tri-Champs
  • Water Polo added female players
  • Cross Country was first place in CBL and went to CIF finals where they placed 6th place
  • Sophomore Basketball and Football and Varsity Basketball were all CBL champs
  • Varsity baseball received a #4 pre-season ranking by Joe Namath's National Prep Sports Magazine
  • New girls' club on campus called Keywanettes, a service club like the Key Club
  • The stage band captured 1st place over 47 bands from the southwest area
  • Frank and Chuck Assumma ran in the state two-mile finals. Frank was the 1977 state two-mile champ.
  • February 17 was groundbreaking for new stadium

Ronnie Lott helps break ground new stadium

1977-1978 School Year
  • Sybil Cook, Football Homecoming Queen
  • For the first time, Ike had a girls cross country team
  • Terri Baxter, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • The Little Theatre group went to a competition at the Romona Masqueks Theatre Festival. To prepare, drama students went to various classrooms to perform for criticism.
  • Industrial arts made ticket booths, concession stands, partitions for the greenhouse, and rebuilt items destroyed in the fire
  • The first soccer club was formed. It was too late to get into the CBL, so an intermural program was formed.
  • Installation of the metric track which was named on the best in Southern California
  • Frank Assumma was the 1978 CIF cross country champ and the 1978 CIF mile-champ and the state runner-up in the mile
  • Thanksgiving fire caused $500,000 - $1,000,000 worth of damage to the administration building. The cafeteria was used as the admin building while the ticket booth in front of the gym was used as the attendance office.
View of burned admin building
The remains of the administration building after the fire.
Another view of burned admin building
1978-1979 School Year
  • Prop 13 (Jarvis Amendment) was passed - no summer school, some classes and sports were eliminated, school maintenance was cut back, and busing was cut back to a minimum
  • Cheryl Buckland, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Starting with the class of 1981 students would need to pass a proficiency. If you did not pass, you were required to take special classes
  • Terri Nelson, Basketball Homecoming Queen
  • Cross Country won 3rd straight CBL title and 4th place finish in the CIF 4-A Division
  • Chuck Assumma placed first at the CIF 4A finals
  • The Assumma brothers had Track records that stood for over 20 years
  • Water polo was dropped as well as sophomore sports, but a soccer team was added. Soccer was coed.
  • A Capella choir joined with choirs from all over California at Disneyland at a Christmas concert with Cary Grant as narrator
  • Yolanda Townsend was a runnerup in the American Legion area finals speech contest. She was the first student from Eisenhower to make it that far in the finals.