Sunrise: First thing tomorrow morning. To be repeated daily until further notice.

2015 All-Bearcat Picnic:
The date is set for the seventh annual picnic. Join us on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the PERA Club in Tempe. The picnic is meant for all RHS classes, their families, and the faculty and staff. Bring your own food, drink, and name tags, but no booze!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Daryl Mallett Wants Your Photos

Hello all,

I am a freelance writer in Arizona and, with co-author Lyn Scott, am working on a book entitled The Copper Corridor, which is a photographic history of the towns along AZ-177 and AZ-77 from Superior to Winkelman.

During my research, I found your website announcing the reunion and would very much like to hear from all of you about your experiences living in the area, your family histories and seeing your photos and possibly including them in our book.

I can be reached at 480/275-0232 or darylmallett (at) aol.com. Thank you!


Daryl F. Mallett

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kearny Gets History on Day One

There's a pretty interesting article online describing how its founders worked to give Kearny its own historical identity from the very beginning. The article also contains lots of other good stuff about Ray and Sonora and the changes that came when they were displaced by the mine. Check it out here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kathy Case Kangas Tells Her Story

I am Kathy Case Kangas. My parents were Randolph and Berniece Case.

My dad first was teacher and principal at Washington Elementary School, Sonora AZ. Then he became principal of Lincoln Elementary School along with Washington Elementary School. And he was also a substitute teacher. I was in one of the classrooms that he substituted for. My dad was Principal of Lincoln Elementary until we left there in 1963. My mother was English and History teacher at Ray High School. She came after Mrs. Crowell was librarian (I think) and took it because nobody else wanted to! She was Jr., Sr. Class sponsor, and also Prom sponsor. In the meantime she was also the drama, play director.

We moved to Seligman AZ 1963-1964, then to Ajo AZ 1964-1980. My mother quit teaching in 1980 and Dad retired 1981.

I graduated from Ajo High School class of 1967. I was held back a year in fourth grade due to illness and would've graduated with the class of 1966. Even though I finished high school in Ajo I wanted to stay with my friends in Kearny and graduate with them!

It was the jobs that brought my parents to Ray. They had attended the University of Arizona and were looking for work. They completed their masters of education in 1957, Tempe Normal School, for education.

Tess asked me about some of my dad's trials as principal. The main thing was discipline as it is today. Dad always tried to be fair in every situation. Don't know if these boys in particular remember this scene: During their 8th grade time a bunch of boys were becoming girl crazy and some rather bullish, always picking on someone. So finally my dad had enough and had them box it out in a real ring. I think with the help of Mr. Murchison and some of the coaches. There were some blows and some bloody noses but after that no more fights! Another trial must have been to him to have me as one of his students! Never thought of that until just now. To me I was always trying to keep out of the way.

I have a complete set of annuals from Ray High School that I would like to be able to scan somehow. Would also like to keep in touch with everybody.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Oaxaca 2009

Had a great time at our Oaxaca 2009 mixer. The Ray High Blog was much discussed as people were excited to hear about it. Facebook was also discussed as a way of keeping up with daily activities (see www.facebook.com/neto.corral). Topics that came up were: Did Mr. Kuykendall ever teach in at Washington Elementary? Russ Cooper, where do Joe Cooper & Bob Cooper connect with you? Whatever happened to Queen Saundra Speers & Princesses Sharon Weeks (Weeksie) and Priscilla Osuna?

Anyone remember the big rumble between Ray & Sonora students that went on for three days? Of course, we agreed we won. Much discussed were secret romances between Ray & Sonora students during our high school years (that was taboo, remember?)

Baldo, Sandy (Owl), Goyo & Sandy's wife.

Neto, Tommie, Sandy, Goyo, Papo, Chuey, Baldo.

Goyo, Papo, Chuey & Baldo

Papo, Monchie & Chin0

Chuey, Papo & Chino (Mystery Pic from a previous blog)

Eddie & Papo

Neto & Goyo

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fifth Annual Oaxaca Mixer!!

Don't know if you youngsters remember any of us old-timers from the old Ray High but a few of us are getting a mixer together for this Thursday night (July 9, 2009) at Oaxaca's in Phoenix (1516 W Van Buren). If you remember nicknames like Papo, Chino, Chuey, Neto, Papemo, El Five, El Rastrillo, La Monchie, Gollo and Curqui, you might want to stop by starting around 6 p.m. No agenda, just eats and drinks and reminiscing..... Guess which three are in the photo taken in the playground of Washington Elementary in Sonora.. Some photos of previous mixers are attached (if I get this right)!