In 1995, Mike Lorch, Principal at Stephen Watts Kearny Senior High
School(1990-1996) wanted to do something for the students that would
instill in them the desire to apply themselves to succeed in their
years at Kearny and as adults. He approached two of Kearny's retired
teachers and asked for their help in accomplishing his goal. Coach
Fred Bates (1959-1965) and Coach Birt Slater ( 1959-1977) phoned
alumni and attended class reunion committee meetings seeking interested
alumni to help with this project.
first meeting was in the Library at Kearny. Mr. Lorch presented
his idea to us. His thought was to establish a Hall of Fame on campus,
which would consist of those alumni who had applied themselves in
school and who had become successful in their adult lives. We liked
the idea, but with each consecutive meeting, we found ourselves
discussing ways we could help the students and our Alma Mater. We
slowly drifted away from the original Hall of Fame concept and found
ourselves considering the idea of forming an alumni association.
1995 drew to a close, membership applications to
join the association had been sent to members of our respective
classes and before long the applications were returned along with
the $10 membership donation. We registered with the Secretary of
State as a California Corporation. We elected officers, opened a
bank account, voted on an association logo, and ordered T-shirts
and ball caps.
first years were not easy. At times it seemed like we would take
three steps forward and fall back five, but we perservered.
1997, Kearny's then current football coach, Tom Barnett, approached
us. Coach Barnett needed our assistance with raising funds to purchase
the traditional striped football jerseys for his players. The school
district allocates funds for the district's teams, but because our
jerseys were unique, they cost more. We answered his call. The "Save
the Jerseys" campaign was launched and we raised $5,000 towards
the new jerseys. Our "stripes" live on.
in 1997, we held our very first rummage sale in the parking lot
in front of our school. It was a huge success and has become a yearly
fund raising event.
1998, the Association bought warm-up suits for the Girls' Basketball
team. The "Lady Komets" have been CIF champions in 1998,
1999 and again in 2000. It has been our pleasure to see them outfitted
in their maroon and white.
first annual golf tournament was held in 1998 with all proceeds
earmarked for our newly established scholarship fund. We awarded
our first two $1,000 scholarships in May of 1998. The proceeds from
our second annual golf tournament in 1999 enabled us to award four
$1,000 scholarships in May of that year. We have continued to grant scholarships each year.
in 1999, we provided the wrestling team with team shirts to complete
annual fund raising dances have been successful and provided us
the opportunity to spend an evening with old friends and to make
several fund raising events, letterman's jackets have been raffled
and the winners have kindly donated the jackets to deserving senior
athletes who otherwise might not have had one.
1998, we have sponsored barbecues for both the junior varsity and
senior varsity football teams prior to kick-off of the football
season. During the football season, the teams eat dinner at the
school prior to the games. The parents, local restaurants, and the
alumni association provide the dinners.
the close of 1999, the Internal Revenue Service approved our application
for non-profit, tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3). We
worked long and hard to attain this status. It is rumored that our
association is the only high school alumni association in San Diego
to be granted this privilege.
goals for 2004-2005 include our annual rummage sale and golf
tournament. In addition to our granting of annual scholarships, our pursuit of the purchase and installation of a lighted marquee
in the parking lot in front of the school has paid off. We want all who pass
by to know they are in "Komet Kountry." Drive by and see it for yourself. Kearny has undergone many changes and we are constantly working with the administration and faculty to determine how we can best help our Alma Mater, it's students and the community of Komets.
you attended Kearny High School and are not yet a member of the
association, please consider joining us.