Poly High School News
from events occuring in 1979-82.
SENIOR PRANK -- MAKING PYRAMID OUT OF LUNCH BENCHES: Remember the pyramid in the Polygon? Some Poly High Seniors removed some 50 or more heavy lunch tables from the cafeteria and deposited them on the school's polygon to form a pyramid.
SCHOOL TALENT SHOW -- PARENTS WALK OUT AFTER PUNK ROCK SINGER JUMPS ON AMERICAN FLAG. Remember the Punk Rock Group called The Commies? One of the band members grabbed a flag and started jumping on it. A lot of parents started walking out of the school auditorim out of anger. Principal Lupe Sonnie was horrified. She ordered the stage curtains be immediately closed, offered a quick apology, and then tried to do damage control by trying to determine who took pictures and tried to discourage publication of those pictures.
Persons participating in the talent show were Sabrina Dawn, Robert Baca, Thomas Jack, Dorina Petty, Renee Williams, Nita Foster, Fireflash Band, John McKinsey, Eric Montgomery, Mirva Nehme, Chuck Hammond, Delvin AKins, Terry Bixlar Melissa Crutchfield, Silent Runner-Band and fabulous singer Esther Collins. Collins was a very attractive singer who sang in the Church Choir, was on the Varsity Cheerleading team and eventually went into the Airforce.
Poly Wrestler Keith Williams competes in the Ninth Annual State CIF State Wrestling Champtionships. Williams wrested at 185 poiunds and finished the regular season with a 25-1 win-loss record.
The wrestling team placed four of its members in the City Champtionship meet held at San Fernando High School. The Parrots, coached by Al Richards and captained by Brian Halstead, saw Louis Kruglov (247 poiunds class) place fourth as did Brad Pardoe (203 poiunds and Freddie Ramirez (170 pounds.)
Halstead , 22-4 overall and league champion with an undefeated league record, placed second in the city for the 158 pounds weight division. Loser by a 4-3 decision, Halstead felt his match was unevenly judged. "There was times when I though I should have got two points for stalling and points for near pins which I had my opponent in several times," said a frustrated Halstead. Nonetheless Halstead has acquired some impressive achievements this past season. He was the Los Angeles Invitational consolation tournament chamption and Canoga Park's Five Way Tournament Chamption.
VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM
The varsity football team finished the season with a 1-8 record. Talent was present in kicker Henry Habelman an all city kicker and fullback Thomas Jack who led the team in scoring with 8 touchdowns.
MIKE DIB BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD running a 4:42 mile pace for 3.2 mile run at the City Championship.
Poly cross country and track coach Bill Cappello has perennially produced some of the better ahletes in the city but has yet to coach one as good as Mike Dib.
As a youngster, they call "Machine Gun" Dib, was supposed to key the 10th grade cross country team but was moved up to Varsity at the start of the season to mark his temporary best of 16:04 for the 3.2 mile course. "I was inexperienced at the time," recalls Dib. "After all, the year before (as a ninth grader) at Byrd Junior High, I hardly ran."
He has evolved from a enthusiastic younster to a seasoned veteran, from a follower to a leader. As a junior, Dib, despite having the flu, managed to become the East Valley League cross country champion, finishing with a time of 15:34, just five seconds shy of the all time school record of 15:29 set by Dave Hanna in 1977.
Dib had been running fifth in the City finals that year with less than 400 fet to go. Just then, the flu had caught up, forcing Dib to finish horrendously 19th with a time of 16:08. "What happend was the flue was just too much," said the 5'10" , 130-pound senior. "I never should have run because my feet were turning to a redish and yellow color and I felt really weak."
In 1981, as a senior, Dib broke the 3.2 mile Poly school record by Hanna by finishing in 15:18 against Vergugo Hills in Poly's third league meet of the season.
At the City Prelim, Dib snapped his 15:18 mark and replaced it with 15:09.
And for the City Championship, Dib finished second with his all -time best of 15:05, just two seconds behind City Champion Eugenio Cruz of North Hollywood. Dib's 15:05 finish amounts to a 4:42 pace per mile.
Capello considers Dib to be the most successful runner he's ever had.
"He's all what I ever wanted in a runner," said Cappello who has compied a 68-3 win-loss record for the past eight years. "He just shattered Hanna's record." Weeks later, after the City Championship, Dib competed in the presitgious Sunkist Invitational meet at the Sports Arena as did rival Cruz in the two miler. That event that took place on January 22 ment more to him than just the honor. It meant a chance to finish the season with a positive attitude; that is, with a better time than Cruz. The result was Cruz finishing 9th while Dib pulled in 3rd.
(Editors Note: Equally impressive as was Mike Dibs School Record, was the long time winning streak by Coach Bill Cappello.)