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Susan holloway
Mr. Mills was the best teacher. And was so much fun. So sad he passed.
Wednesday March 18, 2015 20:07

Guillermo (Will) Vasquez 1978 |
Still married to my wife of 34 yrs, 2 kids, 4 grand kids. Retired in 2013 and now living in Fallbrook.
Friday February 27, 2015 11:13 - Fallbrook, CA

Susan Harmon ('63) |
So beautiful a tribute to the great Mr. Mills, Dennis. I remember him fondly. You were fortunate enough to know him better. Thank you for remembering him in this way.
Sunday February 15, 2015 08:03 - Kirkland, WA

Jack Edwards class of
What a great tribute to our Mr. Mills. Thank You Dennis.
Friday February 13, 2015 20:58

Dennis Firebaugh - Class of 1963 |

W. Burke Mills was an English teacher who showed us how to read and critique plays, essays and novels and for plot and subtleties.

He was director of the adult school summer “one act play festival” where he taught us how to act in and direct one act plays and have a great time doing it.

He taught driver’s education and I learned how to drive a car without burning rubber. He taught us all the limits of poor behavior with his infectious smile.

He edited the “Summer Breeze” school newspaper where he let me write book reviews under the pseudonym Sterling Paradise and then kicked me off the paper for my controversial praising review of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”

He put me on the school yearbook staff and he gave me a “perpetual hall pass” to get me out of classes to take photos which I may have used a little too often.

He treated me like a person and a friend. He gave me confidence to try new things; he encouraged me to be more than I thought I was.

He was always well groomed. He helped me with my manners and taught me how to tie a tie.

I was a guest in his home many, many times ... my friend Ed and I made many walking trips carrying furniture or his latest treasure from “Jessie’s Opportunity Shop” a few blocks away to his garage as it became his den.

We loved watching his unique way of commenting or “double talking” over TV newscasts.

Burke along with my friends Ed, Eileen and Don are the reason I went to college and became a teacher.

I named my son for “Geoffrey” Chaucer and W. “Burke” Mills because of his influence.

I and my wife, Eileen Luna, last saw him right after the turn of the century at his home in Imperial Beach before he got sick. He was my teacher and my friend and like many others I too owe him much.

Dennis Firebaugh
Thursday February 12, 2015 18:03 - Tucson, Arizona

Teri Lee Hiles '62
I just noticed my best friend, Carol Henigan '62, has completed her journey. My prayers go out to Gale and their family. She was special to me because she was always my "friend" and it didn't matter what the "cliques" thought; she was always there for me. We enjoyed a lot of good times together, and I have many fond memories of Carol. God bless.
Friday February 6, 2015 14:32 - Orange, CA

George Crawford 67 |
Will miss Mr. Lusky a good man Help me grow.

Will miss Steve Mc Carthy 67
Thursday January 22, 2015 16:34 - Encinitas, Ca. 92024

Vonnie class of 65 |
There will be a 50th reunion this summer. Most likely August. Stay tuned for details.
Friday January 9, 2015 16:57

Robert Tvrz `64 |
Nice to have a reunion after 50 years, or any years.
Sunday January 4, 2015 16:56 - Imperial Beach

Jim Pavlicek, 1966 |
Just thought I would check end and say "Hi". Doing good, retired, but thinking of starting a business or two. To all those great high school friends, Happy New Year 2015. I will be there for our 50th re-union in 2016.
Friday January 2, 2015 13:42 - Silverdale, Wa.

Mike Nelson 76 |
Happy New Year to all those Mariners out there. Wishing everyone the best.
Thursday January 1, 2015 19:42 - Bonita, Calif