MARCH 6, 1936 - HISTORIC REDWOOD GROVE ESTABLISHED
Agriculture teacher E. Yale Waterman planted Canoga's first seven Coastal Redwoods on Arbor Day. The grove was named in honor of the Orcutt family for donating the trees, and survives to this day at the north end of our football field.
MARCH 10, 1938 - CANOGA'S BIG FLOOD
Located between two creeks (Calabasas and Bell), Canoga Park High suffered from many floods in it's history. The "big flood" of '38 caused the entire campus to be under water, leaving the gym, cafeteria, and shop building under several inches of water. The water was so high on the corner of Hart and Topanga that only the top of the street sign was visible.
MARCH 17, 1975 - OLYMPIC LEGEND VISIT
Jessie Owens (4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics) attended Canoga's 1975 Basketball Banquet. He was there to present the Eddie Bell Jr. Most Inspirational Player Award to senior Jeff Lefler. Eddie was a 10th grader who tragically died of heart failure during a pre-season basketball scrimmage in 1974. Owens, a close friend of the Bell family, presented the award with Eddie's parents. There is a plaque in the big gym dedicated to Eddie, and a large tree in the Memorial Quad planted by his friends in 1975.
March 14, 1978 - NEW MAIN BUILDINGS DEDICATED
The 100 and 200 Buldings were officially opened on this day. They replaced the columned classical buildings that were damanged in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. The new air-conditioned structures were the most modern and best equipped in the city, and the library was one of the largest. Some of the older classrooms on campus were also re-furnished and updated with the latest technology. CANOGA PARK HIGH SCHOOL was a "new" and "modern" campus. L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley (left) was on hand for the dedication.
March 6, 2004 - MARCH 3, 2007 - MARCH 1, 2013 - March 7, 2014 - CITY CHAMPS IN SOCCER!!
Canoga defeated Jordan 1-0 for the City Championship in 2004, San Fernando 3-1 in 2007, Belmont 4-0 in 2013. and Marquez HS in Final Sudden-Death Overtime, 2-1 in 2014.
The 2007 team was ranked #1 in the State, and tied Nationally for #1.
March 31, 2007 - ALUMNUS INDUCTED INTO WWE HALL OF FAME!
Pro wrestler Nick Bockwinkel graduated from Canoga in 1953, where he was voted best dancer and best build by his classmates. He also placed second in the Valley for the shot put in his senior year. After high school, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a professional wrestler. Nick won the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship six times from 1975 to 1987, and has been called "the smartest wrestler alive.” You can see him wrestling Hulk Hogan on YouTube.
March 7, 2010 - CANOGA ALUMNUS WINS OSCAR!
Barney Burman from the class of 1984 won an Oscar at the Academy Awards. He was awarded Best Achievement in Make-up for the 2009 movie Star Trek Barney has been in the make-up effects industry ever since high school. His credits include such movies as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Tropic Thunder, and Mission: Impossible 3. In all he has worked on over 80 different movie and television projects, and is considered to be one of Hollywood's most skilled make-up artists.