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Welcome 1969 Scorpions

Welcome to Camarillo High School class of 1969 website, home of the Scorpions. I wanted to make this space for our classmates to come together, reminisce and communicate. 

It's our policy not to publish our classmates email or address information.  If you would like to contact one of your classmates then please send me an email with your contact info and I will send you that person's contact info.  Please contact me, John Spohn at spohnj@aol.com

I would appreciate any ideas, comments and feedback to John Spohn at spohnj@aol.com. Also if you have any old pictures or
memorabilia which you could scan and send it would be GREATLY appreciated. This will help make our web site an awesome place to connect while taking a walk down memory lane.
If you have any contact info on our classmates it would be also be appreciated.

his site will continue to evolve so please check back on a regular basis as additions are made on a weekly basis.

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               1960's Slang                     
BA  Bare Ass
Bad  Awesome
Badass  A tough guy. A guy you really don't want to mess with.
Bag  To Steal. Example: Who bagged my towel?
Bitchin  Good, Exciting, Awesome.
Bite Me  So what / I don't care.
Blast  A Great Time. Example: "We had a blast at the Prom".
Blew the doors off  Easily beat the other car in a race.
Bogart  To "hog" something.
Bone Yard  Auto wrecking yard; Junk yard.
Book  Leave the area.
Bookin'  Going real fast, usually in a car.
Boss  A great or cool thing.  "The Beach Boys new record is really boss".
Bread  Money
Brody  To skid in a half circle with the brakes locked up.
Bummed out  Depressed
Bummer, What a  How depressing
Burn Rubber To accelerate hard spinning the tires, making noise, and billows of smoke come from the rear of the vehicle.
Candyass  A real wimp or an uncool thing.
Cherry  Really cool or bitchin. Example: "That old 69 Camaro is really cherry"
Chick  A girl or a woman.
Chinese Fire Drill  Stop at a Red Light. Everyone on the Driver's side would run around and get in on the Passenger's side. Everyone on the Passenger's side would run around and get in on the Driver's side.
Choice Really cool or bitchin. Example: "That girl with the tight sweater is really choice."
Choose Off  To pick a fight or a race; as in, "John is going to choose-off Bob in a race for pinks". Or, "Ralph chose-off Bertha after school and she kicked his butt."
Chop  To cut down verbally.
Chrome Dome  A bald guy.
Church Key  Before poptops, a Beer or Soda can was opened with one of these.
Cool Nice.
Cool Head  Nice Guy
Cooties  Someone who wasn't cool had them. No one ever saw them, but you knew who had them.
Cop a Feel  Touch a girls "parts", sometimes pretending it was an accident
Crash  Go to bed; go to sleep.
Cruising  Driving up and down the same street looking for races, girls, guys, etc.
Dibs  Most always used with "Got". Example: I "got dibs" on that Coke bottle. Meaning you owned that Coke bottle.
Don't have a Cow  Used when someone was "going ape" or perhaps being a "spaz."
Example: So I took your book by mistake, don't have a cow about it.

Don't Sweat It  Don't worry about it; stop bothering me
A Drag Someone or something that's boring or un-enlightening.
Easy  Also a girl who was a sure thing, sexually. Example: That girl Bob took out last night was "Easy".
Fink  A tattle tale. Example: You're such a fink. Why do you always tell mom everything I do?
Five Finger Discount  Anything obtained by theft.
Flake  A useless person.
Flake Off  Get outta here.
Flower Child  A Hippie
Fox  An outstanding looking girl or woman.
Freak Out  Temporary loss of control due to an unpleasant event.
"F**kin' A"  This was simply the vulgar form of, "I concur".
Fuzz  The Police
Get or Lay Rubber  To leave some rubber on the street while accelerating in a vehicle. A term used usually with first, second, third, or fourth gear.
Go All The Way  Have sex with.
Going Steady  If you were "Going Steady", you were dating only one special person.
Gnarly  Originally a difficult or large wave (He wiped out on a gnarly wave),later anything big or difficult
Groovy  Nice, "Cool" or Neat. Used commonly among hippies in the 60's.
Groady (grow'- tee):  A shortened version of grotesque.
Hairy  Large; out of control. Example: "Check out the hairy slicks on that Chevy.
Hangin'  Awesome, Cool
Hangin' a B.A.  A car full of guys pulls up to another car (usually full of girls) and one of the guys pulls down his pants, bends over, and sticks his "bare ass" out the window.
Hang Loose  Relax; Take it easy.
Haulin (Ass)  See Bookin'
Hauls Ass  A car that really moves.
Heat  The Cops
Heavy  Deep, Cool, Chaotic, Sad, Controversial
Hep  With it. A person who understands the situation.
Hip Very good,cool.
Hodad  A non-surfer, usually someone who just hangs around the beach.
Hopped Up  See Souped Up
Hunk  What a girl would call a good looking guy
Jam  To leave the area, (See "Cut Out")
Jazzed  Elated, Excited; "This is going to be a great reunion. I'm really jazzed about going."
Keen or Keen-o  Someone or something that was Cool.
Kipe  To steal.
Kiss up  The proverbial "Teachers Pet". This person who would do anything to please the teacher.
Knocked Up  Pregnant
Later  Goodbye; See you later
Lay A Patch To accelerate leaving a strip or patch of rubber behind on the road.
Make Out  Usually a kissing session in a parked car at a Drive In or other secluded place.
Midnight Auto Supply  Car parts obtained through theft.
Moon  To drop your pants, bend over, and show your bare butt. (See "Hangin a B.A.")
Neat (Neato)  Nice; Sharp
Old Lady  Your Mother.
Old Man  Your Father.
On the Make  Usually after a break up of steadies, a guy or girl who was "on the make" was looking very hard for a new mate.
Outta Sight Fantastic, Awesome. Example: Hey Kathleen, that tie dyed top your wearing is "outta sight".
Pad  Someone's house. Example: There wasn't much to do so we all hung out at John's pad, drank Cokes and listened to records
Pants  An activity where usually two or more boys physically remove the pants from another boy so as to cause him embarrassment in a group setting.
Peel Out (See Lay A Patch)
PG  Pregnant as in Nurse Sizer
Pig  Cop
Pig Out  Over eat
Pound  If someone was going to beat up someone else you said he was going to "pound" the other person. For an example, Joe caught Jim with the hubcaps that he stole from Joe's '50 Merc last night. He'll probably pound him after school
Primo  First class.
Raunchy  Raw, Rank, Disgusting
Right On  I agree; I concur
Righteous  Extremely fine, beautiful. For us guys it was generally used when talking about the most important areas of our lives; cars and women.
Examples:"John's got a righteous new paint job on his '55 Chevy".
"Ron met this righteous babe at A Street.".
Ripped Off  To have something stolen, or to have stolen something
Rule  As in, "Hodads Rule"; To take ownership of
Sano  Usually referring to someones car, or part of ones car, as being pristine: "Ron did a sano job on his 56 Chevy".
also "Super Sano" (Very Pristine)

Scarf  To eat very fast. Example:"I'm going to scarf this hot dog".
Scheming  When someone is really interested in the opposite sex. Example: "Jim is really scheming on Jill"
Score  To obtain something valuable or necessary; (Let's go score some pizza.); Also to go all the way with a girl.
Short  Car.
Shotgun  place of honor in the front seat of a car nearest the door. Usually reserved for the coolest guy in the group besides the driver of the car. If there is a doubt, before entering the car someone will call shotgun and then everyone will argue as to who actually will ride shotgun.
Shoot A Beaver  A girl who accidentally flashed by spreading one's thighs while seated wearing a skirt or dress.
Skag  An ugly girl.
Skank  See Skag
Skanky  Gross, Disgusting
Skirt  Girl
Skuzz  Lowdown; undesirable
Skuzz Bucket  An ugly car
Slug Bug  This when you saw a VW beetle on the road. Saying "Slug Bug" before anyone else gave you the right to hit or slug the person next to you
Slut  A promiscuous girl
So Fine Another cool or bitchin' thing. "That girl in my science class is so fine".
Used in a variety of early rock and roll songs usually as follows:
"She's so fine, she makes me want to blow my mind".

So Tuff  See So Fine
Smokem'  "Let's see you burn rubber"
Solid  Something that is ok or all right.
Sosh  Meaning a person who is stuck-up, snooty, and thinks they are better than everyone else.
Spaz  Used as a put down, or to describe someone who was acting retarded.
Split  See Cut Out
Sponge  One big need. Everything you get comes from those around you. AKA; bum. Also practiced by those who are so stingy as not to spend their own money. Someone who is always borrowing money or is always broke. A spongy person
Stacked  Being well endowed, "Upstairs" Example: "Wow, that girl is really stacked!!"
Steady  Boyfriend or Girlfriend
Stoked (as in I'm stoked)  Excited
Stoned  Intoxicated
Stood Up  When a guy (or girl) didn't show up for a date
Stuck Up  Conceited
Stud  See Hunk
Swear to Buddha  I guess we thought it was less irreverant than saying "I swear to God."
Sweat Hog  A fat chick.
Swipe  To steal or take   He swiped my lunch.
Teach  A Teacher
"The Bird"  The Finger.
"The Most"  Something that is the best or the greatest (Superbitchin')
"The Man"  Police
Think Fast  It usually was used to tell you to get ready because someone was tossing you something.
Threads  Clothes
"Three On The Tree"  A car with a three speed manual transmission and the shifter on the steering column.
Tough or Tuff  Neat, cherry, great, bitchin'. - as in "Wow, she's really a tuff chic!"
Trollin'  Cruising the Boulevard looking for girls. As in "Let's go trollin' for some chicks."
Twitchin'  The word used instead of Bitchin', around your parents
Uncorked  Running your car with the "Cut Outs" open.
Wedgees  A shoe style. The sole and heel were one piece and on the same plane.
Wedgie  When someone pulls your underwear up from the back and it ends up in the crack all on it's own. Now they call it a thong and wear them on purpose.
What's Your Bag, Man?  What's your problem; where are you coming from?
Wicked  Term of Admiration. Example:"That Chevy that Bob has is one wicked machine." 
Wiggin' out  Going crazy
Winnie  As in, "He gave me the Winnie." Or "I got the Winnie." It could mean many things. For example: The jerk didn't show up for our date last night! Or, I got grounded for coming in late!
When things really got bad, it was the "Big Winnie."

Wipe(d) out  Originally, to fall off a wave while surfing, later to crash one's vehicle and severely damage it (He wiped his coupe out at the drags.), then later a term for extreme fatigue (I'm wiped out, I'm gonna crash.)
Wiz, Take a Urinate
Woody  An erection.
Woody Wagon  A wood sided station wagon used to transport surfboards and surfers to and from the beach.
Zits  Pimples.


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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  Camarillo had many elementary schools:  There were the Heights, Somis, Las Posas, Saint Mary Magdalen, & Pleasant Valley School.  When I first arrived at Pleasant Valley school in1960 classes went through 8th grade. That all changed when in 1962 they built our first Middle School in the Pleasant Valley School District, Los Altos Jr. High School.

PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOL: In 1945, the Board purchased four acres from rancher John Arneill. This land was adjacent to the existing school. The cost was $4,000, and construction began in 1947 under the direction of trustees Adolfo Camarillo, Clint Hutchins, and Robert Pearson. With the added space in 1948, the District hired its first full-time physical education director and coach at Pleasant Valley School, Charles Jones, who later became superintendent of Somis School District.

CAMARILLO HEIGHTS SCHOOL:  Camarillo Heights was built in 1957 in the hills overlooking Camarillo. Vera Sommers was the first principal from 1956-1964. Richard Mahlke was the principal from 1964-1976..


  The Las Posas Elementary School was built to accommodate the students enrolled in the Pleasant Valley School District who resided in the Capehart housing for the former Oxnard Air Force Base (Camarillo Airport).  It was built on approximately ten acres of land that was purchased from Miss Nellie Daily..  She lived in a home located where the Marie Callendar's Restaurant is now located.  It was paid for with federal funds. Capehart Military housing was a source for many of these students. The name was change to Catalina Height's several years ago. As of June 2008 the entire 315 Capehart housing units were torn down to the ground. They will build all new units.

The school was opened in the fall of 1959 with eight classrooms and a library. There were two first grades and one class each of grades 2 through 6.  In the spring of 1960, the kindergarten rooms were ready for two classes, one a.m and one p.m.You may remember they had a real jet aircraft on the school grounds for many years.

 The Mr. Joe Kelly was the first principal, serving 1959-1961. He was followed by Mrs. Lucy Vest, 1961-1967 and Mr. Fran Fuchs, 1967-1976.

SAINT MARY MAGDALEN SCHOOL:  Was opened in 1954 and has undergone numerous renovations.

I recall a conversation at our 36th reunion.  A group of us were talking when David Morris told us a story. To set this up I would have to mention John DiVito was in the group listening to Dave's story.  It was when David started going to Saint Mary Magdalen.  From what I recall David said something had happened between himself and a Nun.  David was so frightened from his experience that he ran away from school and went home.  He never went back after his life changing experience with the Nun.  What was very funny about this conversation is John DiVito was there during Dave's encounter.  John thought Dave quit school and just had big cahunas. We all had a big laugh when the truth came out.

MESA UNION SCHOOL: The current site of Mesa Union was built in 1939 and had three teachers and 68 students its first year. Present enrollment is about 560 students and 26 teachers. Mesa Union School District enrolls students in Kindergarten through 8th grades. It is located in the beautiful Las Posas Valley, in Somis, California (Ventura County). Our neighbor cities include Camarillo, Saticoy, and Oxnard.

EL RANCHO SCHOOL:  El Rancho School was built in 1961 and is located at 550 Temple Ave.

SOMIS SCHOOL: Somis is a K-8 District, serving the community since 1895.  The single school campus moved to its present location in 1924.  The school serves students in Kindergarten through grade eight in a classroom-based educational program and an enriched home school/independent study program. The school also hosts a "Head Start" program on campus. Average enrollment is about 460 students. The School campus houses the District offices, including Transportation Food Services and Personnel.

Santa Rosa School was added to the Pleasant Valley School District in 1975 as it was acquired from the Conejo School District. It was first opened in 1911 on the Eastern end of Santa Rosa Valley.

LOS ALTOS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL:   Los Altos was constructed in 1962 with the final B wing completed in 1964.  The first class was held in 1963. The name "Los Altos" means "The height's or high place". This "high place" was hear as a small hill which was bulldozed a couple of years after the opening of the school.   This was our first experience of having a "Home Room". Mrs. Mater and Mrs. Dodson who helped us during our lunch time.  Don Cloud was our principal as he had come over from Pleasant Valley School.

The school had a lemon orchard on the left side and Blue Lace Manor behind the school where many of our classmates lived.  I will never forgot when I was in Mr. Ventura's class as the announcement came over our classroom speaker.  John F. Kennedy, our president had been shot.  It was such a shocker and a changing moment in our lives. I remember in 1962 when my Mother took my brother and I to Point Mugu as John F. Kennedy had flown in. He walked along a wall of onlookers.  I was standing on a barricade and actually shook his hand. What an awesome memory.

We were known as the "Trojans" and if my memory serves me right Joe Rice drew our first Trojan symbol. This is where many of our first Junior High crushes developed. We had our Jr. High dances at Pleasant Valley School.  I remember many of us guys setting up the chairs for the dance.  We would "set the chairs". This meant we took the folded-up chair, turned it to the backside and put our knee into the seat.  This would make the seat part bubble up so when a girl sat down it popped back into place which created a noise and an awkward look on her face. Our 8th grade party was held at the Roller Gardens at Wagon Wheel in Oxnard.  I remember we had races around the track but don't recall who won.  We had our 8th grade graduation dance at the Height's School.  I recall Eddie (Hoy Hoy) Martinez singing Woolly Bully as we all danced.

KIHI POOL:  Many of us would enjoy going to Kihi Pool in Somis.  What a great time to spend the summer swimming and enjoying each others company. All of the girls looked great in their bathing suits. As you entered Kihi Pool there were lockers on each side of the entrance.  I remember the overnight outings at Kihi Pool. Many of us took our sleeping bags or slept on cots. I tried to find some history as to when Kihi was built and why it ended up in Somis but to no avail. 

Classmates Contact Info:  We continue to update our classmates spreadsheet.  If you have any info on missing classmates or their contact info then please email John Spohn. Click on my email address to contact me. spohnj@aol.com



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