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Torrance High School
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In September 2017, Torrance High School will celebrate its 100th birthday! It's time to get this party started!  Since this will only happen once in our lifetime, the Torrance High Centennial Committee invites YOU to become part of this history.

Here's what's happenin' . . .

Save the Dates

Friday, September 8, 2017 
Friday Night Football -- Cheer on our Team, and give it up for our former Football Players, Coaches, Pep Squad, Band & Drill Team members

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Tartar Family Reunion - see old friends, live entertainment, food trucks, campus tours, and more!


Get your special Torrance High Centennial T-Shirts and Sweatshirts here:

Also available at the Centennial store are pieces of the Main Gym Floor!


Buy a Brick, Baby!

Be a party of our history -- buy a brick and be remembered -- show your Tartar Pride!  The renovation of the campus allows an opportunity to build a lifelong memorial.  Leave a lasting mark of your time at Torrance High by purchasing a personalized brick to create a pathway leading to the Main Gym.

Here are the details . . .

Brick Sizes:

  • A standard 4” x 8” brick is $100 with up to 3 lines with 18 characters per line
  • An 8” x 8” paver is $200 with up to 6 lines with 18 characters per line (for an additional charge, a company logo may be added to the 8” x 8” paver, only)

To Order:

All brick sale proceeds will be used for the Torrance High School Centennial Celebration with donations tax deductible as allowed by law.  The Torrance Unified School District/Torrance High School Tax ID is 95-6003151.



Are you ready to rock?  Torrance High School (THS) is celebrating 100 years with an event that will be music to your ears!  To add to the festivities, the Torrance High Centennial Committee is hosting a special “Concert of the Century” featuring talented Tartar Alumni - including David Pack (, perhaps best known as the co-founder, singer, and guitarist of Ambrosia, and the voice of the timeless hits they produced in the 1970's and 80’s.

David will be performing his classic hits . . .

  • Biggest Part of Me
  • How Much I Feel
  • You're the Only Woman

Since that time, David has established himself as a successful solo artist, in-demand Grammy-winning record producer, and Music Director of global special events - including both of President Clinton's Inaugural Galas, and events for Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Billy Joel, Madonna and others.

The concert will be led by THS alumni Fred Beato and David Pack, performing songs from their recent album “BEATO BAND” ( featured on NBC news, CNN, and OC Register cover story.  Joining them onstage will be alumnus, Tom Crouciertheir former high-school band-mate.

Here’s a video link to Beato Band’s nod to our “high school daze," a song David wrote to honor Fred, and the memory of that time in their lives that features them singing in front of their high school façade and other South Bay hot spots:  My Old Friend”

The night, of course, would not be complete without a tribute to Torrance High School's own Symbols of Tyme, winners of the 1968 National Battle of the Bands.

After nearly a year of blending the new with the old, the restoration project of the 800+ seat Torrance High Auditorium is complete, and that is where this “Concert of the Century” will be held.

Here are the details .  . . 
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 
Where:  Torrance High School - 2200 W. Carson St., Torrance 90501 
Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Cost:  $30
Tickets:  Available for purchase online -
Note: if you need a wheelchair access seat, please use promotion code "Wheelchair" to release available seating. 


Hotel Reservations

Coming from out of town to Celebrate the Centennial and/or a Class Reunion?  Have friends who will be here to join the weekend festivities?  Book a room at the DoubleTree (21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 90503) at the special rate of $149, per night

block of rooms has been reserved for September 7, 2017 - September 10, 2017. The special room rate will be available until August 18th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.  You'll want to stay the entire weekend, so you won't miss a thing!

Book your room today via the Torrance Centennial Committee Reservation Site:


Score a Piece of Floor! 
Torrance High School is a National Landmark, and you can own a piece of it!  We're selling pieces of the Torrance High School Main Gym floor. This floor was originally installed in 1962, and was removed during the renovation of the gym.

The middle of the floor, with the Tartar on it, was cut into 3" x 3" pieces and mounted in 5" x 7" shadow boxes -- complete with a nameplate and a Certificate of Authenticity. Each framed floor piece is being sold for $50 (if paying by cash/money order) or $54 (if using a credit card).

These one-of-a-kind, once-they-are-gone-they-are-gone collectables. 

To Order: Email your order to or call the Student Activities office at 310.533.4396, ext. 8031. Gym floor pieces can be mailed to you for an additional cost.


Test your Torrance High Trivia

Who was the first Torrance High Graduate to become a faculty member? 

*Answer at the bottom of the pge.


We'll keep you up-to-date on the haps, so be on the lookout for our next Tartar Tidbits.  Feel free to share with friends, family and fellow Tartars!  Invite them to get on our Centennial Celebration mailing list:

Cheers to 100 Years!
Torrance High Centennial Committee

* Answer:  Torrance High Trivia - Pete Zamperini returned to Torrance High School as a Track Coach for 10 years.


All above information was copied from the TUSD website for your information.  Spread the word !


Your Reunion Committee :

Denise (Fulton) Lefebvre, Michele (Eidson) DeYoung, Debi Bunting, Wendy (Cleveland) Smith, Judy DeLaVega, Angie (Rayas) Nakasone, Paula (Cooke) Selfridge,Shelley (Taylor) Morse & Karla (Craig) Dishon


A message from a member of the Torrance Historical Society:

The Torrance Historical Society is currently conducting a research of all the names of the veterans on the "Names on the Wall"  in front of city hall. 

Click on the link to see the list of names:

If you recognize one of the names, go to the Torrance Historical Society's website for more information on how to get information, photos or stories to them

The names will be displayed at the 6th Annual THS Car Show in the Main Library. So many of the the names belong to your fellow Tartars, if you can let's help out to learn as much about these brave heroes, whether you are a Tartar or not. It is because of them that we have the rights we exercise each and every day.

One of our own classmates is the 1st VP of the Torrance Historical Society, so let's help her out!  Thanks for your hard work, Debbie Simpson Hays!




We will continue our quest to find each and every classmate!  If you know of someone who has not joined the website please ask them to do so!  The website will be the main source of information for future events.

Thanks again, and keep in touch!

Denise, Debi, Michele, Wendy, Judy, Angie, Paula, Shelley and Karla



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