Mr. H.L. Looney, 1923-2013
H.L. Looney of Anaheim died August 16, 2013.
The Looney family lived in Fullerton for many years. At Anaheim High School, Class of 1942, Mr. Looney was a star football player, and later at Fullerton Junior College.
During World War Two, Mr. Looney served with the US Army in the Philippines. He became a teacher and coach, and principal, in the Anaheim school district. Eventually he became the principal of Troy High School in Fullerton.
Services at Hilgenfeld Mortuary, Anaheim, Friday August 30, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.
Published in Orange County Register on Aug. 27, 2013.
Mr. Looney was a classmate of many ‘60s Lancer parents, including the late Mr. and Mrs. Bob (Eva) Handsfield. He was a year younger than my mom, and a friend. He played football alongside the late Coach Noah Sweeney, later of Savanna High School; Anaheim High’s Ted Skipkey, who went on to play in the National Football league; and the legendary Bill Lewis of Anaheim High ‘41, a star all-around athlete recruited to play baseball for USC. Instead he accepted an offer to play with University of California, Santa Barbara, but died on his way there in an automobile accident in Point Mugu. Anaheim High School has had a proud tradition of athletics since it was founded, and again, many Anaheim Colonists are Sunny Hills moms and dads, including my late uncle, Carlin Coffman, Class of 1939 and my Aunt Louise MacKeever, Class of 1942.
Up until the late 1950s, there were only a few high schools in Orange County. Anaheim High was the first, and others were Santa Ana, Fullerton, Orange and Huntington Beach, I'm not even sure about Newport Harbor. Consequently these championship teams played for state or Southern California titles against Alhambra High (where my uncle Captain E,V, McKeever, USN played on an All-CIF championship team ad an All-CIF tackle), Pasadena High, Hoover High in San Diego, Hoover High in Glendale, Long Beach Poly, and not many others, and Los Angeles high schools including Los Angeles High School, Roosevelt High School,, Marshall High School, Manual Arts High School, Fremont High School, Jefferson High School, Fairfax High School, Hamilton High School, Santa Monica High School and more. That;s the reason that many ‘60s Lancer fathers, if they grew ip in Southern California and played sports, played against other Lancer dads in other cities. They also tended to go to the same junior colleges, especially Fullerton JC and Santa Ana JC. It was truly a much smaller world then, -- Paul Saevig, ’67.