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This Tony Award winning Broadway show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School where six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.
Here is what Dave Masterson, Chaffey High School Department Chair for the Visual and Performing Arts, says about the show:
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is perfect for our quaint historic Merton E. Hill Auditorium located on the corner of Fifth Street and Euclid Avenue in Ontario. Hill Auditorium is our home away from home while our beautiful Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium is being renovated. With just at 500 seats, Hill will allow our patrons to be up close and personal for this great musical.”
The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association announces that Phyllis White Bogard, Class of 1957, has been selected as the 2018 Tiger of the Year. Phyllis was nominated by her classmates Dee Ann Cochrane Miller ’57 and Richard Rieder ’57.
Phyllis White Bogard ’57 has had a distinguished career as a medical doctor and psychiatrist. At CHS she was on the National Forensics Debate Team for three years, a class officer and student council member, a delegate to Girls State, Fasti editor and a graduation speaker.
Phyllis attended Chaffey College on a scholarship and enrolled in the nursing program, eventually earning her license as an RN. She continued her education at UCLA on a scholarship, taking courses during the day and working as an RN part time and weekends at UCLA Medical Center. When her husband received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study in Zurich, Switzerland, Phyllis spent two years learning to speak German and French and gave birth to a daughter. Before returning to the United States, Phyllis and her family toured all around Western Europe, England and Scotland enjoying architectural and fine art.
After several years in Boston and New York as a housewife and mother, Phyllis earned her qualification to teach Lamaze childbirth classes. She also spoke to high school classes, made monthly presentations at Nyack Hospital and taught at Rockland County College.
When she met a nurse who had been admitted to medical school, it was a turning point in Phyllis’s life. She entered Columbia University on a scholarship for women re-entering college studies. She earned her BS degree in 1978 and 1979. was admitted to Cincinnati University Medical School where she graduated with an MD degree in 1984. In 1995 she earned an MS degree from Dartmouth College Medical School and in 1996, studied psychiatry at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She completed her medical internship at Columbia University Memorial Hospital (1985) and University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in 1986.
During her career, Phyllis discovered an enthusiasm for continuing medical education. She studied the neurochemistry of brain metabolism as well as efforts to improve the quality of life for patients. Her post-doctoral studies include surgical pathology, pediatric pathology, and child and adult psychiatry. She has served as a consultant for emotionally disturbed children and taught psychiatry to physician assistant students. She is a member of many medical professional organizations.
CHS has a new principal — its 18th in the school’s 107-year history and the third woman in the position. Before being named principal, Christina Martinez served CHS first as assistant principal of achievement, and most recently as assistant principal of instruction. She was named principal in June 2018. Christina replaces Dr. George Matamala, who served from 2015 to 2018. George stepped down in June for personal reasons and is now vice-principal of Valley View High School.
Previous principals of CHS include Jefferson Taylor, who served from 1901, when the City of Ontario formed a school district to establish Ontario High School as the successor to the defunct Chaffey College of Agriculture, to 1911 when Ontario HS was renamed Chaffey HS to accommodate the wishes of Upland students who were scheduled to begin attending.
Merton E. Hill served from 1911-1931 as both CHS principal and superintendent of the Chaffey Union High School District. Merton E. Hill Auditorium in Tower Hall is named in his honor.
Gardiner W. Spring served from 1931 to 1931 before being named superintendent of the Chaffey Union High School District. He oversaw reconstruction of CHS campus buildings following the 1932 Long Beach earthquake. The main auditorium on campus is named in his honor.
Ernest W. Fischer is the longest-serving principal (1932-1950). He was followed by Ernest A. Payne (1950-1967), a 1922 graduate of CHS and 1985 CHSAA Tiger of the Year. Payne Field for baseball and soccer are named in his honor.
Cleo D. Martin served from 1967-1972 and was followed by Dr. Fred C. Adams (1972-1984. Dr. Adams founded CHSAA in 1974. Other principals include Dr. David O. Stine (1984-1988); Karen B. Dunn (1988-1990), the first female principal; Dr. Barry W. Cadwallader (1990-1993) who left CHS to become superintendent of CHJUSD; Dr. Glen C. England (1993-199a7); Jim Brodie (1997-2001; Dennis O’Connell (2001-2005); Dr. Tim Ward (2005-2009); Thomas O. Mitchell (2009-2012); Dawn Buboltz (2012-2015), and Dr George Matamala (2015-2018).
The CHS Alumni Association has an inventory of Fastis from nearly every class.
These are in addition to the archival copies kept by the Alumni Association. We are particularly well stocked from the 1970s forward.
The cost is now $35 per Fasti which includes shipping.
If you live locally and like the direction CHSAA is taking, you are invited to get in on the action by becoming a volunteer. You can choose how active you want to be and what projects interest you – we’ve very flexible!
We’ll keep posting opportunities for volunteers as they become available.
Built in 1932 at Fifth Street and Euclid Avenue, Tower Hall is the oldest building on the Chaffey campus and is built in Mission Revival style. The tower rises an estimated 120 feet and contains a clock face on all four sides and chimes.
CHS alumni remember that the clock and chimes were operating in the 1960s, but at some time – perhaps in the 1980s – stopped functioning. Attempts over the years to fix the clocks and chimes were unsuccessful until June 2016 when the clock and chime assembly was replaced with a new, digital model.
The clock now keeps accurate time on all four faces, and Westminster chimes ring every hour from 7 am to 6 pm.