Western High School's Official Umbrella Alumni Association

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We depend on our other individual donors to maintain the scholarships and to expand other projects requested by the school. This year we paid for the lunches for the incoming students at the Freshman Orientation and plan to do so again this year. We look forward to participating in other school activities in the upcoming year.

Please consider joining the Alumni Association and donation fund and/or volunteering to help with some of our projects. Thank you.

Coach Roy Merk 

June 8, 1921 - July 28, 2017

Coach Merk passed away on July 28, 2017 at the age of 96. He was born on June 8, 1921 in Zillah, Washington, one of 14 children. Roy attended Washington State University until his entrance into the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served as an instructor of athletics at St. Mary's Pre-Flight in Moraga, CA before being stationed at the Santa Ana Blimp Base. While stationed at the Blimp Base, Roy met his future wife Rose. After his discharge, Roy and Rose were married in 1946 in Anaheim, CA.

Roy completed his education at Whittier College and began his teaching career at Coast Union High School in Cambria, CA before taking a teaching position in Corona, CA. In 1954 he moved to the newly opened Western Junior High School in Anaheim, CA. In 1957, the school transitioned into what is now Western High School.

As one of the original teachers at Western, Roy was co-chair of the Athletic Department. Roy was Head Coach of all of the boys’ sports programs during his career at Western High as well as the Athletic Director. When Roy retired in 1981, he was the only teacher on staff at that time who taught at the school when it opened in 1954.

Roy enjoyed traveling with friends, being with his family and attending countless activities of the grandchildren. He loved his family very much. He kept in touch with numerous students until his death. He attended the Western High School Pioneers Forever Alumni Association annual picnics until his heath prohibited him to do so. Many of those in attendance were his students.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, of 69 years, and his son Bill. Survivors include his son Michael (Rusty), daughters Paulette (Tom) and Nancy (Tom), six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Calendar of Events

Western High School Pioneers Forever Alumni Association

May 2018

Place: TBD

Activities: Bowling Tournament, Meet & Greet,


Purpose: To reconnect with alumni, conduct the Annual Meeting and election of the Officers and Board of Directors, meet some of the Scholarship Recipients, and accept donations for the eight Scholarships we fund annually.

       (Details will appear on the Reunion page when we have firm dates and locations.)    

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 If your class is planning a reunion and would like to have it posted on this website contact us using the form on the Contact Us page. We can add you to the Calendar of Events and also add your registration page and other information in the Reunions section.

Since 2011 our Western High School Pioneers Forever Alumni Association (WHSPFAA) has been awarding a $1,000 scholarship to two deserving Western High School graduates. We then follow them through their first four years of college awarding an additional $1,000 each year if they continue to meet the academic criteria. To date we have paid out $35,600.00.

                               This year the 2017

                               Scholarships were 

                               awarded by Linda Achin

                               Elliott (61), WHSPFAA

                               Secretary, shown in  

                               picture with 2017

                               recipient, Andy Ho, at the

                               Annual Senior Awards

                               held at the Kennedy High

                               School Arts Center on April 25, 2017. Not shown is Ruthie Mendez also a 2017 recipient. Congratulations to both of them.

We are excited about our record of helping students achieve their higher education goals. If you are attending the Annual Reunion and Scholarship Fundraising Picnic you will have a chance to meet and talk to some of these recipients.

The money received from the picnic goes directly into the scholarship fund. All money received is for the students minus minimal costs for park rental, website fees, scholarship certificates, and office supplies, much of which are donated.  

"Pioneers Forever" Scholarships