Roosevelt High School Alumni Foundation

"Rough Riders 4 Life"
To inform, engage and organize alumni, friends, community members and

Operating as usual


Please join us in honoring our fellow Alumni, Gil Cedillo, '72, Lynn Cain '73, Irene Portillo, '57, and Castulo de la Rocha, S'67. September 17, 2023 at Quiet Cannon, a day of fun, great food and memories.

See the attached flyer for further information. Call or email if you have any questions.

On Sept. 17, 2023, join fellow Alumni in Honoring Irene Portillo, RHS '57, Founder Project Amiga, Castulo de la Rocha, RHS S'67, Founder, CEO of AltaMed, Gil Cedillo, RHS '72, former California Assemblyman, LA City Councilmember, Lynn Cain, RHS '73, NFL Running Back, Atlantic Falcons, LA Rams, at Quiet Cannon. Great food, great company, a great time.
Proceeds from this event go to RHS Scholarships. Tickets $65 Prime Rib or Salmon. See flyer for additional information.


On Sept. 17, 2023, join fellow Alumni in Honoring Irene Portillo, RHS '57, Founder Project Amiga, Castulo de la Rocha, RHS S'67, Founder, CEO of AltaMed, Gil Cedillo, RHS '72, former California Assemblyman, LA City Councilmember, Lynn Cain, RHS '73, NFL Running Back, Atlantic Falcons, LA Rams, at Quiet Cannon. Great food, great company, a great time.
Proceeds from this event go to RHS Scholarships. Tickets $65 Prime Rib or Salmon. See flyer for additional information.


Roosevelt HS Community Meeting "History Walk Preview" January 18th Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Roosevelt HS Cafeteria or Join on Zoom or dial in 213.8477 ID: 886 0183 1525


Please NOTE clear bags only allowed in the Coliseum for the Classic

📣Attention attendees📣
Please note only select bags and sizes are allowed at the . Please read their Clear Bag Policy referenced 👇.



- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12"W X12"H X 6"D.
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap. This can be carried separately or within a plastic bag.

All other bags are prohibited when entering the Coliseum.


Theodore Roosevelt High School
Garfield High School - East Los Angeles


Roosevelt HS Alumni Foundation & Garfield HS Alumni Foundation

Present the 8th East L.A. Classic “Beef Bowl” Luncheon

Sunday October 16, 2022 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
East LA Event Center Sta. Cecilia
4917 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90022 (Whittier Blvd., between S. Ferris & S. La Verne Ave, free parking in rear of building)

Promoting camaraderie, pride and sportsmanship between our Football Players and Communities leading up to the “East LA Classic” football game on 10/21/22 at the LA Coliseum

Join Us In Honoring Our Football Players
Guest Speaker, Gil Cedillo, RHS ‘72

RHS Alumni Foundation Survey 03/29/2022

I would like to introduce the new Executive Board for the Roosevelt High School Alumni Foundation:

President Gus Reynoso Vice President Candy Tanamchi
Secretary Mayra Carrillo Treasurer Candy Tanamachi

In hopes of increasing participation in the Foundation we ask that each of you please click on the link below and fill out the survey.

RHS Alumni Foundation Survey

We are also some of you would be interest in joining the Roosevelt High School Alumni Foundation Board. If you or anyone you know is interest please contact us at [email protected]

RHS Alumni Foundation Survey The RHS Alumni Foundation has established a rich history of commitment to our beloved Roosevelt High School and the Boyle Heights community. It is our hope to strengthen that commitment with the help of all RHS Alumni. The RHS Alumni Foundation is looking for ways for alumni and community supporters...


Happy sunday to you all


Congratulations to the Roosevelt HS Varsity Football Team!!! Thank you for bringing the East LA Classic Trophy back home.

It was an exciting game and a great crowd. It was great seeing and sharing memories of so many Alumni.

Jim Hill, Sports Legend and CBS Sports announcer, on the Saturday evening news, not only showed a clip of the game but ended of his broadcast with "CONGRATULATIONS to the ROOSEVELT ROUGHRIDERS",

Score: Roughriders 22 Bulldogs 19


Share with everyone!! Stop the move to change the name of Roosevelt here and NOW!!

This is a ZOOM MEETING, I will send out the information as to HOW TO LOG IN as soon as I receive it. This is all the information I have received so far.
Thank you to the Boyle Heights Community Partners for this information about the date and time of the meeting below.

Please attend the meeting of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council-Planning and Land Use Committee on Thursday, 21 October 2021, 6:30pm.
You can obtain the agenda 1 day before at
The information to log in will be sent as so as we receive it.
Please be sure to share this with ALL ALUMNI and ALL Boyle Heights Friends and Family.
You will have 2 minutes to make your Public Thank



Ben Gertner, Principal RHS, contacted me about Jonathan Echavarria. This person contacted LASUD as to the procedure to change the name of a High School, specifically Roosevelt High School. LAUSD told him to contact Gertner.

Mr. Gertner contacted me to ask if it was ok to give Jonathan my contact information. He also told him that the Alumni and Community probably would not support this. Jonathan text me and we agreed to talk on Sunday, 9/26, instead he called me on Saturday.

I had to locate information on Jonathan myself because when I talked to him he refused to give me any information. When I asked him if he lived in the community, he told me that has nothing to do with what he wanted to talk to me about. When I asked him where he came from and his background again he told me that I did not need any of that information about him. So I do not know if he even lives in Boyle Heights.

Jonathan graduated from UC San Diego in 2019. He sits on the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council as a Area 1 Representative, the Community Interest Seat, he was elected 7 months ago. Roosevelt is NOT in Area 1 it is in Area 4 for the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council. Jonathan told me he is doing this on his own and that he gotten the forms to start the procedure to change Roosevelt's name.

He did NOT grow up in Boyle Heights nor teach at or go to Roosevelt. He taught at Endeavor Middle School for 11 months from Aug. 2019 - June 2020, this charter school is located on Soto. He now teaches at Downtown Value School, an elementary school in the Pico Union District.

Following are the reasons that he emailed as to why he is going to submit an application to change the name of Roosevelt.

"This is a perspective that I share with some of the community members that I have talked to. There are many reasons to change the name of Theodore Roosevelt High School, some being that he supported eugenics, was an imperialist, and held anti-immigrant sentiments. In regards to me not being from Boyle Heights, I don't want to focus on myself, but rather discuss the issue. I don’t want to be the sole person deciding to change the name, and that’s also not how the process would work."

He included some quotes in his proposal from President Roosevelt, I am familiar with these quotes from Roosevelt's speeches and he has taken them out of context to support his proposal.

When I spoke to him I informed him this was only my opinion and I did not speak for the Alumni Foundation Board but that I would talk to all of them and I would inform other Alumni as to what he is trying to do. The Roosevelt Alumni Foundation has voted to fight this change.

When I mention to him that Teddy Roosevelt had also done many things that improved our Country and its future, including fighting for the national forest system, he did not want to hear any of that. When I tried to discuss with him that Roosevelt HS had built it's own legacy through the 100 years that it has existed and that to change the name would be to change the High School, Roosevelt HS would no longer exist. That our traditions and the closeness of life long friendship had developed through Boyle Heights and Roosevelt and that Roosevelt HS is considered the Heart of Boyle Heights, He response was that the building would still be here so what would be the difference, all of what I said was irrelevant according to Jonathan. I spoke to him about some of our Hall of Fame Alumni, his response was that was all irrelevant. He mentioned that Roosevelt was now 97% Latin, to this I mentioned that through the years the demographics at the school always changed and that at one time we had 57 different ethnic groups on campus, his response "that's irrelevant". At this point I told him there was no use talking to him since everything that I said was irrelevant according to him.

I have obtained a copy of the Proposal that Jonathan Echavarria will submit to the Neighborhood Council Board at their General Meeting in October. As soon as I know what the date is I will send out that information. It will be a Zoom Meeting. I urge anyone who is against this change to attend the meeting so that the Council knows we are against this and that they should not adopt this proposal and in fact should stop it now.

I am attaching a copy of the proposal that he plans to present for the Council's support. Also I am including below the sections of President Roosevelt's speeches that Joanthan took the quotes from to support his proposal because I believe he took them out of context.

Just a point of information. The quote about Race Su***de Jonathan notes he got from the Minnesota Public Radio site. Roosevelt was against Race Su***de as he was defined in 1901 or 1903.

"Race su***de" was a term used when Roosevelt spoke to the Congress of Mothers. He was standing against what was termed "birth control" in the 1900s, since anglo saxons had fallen from average of 8 children per family to 2 1/2 in a couple of decades. He stated that controlling the number of births in a family would be race su***de for the anglo saxons.
"President Theodore Roosevelt began forcefully denouncing race su***de among the average men and women who make up the nation. "If American birthrates continued to trend towards zero, Roosevelt repeatedly warned his constituents, there could be little hope for the future of the American experiment. A new race will take your place, because you will have shown that you are not fit to cumber the ground." This was directed toward the Irish Catholics immigrating into America.

Also the quote about the flag, this is what preceded Jonathan's remark in the real speech.

"We freely extend the hand of welcome and of good-fellowship to every man, no matter what his creed or birthplace, who comes here honestly intent on becoming a good United States citizen like the rest of us; but we have a right, and it is our duty, to demand that he shall indeed become so and shall not confuse the issues with which we are struggling by introducing among us Old-World quarrels and prejudices. There are certain ideas which he must give up. For instance, he must learn that American life is incompatible with the existence of any form of anarchy, or of any secret society having murder for its aim, whether at home or abroad; and he must learn that we exact full religious toleration and the complete separation of Church and State. Moreover, he must not bring in his Old-World religious race and national antipathies, but must merge them into love for our common country, and must take pride in the things which we can all take pride in. He must revere only our flag; not only must it come first, but no other flag should even come second. He must learn to celebrate Washington’s birthday rather than that of the Queen or Kaiser, and the Fourth of July instead of St. Patrick’s Day. Our political and social questions must be settled on their own merits, and not complicated by quarrels between England and Ireland, or France and Germany"

I am so sorry that this is so long. I ask that you email me back if you are against this move to change the name of Roosevelt High School. I am going to start compiling a list with emails and phone numbers of those that stand against this so that I can keep everyone informed as this progresses.

Thank you in advance for your time and support to keep OUR ALMA MATER alive.

"Rough Riders 4 Life".
email: [email protected]

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Former L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge, known to many as 'Mr. Los Angeles,' dies at 67 01/10/2021

Tom LaBonge was a great person, Councilmember, and friend. When Ken and I mentioned to him that we were trying to find Lou Adler for the Roosevelt H.S. Alumni Foundation's Hall of Fame, he immediately told his secretary to get Lou Adler on the phone. It turned out they were friends. When we honored Willie Davis at the Hall of Fame, Tom LaBonge, left his son's birthday party for a couple of hours because he was a great fan of Willie Davis and wanted to see and talk to him. He will be missed by Los Angeles and especially those that he helped along his journey.

Former L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge, known to many as 'Mr. Los Angeles,' dies at 67 Former City Councilman Tom La Bonge was 'an irrepressible cheerleader for Los Angeles,' said City Councilman Mike Bonin. He was 67.

Rose Ochi, who shattered glass ceilings, dies » Nichi Bei 12/24/2020

Rose Ochi, Roosevelt HS Graduate passed away on December 13, 2020

Rose Ochi, who shattered glass ceilings, dies » Nichi Bei Takayo Rose Matsui Ochi, attorney, civil rights activist and political strategist who shattered numerous glass ceilings, such as becoming the first Asian American woman commissioner on the Los Angeles Police Commission and the first Asian American woman assistant attorney general, passed away on Dec...


I was on, the High School Sports website. For Roosevelt High School's Football Team they list the mascot as "Rough Riders". Our mascot is the Teddy Bear. For those of you who may not be aware, the Teddy Bear was created because of Teddy Roosevelt and named after him. That is the reason it is our mascot. I would like to share the following story with all Rough Riders.

The Story of the Teddy Bear

"The Teddy Bear was invented in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt. It all began when Theodore Roosevelt was on a bear hunting trip near Onward, Mississippi on November 14, 1902. Mississippi's Governor Andrew H. Longino had invited him, but unlike other hunters in the group, Theodore had not located a single bear.
Roosevelt's assistants, led by Holt Collier, a born slave and former Confederate cavalryman, cornered and tied a black bear to a willow tree. They summoned Roosevelt and suggested that he shoot it. Viewing this as extremely unsportsmanlike, Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear. The news of this event spread quickly through newspaper articles across the country. The articles recounted the story of the president who refused to shoot a bear. However, it was not just any president, it was Theodore Roosevelt the big game hunter!

Clifford Berryman, a political cartoonist, read the article and decided to lightheartedly satirize the president's refusal to shoot the bear. Berryman's cartoon appeared in the Washington Post on November 16, 1902. Morris Michtom, a Brooklyn candy shop owner, saw the cartoon and had an idea. He and his wife Rose also made stuffed animals, and Michtom decided to create a stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who refused to shoot a bear. He called it 'Teddy's Bear'.
After receiving Roosevelt's permission to use his name, Michtom mass produced the toy bears which were so popular that he soon founded the Ideal Toy Company. To this day the Teddy Bear has worldwide popularity and its origin can be traced back to Theodore's fateful hunting trip in 1902.


Every Year Fred Hermosillo arranges this at El Tepeyac in the City of Industry. Come join in good food, good drinks and great Rough Riders!!!!








This was an ad in the LA Times Monday, November 11, 2019. Any one who knows any of these guys please contact Gary Platt.

"In 1940 a group of teenage boys in Boyle Heights formed a club named "The Palavers". We were all students in Hollenbeck Jr. High and Roosevelt H.S. and the club was primarily to play baseball and basketball against other teams in the area but we also had some social activities.

We disbanded during WWII when we went into the service and fortunately all of us returned and regrouped again in 1946. I am in contact with two of the men, Al Green and Rabbi Harry Silverstein and wold appreciate hearing from any others that are still with us or their children." Gary Platt
[email protected]


Garfield's side of the stadium has had a large attendance for the past few years, while Roosevelt's side has been scanty. The Roosevelt Football Players are our LEADERS of the FUTURE. Roosevelt ALUMNI, a lot of you always talk about you are proud to be Rough Riders, prove that these are not hollow words. Come to the EAST LA CLASSIC Nov. 1st at EAST LA College. Show you are "ROUGH RIDERS 4 LIFE" in actions not just in words!!!!!! Let Roosevelt High School know we are here, we remember and we stand up to support them....


Join us in celebrating the football players as they head to the East LA Classic. The Classic is November 1 at East LA College Stadium. We will have tickets to the Classic for sale at the "Beef Bowl". $12 If you buy a ticket at the "Beef Bowl" Roosevelt H.S. will receive the all the funds.

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