January 20, 2011 / News

Alhambra High pulls old yearbooks together on archive website

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

David Rich, a former student at Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif., always fondly remembered his time at the school in the early 1970s. According to the Martinez News-Gazette, Rich felt the almuni were a “close-knit” group and the class reunions well attended.

That’s why Rich and his wife created the website alhambraalumni.org, which contains a history section with 84 past copies of the school’s Torch yearbook.

For a $20 membership fee, visitors to the website can browse through old Alhambra yearbooks dating back to 1909. The couple has pledged to return 10% of their membership income from the website back to the school district.

“Each volume is a time capsule for the people who witnessed the moments and memories of the previous academic year. Creating digital copies of each Torch will preserve them for the future and collect them in one location,” Rich wrote on the website.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.