The Alumni Challenge is back in 2019!
The White Family – Rolland ’66, Harry ’67, Bill ’70, Robert ’72, and James – have united to challenge the Chaminade alumni community on October 8. If 450 alumni make a gift before midnight, they will donate $10,000 to Chaminade in posthumous honor of their parents Helen E. and Harry L. White.
The White Family has a long, wonderful history with Chaminade beginning in 1962 when Rolland enrolled as a freshman at the then-new campus in Canoga Park (now West Hills). His four brothers followed in his footsteps. All of them were prolific athletes, participating in nearly every sport offered at Chaminade, and student leaders, involved in student government, sodalities and honors associations. Rolland, Harry, and Bill each served as Student Body Presidents during their respective senior years. Bill, Robert, and James were crucial players for Chaminade’s first football team while Rolland and Harry dominated the baseball diamond.
Harry, Sr. and Helen were also active members of the Chaminade community. Harry served as President of the Men’s Club and is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2003 to recognize his tireless efforts in raising funds for the construction of the Bob Hope Student Center. He was also instrumental in developing the baseball
field that had previously been a cow pasture.
The White brothers appreciate the solid foundation that Chaminade provided for their continued success after high school and the positive difference that Chaminade has made in their lives. They have maintained a strong connection to our school as alumni, returning for reunions, fundraisers, and other school events. Bill served on the Board of Directors from 2006-2009; he is also a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame (2005). Harry returned to Chaminade for Career Night in 1983, where he spoke with students wishing to pursue careers in orthodontia and met his future business partner, Chris Zachary ’85. Harry also spearheaded the Class of 1967 50-Year Reunion in 2017, which was the highest attended Golden Eagle Celebration to date.
Upon the passing of their father, Harry, Sr., at age 102 this year and their mother, Helen, at age 93 in 2017, they were reminded of their educational roots and the extraordinary level of personal attention, academic excellence, and broad opportunities provided by their years at Chaminade.
Let’s unite on October 8 and accept their challenge #forChaminade!