ABOUT THE SCENE ABOVE
The Fritz Burns Ranch in the foreground has a colorful past
includes a reindeer herd, German POWs and silent films.
THE REINDEER: Starting in the 1950s, the Burns Ranch was home to a reindeer herd that spent the Christmas season at
Southern California shopping centers, including Panorama City. Dayle Hunter's family managed the ranch in the 1960s and '70s and lived there. Roy Dimon and Larry Peterson were occasional employees at the ranch.
GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR: The ranch is known to have
The San Fernando prisoners are said to have been used as citrus workers.
been a camp for a few of the 400,000 Axis prisoners held in the United States during World War II. If this seems surprising, it appears that many places, (Beverly Hills, the Birmingham High School site, Cucamonga along with San Fernando) are listed as prisoner camps by some sources. Much of Sylmar was formerly known as San Fernando.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Celestials, Escolars graduatefrom Olive Vista.
See oldnews in the Olive Branch newspaper
FORMER TEACHERS: The class of 1963 web site has information on several former Sylmar faculty members
as of May, 2013. Click here
STADIUM LIGHTS: This plaque was dedicated
October 24,1969 and sits under the Sylmar stadium
scoreboard. It contains the names of people and
SENIOR PLAQUES: The W'63 Alphadons are
missing but the tradition seems to have lasted
through 1975. The next plaque after that is 2003
and then one more a few years later.