Covina High School Class of 1968

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Jeff Rhiner

My wife Caryn and I have been married for almost 35 years now. She is a Baldwin Park grad but I don't hold that against her. We are currently living the mountain life in Twin Peaks (Lake Arrowhead area).

After high school I attended Mt. Sac where I studied forestry and physical education and ran on the track team. I hurt my knee at the end of my sophmore year and decided PE was not something I was going to be able to do. I transfered to Cal Poly Pomona and studied Pre Veterinary Medicine—nobody told me it would be so hard to get into Vet School! I met Caryn at Cal Poly in parisitology class and we were married. At this time we also started attending a little church in Costa Mesa called Calvary Chapel. I became a Christian at Calvary and this began 30+ years of walking with the Lord. We still attend Calvary but in Running Springs instead of Coasta Mesa.

During this time (about 10 years) I worked at Inter-Community Hospital in Covina at a variety of jobs including a surgical orderly (ask me about standing in for a doctor on a shattered ankle some time). After graduating from Cal Poly and not being accepted into Vet School, a friend asked me if I ever considered being an Agriculture Teacher like him. I did not know much about it but found that I could actually be teaching in a year, so decided to give it a shot. That was 30 years ago and I still feel like I have the best job in the world.

I worked at Colton HS for 17 years and then Caryn and I decided it was time to leave California and try life in a little logging town in the state of Washington called Sedro-Woolley. Woolley is located about half way between Seattle and the Canadian border in western (the wet side—our 2nd year there it rained for a record 120 straight days!) Washington. Caryn and I lived and taught there for 6 years when the Lord decided that we needed to move back to California to help with my parents. Both are still alive and well (88 years young!) and between running them to the doctor and the store it keeps my brothers and me hopping.

I have worked for the last 6 years at Jurupa Valley HS where I teach both Veterinary Science and Floral Design classes—an interesting combination (always love the reaction of my students the 1st day of class when they walk in and see who is teaching them about flowers). This year I also had a Horsemanship class—our students receive PE credit for this class. Caryn and I both still love the outdoors and our free time is usually spent bike riding, hiking, or my passion, fly fishing (we are leaving for the Tetons and Yellowstone for this year's vacation). The only Class of 1968 Colt that I have had any contact with was Dan Bethel who lived in the Arrowhead area before we moved to Washington. I will try to send a picture some time in the future. Let me know if I can be of any help on the planning of next year's reunion.