The Anaheim High School Class of 1945 was special, Vincent Mazza believes, since its entire high school education took place during war time.
"All of us were not only getting an education," said Mazza, who now lives in Fullerton, "but we were also spending time after school doing such things as helping the war effort by planting and harvesting crops because most of the men were away fighting."
The women, he noted, were also there, and a lot of them, including classmate Madelyn (Vincent) Conliffe of Anaheim, were riveters in war plants.
Even sports were different. "I played baseball, basketball and football, and the whole team only had 18 players," said Mazza, who was the school's student commissioner of boys' athletics.