The Beverly Hills Athletic Alumni Association (BHAAA) was created in 2006 to address a lack of funding for the Athletic Department at Beverly Hills High School. The initial Board of Directors was comprised of 75 alums that played sports at the high school between 1948 and 2008.
BHAAA quickly attracted two major donations by the Konheim Family and Sam Nazarian, a portion of which was placed in an endowment to support Athletics for years to come. BHAAA formed the Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize the high school’s extraordinary athletes of the past who would be recognized at the organization’s annual fundraising dinner. The names of BHAAA”s Hall of Fame members are enshrined on the Don Reynolds (’51) Wall of Fame adjacent to Nickoll Field.
SINCE 2006, BHAAA HAS DONATED CLOSE TO $475,000 TO SUPPORT STUDENT ATHLETES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AND BHAAA IS CURRENTLY THE SINGLE SOURCE FOR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT PURCHASES.
BHAAA Hall of Fame:
2013 – Irving Kahn (S’40), Mike Franks (‘54), Derek Graham (’80). Dick Douglas (McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award.)
2012 – Sandy Marks (’65), Steve Kessler (’71), David Weber (’78), Keri Frankenstein (’80), Patrick Cunningham (’86)
2011 – Wally Wolf (’47), Louise Smith (’78), Lou Rudich (’82), Gregg Silver (’86), Ken Harvey (‘96) Tanis Harris (McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award).
2010 – Ian Elliot (’40), Don Long (’55), Maurice (Moe) Hill (’72), Missy Birns Halperin (’82), Bob Kay (’82). Chuck Kloes (McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award). Richard Keelor (Polaris Award).
2009 – Tony Behrstock (’85), Robert Countryman (’83), Stacy Margolin Potter (’77), Brad Turell (’75) Chris Williams (’85) Carter Paysinger (McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award).
2008 – Louise Brough Clapp (’40), Stephen Craig (’75), Jeff James (’83), Ralph Punaro (’67), Irv Zakheim (’67) Ben Bushman (McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award).
2007 – David Goldman (‘65), Lyn Konheim (’66), Jason Newman (’69), Gary Newman (’72), Eric Tannenbaum (’81), Lisa Harris (’89).
BHAAA supports the department by purchasing uniforms for all sports, as needed, and a wide array of equipment and facility improvements, including new lockers for the boys and girls team locker rooms, multiple new scoreboards; baseball dugouts, screens, bleachers and outfield fencing; new lane lines and touch pads for the pool; tennis nets; outdoor basketball hoops; pitching machines; stationary bikes; canopies; soccer and lacrosse goals; high jump pit, crossbar and standards and cheerleading to name just a few.
Equally important are the three annual scholarship awards BHAAA has established to reward graduating student athletes while honoring individuals who have left their mark on Norman athletics. The Don Reynolds Spirit of Life Award is given to a student with good values and character who has done well academically and athletically while being a good teammate. BHAAA’s Founder’s Award is given to the top Varsity Club Award recipient who best represents the athletic program on and off the field, and the Lessie Paysinger Award was created to recognize a student who embodies the spirit of Beverly Hills High School. BHAAA also created the Diamond Club to recognize graduates who participate in sports all four years in school. In an effort to broaden our base, we also introduced a new membership program, which recent graduates can join for $25.
BHAAA looks to the support of alumni, current parents, and community members to ensure that the high school’s student athletes are equipped to succeed on the field.