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Friday, February 13, 2009


Dr. Robert Leland - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
When Bob Leland retired as the principal of Burbank High School, he continued his lifelong dedication to youth by acting as a child advocate in the courts. No one who knew Dr. Leland was surprised.
Few people worked harder at their jobs than Bob Leland. He presided over Burbank High School and its then new continuation school throughout the 1960s. He watched his staff form a chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, his students become fans of the Beatles, an ever-increasing list of Burbank graduates fall in Vietnam, and the kids of Burbank reject small town conservatism to become flower children. Somehow through his sincerity and sense of fair play, Bob Leland kept his school afloat. Dr. Leland died on the 22nd of December 2008. He was proceeded in death by his wife Pearl Leland, retired professor of nursing from Los Angeles Valley College. Bob was a good man.


Cathy said...

As a former Valley Girl, I totally enjoy your blog - thanks!

Please check out our Burbank High School Class of '67 blog which began a couple of years ago right before our 40th reunion:

Cathy Palmer

Cathy said...

Also, our deepest condolances to the Leland family.

Dr. Leland was our principal the 3 years we were at Burbank High.

His daughter, Barbara, was in our class and a good friend. May the Lord bless the family during this time of loss I pray.

Cathy Palmer
BHS '67