In 1963 President John F. Kennedy attended the John Burroughs High School prom. Why would a sitting President of the United States attend a high school dance you ask? Listen below to find out!
Funding for rememBURBANK came from the Friends of the Burbank Public Library. The opening and closing music is Burbank's official song, In Burbank by Code Morgan (1924). Special thanks this month to Cesar Garcia for research assistance.
Above photos of President John F. Kennedy and Jack Benny at the 1963 John Burroughs High School prom. (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)
There is also a lovely photo taken from behind President Kennedy with the crowd of students facing him. Unfortunately, we do not have the rights to show it to you here, but you can see it on the Getty Images site.
"HARD LESSON IN CIVICS." Los Angeles Times, May 22, 1963, pp. 1.
"JFK PARTY MOVES UPSTAIRS; BURROUGHS PROM BACK IN HLTON BALLROOM; PRESIDENT INVITED TO ATTEND EVENT." Burbank Daily Review, May 23, 1963, pp. 1.
"JFK, BROWN VISITS SPARK LOCAL PROMS." Burbank Daily Review, June 10, 1963, pp.1.
Jill Roberts, "A Presidential Moment", in the 1998 Akela (JBHS yearbook).
Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (check out the video the Association made about the float and the story that inspired it)