Apropos of the recent discussion of building a public sector gym in Palo Alto, I want to suggest a related but much cheaper idea, to rename the gym at Cubberley “Presley Pavillion at Cubberley Center”. Bud Presley was a Cubberley coach and later was successful at Menlo College. He preached a tough type of defense, including a drill wherein players practiced running over each other. My coach, Hans Delannoy, Cubberley ’70, won two titles at Gunn. (And later inducted into San Ramon of Danville, CA Hall of Fame). See bio below.
Elvis Presley of course famous musician. And the Pavillion in recent years is used for dancing. Swing, but Elvis sort of swings. At least between belly button and knees, as Ed Sullivan ironically made immortal. Five for fighting, six for lovin’ as we used to say.
Leave it ambiguous which Presley takes charge or the charge here.
Whole lotta South Palo Alto shakin’ going on.
music and hoops guy — I was made to chime in here. Or woof like Payton, tired of waitin’, feel me?
in Palo Alto
Can we push Paly to let citizens use their gym more often? Also, Gunn has a new gym. Also Pinewood Private School has a gym, in nearby LAH but the land is actually owned by PAUSD. My idea might create interest in using the gyms at Cubberley. Let’s rename the other gym. There are two. I voted recently at the other gym. Clayborne Carson Gym? Also: somewhat related: I wore a Lew Welch shirt at my interview for Parks. Lew was a track champion at Paly before becoming famous Beat poet — and Huey Lewis’s father.
Last: future and past mayor Burt knows that Los Altos High field is named Burt for his father, so this hits him different, I’m sure. Let’s discus, I mean discuss.
The Bud Presley Classic was created to honor the legacy of one of the greatest head coaches to ever roam the sidelines at Menlo College. During his 12-year tenure as head coach, Presley won 266 games and led Menlo to five consecutive Coast Conference championships. Bud Presley came to Menlo College in 1971 and took over a program that had won just 11 games in the previous four seasons. His first season with Menlo, the Oaks posted a 23-3 record and a conference championship and the legacy of Bud Presley had its foundation.
In twelve seasons at the helm from 1971-82, Presley guided Menlo to an overall record of 266 wins to just 88 losses. Presley-coached teams garnered five Coast Conference championships, three state runner-up finishes and one California Community College State Championship (1973-74).Presley’s coaching career included successful stints at Cubberly High School in Palo Alto, Santa Ana Community College, Gonzaga University and finally as an assistant at University of Las Vegas under Jerry Tarkanian.