Merle Ahrens – WHS Class of 1952
High School Activities
Football – three years
Basketball – three years
Activities – WHS Band; Class Officer sophomore and senior year; Student Council
Awards – Earned scholarship (football) to University of South Dakota
Other – 3 years US Marine Corps (serving 1 year in Korea); played football at the Marine Base in San Diego, CA; Marine Band 2 years; Little League coach and umpire; Active in Special Olympics of California
Merle and his wife, Sylvia, have 6 children: Greg, Susan, Martha, Jeffrey, Nancy, and Wesley. Merle worked for Construction Plumbing in West Covina. He founded Ahrens Corporation in 1981 with his son, Greg. Merle retired in California. He was inducted into the Trojan Hall of Fame in 2002.