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2012 Spring
The Norco High School Girls Softball Team earned top honors this season by winning the Powerade Fab 50 Softball National Championship! The team earned the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championship Title as well as #1 State and National Rankings. We are Norco!!


2008, May 9-11
Norco Founders Day Celebration
The first celebration of the founding the Norco was this year. Events included a Dinner-Dance held at Nellie Weaver Hall with Country music and dancing after a great BBQ dinner. Saturday events included a flagraising, pancake breakfast, recognition of alumni of the old Norco School and past Norco Queens and Princesses. A hot dog lunch was also served. Displays of historical photos and other memorabilia was at the community center. An ice cream social was held in the fireside room along with the cake cutting of a birthday cake decorated to look like the Lake Norconian Pavillion building. Vendors and local organizations had booths around the area. Also during the day was a Ranch tour of local ranches that was very well attended and extremely fun! The Sunday main event was the first ever horse ride around the Lake Norconian. The event drew at least 300 riders! Norconians love their town!! All funds from the event were donated to either the Friends of the Norco Hills or the Lake Norconian Foundation for preservation of open land or of the Lake Norconian Resort.
2000, 5 October
Five Chickens find home in Norco
Five chickens that were on the TV series "Big Brother" have been places in a refuge in Norco after being used for eggs for the cast during the filming. Animal rights leader Nancy Burnet and game show host, Bob Barker, were concerned for the welfare of the chickens after the show was finished. Barker said, "The chickens were very cooperative. They just clucked and clucked in happiness. We put them in these cages where they seemed to be quite comfortable."


1997, 27 September - Norco, California

City Councilman, William (Bill) Thomas Vaughan, Sr., age 70, died today at his home. He had surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor last April. Vaughan had been a major contributor to life in Norco for over 30 years. Bill and his family came to Norco in 1961. He was first elected to the city council in June, 1990. He served as mayor in 1994 and 1996. In the 1992 election he was the top "vote-getter." Bill came from Carnegie Oklahoma. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the second world war. He was recalled to serve during the Korean War in the early 50's. He and his wife, Phylliss, lived in the city of Fullerton before moving to Norco. By profession, he was a real estate agent and building contractor, though in recent years he considered himself "semi-retired."

True to his "stand for what you believe in" attitude, Vaughan ran for the city council two times before being elected in 1990. He is considered to be a "Norco Pioneer" by many. Former Councilman, Steve Nathan, says of Vaughan, "Norco's lifestyle is his gift to us." A member of several civic organizations, Vaughan was not one to stand by and do nothing. Val Cox, president of the Norco Horseman's Association, (of which Vaughan was a member) maintains, "I don't think I ever saw the man do anything for himself...He was always doing something for someone else. He was always for Norco." Bill was also a member of Temescal Masonic Lodge 314 Free and Accepted Masons.

Bill generally spoke his mind, especially at city council meetings. You knew where he stood on issues. He also disliked the use of consultants by the city. He said, "When I think I'm right, I'll make my point as clearly as I can." His view on consultants is shown by his statement, "I do not need consultants to tell me what I already know."

Bill will be missed by all!
Submitted by the City of Norco



1996, 7 December - Norco High School Cougars Football team played Alta Loma in a CIF semi-final game today. The final score, unfortunately for Norco was 38 - 12 in favor of Alta Loma. Alta Loma played a great game today, burying Norco's running game. Norco finishes its season with an admirable record of 11-2. In the last five seasons, Norco has won 15 playoff games. We are proud of our Cougars - They are a great team!!


14 August 1996 Norco, California
Harry Brinton, a former city councilman and mayor died today of heart disease. He was 85 years old. He and his late wife, Eleanor, who passed away in February, 1994, lived in Norco for 50 years. Some of his many accomplishments are: Norco Citizen of the Year, co-founder of the Norco Valley Fair, involved with the Chamber of Commerce, the local Lion's Club and the Senior Citizen's Center.
Submitted in memory of Harry Brinton by Ronald K Snow, Norco City Historian


1980, May 9
On this date there was a Shootout between police in Norco and five heavily armed suspects armed with assault rifles as well as various explosive and incendiary devices. After the shootout with police at a bank at Fourth Street and Hamner AVenue in Norco, the suspects became involved in a prolonged chase in which the suspects shot at police, disabled 33 police vehicles, and civilian cars with improvised explosive devices thrown from the back of a truck. The suspects also disabled a police helicopter. Later the suspects lay in wait for police as they chased them and ambushed them resulting in the death of a police officer and injury to others. One of the suspects was killed in the shootout, one during a standoff with Police, and three were later captured. 8 officers were injured.


16 October 1967 Norco, California
Norco High School opens. Norco High School began with no Seniors its first year. The first graduating class was in the 1968-1969 school year. That graduating class had 220 Seniors. The entire school had 39 teachers and 533 students. The A, K, J, and B buildings were built first. Also completed during this first phase were the library, girls locker room (which was divided between the girls & boys to start), the gym and the pool. The second phase included the D & H buildings, the Little Theater, the cafeteria, the wrestling room and boys locker room. This group of buildings was completed in 1974 and 1975. The first principal was Phil Donahue. Earl Vaughn, Jim Troxel, Dave Long and Maggie Little have been succeeding principals at Norco High. The mascot for the school is a cougar.
Submitted by the Snow children - graduates of Norco High School, classes of 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003.


December 1964 Norco, California
Norco became an incorporated city. The first city council was as follows: Gilbert Cox, Thomas Harris, Louis Hoefs, John Koning MD, and Bert Range. Gilbert Cox was appointed to be the first mayor.
Submitted by Ronald K Snow, Norco City Historian


1 June 1993
The Norco Public Library moves into the former Norco City Hall at 3954 Old Hamner. There is space for the Friends of the Norco Library, and the Norco Historical Society. The Library has a separate room for horse material, children's material, and reference. The City of Norco, as the landlord, owns the facility and pays for the bulk of the renovation.
Submitted by the Friends of the Norco Library


8 December 1941 Norco, California
The Norconian Resort Hotel was sold on this date to the Federal Government. The property was rapidly turned into a Naval Hospital. Hotel rooms were turned into hospital rooms and operating arenas. Nearly all of the patients were victims of tuberculosis, malaria, rheumatic fever and polio. By April 1943 the hospital had 1,000 beds. Other buildings were added as housing for nurses and staff members. The hospital continued serving patients until November 1949. At this time, with the war efforts over, the urgent need for hospital beds had dramatically decreased. The hospital closed against the wishes of the community. During the Korean War in June 1950, the hospital was reopened. It took over three million dollars to refurbish the old hospital. In June 1951, it was ready to serve as a general care hospital that could handle 700-800 patients at one time. By 1952, the hospital needed 700 civilian employees and navy personnel to function. By 1957, the hospital cared for 586 patients daily. It was in June of this year that the Navy announced that they would be closing the facility. In October, the hospital was again closed and dismantled.
Submitted by the Norco Historical Society


11 August 1927 Norco, California
Work started on the Norconian Resort Hotel. Rex B. Clark, founder of Norco, began to build a huge, luxury hotel, surrounded by acres of land and Lake Norconian. The hotel was called the "World's Resort Supreme". It was visited by many of the Hollywood crowd during its prime. There was even a private airstrip for the guests. The Stock market crash of 1929 began a downward spiral for the hotel that ended in its closure not long after the crash. Lake Norconian was made over about 65 acres of land. The water was pumped in from the many underground wells in the area. The hotel was famous for its hot sulfur wells.
Submitted by the Norco Historical Society

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