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LONGTIME TEACHER BLANCHE BETTINGTON.



Byline: Holly Andres Staff Writer

CANOGA PARK - Former Canoga Park High School Canoga Park High School is a public school located in Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, USA, within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

It is located right across the street from the Topanga Plaza shopping center.
 teacher Blanche Wadleigh Bettington died Thursday at Brockman Medical Center in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . She was 99.

Bettington began teaching social studies at Owensmouth High School, now Canoga Park High School, in 1923. A graduate of the University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission , she also taught for many years at Hamilton High School Hamilton High School may refer to:
  • Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Alexander Hamilton High School (Elmsford, New York) in Elmsford, New York
  • Alexander Hamilton High School (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 in West Los Angeles
  • West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, a neighborhood of Los Angeles
  • West Los Angeles (region), a popularly identified region of Los Angeles, incorporating the neighborhood above
. She retired in 1966.

``She was one of a kind, brilliant. She loved kids,'' said Harriet Perl, a retired English teacher from Hamilton High School. ``Kids used to fight to get into her classes. She taught her kids to be responsible citizens and to be participatory Americans.''

Perl added, ``She was a fighting, liberal Democrat and a patriot in the real sense of the word. It's an old cliche, but when she was made they threw the mold away.''

Bettington lived for many years in Van Nuys until relocating to Brentwood in 1975.

Among Bettington's many students over the years was Rep. Howard Berman, D-Mission Hills, who had been a student at Hamilton High School.

She was born July 13, 1901, in Quebec, Canada. She was married to Randall John Bettington. They had no children.

Bettington is survived by two nephews, Henry and James Wadleigh; three grandnephews, David, Daniel and Douglas; and one grandniece grand¬∑niece ¬†
n.
A daughter of one's nephew or niece.


grandniece
Noun

same as great-niece

Noun 1.
, Dana.

A private funeral is being planned.

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Retired teacher Blanche Wadleigh Bettington has a few words with former student Hubert Troth during a 1999 class reunion.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Mar 2, 2001
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