Friday, September 23rd was a special day at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. It was a day dedicated to one of the school’s most beloved teachers, Mr. Dentler Erdmann a business teacher (and much more) who taught at Belmont for 39 years. Erdmann, affectionately called “Erd” by his students was named Teacher of the year in 1975. But on last Friday a newly remodeled stadium & track was dedicated and named in Erdmann’s honor. The new facility “Erdmann Stadium at Montgomery field” is one of (if not the best) the best looking high school stadium this writer has ever seen. It’s simply beautiful. As alumni I felt so proud to be present during the ceremony and also the following football game. And to put a nice cap on the day – both the Belmont JV and Varsity teams won their games over visiting North Hollywood High.
Mr. Erdmann was originally hired in 1960 as a business teacher for Belmont, after student teaching there in 1959. But during his career at Belmont he served in many other capacities. He ran the Sentinel newspaper for 11 years, yearbook advisor 25 years, senior class sponsor 8 years, octagon club sponsor 11 years, leadership advisor 6 years, and Dodger’s intern coordinator. And in addition to his classroom responsibilities and the above activities…….he dedicated a large part of his time to the athletic programs of the school. He was truly a man of character on campus, and he demonstrated what collaboration is all about.
He only missed three Varsity Football games in 39 years at Belmont. And one of those missed games was so that he could travel to China to represent LAUSD at a cultural exchange event. He was a big supporter of Coach Arima’s basketball team, and he had a trained staff of student photographers who were always on the football field taking pictures of the games. And he supported the track team on Friday’s, and eventually took over as head timer for all running events. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s he would travel to nearby Arroyo Seco to support the baseball team. As an alumni athlete I can truly say that the support Erdmann provided enhanced the learning experience for hundreds (if not thousands) of young men and women.
He said during his dedication ceremony that he honestly enjoyed every day that he was on campus and working on behalf of Belmont. After retirement Erdmann moved to Lubbock, TX where he keeps busy with family & friends. Several people spoke highly of Erdmann at his dedication, and although many great individual students and staff have come out of Belmont……..Erdmann will always be remembered as one of the greatest. Thank you Erdmann for all your years of service. We love you!
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