1987 ESHS Hall of Fame Inductee



Dorcas Haynes Birchim
Class of 1941

Born:  December 9, 1923  -  Place:  Danville, Indiana. 
Parents:  Russell and Blanche Haynes.

At El Segundo High School

Active in California Scholarship Federation, Student Council, Girls Athletic Association, Girls Tennis, Golden Eagle Annual Staff, Representative - Daughters of the American Revolution, Freshman Member - House of Representatives.


Attended University of California at Los Angeles and University of California at Berkeley, Life Member Pi Gamma Mu, National Honor Society for Social Sciences, Worked with Dyxlexic Children at the Fernald School, UCLA.


Member of the Marine Corps/Women's Reserve, Air Base Group 2, San Diego, 1943-45, Honorable Discharge as Private First Class, Candidate for Officers Training School, Artist, Painter, sculptor - works appear in "The Cowboy in Art", and "Samuels Encyclopedia of Western Artists", teacher, Cerro Coso, Art Administrator, Bishop Civic Art Commission, Inyo Council for the Arts, Founder, Sierra Desert Arts Association, Representative to the California Arts Council, Wildlife painting in water colors, acrylics and oil; pencil drawings of birds and animals, member of the following organizationss:  Audobon Society, Pi Gamma Mu, Laws Railroad Museum, California Conferation of the Arts, Commissioned to design and install Inyo County's permanent exhibit in the California Capital Building (Woodcarvings in the Round and Bas Relief).  Mother of four children and grandmother of eight. 

"El Segundo High was where I took art classes from Florence Case and Ramona Kulzer.  Upon these few hours of classroom instruction, I was able to base a long and rewarding career.  Now it's your turn to be inspired and nurtured.  My advice?  Make the most of your high school experience. It counts!"