Crimson Chronicle Editor
The first week of school started with a tragedy as Mario Gonzalez, Hollywood High’s campus aide, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Gonzalez worked at Hollywood High for more than 20 years.
He was originally an alumnus of Hollywood High graduating in 1994 and was also a part of its football team.
Many students and staff who knew Gonzalez, would describe him as a kind-spirited person who wouldn’t fail to make someone smile. His laughter and humorous jokes were known to fill the halls of the school.
“Mario was many things to each individual, but to me, he was such a divine being,” said Lannie Garcia, Class of 2022. “I thank Mario for helping my family and me no matter what occurred. Rest in peace to the kindest soul, we love & miss you.”
Gonzalez was known to be a diehard supporter of the football team and never missed a game in his career. To honor his life, a memorial was held at the first football game of the season on Friday, Aug. 19. During halftime, Principal Samuel Dovlatian gave a speech celebrating his life, and Gonzalez’s family was present to honor him and talk about his legacy. Leadership students were seen holding posters, and gifts that were given by the student body.
“Mario was the heart of Hollywood, he was every sport’s number one supporter, and it saddens me not seeing him on the field,” said Natalie Monchez, a PAM senior.
Dovlatian announced that the school will be retiring his football jersey number (#81) along with his walkie-talkie number.
The rosary will be held at Forest Lawn Glendale today Aug. 31 from 5-7 p.m. The mass will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. followed by the burial at Forest Lawn Glendale.
The Gonzalez family requests that attendees wear Raider gear to honor his memory.