Ray Manzarek’s High School Days


Ray grew up in Chicago and attended St. Rita High School. He loved basketball and if his coach had allowed him to play power forward rather than guard, he could have gone in that direction and we might not be having this conversation. That’s according to Ray. I guess he was pretty good at hoops.

First up, I wanted to share this observation. John Holmes showed up in the late 60s to “audition” for Bill Amerson at his office behind Crossroads of the World in L.A. Meanwhile, the Doors were recording their first couple of albums at Sunset Sound Studios. They are across the street from each other.

Crossroads of the World (circled, middle left) and Sunset Sound Studios (lower right) where the Doors recorded their first couple of albums.

Crossroads of the World (circled, middle left) and Sunset Sound Studios (lower right) where the Doors recorded their first couple of albums.

Ray. 1955 Senior photo.

Ray. 1955 Junior photo.

Ray. 1954 Sophomore photo.

Ray. 1954 Sophomore photo.

 

Ray. 1953 Freshman photo.

Ray. 1953 Freshman photo.

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