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Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ May 2, 2024

Wildlife officials are in a bitter dispute over the removal of the invasive Barred Owl from forests along the West Coast to save the Northern...

TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
Alyssa Kiszczak, Managing Editor ♦ April 22, 2024

The scary sight of the most monstrous cheese you can imagine was sitting in the display case, calling their names. The stench was wretched, like...

Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Lilah Swaving, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

It finally became unbearable for Daniel Morge when the Thousand Oaks High baseball team went to go sing the national anthem, and he couldn’t...

Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Riley Brown, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

Junior Claire Kirby leads the TO softball team as not only an elite pitcher but also as an elite hitter. But she plays a third role that is...

The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors
Alan Ko, Guest Writer ♦ April 16, 2024

Outdoor school counseling might not sound like the best thing to do with a packed schedule but it is arguably one of the best experiences that...

Off-Campus Pass
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ April 16, 2024

Celebrities catastrophic effect on the environment
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

With our current understanding of the climate crisis, it’s safe to say that everyone is trying to be more sustainable for the sake of the environment,...

Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Los Robles Regional Medical Center benefits from the varied talents and experiences that volunteers offer, ranging from high school students...

Time T.O. Vote
Time T.O. Vote
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Senior Maya Campo turns 18 in April, and she is ready to make her voice heard this November. As the presidential primary election nears, seniors...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing...

Around the Business Table
Around the Business Table
Julia Pineda-Dominguez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

The Majors program provides students with the opportunity to speak with mentors in many different careers. The program consists of monthly meetings...

Moreno heads to Washington
Moreno heads to Washington
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

It was finally over. The bell gave its shrieking cry and off went hundreds of students to enjoy their freedom, at least for a moment. For...

TO Acorn With Permission
Lancers lose a forever friend
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer. But taxi driver? “I was one of (Brett...

Unexpected La Reina closure leads to transfers
Abigail Kerns, Assistant News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

escribing how La Reina families felt upon receiving the news that their school, which opened its doors in 1964, will be closing at the end of...

New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

Lancers lose a forever friend

Former TO grad Brett Taylor was a regular presence on campus and at other local Ventura County institutions
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TO Acorn With Permission

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer.
But taxi driver?
“I was one of (Brett Taylor’s) many taxi cab service people, because essentially, we’d go out and have dinner sometimes, which for Brett was Del Taco, Taco Bell, that kind of thing,” Gemberling said with a smile. ”It was probably horrible for my cholesterol, but then there’d be times he’d call up and say I need a ride to such and such, and I’d say, ‘I’m not your taxi, Brett. ‘Well I just need this ride. ‘OK, it’s the last time, Brett, and it’d just repeat repeat and repeat.”
Gemberling tells the story with a smile, despite his pain.
Taylor, a TO class of 1976 graduate with special needs who became a decades-long presence around the school and other local high schools and civic organizations, died on Monday, March 18, at the age of 66.
His impact has not been left just on TO, but also Westlake High, where he began working a half-decade ago. Following his passing, an outpouring of love came in from the entire community, including the local fire and police departments, where he often volunteered. Taylor was a fire volunteer for more than four decades.
The community is particularly reeling because Taylor was excited to have been named Grand Marshall of the re-booted Conejo Valley Days parade.
“When he was a campus supervisor here, everyone knew him on campus and he was just a positive force,” Gemberrling said.
Taylor was a regular presence on Lancer football and basketball sidelines, as well as the swim team and other programs. Following his passing, teams all over the county shared their thoughts and memories. But he remained a loyal Lancer.
“He’d always come over at the end of the game to the group and (give a) pump-up speech and it was fun to hear him do that,” Gemberling said.
“He just was Thousand Oaks High School.”

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