Saturday, June 16, 2012
Keiko Morimoto Hentell, BHS Principal
Los Angeles Times (CA) - March 19, 2000
Keiko Hentell, a former principal at Burbank High School who struggled to promote cultural diversity programs among students, died March 11, 2000 of complications related to cancer. She was 59.
A longtime educator, Hentell was born Keiko Morimoto in 1940. Her early childhood was spent in an internment camp that Japanese Americans were forced into during World War II. She later earned a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in educational administration from USC. "Keiko was well-loved by all of the students and most of the parents who came in contact with her," said Ted McConkey, a former Burbank councilman. "She was just a wonderful person, but she got a rotten deal in Burbank from the school board."