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Class of 1944
The immortal Steve Reeves (1926-2000) attended Castlemont High during his sophomore thru senior years (1941-1944). He lived on 1477 76th Street in Oakland. During high school he began his physical culture (bodybuilding) career at this time. Steve Reeves is considered a bodybuilding legend, possessing one of the most beautifully aesthetic physiques (now known as 'Classic Physique') in the history of bodybuilding. Since his years at Castlemont were during the War Years (WWII), Reeves attended half-day classes, with the other half day assigned to a job that supported the War Effort. After Castlemont, Reeves served in the Army and stationed overseas at the critical tail end of the War. When he returned to Oakland, he resumed bodybuilding traing, competed and eventually become the youngest man to win Mr America in 1947. He also would win the Mr World and Mr Universe titles. Famous as he became as a bodybuilding superstar, Steve Reeves would best be remembered throughout the world as Hercules. In fact, he was proclaimed the number one box office (movies) attraction in 1959. Strong and fit and immortalized throughout all of his remaining years, he co-authored a book entitled "Steve Reeves: Building The Classic Physique The Natural Way" in which he described his many memories at Castlemont and Oakland. Sadly, he died of lymphoma in 2000.