Lou Ramirez, the athletic director at Lake Balboa Birmingham for 44 years and a loyal USC Trojans supporter, died Thursday morning at a hospital in Glendale. He was 93.
Ramirez served as Birmingham’s athletic director from 1955 to 1998. He was also a history teacher and strong supporter of USC, which he graduated from. He helped develop Birmingham’s athletic facilities and was a strong supporter of coaches.
Current Birmingham athletic director Rick Prizant, a fan of UCLA, used to have weekly exchanges with Ramirez, especially during USC-UCLA football week.
Sad day for Birmingham High and Birmingham Athletics. Long time Athletic Director Lou Ramirez has passed away this morning at the age of 93. Lou gave so much of life and time to the athletes at Birmingham he will be greatly missed. #RIP— BHAM BASEBALL (@BHAMBASEBALL14) January 30, 2020
Prizant remembers that Ramirez used to include on a history test the question, “What school has won the most national championships?” The answer used to be USC, but when UCLA passed the Trojans, Prizant told the students the answer was UCLA. Then Ramirez said, “If you want credit, put USC.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.