I remember seeing Carol, Kelly, Elana, and Terrell ride their bikes to school from their homes in Hancock Park. By contrast, in 10th and 11th grade, I drove in from Manhattan Beach. With Nina Ristani riding shotgun. Jackie drove from Pasadena, and I think Alice came from Whittier. Kathy Shank came from 4th Street in Santa Monica, and Nancy drove from Encino in her huge wood-paneled station wagon that took up 2 parking spaces.
Then, as today, we had a large footprint, and some of us were well on our way to getting the 10,000 hours needed to become an outlier behind the wheel of a car (if Malcolm Gladwell's theory is correct). Carol's still not a great driver (but she's a maven on a bicycle!).
I was reading the new issue of the UltraViolet and it looks like the student footprint is still grand. Check it out: http://www.thenewultraviolet.com/2009/11/student-footprint-now-stretches-from-east-valley-to-south-bay/