When the Miller quadruplets were born on Jan. 11, 2001 at Kaiser Hospital in San Diego the four babies were simply tagged with a letter.
So, names were handed out by mom Cindy and dad Ed in the same order. Baby A became Austin, Baby B became Bryson, Baby C became Colin and Baby D became Dawson.
The Millers already had two girls, Suzie and Sunshine, and were looking to have just one more child.
“Even after the nurse counted three babies during the sonogram I was OK,’’ Ed said. “When she counted a fourth one, I had to sit down because I knew our plan had just changed.’’
To this day, they boys’ clothes are still identified that way, with just a letter on the tag, including their soccer practice gear at Maranatha Christian High.
After transferring from Christian last summer, the four Miller boys sat out the 30-day transfer period and played their first soccer game Tuesday at home against Foothills Christian.
“I enjoy being one of four,’’ Austin said. “We get along and we even find solutions when we argue. We’re aren’t carbon copies of anyone else.’’
Make no mistake about it. The four Miller boys are so vastly different. They don’t look alike and they don’t dress alike, thanks to a mini-revolt by the quads.
They don’t all have the same hair color.
They are not the same height - Austin is 5-foot-10, Byson is 5-6, Colin is 5-5 and Dawson is 5-8.
They played different positions in football. Austin was a safety, Bryson was a kicker, Colin was injured all season and Dawson was a defensive lineman.
In soccer, Austin plays center back, Bryson is a forward, Colin plays on the wing and Dawson is a forward
Austin and Dawson are more outgoing, Bryson is the quietest and Colin is more talkative in school.
The quads have different likes and dislikes when it comes to food as well.
Austin somehow hates chocolate, Colin dislikes cheese, Bryson likes everything and Dawson hates all kinds of olives.
“It takes a while for people to figure out the whole A, B, C, D thing with us,’’ Dawson said.
“People are super shocked the first time they meet us and find out we’re brothers,’’ Colin said. “The second time they see us they want to try to get our names right.’’
The Millers, who live in Santee, arrived at Maranatha for senior year after dad took a job as a history teacher because he felt the family was drawn to the 4S Ranch campus.
“By mid-summer the boys said they would trust me to make the right decision,’’ Ed said. “Even while they were sitting out 30 days for transferring, they said this was the right decision.’’
Another major decision is unfolding right now. Which college is right for all of them?
When it comes to college, the quads again have different dreams.
Austin wants to major in counseling, Bryson wants to take after dad’s background in accounting, Colin is aiming for theology and Dawson wants to major in health nutrition.
All four would like to get their driver’s license before graduation.
Colin is closer to taking his driver’s test because he’s had more behind-the-wheel practice.
Besides playing soccer together, the quads are totally at ease living their own lives, making their own decisions and picking out their own clothes now.
They’ve always played on the same soccer teams, both at school and for the same travel ball team.
“Dad didn’t want to be driving all over the place for four different practices or games,’’ Austin said. “So we played on the same teams.’’
All four would love to continue playing soccer in college, but academic considerations will be the driving force behind picking a college.
Their desire is to remain in California and are looking at Point Loma Nazarene among other schools as the next stop for A, B, C and D.by Terry Monahan