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WHS Foundation

WHS Foundation Hall of Fame 1986-2016

 

Nominees to the Hall of Fame must be a graduate of Watsonville High School, be successful in his or her field, and be a positive roll model to students at the time of their selection.

 

Click the blue year that the inductee was taken into the Hall of Fame for  pictures of the Foundation Members.

Click the blue name of the Foundation Member for a better look. 

 

 

1986 1987 1988 1989
Bert Scott 1919 Tom Hansen 1943 Collin Dong 1921 Ken Sears 1951
Lee Holly 1954 Betsy Woolpert 1944 Henry Mello 1941 Gary Goldman 1962
John Gournee  1954 Gary Smith 1987 Louise Ano Nuevo Kerr 1956 Kim Vestal 1976
Janet Cole 1972 Mark Eichhorn 1978 Richard Romero 1973  
1990-1991 1992 1993 1994
Eugene R. Friend 1941 Mas Hashimoto 1952 Ann Soldo 1938 Wes Gallagher 1929
Lily Wong Filmore 1952 Alex Stepick III 1966 Peter C. Brown 1966 Craig George 1959
Sherman Cocroft 1979 Patricia Wong Hahn 1968 John Koga 1978 Theodore G. Crocker 1962
  Brenda Buttner 1979   Richard MacDonald 1964
1995 1996 1997 1998
Richard Solari 1942 Burton LeRoy Gordan 1936 Jane Wood Borg 1938 Marybeth Hockel. Varcados 1958
F. William Blaisdell 1945 Lorraine Struve Litchfield 1941 Edward J. Kelly 1960 Philip O. Anderson 1965
"Chico" Castro 1962 Tony Campos 1962 Patricia Wilkinson 1962 S. John Martinelli 1975
Nancy Severin   1976 Cheryl Lathrop 1964 John Phillip Carroll 1974 Rita Tuson 1977
1999 2000 2001 2002
Ray Belgard 1948 Dave Mercer 1965 Ward Bushee III 1967 Nancy Bilicich 1969
Nita Korach 1952 Willie Yahiro 1959 Alvin Beilby 1950 Chuck Carter 1960
Eric Edward Sunberg 1963 Miriam Rosenstrater 1962 Michael Rogers 1976 John Pengelly 1978
Bruce W. Woolpert 1970 Roger Blum 1959 Caryl Christine Floodberg Weis 1939 Cathryn Radin Freitas  1973
2003 2004 2005 2006
Ed Cardon 1978 Nancy Giberson 1967 Lloyd Smith 1943 Phyllis Bailey Thurstone 1951
Roland Hedgepeth.1960 Ron Mito 1968 Harry "Rich" Wiggins 1955 Carolyn Heebner Swift 1966
Lupe Ramirez1967 Scott Standage 1969 John White Sipin 1964 Elizabeth Rector Raffaeili 1976
Blayne Standage 1968 James Patrick Work 1991 Eugene Smith 1969 Charles Thompson 1980
2007 2008 2009 2010
Nick Brautovich 1962 William G. Dorey 1962 Lorraine Everitte Stucki 1949 Ichiro Sam Sugidono 1942
Tim Griffin 1971 Judy Doering Nielsen 1963 Alejo R. Solano 1952 Diane Porter Cooley 1946
Bill Moncovich 1964 Thomas Leikam 1966 Richard Stubblefield 1969 Lane Borg 1977
Gustavo Paz 1982 Carina Moreno 2000 Diana L. Vargas 1974 Janet Nagamini 1980
2011

2011 Posthumous Award

2011 Friend of the Wildcatz

2012
Hal Kolstad 1953 Karl L. Polifka 1929 Brad Hubbard William T. Doyle 1947
KatherineTobin 1968     Jeff Tagami 1972
Hugo Martin 1983     Manny Solano 1982
Megan Seely 1991      
2012 Friend of the Wildcatz 2013 2013 Posthumous Award 2013 Friend of the Wildcatz
Diane Severin Robert G. Davidson 1949 Louie Bilicich 1936 Louise Bilicich
  Ken Dobler 1957 Mitchie Miyamoto 1938 Jean Pogue
  Andy Vargas 1995    
2014 2014 Friend of the Wildcatz 2015 2015 Friend of the Wildcatz
Jess Diondsio Tabasa 1956 Norman Haney Joanne Boub Martin 1962 Harold A. Hyde
Betty Sue Henry Bjur 1957   Eric J. Del Piero 1971  
Edward K. Banks 1956   Mark Jeffrey Del Piero 1971  
Robt Avila Esppiritu 1980   Francisco Gomez 1997  
2016 2016 Posthumous Award 2017

2017 Posthumour

Award

Amy Newell 1965 Sam Vestal 1949 Jim Vestal 1954 William "Bill" Sambrallo 1945
David Toriumi1974   Charles Kent 1966  
Eric Borg  1975   Leticia Mendoza 1979  
Tony Nethercutt 1976      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posthumous Award 2011


Friend of the Wildcatz

 

 

 

2012 Inductees


 

 

 

Friend of the Wildcatz 2012

 

 

 

2013 Inductees


 

 

 

Posthumous Award 2013

 

 

 

Posthumous Award 2013

 

 

Friend of the Wildcatz 2013

 

 

 

Friend of the Wildcatz 2013

 

 

 

2014 Inductees


 

 

Friend of the Wildcatz Award

 

 

 

2015 Inductees


 

 

 

Friend of the Wildcatz Award

 

 

 

 

2016 Inductees



 

 

 

Posthumous Award 2016

 

2017 Inductees

 

Jim Vestal Class of 1954

 

                    

 

Charles Kent Class of 1966

 

                   

 

Leticia Mendoza Class of 1979

 

                   

 

Posthumous Award 2017

 

William "Bill" Sambraillo Class of 1945 

 

                  
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bert Scott   Class of 1919

 

Bert Scot was the founder of Granite Construction Company in Watsonville.


 

Lee Holley   Class of 1954 


Lee Holly is best known for the “Ponytail” cartoon strip that he drew from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. He went to work as an animator / production artist for Warner Bros. in 1954.  In 1957 he worked with Hank Ketcham, on the Sunday “Dennis the Menace” color comic page.

In 1960 he started “Ponytail”  his own daily cartoon for King Features Syndicate. In 1962 he was given a color Sunday page. “Ponytail”  featured a girl who went to Watson Hill High School. Their mascot was a wildcat. This cartoon is still running in our local paper.

 

 

Janet Coles   Class of 1972

 

Janet was a professional golfer playing on the "Ladies Circuit".


 

 

Tom Hansen Class of 1943

 

Tom Hansen became a dancer on Broadway.

 

 

Mark Eichhorn Class of 1978

 

Professional Baseball Player

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Louise Ano Nuevo Kerr   Class of 1956

 

Educator


 


Betsy Woolpert   Class of 1944

 

Owner Granite Rock Company

 


Dr. Gary Smith    Class of 1987

 

Dr. at Johns Hopkins

 

 

Senator Henry Mello Class of 1941 

 

Henry became a California State Senator. The Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts, at Watsonville High School is named in his honor.

 

 

 

Ken Sears   Class of 1951

 

Ken was the first professional Basketball player to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Click the picture for more information.

 

 

Gary Goldman    Class of 1962

 

Animator, "Land Before Time" & Anastasia".

 

 

Kim Vestal   Class of 1976

 

Radio Personality KARA

 

 

Eugene R. Friend   Class of 1941

 

Insurance agent, Volunteer Fireman, active in

community service.

 

 

Lily Wong Filmore

 

English Acquisition

 

 

Sherman Cocroft 

 

Professional Football Player



Mas Hashimoto   Class of 1953

 

WHS Teacher, active in community service.

 

 

Alex Stepick lll   Class of 1966

 

Anthropologist. 

 

 

Patricia Wong Hahn   Class of 1968

 

Chemist 

 

 

Brenda Buttner   Class of 1979

 

National News Correspondent            


 

 

Ann Soldo    Class of 1938

 

Ann Soldo was always active in education and politics. She became the first elected Mayor of Watsonville California. 

 

 

Peter C. Brown   Class of 1966

 

Computer Science

 

 

John Koga   Class of 1978

 

Artist

 

 

Theodore G. Crocker   Class of 1962

 

Head of California Culinary Accademy


 

Richard MacDonald   Class of 1964

 

Sculpture & Artist

 

 

Richard Solari   Class of 1942

 

CEO Granite Construction Company

 

 

Dr. William Blaisdell Class of 1945

 

UC Davis Medical Center Surgeon

 

 

Frank "Chico" Castro   Class of 1962

 

Body Builder, Green Beret, active in community

service.

 

 

Nancy Severin   Class of 1976

 

Fashion Designer

 

 

Lorraine Struve Litchfield   Class of 1941

 

Community service


 

 

Tony Campos   Class of 1962

 

Watsonville City Councilman, County Supervisor

 

 

Cheryl Lathrop   Class of 1964

 

CEO Seocal Inc.


 

 

Jane Wood Borg   Class of 1948

 

Historian, Educator

 

 

Edward Kelley   Class of 1960

 

Agribusiness, Strawberries

 

 

Patricia Wilkinson Garamendi   Class of 1962

 

Associate Director, Peace Corps

 

 

John Phillip Caroll   Class of 1974

 

Chef, Cookbook Author


 

 

Marybeth Hockel Varcados    Class of 1958

 

Journalist and editor of Local Papers

 

 

Phillip O. Anderson   Class of1965

 

Director of Pharmacy, UC San Diego Medical Center



 

 

John Martinelli   Class of 1975

 

Owner of S. Martinelli Company

 

 

Rita Tuson   Class of 1977

 

Vice President of Legal Affairs Fox Inc.

Attorney

 

 

Nita Korach   Class of 1952

 

Agribusiness, Gizdich Ranch



 

 

Ray Belgard   Class of 1948

 

Law Enforcement, County Supervisor

 

 

 

Eric Edward Sunberg

 

American engineer military spaceflight engineer astronaut, 1979-1985. 


 

Bruce Woolpert    Class of 1970

 

President and CEO, Granite Rock Co.

 

 

Dave Mercer   Class of 1965

 

SLV Teacher, Coach and Athlete

 

 

Willie Yahiro   Class of 1959

 

PVUSD School Board,Trustee and Community Service

 

 

Miriam Rosenstrater   Class of 1962

 

1999 Texas, Teacher of the Year

 

 

Roger Blum   Class of 1959

 

Artist of Nature Themes


 

 

Ward Bushee III   Class of 1967

 

Newspaper Editor  Cincinnati, Reno and Sioux Falls

 

 

Alvin Beilby PH.D.    Class of 1950

 

Pomona College Chemistry Professor Emeritus

 

 

Michael Rogers   Class of 1976

 

Optical Science engineer.

 

 

Caryl Christine Floodberg Weis   Class of 1939

 

Community Service

 

 

Dr. Nancy Bilicich   Class of 1969

 

PVUSD Assistant Supervisor, WHS Principal,

City councilman and Mayor of Watsonville CA

 

 

Chuck Carter   Class of 1960

 

Retired Watsonville Police Captain, Councilman,

and Mayor

 

 

John Pengelly   Class of 1978

 

Vice President, Superior Foods

 

 

Cathryn Radin Freitas Class of 1973

 

Community Service

 

 

Ed Cardon   Class of 1978

 

Military

 

 

Roland Hedgepeth   Class of 1960

 

Watsonville High School, Boys Soccer Coach

 

 

Lupe Ramirez   Class of 1967

 

Helps Cancer Victims with hair loss


 

 

Blayne Standage MD   Class of 1968

 

Medical Doctor

 

 

Nancy Giberson PH.D.   Class of 1967

 

Assistant Superintendent SL County Office of Education


 

Dr. Ron Mito   Class of 1968

 

Dentist

 

 

Dr. Scott Standage   Class of 1969

 

Medical Doctor

 

 

Captain James Patrick Work

 

Military

 

 

Dr. Lloyd Smith   Class of 1943

 

Dentist

 

 

Harry "Rich" Wiggins Class of 1955

 

Major involvement in Boy Scouting


 

 

John White Sipin   Class of 1964

 

Professional Baseball player


 

 

Eugene Smith   Class of 1969

 

PVUSD Music Teacher

 

 

Phyllis Bailey Thurston  MD   Class of 1951

 

Medical Doctor


 

Carolyn Heebner Swift   Class of 1966

 

Historian

 


Elizabeth Rector Raffaelli   Class of 1976

 

Lawyer


 

Charles Thompson    Class of 1980

 

NASA Mars Lander Software Developer

 

 

Nick Brautovich   Class of 1962

 

Weight Lifter


 

Tim Griffin   Class of 1971

 

Community Service, Dentist


 

Bill Moncovich   Class of 1964

 

Agriculture, California Giant Berry Farms

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Gustavo Paz   Class of 1982

 

CA Wrestling Champion WHS


 

William G. Dorey   Class of 1962

 

CEO Granite Construction

 


Judy Doering Nelson   Class of 1963

 

Community Service

 


Thomas Leikam   Class of 1966

 

WHS Cross Country Coach

 


 

Carina Moreno   Class of 2000

 

World Champion Boxer

 

 

Lorraine Everitt Stucki   Class of 1949

 

Community Service

 

Alejo R. Solano   Class of 1952

 

PVUSD Board of Trustees

 

Richard Stubblefield   Class of 1969

 

Active in Little League Baseball


 

Diana L. Vargas   Class of 1974

 

Community Service

 

 

Ichiro Sam Sugidono   Class of 1942

 

Member 442 Regimental Combat Team


 

Diane Porter Cooley   Class of1946

 

Community Service

 

 

Lane Borg   Class of 1977

 

Attorney, Community Service


 

 

Dr. Janet Nagamine   Class of 1980

 

Medical Doctor

 

 

Hal Kolstad   Class of 1953

 

Professional Baseball Player

 

 

Katherine Tobin   Class of 1968

 

United States Postal Service Board of Governiors

 

 

Hugo Martin   Class of 1983

 

Author

 

 

Megan Seely Class of 1991

 

College Professor


 

Karl L. Polifka   Class of 1929

 

WWII and Korean War Pilot

He commanded the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wind.

Killed in action 1951.

 

 

Brad Hubbord...Friend of the Wildcatz   2011

 

WHS Teacher and Admistrator

 

 

William T. Doyle   Class of 1947

 

Marine Biology

 

 

Jeff Tagami   Class of 1972

 

Poet

 

 

Manny Solano   Class of 1982

 

Watsonville Police Chief

 

 

Diane Severin    Friend of the Wildcatz 2012

 

Retired Watsonville High School Teacher

 

 

Robert G. Davidson   Class of 1949

 

Military Pilot

 

 

Ken Dobler   Class of 1957

 

Farmer


 

Andy Vargas Class of 1995

 

Entertainer, Singer


 


Louis Bilicich   Class of 1936

 

WHS Custodian, Community Service

 

 

Mitchie Miyamoto   Class of 1938

 

Military

 

 

Louise Bilicich   Friend of the Wildcatz 2013

 

Retired WHS Teacher


 

 

Jean Pogue   Friend of the Wildcatz 2013

 

Retired WHS Teacher

 

 

Jess Diondsio Tabasa   Class of 1956

 

PVUSD Educator


 

 

Betty Sue Henry Bjur Class of 1957

 

Director of the "Sing and Sign Singers".

 

 

Edward K. Banks   Class of 1966

 

Community Service


 

 

Robert  Avila Espiritu    Class of 1980

 

International

 

 

Norman Haney   Friend of the Wildcatz 2014

 

WHS Teacher and Coach

 

 

Joanne Boub Martin   Class of 1962

 

Director of "Healthy Families America".

 

 

Eric Del Piero   Class of 1971

 

Doctor of Ophthalmology

 

 

 

Mark Jeffery Del Piero   Class of 1971

 

Attorney


 

 

Francisco Gomez   Class of 1997

 

Professional Soccer Player


 

Harold A. Hyde   Friend of the Wildcatz 2015

 

Retired Brigadier General US Army

 

 

Amy Newell   Class of 1965

 

Secretary Treasurer of the United Radio and Machine

Workers of America

 

 

David Toriumi    Class of 1974

 

Watsonville Businessman

 

 

Eric Borg   Class of 1975

 

National Missile Defense Design / Production

 

 

Tony Nethercutt   Class of 1976

 

Internet Marketing and Advertising

 

 

Sam Vestel   Class of 1949

 

Photographer

Pulitzer Prize Recipient

https://www.facebook.com/samvestalphotography/

 

William "Bill" Sambrailo Class of 1945

California Agricultural Pioneer

 

 

Jim Vestal Class of 1954

Photographer

 

 

Charles Kent Class of 1966

Senior Adviser WRI Brazil

 

 

Leticia Mendoza Class of 1979

Director of Watsonville YWCA