Hall of Fame Honorees & Scholarship Recipients

Updated: 3/16/2018

2018

The 2018 Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Donald Green – 1967
  • Jay Daversa – 1962
  • Catherine Freitag Clarke, PhD – 1975
  • Nancy E. Freitag, PhD – 1980
  • Allan Trefry (deceased) – Faculty 1955-1975

Scholarships were given to the following class of 2018 seniors:

Seth Aguilar – Donna Ferguson Scholarship
Mia Aguilar – Freitag Sisters Scholarship
Analaura Amezquita – $2,000 Alumni Scholarship
Annika Ancich – Patricia Nixon Scholarship
Sophia Casas – Maxine Milner Rich Scholarship
Renee Chavez – Jenkins Family Scholarship
Kelela Gonzalez – Class of 1967 Scholarship
Alexis Hernandez – Vanderwall Family Scholarship
Nicolas Mijarez – Vic Lopez Scholarship
Yasmin Munoz – Richard Nixon Scholarship
Sarah Romero – General Alumni Scholarship
Olive Williamson – John Lasseter Scholarship

2017

The 2017 Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Fremont “Monte” Wicker – 1934
  • Marjorie Moon Garrison – 1948
  • Milton Schroth – 1951
  • Kevin Hussey – 1973
  • Genevieve Lescsak – Faculty

Scholarships were given to the following class of 2017 seniors:

  • Adrian Escareno – $1,000 Richard Nixon
  • Carina Lopez – $1,000 Patricia Nixon
  • Dylan Salcido – $1,000 Vic Lopez 
  • Sophia Sousa – $1,000 Maxine Milner Rich
  • Stephanie Gotts – $1,000 Donna Ferguson
  • Erendira Gil-Juarez – $1,000 Class of 1955
  • Savanah Lomeli – $1,000 class of 1949 in honor of Marjorie Johana Moon Garrison
  • Jisel Miranda – $1,000 1960 CIF Championship Baseball Team
  • Alyssa Betancourt – $1,000 Jerry Morgan
  • Madison Gutierrez – $1,000 Alumni
  • Destiny Montoya – $1,000 Alumni
  • Florencia Valenzuela – $2,000 Alumni 

2016

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Hall of Fame Inductees were:

  • Heber Holloway, Faculty and WUHSD Superintendent 1933-1969 (in memoriam)
  • Steve Saleen, Class of 1967
  • Ivannia Soto-Hinman, PhD, Class of 1994
  • Marc Bermudez, Faculty 1965-2001
  • John Lasseter, Class of 1975

Scholarship Winners

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  • Alyssa Saldana – $1,000 Donna Ferguson Scholarship
  • Alyssa Gutierrez – $1,000 1960 Baseball Team Scholarship
  • Cynthia Martinez – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Bryan Martinez – $1,000 Vic Lopez Scholarship
  • Mark Rojas – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Brenda Dorantes – $1,000 Nohemi Gonzalez Scholarship
  • Yulissa  Serratos – $1,000 Patricia Nixon Scholarship
  • Pavle Pejovski – $2,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Meghan Keneally – $1,000 Maxine Milner Rich Scholarship
  • Matteo Munoz – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Kaitlin Terry – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Andrea Pelayo – $1,000 Richard Nixon Scholarship

Thank you to our generous “Dinner Sponsor” donors:

  • The Heber Holloway Family – $2500

Class of 1948 honoring Heber Holloway:
Johana Moon Brown
Richard Lantz
Dorine Lantz
Jim Lantz

2015

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The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Frank Poucher – Class of 1943 & Faculty 1952 – 1985
  • John Leffler – Class of 1949
  • Stan Cole – Class of 1963
  • Patty Caretto Brown – Class of 1969
  • Yosh Nakamura – Faculty 1952 – 1963
  • 1948 CIF Championship Basketball Team
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$1,000 Scholarship awardees:

  • Natasha Nerenberg – $1,000 Richard Nixon Scholarship
  • Adriana Bustamante – $1,000 Patricia Nixon Scholarship
  • Kashika Singh – $1,000 Don Kelly Scholarship
  • Victoria Casas – $1,000 Maxine Milner Rich Scholarship
  • Avery Martinez – $1,000 Cardinal Spirit / Donna Rich Ferguson Scholarship
  • Alberto Estrada -$1,000 Vic Lopez Scholarship
  • Brian Ochoa – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Eduardo Bernal – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Vivianne Gerges- $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Ileana Martinez – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Griselle De La Vega – $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Michael Ontiveros – $2,000 Alumni Scholarship

2014

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Glenn Allison, class of 1948
  • Clark Brundin, class of 1948
  • Lori Peel Eshilian, class of 1972
  • Alfred Gobar, class of 1949 
  • Carol Bennett, class of 1972
  • William House, class of 1941, in memoriam
  • Carol Tenopir, class of 1970 

$1,000 Scholarships were given to:

  • Ruben Rodriguez-$2,000 Alumni Scholarship
  • Adrian Delgado-Vic Lopez Scholarship
  • Lydia Gil-Patricia Nixon Scholarship
  • Carlos Flores-Richard Nixon Scholarship
  • Katherine Winans-Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit Award
  • Matthew Oliver-Henry Kiliniski Scholarship
  • Aaron Peretz, Camilla Salas, Daniel Rivea, Jasmine Hernandez, Kimberly Arreola, Samantha Lopez-Alumni Scholarships

2013

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • OC Albertson – 1st Principal 1908-1930
  • Mitzi Reichling Anderson – Class of 1947
  • Bob Horn – Class of 1950
  • Bob Henderson – Class of 1958
  • Joe Vinatieri – Class of 1970

Scholarships were given to:

  • Ganeev Singh – Alumni $2000
  • Tannah Hess – Richard Nixon $1000
  • Isabel Gil – Patricia Nixon $1000
  • Brenda Salazar – Henry J Kilinski $1000
  • Philip Yun – Maxine Milner Rich $1000
  • Ivan Salazar – Vic Lopez $1000
  • Jeremiah Gotts – Gus Velasco Memorial $1000
  • Sean Lee – Mitzi Reichling Anderson $1000
  • Mayra Luna – Alumni $1000
  • Isabel Serrano – Alumni $1000
  • Alyssa Ruiz – Alumni $1000
  • Joseph Rosales – Alumni $1000

2012

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Dr. Breene Murphy – Class of 1942
  • Patricia Hofstetter – Class of 1944
  • Marilyn Hofstetter – Class of 1945
  • Dr. Rick Herold – Class of 1951
  • Gus Velasco – Class of 1958 * 
  • Dr. Steve Gothold – Class of 1959 – Founder of Chorale Bel Canto
  • David Owens – Class of 1973

Scholarships for graduating Seniors Class of 2012 were awarded to Sergio Perez, Andres Garcia, Christianne Pantoja, Marcos Gonzalez Jr., Isabel Macias,Wendy Carrillo, David Acevedo, Yazmin Acosta, Andrew Armendaris, Alejandra Gonzalez, Monica Negrete, & Giuliana Regina.  

2011

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Clifford Jordan* – Class of 1935 – Started Mentor Teacher Program for California
  • Don Kracke – Class of 1949
  • Carlos Rodriguez – Class of 1955 – retired Judge and consultant, has introduced past inductee
  • James Milliken – Class of 1961 – retired Judge, founded San Pasqual Academy in San Diego, advocate for Foster Care reform
  • Danny Romero – Class of 1972 – Weathercaster ABC 7, cancer survivor, advocate for Youth and Children programs
  • Marian Wilson Hodge* – staff – First Woman Superintendent in CA (1941- WUHSD), founder of Hodge Foundation that supports Whittier Public Library book purchases.

Click HERE to read the March 26, 2011 Whittier Daily News article about these outstanding honorees.    Scholarships for graduating Seniors Class of 2011 were awarded to the Nixon Scholars (Julian Herrera, Andrea Barrera, Veronica Heap), Alumni Association Scholarship (Courtney Mears, Gregory Lum, Anna Arzuyan, Bobbi Marie Mendoza, Jessica Llerenas, and Cindy Ontiveros), The Vic Lopez Scholarship (George Hernandez), the Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit Award (Lauren Garcia), the Henry J. Kilinski Memorial “Believe It & Achieve It” Scholarship (Belin Hernandez), Special Drafting Scholarship (Taylor Froehlich), & Teachers of the Year (Stephanie Hoffman, Alexa Nisbet & Vanessa Stewart).

2010

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Roderick M. Hills – Class of 1948
  • Louise McMillan Kempf – Class of 1954
  • George Mattias – Class of 1948
  • Richard “Dick” Owens – Class of 1949
  • Louise Johnson Pascale – Class of 1960

Scholarships for graduating Seniors Class of 2010 were awarded to Nixon Scholars Meghan Jimenez & Teresa Jimenez; Alumni Association Scholarship to Keola Lorenzo; The Vic Lopez Scholarship to Jessica Martin; the Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit award to Samantha Rodriguez; & the Henry J. Kilinski Memorial “Believe It & Achieve It” Scholarship to Seth Gruber.  Teacher of the Year – the WHS Performing Arts Department:  Ms. Catherine Brunel-Drama, Mr. Jesse Meza-Band, Mr.Aaron Morgan-Auditorium Technical Director, were also honored.  

2009

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Tom August – Class of 1945
  • Cathie Moon Brown – Class of 1949
  • William C. Gordon – Class of 1955
  • Richard Pickup – Class of 1951
  • Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson – Class of 1973

Scholarships for graduating Seniors Class of 2009 were awarded to Nixon Scholars Christina Campodonico & Vanessa Samaniego; Alumni Association Scholarship to Laura Medina; The Vic Lopez Scholarship to Eduardo Anaya; the Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit award to Michael Lotspeich; & the Henry Kilinski Memorial “Believe It & Achieve It” Scholarship to Isela Luna.  Teacher of the Year – the WHS Counselors:  Mrs. Reina Shebesta, Mrs. Lou Munioz, Mrs. Roxanna Kharaud, Mrs. Nancy Velasco, Mrs. Brooke Bixler & Mr. Matthew Tremper were also honored.

2008

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • David O. Butler – Class of 1962
  • Stuart Gothold – Class of 1952
  • Tom Phelan* – Class of 1924 (Posthumously)
  • Robert Ponce* – Class of 1946
  • Morris & Lorraine McPherson Sawyer * – Class of 1958

Scholarships for graduating Seniors Class of 2008 were awarded to Nixon Scholars Stephanie Cuevas & Monette Meier; Alumni Association Scholarship to Sarah Henderson; The Vic Lopez Scholarship to Elizabeth Becerra; the Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit award to Melissa Romo; & the Henry Kilinski Memorial “Believe It & Achieve It” Scholarship to Jon Shubin.  Teacher of the Year Mrs. Maxine Sweeney was also honored.

2007

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Robin Dore – Class of 1967
  • Ed Hookstratten – Class of 1948
  • Robert Tranquada – Class of 1947
  • Donald E. “Bill” Wood – Class of 1941

Scholarships for graduating seniors Class of 2007 were awarded to Nixon Scholars Charles Bennett & Jehan Laner; Alumni Association Scholarship to Edgar Martinez; The Vic Lopez Scholarship to Carlos Quintero; the Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit award to Joe Maldonado; & the Henry Kilinski Memorial “Believe It & Achieve It” Scholarship to Michael Hudak.  Teacher of the Year Mr. Christopher Palas was also honored.  

2006

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Don Jenkins, Class of 1949
  • Marilyn Magness Carroll, Class of 1971
  • Christian Markey, Class of 1947
  • Richard Newton*, Class of 1944 (posthumously)

Scholarships for graduating seniors Class of 2006 were awarded to Nixon Scholars Kelleigh Martin & Chrystal Solis; Alumni Association Scholarship to Ching-Ching Wong; The Vic Lopez Scholarship to Fabiola Altamirano; the Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit award to Rory Todd; & the Henry Kilinski Memorial “Believe It & Achieve It” Scholarship to Victor Facio.  The Teacher of the Year Mrs. Cynthia Lara was also honored.  

2005

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Richard Deihl
  • Brad Hoover  – class of 1959
  • Jean Godwin Good Lietzau – class of 1946
  • Howard* & Gloria Wallace Seelye – class of 1939 & 1944

Scholarships for graduating seniors Class of 2005 were awarded to Nixon Scholars Philip Coleman & Jessica Gonzalez; Alumni Association Scholarship to Carlos Amelco; The Vic Lopez Scholarship to Alyssa Marie Ramos-Chavez; the Maxine Milner Rich Cardinal Spirit award to Kimberly Pellissier; & the Henry Kilinski Memorial “Believe It & Achieve It” Scholarship to Elio Garcia.  The Teacher of the Year Mrs. Martha Arrona was also honored.  

2004

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Joan Meister, Class of 1960
  • Homer Rosenberger*
  • Don Kelly * 
  • Jack Mele, Principal 
  • Seabron Nolin, Principal * 
  • 1964 CIF Championship Football Team

The Teacher of the Year Mr. David Rice was also honored.

2003

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Dolores Lautrup Ball*
  • Brian Beck
  • Glen Kelly*
  • Joan McNeilly Nay

The Teacher of the Year Mrs. Nancy Slayton was also honored.

2002

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • John Arrambide*
  • Bob Chandler*
  • Myron Claxton*
  • Patricia Reilly Hitt*
  • Hubert Perry

The Teacher of the Year Mrs. Judy Turner was also honored.

2001

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Vic* & Jan Slater Lopez
  • Maxine Milner Rich*

The Teachers of the Year Mr. Marc Bermudez and Mrs. Lorraine McPherson Sawyer – ’58 were also honored.

2000

The WHS Hall of Fame honorees were:

  • Richard & Pat Nixon*

*deceased

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