For the 100th anniversary of Oceanside High, the Foundation began a Hall of Fame. Each year we honor alumni who have made significant achievements and contributions in academics, business, the arts, community service, public service, and athletics.
Susan Bussey Shimanoff, Ph.D.: A graduate of the Class of 1966, Susan Bussey Shimanoff is a professor of speech and communication studies at San Francisco State University and the graduate coordinator of the school’s College of Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in speech communication from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in public address from Northwestern University. Shimanoff is a published writer of numerous articles, and she has spoken to diverse audiences across the country and internationally on communication issues. While at Oceanside High, she placed fourth in the nation in extemporaneous speaking for women.
George Diehr, Ph.D.: A graduate of the Class of 1959, George Diehr is a professor of management science at the College of Business Administration at California State University San Marcos. Previously, he was a tenured faculty member at the University of Washington. Diehr serves on the board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, where he chairs its Health Benefits Committee. He earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of California Los Angeles’ Graduate School of Management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College. Diehr is the author of several textbooks and numerous articles in his field.
Diane Muldoon Adams: Graduating in 1964, Diane Muldoon Adams has been an accomplished watercolor artist, teacher and fine arts advocate in Oceanside for over 30 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. Adams teaches at MiraCosta College where she runs the school’s Kruglak Gallery. Adams served on the board of directors of the Carlsbad-Oceanside Arts League and started the Carlsbad-Oceanside League Annual High School Art Show. She is the visual arts chair for the Oceanside Days of Art Committee. Her work has been included in the San Diego Watercolor Society International, San Diego Art Institute Annuals and the Cannon Gallery’s Premier Exhibit. She has been a frequent winner of the San Diego County Fair Art Show taking first place four times in the last five years.
Willie Buchanon: After graduating in1968, Willie Buchanon was drafted to play for the San Diego Padres in 1969. This Hall of Famer was an All-American football player at San Diego State during his collegiate years. He played for seven years as defensive back with the Green Bay Packers and four years with the San Diego Chargers. He was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1972 and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the San Diego Hall of Champions and the California Jr. College Hall of Fame. Buchanon went on to found the Health Awareness Foundation to assist youth from elementary to high school in goal setting, avoiding abuses and pursuing success through sound decision making. Buchanon has a successful real estate career. He is the owner of Buchanon and Associates in Oceanside.
Herb Meyer: A graduate of the Class of 1953, Herb Meyer was the Pirate’s quarterback during his tenure at Oceanside High School. He went on to graduate from Pomona College and returned to Oceanside High to teach and coach football. Under Meyer’s leadership, the Pirates won 112 games and two California Interscholastic Championships over 17 years. Meyer went on to coach football at El Camino High where he became the first head football coach at the school. Meyer guided the Wildcats to 226 wins and eight California Interscholastic Championships. At the time of his retirement, Meyer was the “winningest” coach in the history of the state of California. Meyer was the first coach from California to be inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Meyer retired following the 2003 season after 47 years of coaching (45 of which he served as head coach).
John Daniels: Graduating in 2001, John Daniels was named the most valuable surfer on the Oceanside High surf team before going on to become a professional surfer and community activist. Daniels surfed for Mira Costa College and in the Christian Surfers Contest Series. During that time, he became the Christian Surfer’s United States champion for two years in a row before moving on to professional competition. He competed in the World Qualifying Series for four years. Daniels has been in a variety of surfing movies and television shows. He returns to Oceanside every summer to supervise the City of Oceanside’s surf camp, teaching young surfers and instilling in them the life lessons he has learned to become a dedicated, focused professional athlete.
Paul Carlin: After graduating in 1949, Paul Carlin earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. At age 24, he was the youngest visiting Fulbright Professor, spending a year at the University of Baghdad. He served as Laramie Assistant City Manager and as top administrator in several national associations in Washington, D.C. including the National Association of Counties and the National School Boards and National Audio-Visual associations. In 1969, he joined the former Post Office Department, serving as Eastern and Central Regional Postmaster General before being selected as the 66th Postmaster General of the United States. He received the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Postal Service’s highest award for managerial excellence, for his role in developing and enacting the Postal Reorganization Act, which created the present U.S. postal service. In 1986, he became a private sector entrepreneur co-founding two successful start-up companies.
Kelly Moylan: After graduating in 1973, Kelly Moylan earned a bachelor’s degree at Stanford University. She then earned her MBA at New York University. Moylan was a co-founder and managing director of Hamilton Lane, one of the largest global private equity consulting firms managing over $35 billion. She is a co-founder and partner for the Talamore Group, a consulting firm providing investor relations services to international private equity firms. Moylan was a founder of the African Service Fellowship at Stanford University which provides funding for undergraduates to do community service in Africa. She is currently a board member of AFS-USA (American Field Service) the international student exchange organization, under whose auspices she spent her senior year of high school in France.
Edith Ronsse Swaim: Graduating in 1942, Edith Ronsse Swaim has made unparalleled contributions to Oceanside High and the City of Oceanside. Swaim served as director of the Heritage Park Museum for more than 20 years, overseeing the non-profit organization charged with maintaining and refurbishing Oceanside’s historical buildings and their contents. Swaim has been instrumental in planning and executing the All Class Oceanside High School Reunion and Old-timers’ Day for the past 29 years. Swaim served as secretary, treasurer and registrar of the All Saints’ Church and Cemetery Association and has been instrumental in preserving the church and cemetery built in 1890. She served the Oceanside Campfire Girls for 25 years including a three-year term as president. She also served as the Vice President/Program Chair for the Oceanside Historical Society in the 1990s. Much of our history information on the Oceanside High history page of this website was compiled by Mrs. Swaim. On April 10, 2015 Mrs. Swaim passed away at the age of 90.
John Steiger: After graduating in 1937, John Steiger served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Steiger graduated from Stanford University in 1950. He was elected to the Oceanside City Council in 1968 and served as Vice-Mayor until 1972. Steiger was the Oceanside representative to the San Diego County Association of Governments (SANDAG) from 1968 to 1972. He served as SANDAG chairman from 1971 to 1972. Steiger was president of the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, which founded the Oceanside Museum of Art and established Oceanside’s Days of Art Celebration. He was instrumental in establishing the Oceanside Advisory Council to support the Oceanside Carlsbad College now known as MiraCosta Community College.
Madge Bradley: A graduate of the Class of 1922, Madge Bradley blazed numerous trails in the San Diego legal community. She was the first woman on the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association, the first San Diego County woman member of the State Bar ever to be appointed to the State Bar committee, the first woman in San Diego County ever to serve as a judge and the first woman ever to preside over San Diego’s Municipal Court. She earned her law degree by taking law correspondence courses for 12 years. Bradley was instrumental in changing California adoption laws and improving adoption practices. She is responsible for making San Diego County the first county in California to receive a license to operate an adoption agency. This gentle pioneer passed away in the year 2000 at the age of 96.
Bob Cozens: After graduating in 1935, Bob Cozens studied at the Black Foxe Military Institute and San Diego State College. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and completed 25 combat missions as a bomber pilot and squadron commander in World War II. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel prior to being assigned to the Pentagon. Cozens retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1966 a highly decorated veteran. Cozens was elected as a San Diego County Supervisor in 1960. He served for nine years during which he was the chairman for two years and the vice chairman for three years. Cozens was the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles for the State of California from 1969 until 1975. He served as the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the Fiscal and Justice Agency of the County of San Diego from 1975 until 1976.
Lionel Van Deerlin: Graduating in 1933, Lionel Van Deerlin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California where he studied journalism. He joined the United States Army and served in the Mediterranean Theatre during World War II. He wrote for the Stars and Stripes Newspaper from 1941-1945. After the war, Van Deerlin returned to San Diego where he became the editor of the Daily Journal. He spent six years as the news director of channels 6 and 10. In 1963, Van Deerlin was elected as a Democrat to the 88th Congress of the United States. He was re-elected eight times and served until 1980. He was named Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University and writes a regular column for the San Diego Union-Tribune which is in its 26th year.