Preserving the Past, Promoting the Future
Barbara George is being honored for her work in academics. The 1959 graduate has been an educator for four decades, most recently as an administrator at a community college district in San Luis Obispo. She retired from that position in 2004 and has worked as a consultant since. George played a prominent role as executive director of institutional advancement with the San Luis Obispo Community College District during her nearly 30 years there. She has also worked as a counselor, academic adviser, teacher and director of parks and recreation services.
Jack White is being inducted for his contributions to the arts, which included volunteering for fundraisers for the Oceanside Museum of Art and Star Theater as well as four decades as a journalist. As a news anchor at KGTV in San Diego, the 1957 graduate was well known to residents throughout the county. He retired in 2002 after 34 years with the station. He started his broadcasting career in the early 1960s at a radio station in Escondido.
C.R. Roberts will join the hall of fame for his athletic accomplishments. He was the first Oceanside High School athlete to make it big in professional football when he became a running back for the San Francisco 49ers. After graduating from what was then Oceanside-Carlsbad High in 1954, Roberts moved on to the University of Southern California, where he earned a degree in business administration and continued his success in football. He still holds numerous high school and college football records. Roberts spent years as a high school and community college teacher. Now retired, he keeps active, working with senior citizens at the Community Guidance Center in Norwalk.
Rusty Grosse is also being recognized for success in business. The 1953 graduate earned a law degree from Stanford Law School in 1960 and practiced law in Oceanside for about a decade after that. In 1971, he founded Foursquare Properties, a company that has developed housing, retail, industrial and office project throughout the Western states, including Camino Town and Country, El Camino North and Fire Mountain centers in Oceanside. He has been active in many clubs and nonprofit groups in the area, including the Women’s Resource Center and local branches of the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.
Irene Englund will be recognized posthumously for her public service. The 1934 graduate was part of a group of women who flew military aircraft on domestic missions during World War II to free up male pilots for combat. She studied aviation at Pasadena College and earned her pilot’s license in 1938. In 1943, she became one of only 1,047 women in the Women Airforce Service Pilots and was stationed in Texas, Kansas and Colorado.
Robert Frazee will be included in the hall of fame because of his years of public service. The 1946 graduate served for 16 years as a state assemblyman after establishing himself in local business as a contractor and president of a flower company. Before starting his term in the California State Assembly in 1978, he served as a city councilman and mayor in Carlsbad in the mid-1970s. He was also the first chairman of the North County Transit District board, chairman of the Regional Coastal Commission and a member of the San Diego Association of Governors’ board of directors. Frazee Road in the San Luis Rey Valley and Frazee State Beach in Carlsbad were named in his honor. Mr. Frazee died in January 2009.
The 11th Annual OHS Hall of Fame Ceremony for 2016 was held on Oct. 15, 2016 in the Wally Molifua Gym.
Inductees for 2016 Oceanside High School Hall of Fame include:
Academics-- Richard Selby--Class of 1963
Arts-- Mark Phelps--Class of 1971
Athletics-- Thad Bosley--Class of 1974
Business-- David Roche--Class of 1971
Community Service-- Doug Fowler--Class of 1970
Public Service-- Debra Oliver Taylor--Class of 1975
Visit Senior Hall to check out all of the biographies of our outstanding Oceanside High School Hall of Fame!
OHS Foundation is accepting future nominations and the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced soon!
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