2014 Oceanside High School Hall of Fame

Daniel J. Cerda
Class of 1960
Oceanside High School
Academics

  OHS_HallofFame    Born in Oceanside in 1942, Daniel attended Oceanside schools and graduated from Oceanside High School in 1960. He played Varsity basketball and baseball for the Pirates his junior and senior years. Daniel attended MiraCosta Community College and graduated from San Diego State with a major in Spanish. He then received his teaching credential from the University of San Diego and started his teaching career at El Centro High School. With a Masters Degree in hand, Professor Cerda and his wife, Professor Ernestine Cerda M.A., became faculty members at Imperial Valley Community College (IVC) for the specific purpose of developing an English as a Second Language (ESL) program to enhance the lives of Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indian students. Daniel was appointed ESL Coordinator and under his leadership the program rapidly expanded to employ 35 instructors, serving well over 1,000 students each semester including day and night classes at four levels; Beginner, IntermediatdanielCerda1960e, Advanced and Bilingual. In addition to his administrative and teaching duties, Daniel developed extracurricular activities that enhanced the ESL program. Every academic year culminated with an ESL awards ceremony during which outstanding students in various categories were recognized along with scholarship awards to exceptional ESL learners. At the peak of Daniel’s efforts, 100 ESL classes were offered day and night at Imperial Valley College. Many other California and Arizona community colleges came to IVC to learn about the success of this program, then go back to use Professor Cerda’s techniques on their own community college campuses. Daniel also provided a positive impact to his academic colleagues on the Imperial Valley College campus serving on the Executive Board of the IVC California Teachers Association (CTA) Chapter as Treasurer and Vice President. In 1994 Professor Cerda was chosen as the recipient of the California W.H.O. (We Honor Ours) CTA Award for his outstanding efforts at IVC. Daniel and his wife Ernestine have been married 44 years and are the proud parents of four very accomplished children; Andrea, John, Yvonne and Frankie.  The Cerdas are now living back in Oceanside where Daniel started his life’s venture after retiring as Professor Emeritus from Imperial Valley College.

 

John Troy
Class of 1968
Oceanside High School
Arts

JohnTroyAfter graduating from Oceanside High School in 1968, John Troy attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he picked up a guitar and discovered his passion for music. He left college, proceeded to bass guitar and, in 1971, moved to Boston where he embarked on his career as a professional musician. Throughout the 70’s John toured nationally, performing in every kind of venue from church basements to stadiums and everything in between. He recorded four albums johnTroy1968with the Pousette-Dart Band and two albums with the John Hall (Still The One, Dance With Me) Band. The 80’s saw John touring the United States, Europe and Australia with a number of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Joe Cocker, Livingston Taylor, The Mamas and Papas, Martin Sexton, Mary Gauthier, Robbie Durpree, Jonathan Edwards and many others. Fatherhood kept him close to home in the 90’s. During this time he restricted his performances to the northeast in a succession of original bands. In the early 2000’s John took up the guitar again to try his hand at solo performance. This resulted in a self-produced album of original material that was added to the daily rotation at WUMB, New England’s premier folk station, and culminated in a triumphant opening set for Don McLean in a sold out performance. In July of 2006, he returned to Southern California and relative anonymity. He began working locally as a solo performer and freelance bassist. In 2007 he was an Orange County Music Awards nominee for Best Male Acoustic Performance. In 2008, he was a Los Angeles Music Awards nominee for Best Folk Music Performance. John is currently performing in Orange County and Los Angeles as a solo artist and freelance bassist. He can also be heard Sunday nights at 10:00 hosting his own show on KXRN 93.5 in Laguna Beach. His second album of original material is in the works.

 

Joseph Salave’a
Class of 1993
Oceanside High School
Athletics

Salave'aJoe_8xA native of Leone, American Samoa, Joe moved to Oceanside in 1989 and graduated from Oceanside High School in 1993. He was recruited, attended and played college football at the University of Arizona. In football, he was a three-year starter, was selected team captain and named the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 1996 season. He was also a two-time All-Pacific 10 Conference selection. His Arizona career was an academic success story as well, graduating with a degree in Sociology in 1997joeSalavea1993 and granted an additional year of playing eligibility by the NCAA. Joe was drafted in the fourth round by the Tennessee Titans in the 1998 NFL draft, where he spent five seasons and played for the Titans in the finals of the 2000 Super Bowl. From there he played for the San Diego Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens before signing with the Washington Redskins where he played three years before he retired from pro football. His NFL career spanned 100 games, 28 games as a starter, where he totaled 82 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Joe made an immediate impact in his first coaching venture after a stellar pro football career as Defensive Line Coach in 2008-2009 at San Jose State with head Coach Dick Tomey. He returned to his Alma Mater (University of Arizona) in 2010-2011 as their Defensive Line Coach on Mike Stoops’ coaching staff. In 2015, Joe begins his fourth year on Mike Leach’s Washington State University coaching staff, the first three as the defensive line coach and adding the title of Assistant Head Coach for the 2015 season. As an invaluable recruiter of young athletes, Joe is the very definition of a positive role model, on and off the field, possessing tremendous passion for the success of his athletes. He founded the Joe Salave’a Foundation in 2001 that specializes in free football clinics for youngsters in American Samoa and Hawaii. Joe and his wife, Josephine, have a daughter, Katalina, and son, Fatuimoana, Jr.

 

Terry Cross
Class of 1970
Oceanside High School
Business

RP4200 PictureTerry has a long history in Oceanside, born at the Oceanside Hospital in 1952, his father helped survey Camp Pendleton in the 1940’s. Graduating from OceanterryCross1970side High School in 1970, he went to work for his future father-in-law, Doug McWha, during his junior year of high school working at the Harbor Fish Market in the Oceanside Harbor Cape Cod Village. By age 20, Terry was captain of his own fishing vessel in the Pacific Ocean perfecting new techniques to catch squid and rock cod in 900 feet of coastal waters from the Mexican border to Santa Barbara. Using his new methods in a six-week period in 1981, Terry caught 16 tons of rock cod by himself, a remarkable accomplishment. In 1971, the Harbor Fish Market started selling fish and chip meals. This effort was so successful the family took over the current location that houses Harbor Fish and Chips, and has now been there for over 40 years. Harbor Fish and Chips opened a second location in Carlsbad in 1980, and two years later, Terry sold that location to his brother-in-law. That same year he retired from his commercial fishing business to dedicate his time to the restaurant. Currently Harbor Fish and Chips is posted on 72 websites and is rated the number one fish and chip meal in America by tourists and locals alike! Other awards given this restaurateur include top 50 U.S. Restaurateurs to watch, and the best Seafood Dive on the American West Coast by Coastal Living Magazine. In 1986, Terry’s wife, Sue, passed away. Their two daughters have Environmental Engineering degrees and are successfully working in their fields. Not only is Terry a successful, popular restaurant owner, he continues to be a strong philanthropist helping many needy causes throughout the community of Oceanside.

 

Dr. Carmen Ruiz
Class of 1976
Oceanside High School
Business

RuizCarmen Ruiz was born in Orange County and moved to Oceanside when she was four years old. She attended Oceanside schools and graduated from Oceanside High School in 1976. Carmen married and had two children and later worked at the Vons grocery store in Oceanside. After moving to a cashier position, she was laid off from her job. Carmen’s sons were three and five years old at this time. She felt overwhelmed and vulnerable. She knew she needed a college education to change her circumstances. Even as a child, she had always had an affinity for the life sciences and medicine. She remembers how much she enjoyed the television show, Marcus Welby, M.DcarmenRuiz1976., and the thrill she received when she understood the medical information that she translated from the family physician to her Spanish-speaking mother. Carmen started down the path to become a doctor when she entered MiraCosta Community College. It took four years for her to complete her coursework at MiraCosta, yet she persevered while also raising her children. She transferred to San Diego State University graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. From there she went to Harvard Medical School where she completed her medical doctorate, followed by a general surgery residency at Boston Medical Center. At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, she completed a clinical fellowship in colon and rectal surgery complemented by a research fellowship in clinical trials. Dr. Carmen Ruiz is now board certified in both general surgery and colon and rectal surgery. She is on faculty at the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine in Tulsa as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. She is also the program director for their surgery residency. Her sons “Bedo” and John are grown and married. Carmen has four grandchildren and a fifth expected to arrive in November 2014.

 

Beverly (Stringer) Mills
Class of 1955
Oceanside High School
Community Service

beverlyStringer1955beverlymillsFame would never, ever have been something Beverly would have sought. However, for this very reason, she is being recognized for her behind the scenes, quiet dedication to our community, students, families and elderly. She is best known for spending her entire adult life anonymously helping others. Beverly was born in San Diego in 1938 and moved to Carlsbad at a very young age, where she remained and raised her family. A graduate of Oceanside-Carlsbad High School in 1955, she then attended San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1960. Her community service efforts never ceased, being a tireless volunteer at Buena Vista Elementary School, a Girl Scout Leader, a Multiple Sclerosis Local Chapter volunteer, and visiting home-bound individuals daily. These efforts came naturally for Beverly because she cared for her mother who was afflicted with M.S. as an adult. Another area of community service was handing out food to numerous less fortunate senior citizens through the Angels Depot program that continues today partially due to her efforts. Beverly also went “above and beyond” by giving anonymous financial support to individuals and families in need. When her children became college age, Beverly continued her volunteer work and enrolled at United States International University earning her teaching credential. She then taught for 15 years in the Carlsbad Unified School District dividing her time between Jefferson Elementary School and Aviara Oaks Elementary School. Throughout her lifetime, she continued with her benevolent giving to different needy individuals, families, charities and organizations. Though Beverly receives this award posthumously (she died unexpectedly in 2009) she leaves the legacy of helping others with her son, daughter, and grandchildren who continue to reside in Carlsbad.

Judge Janis L. Sammartino
Class of 1968
Oceanside High School
Public Service

USDC 07'_004Janis and her family moved to Oceanside in 1960, and both of her parents became educators with the Oceanside Unified School District. Janis graduated from Oceanside High School in 1968 as the class Valedictorian; from there she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in 1972 and received her Jurist Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. After a brief stint working for a judge in South Bend, Indiana, she returned home joining the San Diego City Attorney’s Office as Deputy City Attorney from 1976 to 1990 and from 1990 to 1994 as Senior Chief Deputy City Attorney. During this time Judge Sammartino worked closely with the development of Horton Plaza and the Gas Lamp District of downtown San Diego where she was instrumental in transforming this area into San Diego’s premier destination for janisSammartino1968nightlife. In 1994, then Governor Pete Wilson appointed Janis to the San Diego Municipal Court and 18 months later appointed her to the San Diego Superior Court. In 2006 she became the second woman to serve as that Court’s presiding Judge. In 2007, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Sammartino to her current position as Federal District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. While serving as Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, Janis oversaw a budget of more than $200 million, 154 Judges, Commissioners, and Referees and more than 1600 other employees. During her 36 year career in Law, Judge Sammartino has had two publications authored both dealing with land use in the area of environmental equity and affordable housing and growth management. She has also co-authored two texts on facility financing in the 1990’s and growth management versus vested rights. Judge Sammartino has also served on the Stein Institute for Aging Research and the University of California at San Diego Medical Center Boards of Advisors outside of her illustrious legal career. She continues to reside in North San Diego County where she raised her two sons.