2015 Oceanside High School Hall of Fame

Oceanside High School Foundation Hall of Fame is proud to recognize and display the accomplishments of 79 former Pirates in Senior Hall on campus.  Meet the newest members inducted on September 26, 2015. 

Dr. Harland Epps
Class of 1954
Oceanside High School

Dr. Harland EppsA distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomer in UCO/Lick Observatory; Consultant in Optical Design. Teachers at Oceanside-Carlsbad High some 60 years ago became role models for me. With great fondness I remember Marie Bradley who could hardly see yet taught me how to write. There was Joe Long, the typing teacher who taught me to value accuracy in all that I do; Floyd Kelly, who first recognized and nurtured my facility with complex mathematics; Lester Schroeder, who put a trumpet in my hand and filled my heart with a love for improvised jazz; John Simcox, who I remember best for teaching about the dark side ofDr. Harland Epps slavery in the United States and for his passion over the importance of civil rights. He was 10 years ahead of his time. I caught for Joe Geary’s baseball team and was elected captain in my senior year. There was some studying along the way, mixed with fun and friendships that have lasted to this day. Others helped to shape my adult life but most important among them was the principal, Armand Selinger who singled me out as a candidate for one of the best colleges in the country. Ten rewarding years of college and graduate school unfolded. With Ph.D. in hand, I joined the San Diego State faculty briefly and then settled into a 24-year-long professorship in astronomy at UCLA. Rapid technology developments in the 1970’s spawned new visions of larger telescopes, on the ground and in space, which propelled my research career in hot pursuit of seminal advances in the design and creation of entirely new, much more capable optics for astronomy. In 1989, I accepted a professorship at UC Santa Cruz to work closely with colleagues on Keck telescope instrument projects. I retired in 2014, having served for 50 years in a challenging academic realm of discovery. Like a ship’s wake, I leave behind more than 250 technical reports and published papers and more than 50 instruments, powering many of the world’s most productive telescopes as they scan the night sky in the ultraviolet, the visible and the near-infrared, in search of new understanding.


Jim Evans
Class of 1965
Oceanside High School

Jim EvansFrom early childhood Jim Evans knew he could draw, designing t-shirts for classmates at Mission Elementary School. He took up surfing and guitar at about the same time and competed in surfing contests as a member of the Tamarack Surfing Association. As a guitarist he had his own band “Me and The Others” performing for dances locally and along the California coast. After graduating from OHS in 1965 he attended MiraCosta College and the California Institute of the Arts and Art Center College of Design. Art became his major focus,Jim Evans although he stayed close to the music scene designing the logo for the Grammy Awards in 1989. Jim initially did a cartoon strip that was syndicated by the Los Angeles Free Press and ran in underground newspapers. This exposure led to commissions for nationally syndicated comic books. In Hawaii Jim surfed and did illustrations in surfing magazines and underground newspapers and worked for legendary Hawaiian singer Don Ho, Hawaiian Airlines and Dole Pineapple. Upon his return to the mainland Jim created artwork, logos and album covers for the Beach Boys, the Beastie Boys, Alice Coltrane, The Allman Brothers, Toto, and more. A transition into fine arts led Jim to a series of limited edition pop portraits of Sylvester Stallone, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Robert Mitchum. This culminated with a show at the Hanson Gallery on Rodeo Drive in Hollywood. Settling in Malibu, California, Jim got involved in the film industry doing posters and title sequences. By the end of the 1980’s with his son, Jim returned to his roots in rock music, turning out hundreds of limited-edition posters for bands as diverse as U2, Pearl Jam and Metallica. Jim started The Big Gun Project producing more than 50 websites for movies such as “Men in Black,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Psycho.” He remains involved with numerous projects with upcoming shows in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. He now runs Division 13 Design Group where clients like Sony Pictures, Dream Works Animation, Lionsgate, Fox, Universal, and Paramount Pictures seek web campaigns for films such as “Kung Fu Panda,” “Ice Age” and more recently “The Hunger Games.”



Terry Vaughn
Class of 1990
Oceanside High School

Terry VaughnI was born in South Carolina to Lawrence and Edith Vaughn. My father was in the Marine Corp and eventually we were stationed at Camp Pendleton. At OHS, I starred as a football running back and a center fielder on the baseball team. After graduation in 1990, I was drafted by the New York Yankees organization but elected to accept a football scholarship to play college football in the PAC 10 at the University of Arizona. I started at wide receiver as a true freshman at UA earning freshman All-American honors as a punt returner and receiver. As a sophomore, I earned All-PAC-10 honors as a punt returner and ranked in the top 10 nationally. I suffered an injury at the end of the season but was able to return as a starter my junior and senior years. I left UA Terry Vaughnranked in the top 10 as a receiver and punt returner. I signed as an undrafted free agent by the NFL Arizona Cardinals football team and made the team as a practice player, was later released and signed with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football league. I was known as a powerful runner who was great at catching the ball and breaking tackles in the open field. In my first season as a CFL receiver, I had 1,031 receiving yards and it would be the first of 11 straight seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving. I won the first of 2 Grey Cups in 1998 with Calgary and in 2003 with Edmonton Eskimos. In the CFL, I played for Calgary Stampeders (1995-1998), Edmonton Eskimos (1999-2004), Montreal Alouettes (2005), and Hamilton Tigercats (2006). I finished my career in the CFL as the all-time leading receiver in catches with 1,006 catches and 73 touchdowns. At the time of my retirement, I held the record for the most consecutive seasons (11) with 1,000 yards and most receptions. I was also the first receiver in the CFL to reach 1,000 career catches and was ranked number 45 in TSN’s Top 50 CFL players. I reside in Chandler, Arizona with my wife Carsandera, daughters Tristen and Sydney and son, Zion.

Jerrell D. Bussey
Class of 1946
Oceanside High School

Jerrell D. BusseyJerrell D. Bussey, founder of Bussey’s Automotive Service, was a successful entrepreneur, even as a young boy. His family migrated to California in 1937, when he was nine years old, leaving the Oklahoma dust bowl for the promise of a better life in California. As the third of eight children, he had a strong desire to contribute to the well-being of the family, earning money by recycling bottles, harvesting sand crabs to sell to fisherman, selling newspapers, mowing lawns, and washing windows for businesses in Oceanside. Jerrell loved his time at Oceanside High Jerrell D. BusseySchool, serving as the Associated Student Body President, an active athlete on the football, basketball, and baseball teams, and the piccolo player for the marching band. He received honors for most valuable athlete and most service to the school. In the OHS newspaper, a photograph of him carried the caption, “catch that million dollar smile.” Indeed, warm interactions with others and an optimistic attitude were his trademarks. Immediately following his graduation in 1946, Jerrell married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Chandler. Across 69 years of marriage, they raised three daughters (all graduates of Oceanside High) and welcomed five grandchildren. In October 1946, Jerrell and Shirley worked side-by-side to open Bussey’s Automotive Service on Hill Street. A few years later, in 1952, they moved the business to Mission Avenue and it became a visible landmark off of US Interstate 5. Providing reliable and quality service, Jerrell considered it his responsibility to make sure families had safe transportation. Repeat customers were his best advertisers, along with the local radio station, they let others know: “Bussey’s is the place to go.” Throughout his years in business, Jerrell knew the importance of giving back to the community. He made significant contributions to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the OHS Booster Club, including donating to new lights for the football field, and the Oceanside Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of the Elks Club for over 57 years, where he helped to raise substantial resources for scholarships. Oceanside is very special to all of the Busseys. Jerrell and his family are thankful to be part of this community and to call Oceanside home. Mr. Bussey lived life to the fullest,  on May 28, 2017 after a long illness he passed away. He was just shy of his 89th birthday.

Gloria (Bedwell) Carranza
Class of 1963
Oceanside High School
Community Service

Gloria Bedwell CarranzaAfter graduating from OHS in 1963, Gloria attended OceansideCarlsbad Junior College, and was instrumental in naming the newly-constructed campus on Barnard Drive, MiraCosta College. Becoming it’s first student body president on the new campus, Gloria helped to establish it’s innovative direction. Moving to Mexico City to continue her study of Spanish, Gloria met and married her husband Luis. Remaining in Mexico to raise her family, Gloria worked for the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Queretaro, Mexico where they lived. While there she worked as the Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and Director of Faculty Resources in Gloria Bedwell Carranzacoordinating study-abroad programs for faculty, and developing new university projects including the feasibility study for a university hospital. Gloria also acted as the Library Director and taught English-as-a-Second Language to business executives, university students at the Monterrey Institute of Technology. After moving back to Oceanside/Carlsbad with her family, Gloria immediately got involved in helping the Hispanic community, serving on the County of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission, the county’s Department of Transborder Affairs, Congressman’s Ron Packard’s North County Immigration Study Group, the Hispanic Advisory Group to County Supervisor John MacDonald, and the Hispanic Advisory Council for Cal State San Marcos. Gloria served as the Migrant Issues Coordinator for the City of Encinitas where she addressed important community issues and concerns regarding immigrant workers, businesses, and residents, establishing San Diego County’s first municipal Jobs Center. As a free-lance bilingual writer for the Blade-Citizen in the 1980’s, in her column “Tribuna Informativa” Gloria was able to bring important Hispanic issues to the public’s attention. Gloria served on the governing Board of the MiraCosta Community College District for almost 20 years. Currently she and her husband are the owners and founders of Inter-Lingua, a Spanish translation, interpretation, consulting and bilingual support business. They also write Bilingual Safety publications for businesses. Staying involved and helping the Hispanic community remains her goal. She currently serves on the Carlsbad Police Department’s Juvenile Justice Program. Gloria and Luis have two sons, Luis Esteban and Juan Andrés and four grandchildren.

Bill (Willard) Christopher
Class of 1965
Oceanside High School
Public Service

Bill (Willard) ChristopherBill always taught from the heart and has given all that he has to give in every life situation. Anyone who has been around him throughout his career at OHS knows Bill’s lifelong dedication to his students, colleagues, family and friends. As a member of the class of 1965, Bill was an exceptional student, President of the Latin Club, star basketball player and swim team sprinter. His accomplishments on the basketball court as the Pirate center left numerous records that remained for many years. This and his academic success gave him a full ride scholarship to play under one of the most renowned U.S. basketball coaches in history at Oklahoma State Bill (Willard) ChristopherUniversity, Coach Henry Iba. At OSU while pursuing his B.A. in history, Bill twice led the basketball team in field goal percentage shooting in the 67-68 and 68-69 seasons. He also decided his professional life would be teaching history and coaching basketball. While at OSU he met and married the love of his life, Rhonda, and have two adult children continuing to make Oceanside their home. Bill was hired by OHS in 1970 and in 1971 took over as Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. Christopher’s teams from 1980 through the 1983 seasons had a “Home Court Winning Streak” of 42 games that still remains second in the County record books. In 1984 he coached OHS to the Southern California Regional Championships becoming the only Division II team from San Diego to reach the California CIF Finals, competing for a State Championship before retiring as coach after the 1986 season. He was known throughout the County as one of the most knowledgeable and difficult coaches to play against. Not surprising, with decades of knowledge, Bill approached coaching and teaching with an intensity rarely seen. Students and players learned life lessons of teamwork, integrity, sportsmanship, focus, proper planning, and tenacity. In 2005, after 35 years of teaching and coaching, Bill retired from OHS as a professional educator of AP History. He always used the classroom and the basketball court to teach young students how to think critically and become life-long learners.