2016 HALL OF FAME
11th Annual Induction Ceremony
Celebrating 110 years of Oceanside High School History
on OHS Homecoming Weekend
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10 a.m.
OHS Wally Molifua Gymnasium
Class of 2016 Inductees:
Richard Selby Class of 1963
Life is meant to be a challenge and, if we want to live to our highest potential, it will take courage. I was never the smartest, the best athlete, or the most popular. During my formative years, I dealt with a dysfunctional family. My father eventually died of cirrhosis of the liver and my older brother went to prison. Who was I? What did I want to be? I was a stutterer and shy. However, everything that happens to us in life is for our own good. Like the grapes that produce the best wine are often grown in a rough terrain, a rough terrain in life can and does make us stronger. With mediocre grades in high school, junior college was my only option. I did well, joined the track team, becoming a top javelin thrower. UCLA followed with a full athletic scholarship for track. I became an “All-American” and a member of the most successful track team in NCAA history. School psychology was to be my calling. I worked 16 years at Garfield High School, home of the movie “Stand and Deliver.” I developed a group-counseling program and wrote a handbook on group counseling. My peers twice selected me as “School Psychologist of the Year.” Channel 11 News hailed me as their “Hero of the Week,” for saving students’ lives. I started beach volleyball and twice won the California State Cup Master’s Division and the Santa Barbara Tournament, considered to be the National Master’s Beach Championship. I traveled to India adopting the philosophy of a holy man: love, peace, truth, and non-violence. I traveled to Brazil adopting the philosophy of love and light, and service to others. I’ve now written seven books, three published in India. I believe each day is a gift and can take no credit for my successes. How did all of this happen? Who knows? But I continue to learn, to grow and to live my life to the fullest. Life is meant to be a work of art and we each produce our own picture. Make it a masterpiece!
Mark Phelps Class of 1971
Mark retired from Oceanside High School after teaching 33 years of his 35-year career of instructing instrumental music to high school students. He taught thousands of students a wide range of instruments from strings in orchestra to winds and percussion in marching band and drum line, teaching the fundamentals of reading music, counting time, tuning instruments, performing as an ensemble along with lessons that can be carried into all aspects of life. Students always found his enthusiasm for music truly inspiring. Over his career Mark has taken his performing groups on countless successful trips all over Southern California and across the United States. His 2010 drum line were bronze medalists in the Southern California Percussion Alliance Championships and then earned a bronze medal against 54 groups competing from around the world in Dayton, Ohio. Many of Mark’s students have continued performing after high school. Some have gone on to be music majors in colleges and universities, some have started their own bands, while others play for their own enjoyment. One student, Tad Calcara, performs with the Utah Symphony where he has been the principal clarinet musician since 1999. Mark has dedicated his life to music. Along with his teaching, he has performed with groups such as Bandit, North Star and Jurassic Jazz. Most recently he plays with “Gicky and the Monsters” and the Big Band Jazz Hall of Fame. His love for music also takes him to the Moonlight Amphitheater where he plays in the orchestra pit for many of their musical productions. Recently the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation honored him for his outstanding performance and lasting contribution in promoting music and the arts in North San Diego County. In the spring of 2015 the Oceanside Unified School District honored him by renaming the OHS band room as the “Mark Phelps Music Room”. Mark and his family reside in Oceanside as he continues to make music a part of the culture of San Diego County.
Thaddis Bosley Class of 1974
After graduation, the California Angels drafted Thaddis, as a high school All-American, in the fourth round. He moved quickly through Minor League Baseball setting records for stolen bases and winning recognition as the number one prospect in the Angel organization. In 1976, he was named the California League player of the year after hitting .324 and stealing 90 bases. Thad skipped Double A and started the 1977 season with the Triple-A Salt Lake City Gulls. He batted .326, with 26 doubles and 23 stolen bases, in the first two months of the season. On June 29, 1977, the California Angels called Thad up to the majors at twenty years old. He finished his first season with a .297 batting average, the best on the California Angels roster that year. Thad played Major League Baseball for 14 seasons, twice leading the majors in pinch hits in 1985 and 1987. In 1999, Thad was named the outfield, base running and first base coach then later the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics. In 2003, Thad was the hitting coach for the USA Olympic Qualifying Team. He ended his professional coaching career with the Texas Rangers in 2011. Thad began his collegiate coaching career at Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California. In 2010, he became an assistant athletic director and launched the first baseball program at Arizona Christian University. In 2013, Thad became the Special Assistant to the President and the Executive Director of Athletics at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. He also started and coached their first baseball program. Thad owns B & E Records where he wrote and produced contemporary Christian music and R & B ballads. He also provided venture capital for the start-up of Bellmark Records and the development of new artists. Thad holds executive certificates in global finance and negotiations from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a certificate in financial modeling from the Investment Banking Institute. He also attended Major League Baseball’s Executive Development Program. Thad is the owner and managing member of Kinnor Holdings, LLC, an investment company.
David Roche Class of 1971
David is currently the Executive Director for the Coffee Quality Institute managing their programs worldwide. He has a Masters Degree in Horticulture (Viticulture) from the University of California at Davis and a Bachelors Degree in Horticulture from California Polytechnic University. He has been at CQI since 2003 and has 24 years in the coffee industry with a diverse background in international research and development. Fluent in Spanish, he has over 35 years experience with a multitude of crops in several countries. Early in his career, he resided in Mexico and managed the world’s largest organic herb and spice producer. Throughout the 1990’s he was Vice President of Diversified Agriculture for Pioneer Mills in Maui, Hawaii, where he developed a 500 acre coffee plantation well known for it’s unique selection of coffee varieties. David specializes in overall farm management, germplasm collection, production systems and contact grower coordination, including international herb purchasing and organic certification education. He also developed and established the first commercial tea plantation in Mexico for the Lipton Tea Company, which included negotiations, research, propagation, agricultural management and processing technologies. Experienced in all aspects of grape production with a specialty of grape production in the tropics, David evaluated pest and disease problems in the tropics and California wine grape regions doing management of field operations and coordination with numerous wineries. He is also responsible for developing rural agriculture plans in Columbia and implemented several programs to import and produce temperate climate fruits such as grapes and apples. In his widely successful career, he had provided technical assistance to producers of tobacco, soybean, corn, exotic fruits and numerous other crops throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. David now resides in White Salmon, Washington with his wife and daughter as he continues to change the world of agriculture.
Doug Fowler grew up in Oceanside and graduated from OHS in 1970. After graduating from the School of Business at San Diego State University in 1975 he began his 35-year banking career, which included 14 years in San Diego County and 21 years in the High Desert Region of California. He completed his banking education graduating from Pacific Coast Banking School–The Premier National Graduate School of Banking at the University of Washington in 2001. Doug has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley since 1995, where he served as President in 2000-2001 and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2000 and 2004. He spearheaded Apple Valley’s Rotary co-sponsorship in matching grants to Puruandiro, Mexico resulting in 4 fire trucks and a “jaws of life” for that city, as well as Rotary’s matching grants to buy portable x-ray machines for the Children’s Hospital in Ankara, Turkey. Through Rotary International, Doug went to rural India to help immunize children and infants against the polio virus and Guatemala to help surgeons do cleft lip/palate surgeries. He has participated in Rotary Group Study Exchanges for several years representing the High Desert Area as both a host family and planning committee member taking him to Turkey in 2009. He has also been actively involved in other community and professional organizations in the High Desert, serving in leadership roles with the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce, High Desert Handicap Services, the Inland Empire Risk Management Association, High Desert Chapter of the Red Cross, the Inland Empire Small Business Development Corporation, Southern California Small Business Development Corporation and the Sunset Hills Children’s Foundation. Doug has now moved back to Oceanside with his wife Deborah of 31 years, an elementary school teacher and past President of the Rotary Club of Victor Valley Sunrise. They have a son, Zachary, a UCLA graduate, and daughter, Alisha, a UNLV graduate, who have both received Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
Debra Oliver Taylor Class of 1975
After graduation in 1975, Colonel Debra (Oliver) Taylor attended MiraCosta College and California State Long Beach, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Criminal Justice. She then received two Masters Degrees in Business Management and National Security Strategy. While pursuing her first Masters Degree she cross-enrolled in UCLA’s ROTC cadet program and attended the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and in 1980 received her paratrooper wings. That same year, she was recognized as a “Distinguished Military Graduate” and commissioned into the Regular U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. Colonel Taylor served 26 years as an Intelligence Officer in various assignments in the United States and abroad. During her years defending the United States she was the Deputy Operations Officer in Berlin, Germany when the “wall came down”, served as Battalion Commander in Korea, was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and served stateside in the Pentagon as Senior Intelligence Officer during recovery and response operations. Debbie also became the Managing Editor of the National Defense University Press, which published the Joint Force Quarterly for the Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff. Debra served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon for a year and graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C. in 2001. Her titles included during her distinguished military career: Senior Military Fellow, National Defense University Deputy Director for Intelligence & Chief Intelligence Support Division Joint Staff Pentagon Chief, Information Management/Information Technology Division Army Staff Pentagon Commander United States Army Garrison, Camp Casey Enclave Republic of Korea Senior Watch Officer Chief Korea Division, Chief Northeast Asia Department, Joint Intelligence Center Pacific Command. After retiring from the military, she worked as a defense consultant/independent contractor for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In 1980, Debra married an Army Ranger and fellow career Intelligence Officer. They have two grown children, a daughter who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, currently serving in Korea as an Army Captain and a son who graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Admission is free and this event is open to the public.
Get your classmates together and celebrate the Hall of Fame inductees. This is a great time to have a class reunion, picnic, BBQ…. we will be celebrating 110 years of OHS history!
Sponsored by the OHS Foundation/Alumni Association
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