Recognizing distinguished alumni from Oceanside High School
John Troy was a four-year varsity letterman in swimming under Coach Bill Wagner. He was a two-year varsity letterman in football under Coach Herb Meyer. More than anything else, his experiences in the water and on the gridiron instilled in him the discipline, tenacity, patience, optimism, humor and self-respect that would enable him to face life’s challenges and rescue him from his own dark tendencies. Three years after graduation he began his career in music. As a bass player he toured nationally and internationally with artists of note, some of whom include Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, and Joe Cocker. His playing and background vocals can be heard on multiple recordings. He also performed as a singer/songwriter and band leader, releasing several self-produced albums. For over fifty years John Troy was able to make a living doing what he loved in a very tough business. He was forever grateful for the start he got at Oceanside High School.