Recognizing distinguished alumni from Oceanside High School
Throughout the Oceanside community, the name Larry Hatter and the term “community service” go hand-in-hand. Since graduating with the class of 1962, Mr. Hatter has become a fixture in the North County. A resident of Oceanside since the age of 4, he is regularly acknowledged for his countless acts of goodwill on behalf of a variety of groups and causes. His significant contributions to an array of organizations are far too long to list. Perhaps his greatest achievement came in 2000 when he spearheaded Proposition G, a $125 million school bond for the Oceanside Unified School District. Additionally, Hatter served five years (1971-76) on the Armed Forces YMCA Board of Management, one year as chair, while leading the nation in YMCA fundraising four consecutive years. He spent another eight years as a board member of the Oceanside Library Board of Trustees, including one year as board chair. As a member of the Oceanside Friends of the Library, Hatter was one of 12 individuals to help institute this organization, which grew to more than 1,200 members in just one year. He was also a past president and eight year member of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. For 24 years, Hatter has been a member of the Board of Directors of the El Dorado Church of God Homes, a group for which he now serves as president. From 1980 to 1982, he assisted the MiraCosta College Foundation, and rejoined the group in 2005, currently serving as President. Mr. Hatter took the lead as the fundraising chair for the $5.3 million campaign to build the Oceanside Museum of Art, and he continues to oversee the OUSD Education Foundation. It is through his efforts that the OHS Alumni Foundation was revitalized, leading to the establishment of the very same Hall of Fame of which he is now a distinguished member.