Since its creation in 1999, the Hall of Fame has honored those LHS graduates who have made significant contributions to their local community, to their country or even the world.

Lemoore High School graduates have gone on to become everything from lawyers and doctors to professional athletes, astronauts and rock stars.

The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of Assistant Principal Ed Martin and then-superintendent Bill Black.

"We thought it would be nice to recognize some of these people right here in Lemoore," Martin said.

A list of 10 graduates were inducted the first year. The group included local farmer William Asberry "Berry" Gilcrease (class of 1911), who had died four years earlier at the age of 102. Gilcrease served as a Kings County supervisor for 12 years.

Also on the list were Journey frontman Steve Perry, NASA astronaut Michael Baker and Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith.

"To be an astronaut, that's kind of an automatic in," Martin said. "Being a world-famous rock star, that's another."

Martin said the long list was to make up for all the years they didn't have a hall of fame.

Anyone can submit nominations, but the foundation board ultimately decides who makes it.

"It's quite a diverse group of people that have gone to Lemoore High School," Martin said.

This evening, four distinguished graduates will be added to the ranks.

Donald Griffin

After graduating from LHS in 1960, Griffin went on to earn a doctorate degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He started teaching at City College of San Francisco in 1969 and was appointed chancellor of the college in 2008.

Veterans Affairs has recognized him for his work as a psychologist in East Bay VA hospitals and for his community work during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Ronald Maciel

During his time at LHS, Maciel played football and acted in plays, including his senior class play, "The People vs. Maxine Lowe," in which he played a judge. After graduating in 1961, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He went to work for the Internal Revenue Service and attended Loyola Law School at night.

Maciel returned to Kings County in 1980 and practiced law until he was elected as a judge to the Kings County Super Court in 1988. He retired in 2007 and now practices law as a partner with the firm of Benninghoff & Maciel.

Michael Ray

Ray began his aviation career shortly after he graduated from LHS in 1968. By 1979, he was working up the ranks at the McDonnell Douglas commercial aircraft delivery center. The company later merged with Boeing Co.

In 2004, he was asked to join the company's maintenance and modification program for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. The following year, Ray and his team received Boeing's Gold Eagle award for its efforts in recovering a severely damaged C-17 from Afghanistan. Ray retired in January, ending a 30-year aviation career.

Bill Parry

In 1991, Parry was selected as the Tiger of the Year by his peers and graduated third in his class. Parry was also a two-time varsity letterman in basketball and served two years as editor-in-chief of the Tiger Tribune.

He graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Fresno in 1995 before enrolling at San Joaquin College of Law. Parry joined Kahn, Soares & Conway in 2001. He continues to work at the Hanford office as a litigator and the firm's senior associate. Since 2005, Parry has served on the board of directors for the LHS Foundation and has volunteered at football games.

Also being honored

This year's athletic inductees include wrestlers Sven Hafemeister and Damon Silva, coach Lupe Solis and the 1988 boys and girls Valley champion basketball teams.

In addition to the Hall of Fame, the foundation created a way to honor those who have served the school, but aren't graduates. Gary Sedgwick, who taught at LHS for more than 20 years and served on the school board for 16 years, will become the newest Friend of Lemoore High School tonight.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or meiman@HanfordSentinel.com.

 

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