OCEANSIDE — Seven former Pirates will be inducted into Oceanside High School’s Hall of Fame on Oct. 9 for their achievements in academics, athletics, community service and more.
Each year for the last 15 years, several individuals who graduated from Oceanside High School are chosen by the OHS Foundation to be inducted for their lifetime achievements into the OHS Foundation Hall of Fame. Each person is inducted based on six different categories: academics, athletics, the arts, community service, public service and business.
This year’s inductees include Oscar Ramos, class of 1997, for academics; Patrick Bagley, class of 1974, for the arts; Ramona (Rieke) Newton, class of 1909, for athletics; Alan Ruden, Class of 1968, and Douglas Avis, class of 1964, both for business; Theodore J. Porter, class of 1968, for public service; and Glenda (Bedwell) Kimbrel, class of 1968, for community service.
Kimbrel, who also happens to serve as the current OHS Foundation president, has a long history of community service through her career as a counselor and volunteer.
She attended MiraCosta College and UC Santa Barbara where she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology. She went on to receive her master’s in counseling from San Diego State University and acquired a marriage, family and child counseling license from the state of California.
Kimbrel worked with the San Diego Municipal Court System, the county welfare department and the county juvenile probation department. She also worked as a counselor and child abuse investigator with the Oceanside Police Department, then later was hired by Oceanside Unified School District as a counselor at El Camino High School, later moving over to work at her alma mater where she retired in 2006.
Kimbrel joined the OHS Foundation in 1986 when it was created as an organization with the mission to support students and faculty members at OHS through scholarships and other opportunities. Last year, the Foundation gave out a total of $45,000 to graduating seniors and through faculty grants.
“We want to give back,” Kimbrel said.
The Foundation started the Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Since then, more than 100 Pirates and counting have been inducted.
Kimbrel is also one of three people from the class of 1968 to be honored in this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. She is joined by Alan Ruden, who is being honored for business, and Theodore J. Porter, who is being honored for public service.
Ruden served on the city’s Planning Commission, City Council for eight years, as president of the Builders Board, and also on the Chamber of Commerce Board. He currently sits on the Habitat for Humanity board.
Porter served Oceanside as a firefighter for about three decades. He was appointed fire engineer in the 1980s, and in 2005 he received the Service Award from the fire chief.
Kimbrel said there are many other 1968 graduates who are also Hall of Fame inductees as well, like Willie Buchanan, a former American professional football player who played cornerback for the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers of the NFL.
“It was a pretty strong, well-rounded class,” Kimbrel said. “It still is.”
Inductees and their achievements are showcased in the Hall of Fame’s large display in OHS’s senior hall, one of the older, historic buildings on campus.
A ceremony honoring the inductees will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. outdoors on the high school’s campus. The ceremony will include a choral performance and ROTC flag salute from current students of the school.
“We try to get as many current students involved in these ceremonies as possible,” Kimbrel said.
Speakers will include Principal Brendon Mitchell and OUSD Supt. Julie Vitale. Each of the inductees will be introduced by the OUSD Board of Trustees.