GENE BEDLEY – 1956
Gene is a nationally recognized educator. He has written six books and published over 500 articles on effective schooling, parenting, and discipline. As a keynote presenter, Gene has spoken at thousands of conferences throughout the United States and Canada. He has achieved numerous honors, including the Principal’s Medal and Educator of the Year.
JAY A. CAMPBELL – 1963
Following graduation from UCLA, Jay was designated a naval aviator. He completed two seven-month Vietnam combat missions. Serving as a Rear Admiral and Pilot in the U.S. Navy, he became the executive officer of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun). Admiral Campbell has achieved numerous awards and decorations.
RONALD E. CRAWFORD – 1957
Ron’s participation in water polo was legendary. In addition to playing for Cal State University at Long Beach, he was a member of the U.S. Water Polo Team in three Olympic games and two Pan American Games. Considered the number one water polo player in the nation, he was inducted into both the National and International Water Polo Halls of Fame.
DENNIS HEATH – 1964
A California State University at Long Beach graduate, Dennis sang with the Young Americans. Following graduation, he performed with many well-known musical entertainers. He has taught at several universities in Southern California. He has recently pursued a career in opera and has been heard throughout the world on numerous stages.
LEROY HARRISON SHOWATLER – 1936
Following his graduation from USC, he served extensive duty in the South Pacific. Mr.Showalter made his business mark in Downey as a banker for over 40 years. He received several awards for community service. From 1958-1962, he served on the Downey SchoolBoard.
JOHN C. SIMS, D.D.S. – 1932
Dr. Sims had extensive military service after graduation from the USC Dental College. He is the past president of the Downey Dental Academy, the Downey Chamber of Commerce, and the Downey Rotary. Dr. Sims is the composer of the Downey High “AlmaMater”.
KATHLEEN TUTTLE, J.D. – 1971
As a UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley graduate, Kathleen practiced law in Washington, D.C. She served as Child Counsel for the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs committee. She returned to the Los Angeles area to begin work with the District Attorney’s office where she heads the Consumer Protection Division of the Bureau of Special Operations. She has written a book and numerous articles for national magazines and newspapers.