Dr. Lisa Dang Larose:

Dr. Lisa Dang Larose

A Journey of Achievement 

Lisa Dang Larose’s journey from Warren High School to becoming a distinguished USAF Lieutenant Colonel is a testament to her unwavering dedication, intellect, and commitment to service. After graduating from Warren HS in 1997, Lisa pursued her passion for aerospace engineering, earning a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2001 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 2003.

In the aerospace industry, Lisa made significant contributions as a propulsion engineer at renowned organizations such as Northrop Grumman, NASA-JPL, Boeing, and SpaceX.

Her work involved designing, manufacturing, and testing rocket systems, ultimately aiding in the successful launch of satellites for domestic and international telecommunications companies and the Department of Defense. Lisa’s efforts were instrumental in advancing the next generation of reusable launch vehicles.

Driven by a desire to serve her country in multiple capacities, Lisa joined the U.S. Air Force in 2007 and embarked on a remarkable journey in the field of medicine. She began her medical education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences while also participating in medical missions, providing crucial healthcare
services to underserved communities, including children in Guatemala.

Lisa’s commitment to service extended to her role as a flight surgeon for the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB, Kansas, where she ensured the health and wellbeing of thousands of aviators and personnel. Her dedication and expertise led her to complete a Radiology residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health
Education Consortium in 2020.

Today, Lisa holds the rank of USAF Lieutenant Colonel and serves as the Diagnostic Imaging Flight Commander at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. In this role, she is responsible for delivering essential radiology services to over 600,000 beneficiaries in the National Capital Region.

Lisa’s achievements at Warren High School laid the foundation for her exceptional career. As the President of the California Scholarship Federation and one of three Class Valedictorians in 1997, she exemplified academic excellence and leadership.

Additionally, her participation in athletics, including tennis and track, showcased her dedication to sportsmanship and teamwork.
Beyond academics and athletics, Lisa was actively involved in various clubs and organizations, including Interact Club, Key Club, Junior Statesmen of America, and Literature Club, demonstrating her commitment to community engagement and personal growth.

Today, we honor Lisa Dang Larose for her extraordinary accomplishments and unwavering commitment to excellence, service, and leadership. She is a shining example of the impact one individual can make in the world, and we are proud to induct her into the Warren High School Hall of Fame.

Mr. Mike Weathers

Mr. Mike Weathers

An Elite Athlete and Leader

Mike Weathers, a distinguished alum of Warren High School, has left an indelible mark on the world of baseball both as a player and as a
coach. Born with an innate passion for sports, Mike’s journey from the hardwood courts of high school basketball to the hallowed baseball
fields of professional leagues is a testament to his resilience, dedication, and love for the game.

After his illustrious high school career at Warren, where he showcased his talent on the varsity basketball team, Mike transitioned to
Cerritos Junior College with dreams of basketball stardom. However, recognizing his true calling lay in baseball, he redirected his focus and embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of America’s pastime.

Mike’s journey continued at Chapman College, where he not only pursued his passion for baseball but also attained a degree in History in 1971. A two-time All-America selection on the diamond, Weathers led the Panthers to the regional playoffs in 1970 and was a team captain, named Most Inspirational, when he batted .355 as a senior.
The summer between his junior and senior years, he was a member of the 1970 U.S. Pan American team and was the squad’s third-leading hitter.

Upon graduating from Chapman in 1971, the infielder was drafted in the first round of the Major League draft by the Oakland Athletics and spent seven seasons in the minor leagues with Oakland and the Toronto Blue Jays organizations. He amassed 491 career hits in the minors, reaching as high as Triple-A before joining the coaching ranks.

After two seasons as head baseball coach at the University of Utah, Weathers returned to Chapman as an assistant and was named head coach in 1984, leading the Panthers to a CCAA title and the NCAA Regionals behind a school-record 47 wins. He was named CCAA Coach of the Year. He helped transition the Chapman baseball program
to Division I status in 1992 before taking a job at Long Beach State, where he served as head coach of the Dirtbags from 2001-09 and won over 300 games. In his 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Weathers won 590 games and coached 13 eventual Major Leaguers.
Mike’s impact extended beyond the diamond, as he mentored countless young athletes, instilling in them the values of discipline, perseverance, and teamwork. His dedication to the holistic development of his players, both on and off the field, exemplifies his
unwavering commitment to shaping not just athletes but also responsible citizens and leaders.

As Mike Weathers takes his rightful place in the Warren High School Hall of Fame, we honor his extraordinary achievements, his unwavering dedication to the sport of baseball, and his enduring legacy as a coach, mentor, and role model.

We congratulate Mike Weathers on this well-deserved honor and express our deepest gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the world of baseball and to the lives of those he has touched.

Dr. Thomas H. Robinson

Dr. Thomas H. Robinson

A Lifetime of Dedication

With heavy hearts and deep reverence, we honor the memory of Thomas H. Robinson, an esteemed educator whose legacy continues to inspire generations. Born in St. Louis and raised in Southern California, Tom’s lifelong dedication to education and his profound impact on the lives of countless students and colleagues
will forever be cherished.

Tom’s journey in education began with a profound love for learning. As President of the Pep Club in high school, his passion for school spirit and camaraderie was evident from an early age. He pursued his academic endeavors at the University of Southern California and graduated from Long Beach State with a Teaching Degree, setting the stage for a remarkable career in education.

His early years were marked by his roles as a history teacher, coach of boys’ athletics, and Athletic Director at Bishop Montgomery and Fermin Lasuen High Schools. It was during this time that Tom’s talents and dedication caught the attention of a mentor, who recognized his potential and recruited him to Warren High School in the early ’70s.

At Warren High School, Tom found not only a place to teach and lead but also a community that became an integral part of his life. He taught history, served as a vice-principal, and later ascended to the role of principal. Tom often reflected on his time at Warren as some of the happiest years of his life, filled with cherished memories of students, colleagues, and the town of Downey.

After the Warren principal who recruited Tom departed for the Poway District, Tom followed suit and assumed the role of principal at Poway High School. His leadership and vision propelled him to become the Assistant Superintendent of the Poway School District, where he continued to make a lasting impact on education and the lives of many. Tom’s dedication to education extended beyond the confines of the classroom.

He later earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco and remained actively involved in educational organizations such as ADA, WASC, and the Association of California School Administrators. His commitment to excellence and leadership was recognized and celebrated throughout his illustrious career.
As we gather to induct Thomas H. Robinson into the Warren High School Hall of Fame, we pay tribute to a man whose passion for education, unwavering integrity, and boundless compassion touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Though Tom may no longer be with us in person, his spirit lives on in the countless lives he touched and the enduring legacy he leaves behind.

Sara Robinson Sakai, Dr. Robinson’s only living family extends her deepest gratitude to everyone associated with Warren High School for honoring Tom’s memory with this induction. We can envision him looking down from Heaven, smiling and waving at us all, proud of the legacy he has left behind.

Gary P. McCaughan, M.D.

Gary P. McCaughan, M.D.

A Hometown Hero

Born in 1955 at First Presbyterian Church of Downey, Gary P. McCaughan, M.D., is a cherished member of the Downey community, known for his unwavering dedication, leadership, and commitment to service. Married in 1983 to Patricia McKendrick, a lifetime Downey resident, Gary and Patricia are the proud parents of four children, two boys, and two girls.

A true hometown hero, Gary’s journey began at Gallatin Elementary, continued through Griffith Junior High, and culminated at Warren High School, all within the Downey Unified School District. Throughout his academic career, Gary distinguished himself as both a scholar and a leader, serving as Student Body President, Key Club President, and earning honors as an Honors Student and All-League Football player. 

Following his graduation from Warren High School in 1973, Gary pursued higher education at the University of California Irvine, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Biology. A Cum Laude graduate and recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholar Undergraduate Research Award, Gary’s academic excellence was further recognized with his placement on the Dean’s Honor List.

Upon graduating from UC Irvine in 1977, Gary was faced with the impressive feat of receiving nine medical school admissions offers, a testament to his academic prowess and dedication to excellence.

Accepted to multiple esteemed institutions, Gary ultimately chose the University of Southern California, where he obtained his M.D. degree in 1981, specializing in Neurosciences, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Obstetrics, and Psychiatry.

Beyond his medical career, Gary’s dedication to civic duty is unparalleled. He has served on numerous city commissions and councils, including multiple terms on the City Council and Planning Commission of Downey. His involvement in various community organizations, such as the Downey Civic Center Development Corporation, Downey Cemetery District, Southeast Water Coalition (SEWAC), and Keep Downey Beautiful (KDB), highlights his passion for enhancing the quality of life for Downey residents.

Gary’s tireless efforts to improve his community are reflected in the numerous programs and initiatives he spearheaded, including his involvement in the Downey Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and the Downey Community Hospital Foundation.

In addition to his civic contributions, Gary also gave back to his former school by serving as the team doctor during Friday night football games, further exemplifying his commitment to supporting the youth and the community. Gary P. McCaughan is not only a respected doctor and community leader but also a shining example of what hard work, heart, and commitment can achieve. His legacy serves as an inspiration to us all.