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Hall of Fame inductee Joe Schloss, left, with Board of Education Member Richard Barrera.
 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Schloss, left, with Board of Education Member Richard Barrera.
San Diego Unified School District

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame highlights alumni of San Diego Unified schools who have made a significant impact on society, or have overcome adversity to succeed. This could be a graduate who is a stay-at-home parent who helps his or her kids and community; a graduate who excels in a professional or athletic setting; one that makes a difference in his/her community; or even one that has attained national or international fame. 

If you would like to nominate an individual for future consideration, please complete the Nomination Form and submit by mail or email to:

District Relations via US Mail: Room 2232, San Diego Unified School District, 4100 Normal St. (92103); Fax: 619-725-7105, School mail or email to  

First Name Last Name Schools Attended Biography Entered Hall of Fame
Sharon Apple Clairemont High, Marston Middle, Toler Elementary Ms. Apple currently teaches English and Academic Language at Clairemont High. She is also a special education case manager and head girls basketball coach at the school. 2013
Dr. Lisa Chamberlain Gompers High, Lewis Junior High, Mason Elementary Dr. Lisa Chamberlain, a fourth-generation San Diegan, attended Gompers High, Lewis Middle and Mason elementary schools. A UC San Diego graduate, she went on to receive her doctorate in microcellular biology from Colorado State University. She works in San Diego at Sequenom Inc., performing DNA research in the area of Down Syndrome. 2013
Anne Cleveland La Jolla High Anne Cleveland, a competitive swimmer and professional coach, graduated from La Jolla High School in 1973. She has successfully swam the Maui Channel, the Catalina Channel and the English Channel. Today, she is a masters swimming coach at the Coggan Family Aquatic Complex at La Jolla High School, and as assistant coach to the La Jolla High School swim team. While at La Jolla High, she swam as a member of the boys swim team. 2013
Betsy Cook Madison High, Hale Junior High, Field and Lindbergh Elementary A graduate Madison High, Hale Junior High, Field and Lindbergh elementary schools, Betsy Cook is currently principal of Marston Middle School. She has also worked as an instructional assistant at Whittier Children's Center, a teacher at Stockton Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High, Race/Human Relations, a vice principal at Farb Middle, and a principal at Green Elementary. She has also served in the capacity of mentoring colleagues, AASD President, and cluster leader. 2013
Kimberli Coons-Banks Lincoln High, Gompers Secondary, Webster Elementary, participated in SANDAPP program Ms. Coons-Banks works in the County’s Office of Financial Planning where she is jointly responsible for the development and publishing of the County’s nearly $5 billion Operational Plan. Kimberli grew up in San Diego and attended Webster Elementary, Gompers Secondary and Lincoln High School, where she graduated with honors and academic distinction.As a teenage mother, Kimberli was also a proud participant in the SANDAPP Program. 2013
Mirna Estrada Memorial Junior High, Balboa Elementary Mirna Estrada is currently the principal at Emerson/Bandini Elementary school. She started at San Diego Unified as a teacher's aide, moving up to be a capable principal that has accomplished the difficult task of taking not one, but two schools out of Program Improvement, a status set by the No Child Left Behind Act. She is the voice for our children, and is making a difference in our schools. 2013
David Fierro, Ed.D. Clairemont High, Marston Middle, Toler Elementary Mr. Fierro is currently the interim Dean at the School of Learning Resources and Technology at Mesa College and teaches engineering courses. 2013
Richard Gijon Gompers Secondary, Kennedy Elementary Richard Gijon, Director of Youth Development Programs for the Mission Valley YMCA, grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Diego. Gangs and negative influences were part of his daily routine, but his success at Kennedy Elementary School and Gompers Secondary School lead him to San Diego State University, University of Phoenix and Azusa Pacific University, where he is currently completing his masters degree. 2013
Porshe Gipson Crawford High, Mann Middle, Jackson and Hardy Elementary Schools Porshe Gipson attended Crawford High School, Mann Middle School and Jackson and Hardy elementary schools. Despite the fact she was born small framed; and had to endure insults, taunts, etc., she excelled and earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in mass communications and minor in theatre arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is an entrepreneur and has an event planning business called Style and Sophistication, as well as working with CSU Dominguez Hills. 2013
Todd Gloria Madison High, Hawthorne Elementary San Diego's interim mayor (2013-14) and City Council Member from District Three, Todd Gloria is a Madison High School graduate, going on to receive a degree from the University of San Diego. He is not only a native San Diegan but a member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He was interested in politics from childhood; at age 10 he was runner-up in a "mayor for a day" contest and at 14 he volunteered to work for Democratic candidates in the 1992 election. 2013
Larry Hall Hoover High, Mann Middle, Euclid Elementary Mr. Hall currently owns his own consulting business and is acting president of the Hoover Foundation. 2013
Christian Hoff San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) Christian Hoff, a graduate of the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), is a Tony Award winner for his performance as Tommy DeVito in "Jersey Boys", as well as Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. He was named "The Master of Mimicry" by Entertainment Weekly. At age 8 he began acting at the San Diego Junior Theater; not long after was playing Winthrop in The Music Man. 2013
Stacie Hogan Patrick Henry High, Lewis Middle Ms. Hogan’s dream as a young child was to be a teacher, and you could say that she is literally living her dream, as she is now teaching Seminar English at Lewis Middle, her alma mater. Hogan was a stellar scholar athlete at Patrick Henry, lettering in soccer and volleyball all four years, serving as ASB president and graduating with a 4.2 GPA. Hogan went on to study at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, where she earned her teaching credential. She joined San Diego Unified - and Lewis Middle - in 2002. 2013
Louise Holloway San Diego High, Roosevelt Middle, Birney Elementary Louise Holloway had a career as a teacher in East County following her graduation San Diego High School and matriculation from Roosevelt Middle School and Birney Elementary School. She enriched the lives of her studies by her love of reading; and being an excellent reading teacher. She is active in the Retired Teachers Association of California and continues to support education by being a regular volunteer at McKinley School. 2013
Katherine Humphus Crawford IDEA High School Katherine Humphus, a graduate of the IDEA school at Crawford High, is executive chef of the San Diego area Cohn Restaurant Group. She loved cooking with her grandma, but never thought she could make it into a career. At the age of 19, after living in San Diego her whole life she was looking for an adventure and set out to attend Le Cordon Blue in Paris. She has created menus for three of their local restaurants: BO-Beau Pt. Loma, BO-Beau La Mesa and 100 Wines in Hillcrest. 2013