Eddie Head II '73, President

First, let me say what a wonderful opportunity it is to work with the great SDHS Alumni that serve on the SDHS Alumni Association Board of Directors.

I came to San Diego High via J.F. Kennedy Elementary and Roosevelt Junior High School. The friendships I made at Kennedy, Roosevelt and San Diego High continue to this day.

After leaving San Diego High in 1973, I attended San Diego City College and Coleman College and graduated with Certificates in Computer Programming. I started my working career in retail with FedMart in 1974. When FedMart closed its doors in 1982, I had worked my way up from box boy to Customer Service Manager.

In 1982 a friend of mine suggested that law enforcement would be a good career for me. I took the law enforcement test and was hired in 1983. I started my career in law enforcement as a cadet learning what law enforcement was all about. Throughout my career, I held numerous positions that included working undercover with local, state & federal agencies. I was nominated for the National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award and was one of two officers from the State of California selected as finalists. Upon my retirement, I received many awards from local, state and federal agencies for my outstanding service for over 25 years.

During my career in law enforcement, I worked with law enforcement associations and held various positions including Finance Chairman, Benefits Chairman, and Legal Defense Representative; I was a member of the Legal Defense Committee, Vice President and President. I served on the Peer Support Team where I helped law enforcement officers and their families deal with critical and non-critical incidents and their effects on them professionally and personally.

I look forward to serving the SDHS Alumni Association, keeping the history of SDHS in the forefront and helping current students achieve their goals.

Rae Riner '62

Rae Riner '62, 1st Vice President

After my graduation from SDHS in 1962, I went directly to San Diego State University and started the Elementary teaching program and therefore I obtained a teaching Credential and my first teaching job with San Diego City Schools in January 1968! Forty one years later I retired from the same school district and have now been loving retirement for 5 years!

So many, many wonderful memories of my teaching career, however, I will share that I received the honor of being chosen Teacher of the Year for the San Diego City Schools district in 2002 after having been nominated by my colleagues at the Gage School site in San Carlos. I continue to volunteer at that site because my love of the children has never wavered and some very special people still teach there.

My three children, I am so very happy to acknowledge, have gone on to great professional jobs, my son as a partner in an Educational law firm in Beverly Hills, my daughter as a teacher/supervisor at Lincoln High School in San Diego and my other daughter is a middle school teacher in the Palm Springs area. You might guess I am one mighty proud Mother and they have blessed me with 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Currently, I am a Group Leader/Teacher for Kids/Turn San Diego which is an organization that assists families going through the divorce process. I also am a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Women Educators, sorority and I participate in their activities. In addition, I enjoy working with the San Diego High School Alumni Association and being a liaison to The SDHS Foundation.

Finally, my greatest joy is to stay connected to friends and family and to appreciate each and every day, especially if it can involve nature!

RAE

Gaspar L. Oliveira '68, 2nd Vice President

Gaspar EditiedGaspar was raised in the Logan Heights (Barrio Logan) community.   He attended San Diego City Schools: Lowell Elementary (now Perkins), Memorial Junior High School and San Diego High School.   He is a proud Caver, Class of 1968.   At San Diego High School, he was active in Student Organizations including President of the Key Club and elected by the Student Body as one of the four (4) male Cheerleaders.   After graduating with Academic Distinction, he was awarded several scholarships, and attended San Diego State University where he majored in Public Administration.

On August 1, 2012, Gaspar retired from the State of California, Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) after a 39-year career in Public Service.   He started his career path in April 1973 with the University of California, San Diego, Third College (now Thurgood Marshall), and later moved to the University of California, Davis.   He also worked for the Department of Industrial Relations in San Francisco, and the California State Personnel Board in Sacramento.   In June 1980, he joined the newly created DFEH.   He held many positions, including entry level Investigator, Specialist Investigator, Senior Supervising Investigator, and District Administrator for the Fresno and San Diego DFEH District Offices.

In retirement, Gaspar is a volunteer Usher for The Old Globe Theatre at Balboa Park, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Lambs Theatre in Coronado, and The Museum of Art, Balboa Park.   In September 2012, Gaspar was designated as a “Super Volunteer” for his many hours of service to the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council.   As a member of the California State Retirees (CSR), he was Chair of the Political Action Committee for CSR Chapter 17 (San Diego & Imperial Counties), was an active member of the CSR Statewide Membership Committee, and in March 2014 named as a CSR Ambassador.   In July 2015, he was appointed by the CSR Executive Board to serve on the Statewide Political Action Committee.

In the Fall 2014, Gaspar was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the SDHS Alumni Association.   In January 2015, he was appointed by Board of Directors President Eddie Head II, as Chair of the Membership Committee.   He is committed to the success of the Alumni Association and wants to support in any way possible the “Cavers of the 21st Century.”

Marci Heider '62, Treasurer

Marci Paraiso Heider '62

I was born in San Diego on January 22, 1945, attended Logan Elementary, Memorial Jr. High and graduated from SDHS in 1962.  I graduated from SDSU in 1969 with a BA in Art/Environmental Design (Interior Design), working in the field of interior design for over 39 years.

I also served on the PTSA boards for Roosevelt and SDHS in the 80s and assisted my husband with Grad Night at Disneyland for 9 years. I served as Past President of the Alumni Association serving from 1990-1992 and currently the Treasurer.  I’m married to Bob Heider, we have one son, Matthew, who attended Florence, Roosevelt and graduated from SDHS in 1988.  She has two school-age grandsons who live in San Diego.

In 1987, I was invited to attend a SDHS Alumni Association Board of Director’s meeting to represent the Class of ’62 and share plans for our up-coming 25th Class Reunion. A few years later, I was elected President in 1990 and served 2 years.  During my tenure, the Wall-of-Honor and SDHS Foundation, Inc. was established.

Today, the Alumni Association’s Wall-of-Honor continues to recognize and honor outstanding alumni graduates of SDHS and the Foundation has raised thousands of dollars to support campus projects, promote academic excellence, provide scholarships and support under funded enrichment activities.

Today, I am on the Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer; I also serve on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, chair the Alumni Association Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration Committee and co-chair the Financial Investment Committee.

Finally, increasing the membership is high on the SDHS AA priority list.  If our paying membership continues to dwindle, our association will no longer exist. Our existing membership roster is a good resource to recruit members to serve on the Board and to be tapped as a possible source for donations.   I think we need to evaluate what is being done now and explore other ways to increase membership including the graduates from the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

Secretary - Linda Coulter Henry

Yup! This is my photo 50 years after graduation. I’m a very proud Caver who made this journey to SDHS Alumni Association.

In the SDHS neighborhood of schools, I attended Alice Birney elementary, Roosevelt Jr High (Student Council, 9 th grade VP), SDHS Class Cabinets, Girls’ League Secretary and President). I earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Recreational Leadership next door at San Diego City College and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Child Development) at San Diego State University. I worked 33 years for Bullock’s (aka Macys) in Management-30 years in Human Resources.

I was a Life Member of the Alumni Association since the 70’s (now Sustaining) as well as taking a lead position in SDHS Class of 1966! I chaired eight of our class reunions and chaired the “ Classes of the 1960’s Reunion” during the 100 th Celebration of SDHS. (1982).

Upon retirement I knew my educational studies, my career choice and my love for SDHS provided me with everything I needed to be a valuable asset to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. I began as a member at large, and then moved into the Historian position and am currently the Secretary.

I married my high school sweetheart Jessie Ortega Jr (Lincoln High Graduate- oh no!) and in 1968 our daughter Christina was born. Three months later Jesse died from wounds received in the Vietnam War.   39 years later I married my second husband Tom Henry. Together we have 3 grown children with spouses and five grandchildren.

I absolutely love what I am doing at my Alma Mater. I not only help make decisions on the support we will give to the students and school, I am also finding that the differences in today’s students has to do with the societal norms rather than the basics of preparation for leaving home and becoming an adult.

FYI- I find myself smiling a lot when I am on campus. I work with a great group of Alumni from classes of 1956- 2000’s. We share a common goal of “Giving Back” to the school on the hill.

Although the Old Gray Castle is no longer, what’s done is done. I know that it is the Cavers of SDHS who really count. We have so many photos of the old days and now its time to embrace the new…I can appreciate modernization. I cannot wait until the various remodel projects are completed.

Please say “Yes” I will become a member of the Alumni Association! AND “Yes” I will volunteer.

Go Cavers!! I look forward to meeting you.

Linda Coulter Henry, Secretary