Hall of Fame 2012
1. The Distinguished Knight-in-Shining Armor
Al Martinez, Class of ______. Pulitzer Prize, Columnist, Author, and songwriter. Al Martinez is a Pulitzer Prize winning essayist, former columnist for the Los Angeles Times, current columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News, author of a dozen books, an Emmy-nominated creator of prime time television shows, a travel writer, and humorist. Known locally as the Sage of Topanga, he lives in Topanga Canyon with his family ─ including six grandchildren ─ and conducts The Topanga Writers Workshop. Born in Oakland, he attended San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, and received an honorary doctorate from Whittier College in 1996. He shared a gold-medal Pulitzer in Journalism in 1984 and was part of the Los Angeles Times team that won Pulitzers in 1993 and 1995. In 1996 he was named Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has earned two National Headliner Awards and an Ernie Pyle Award. The Last City Room is his first novel.
2. The Community Service Alumni Award
Dr. Cecelia Louise Hatsheput Arrington. In the 1960’s Dr. Arrington began teaching at Castlemont High School as a US and World History Instructor. In 1968 she started the first Black Students Union in the country. In 1967 Dr. Arrington began to teach her students Black History after regular school hours; laying the groundwork for Castlemont’s Black Studies Program. Dr. Arrington is the former Chairperson of the Ethic Studies Department at Merritt College in Oakland, California. She received her doctorate and is the author of “he Life and Confessions of a Black Studies Teacher”. Dr. Arrington formed a genuine bond with her students, and earned their respect. At both Castlemont High and Merritt College she took a stand for Black students. Dr. Arrington is quoted as follows: “I was strong, even though sometimes it was difficult, but God gave me the strength, because I wanted my students to be strong”.
3. The Gold Key Alumni Award
Vince Owens, Class of 1977. Vince Owns is a co-founder of the Mills College Tennis Program. This program offers free tennis lessons and computer-based academic tutoring in math and English. The program serves inner city 7 to 12 year old youth, and has accommodated 200 children since its inception. Vince has worked hard to obtain funding for this program, and as a result all of the equipment, computers, tennis rackets, shoes and travel funds have been donated by major corporations. Vince was elected to the Board of the Castlemont High School Alumni Association, and serves on the scholarship committee.
4. The Sports Hall of Fame Alumni Award (1930s)–
Coach Roy Richert, 1930’s – 40’s. Teams won several football OAL Championships in the 1930’s and four consecutive titles in 1941, 42, 43, and 44, losing only one game in that streak. Won OAL track crown in 1941.
5. The Sports Hall of Fame Alumni Award (1940s)
Harry Eastwood, class of June 1947. Harry was considered one of the best all around players, he was a three-sport all-star, and earned Block “C” Letter Total Seven. In194 he was voted MVP and chosen for the All star basketball game, where he was honored as Outstanding Player. Also in 1947, Harry was OAL All Star First Baseman for the Oakland Athletic Baseball League. He played professional baseball, and signed with the SF Seals after graduation, and later spent a short time with the Yankees. He and his wife LaVerne raised four children.
6. The Sports Hall of Fame Alumni Award (1950s)
Dick Matern, Class of 195(?). One of the finest all around athletes, solid in all three sports. Baseball, football, and basketball, an OAL in all sports. Went to USC on football/baseball scholarship, and played minor league in the Boston Red Sox. One of the nicest guys you ever want to meet.