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Distinguished Alumni Awards


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HARRY SHELDON - PCC 1939 Former Vice President of Vroman's bookstore. [OMD]
LAWRENCE SHINODA - PCC 1950 Designer of 1963 and 1968 Corvette and other classic cars.
JAMES SIMSARIAN - PJC - 1927 Mt. Simsarian in Antarctica is named for OMD charter member James Simsarian in recognition of his work as chief spokesman for US at meetings that produced 12-nation Treaty on Antarctica, advisor to Eleanor Roosevelt on human rights. [OMD]
Jacquelin SinghJACQUELIN SINGH - PJC 1948 Noted Authors.
JOHN SINGLETON - PCC 1985 Movie director; directed "Boyz in the Hood".
SAM SOGHOMONIAN - PCC 1945 Public speaker; honored retired PCC professor.
CAROL SPANKS - PCC 1954-1956 Lettered in basketball, softball, tennis, badminton, State badminton doubles championship; three times softball All-American; Head coach 1987 U.S. team, Pan American Games, the earned a gold medal. head coach of the USA team at the 1995 South Pacific Classic in Australia where her team captured the gold medal. Now Associate Head Coach at UNLV
JERRY TARKANIAN - PCC 1954-1955 Noted basketball coach of UNLV.
LADD THOMAS - PHS/PJC - 1952-1956 Prominent organist, presented concerts world wide performed with Zubin Mehta and other prominent conductors.
JOHN VAN DE KAMP - PCC 1952 Former California State Attorney General; former District Attorney of California
EDDIE VAN HALEN - PCC 1974 Rock and Roll guitarist and singer.
ELLSWORTH VINES - PHS 1927 - 1929 CIF State Tennis Champion; U.S. Nationals Tennis Champion 1931 & 1932; PGA Gold Tour, 100 Tournaments 1940-1957; Tennis Hall of Fame.
CHARLES WIGGINS - PJC 1949 Senior Circuit Judge U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit.
VERNE WINCHELL - PJC 1934 Established Winchell's Doughnuts - 1948 opened first drive through in Temple City; 1969 merged with Denny's.

DONALD WRIGHT- PJC 1925 Former Chief Justice, California Supreme Court.

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