Nine Inducted into the Edison High School Hall of Fame
On Saturday, October 20, nine individuals were inducted into the Edison High School Hall of Fame. The EHS Hall of Fame was founded in 1988 by Veto Ramirez to recognize outstanding graduates of Edison High School who serve as an inspiration for students. Congratulations to the Edison High School Hall of Fame Inductees of 2018!
Lillian Galedo graduated from Edison High School with the Class of '66. She attended San Joaquin Delta College for her AA Degree before transferring to UC Davis where she graduated in 1970 with a B.S. in Child Development. Lillian was part of UCD's first major affirmative action recruitment in 1968. While a college student Lillian joined the anti-war movement, supported the United Farm Workers, and helped fight for the establishment of UCD's first Asian American Studies program. Lillian has also helped build coalitions to fight repressive immigration legislation. In 1980, Lillian began working at Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ), where she became the Executive Director in 1982. She retired in 2017 after 37.5 years. Under her leadership, FAJ was built into an institution that provides essential services to the most vulnerable in the Filipino community. Through her years as an activist, Lillian helped to found many organizations and coalitions, including the California Domestic Workers Coalition, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights.
Patsy Gomez graduated with the Edison High School class of 1967. She majored in Home Economics at San Joaquin Delta College in 1969 and continued her education at San Jose State University. She was employed at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture as a Quality Control Commodity Inspector and retired after 36 years of service. One of her passions is to assist in Veteran events honoring the lives of those who are serving or have served our nation. She was awarded a PUFL Award as a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she raises funds and awareness. Gomez is dedicated to keeping the Edison Class of ’67 active and updated, as she has organized the past nine class reunions. I’ve coordinated the Lady Vikes which meet once a month for lunch and have been going on for 10 years. Gomez is a member of The Filipino American National Historical Society, Stockton Chapter and involved with the first FANHS National Museum in Stockton.
Harrison Hon Lee
Harrison Hon Lee graduated from Edison in 1961 as Valedictorian. After attaining an A.A. from Stockton College, Lee taught at Oakland City College and abroad in Switzerland and France. Lee obtained his Master of Library Science degree at Simmons College and landed a job at M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. where he remained for over a dozen years. Lee’s professional life stopped when Huntington's Disease struck his wife. Lee returned to Stockton to care for her in their family home for 11 years before she passed. Lee returned to work again before happily retiring with his cats. One of the most delightful things Mr. Lee has done is donate money for a scholarship fund for Edison High students.
Peter Juarez graduated from Edison High School in 1962 and received an AA Degree from San Joaquin Delta College. Juarez became involved with the Stockton Tennis Club (STC), a California non-profit organization, which is considered to be the oldest community tennis association on the West Coast, and served three terms as a member of the STC Board of Directors. Juarez became Head Teaching Pro at the Oak Park Tennis Center in 1998. As the head teaching pro, he managed the 11-court tennis center and took over the Oak Park Tennis Shop. He is a member of the United States Tennis Association and certified as an instructor with the United States Professional Tennis Association. Juarez has taught thousands of both adults and juniors as a full-time tennis professional at Oak Park for the last 22 years. He has volunteered many hours to promote tennis and improve the Oak Park Tennis Center. He is currently the President of the Oak Park Junior Tennis Foundation (OPJTF).
In his 19th year at Edison High School, Richie Lynch has done a little bit of everything. He has taught English, PE, and Video Production. He has served as an assistant principal, summer school principal, PE department chair, boys basketball coach, and his current position, Athletic Director. As the athletic director, Richie has won the Superintendent’s Award for Top Athletic Program in Stockton Unified multiple times. He has instilled the pillars of character and academics as non-negotiable components of the holistic athletic education process. He has also fostered positive relationships between Edison student-athletes and organizations such as the Stockton Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, The United Way, The University of the Pacific, Delta College, The District Attorney’s Office, The Table Community Foundation, The National Football League, and Delta Sculling.
Tanisha Denise Manning, PhD
Dr. Tanisha Denise Manning graduated from Edison High School with honors. Entering the military allowed her to pursue her education without interruption and to focus on her many intellectual interests. Today, with over thirteen years’ military service in the United States Army, including a tour in combat during (Operation Iraqi Freedom, OIF 09-10), Mrs. Manning holds degrees in Criminal Justice Administration, Business Administration, as well as receiving an Honorary Ph.D. in Theology and Spiritual Counseling. T. Denise made US Army History in 2009 for launching the first recycling program in Baghdad for soldiers and local citizens as well as receiving high honors for her dedication and hard as an Army Mortician during the nations most horrific encounter while in combat in 2009. Denise has also worked with various police departments in fingerprint analysis and crime scene processing as well as violence prevention strategies. Denise was the first HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Life Coach for Florida A&M University and has published life-coaching books for teens.
Kenneth Natsuhara, DDS
Born and raised in south Stockton, Dr. Kenneth Nasuhara attended Grant Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Hamilton Junior High and Edison High School. Ken was salutatorian of the class of 1974 and was the starting shortstop for two years for the varsity baseball team under Coach Vic Berg. After graduating from Edison, Ken attended UC Davis where he received a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with honors. After graduation from UC Davis, Ken attended the UCLA School of Dentistry. Ken was encouraged by a former Edison High student and Hall of Farmer to return to Stockton. Dr. Craig Hisaka was instrumental in Ken returning to his hometown to practice. After graduation from UCLA, Ken opened a private practice in Stockton and has been practicing for 36 years. While practicing Ken has been able to give back to the community by volunteering for over 20 years at the St. Raphael Dental Clinic for the underserved.
Erlinda Luciani Selga
Erlinda Luciani Selga was born and raised in Stockton and graduated from Edison High School in 1983. While at Edison High School, Mrs. Keller, the sewing teacher, encouraged her to continue sewing, helped build my skills and motivated her to become a leader through FHA. Selga received her A.A. degree from Delta College and continued to earn a B.A. and Single Subject Teaching Credential from California State University: Sacramento. Most recently, Selga returned to graduate school, maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned her M.A. in Early Childhood Education at Humphreys University in June 2017. Selga taught Family and Consumer Science courses at Edison High School for 25 years before moving on to other career endeavors. Selga is an active member of the American Association of University Women.
Dr. Clyde Wong, MD
After graduating from Edison as Valedictorian, Clyde Wong attended the University of the Pacific to study Chemistry and Medicine. He completed medical school at the Stanford School of Medicine before returning back to the Central Valley and Stockton. Dr. Wong has taught and trained many medical students in hopes that they, too, will return to the Central Valley to practice medicine. Dr. Wong is presently a Board member of the San Joaquin Medical Society and hopes to continue in contributing to making of sound health policies with the best interest of patients in mind.