Green and Gold Committee Hosts 4th Annual Hall of Fame Ball
By Betty Predmore
Holtville California – Viking Pride was alive and well as the Holtville Green & Gold Committee held its 4th Annual Hall of Fame Ball on Friday night at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club. The celebration got underway with the Holtville High School Band of Pride performing the Viking Fight Song for the audience. The Clark Baker Band also entertained throughout the evening to a crowd who enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the Swiss Club and served by the Holtville FFA. Those in attendance were able to stroll along the lighted pathway that displayed photos of all this year’s inductees. There were also several photos on display that played tribute to the 100 years of Holtville High School in this, its Centennial year.
The first presentations of the evening were the Community Distinguished Service Awards which were presented by the H.U.S.D. Board of Directors to such service groups as the American Legion, Holtville Athletic Club, Holtville Rotary Club, Holtville Soroptimist Club, and the Holtville Women’s Club. These clubs were recognized for their continued support and contributions to Holtville High School and its student body.
The 1996 C.I.F. Champion Cross-Country Team and the 1995 C.I.F. Champion Baseball Team members and coaches were presented with commemorative C.I.F. Championship Rings in honor of their achievements in athletics. The coaches were able to share some special memories of the teams which evoked laughter from the audience.
Seven outstanding individuals were inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame. Patricia Brown received an induction as a community member in recognition of her years of service to Holtville students, especially through her work with 4-H, FFA, and AFS. She also served the community as a member of the school board from 1981-1989.
Jack Kelly was inducted in the Education category for his dedication to music and arts in the Holtville school system. He served as band and chorus director at Holtville Middle School from 1965-1987, and also coached many operettas throughout those years, giving students an opportunity to learn more about music and stage presence. Even after retiring in 1987, he would often stand in for the high school band instructor and has always been an avid supporter of the high school music program.
William Lehman was inducted as a Holtville High School Alumnus as a 1975 graduate of Holtville High School. After earning a law degree in 1982, Mr. Lehman returned to the Imperial Valley and began to practice law. He served for 21 years as Imperial County’s Assistant Public Defender before being elected to the position of Court Commissioner. In 2006, he was appointed as a judge to the Imperial County Superior Court, and was re-elected to that position again in 2008.
Teresa Ibarra Perez was inducted to the Hall of Fame as a Student Athlete. She is a 1990 graduate of HHS who graduated 2nd in her class. Besides being busy in all types of HHS student activities, she also received the National Honor Society Medal for outstanding scholarship all four years. She led the Vikings Varsity Girls Basketball team to three CIF/San Diego Championships and the team went all the way to the state regionals her senior year. She participated in the Varsity volleyball team for three years, as well. Teresa attended Cal State Long Beach, earning her degree in accounting. She currently works as the Business Control Analyst for IID.
Javier Ramos, a 1995 graduate of Holtville High School honored as a Student Athlete/Alumnus. Javier was a member of 1992 C.I.F. Champion football team and the 1993 and 1995 C.I.F. Champion baseball teams. He was the 1995 Hoyle Priest Award winner and was named the Valley or Conference Player of the Year in football, basketball, and baseball during his senior year. Javier was inducted into the San Diego Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame for Scholar-Leader-Athletes in 1995. After attending San Diego State University on an athletic scholarship, Mr. Ramos returned to Holtville to work at the high school for seven years as school counselor, athletic director, and baseball coach. He is currently employed at the Imperial County Office of Education as the Program Director of the P-16 Council, which helps students get to college. He also continues to be involved in Holtville athletics through his coaching of youth sports.
Patricia Salcido was inducted as an Educator/Alumnus for her many years of dedicated service to the Holtville School District. After graduating from HHS in 1960, she earned a teaching credential and returned to Holtville where she taught at Finley school for 13 years. In 1987, she became Principal at Finley School after receiving her Administrative Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. She served as Principal for six years before becoming Principal at Holtville High School, where she served in that capacity for the next three years. She then served as principal at Calipatria High School for several years before returning to Holtville in 2004 to become the School District Superintendent. She led our school district until her retirement in 2008. She is credited for supervising the modernization of the high school campus and for receiving a 6-year accreditation for the high school during her years of service.
The final inductee of the evening was Marv Wood, who was inducted as an Alumnus, Education, and Coach. Mr. Wood graduated from HHS in 1958 where he was ASB President, active in football, basketball, and baseball, and was a two time All-Valley football selection. He earned a B.S. degree in Kinesiology at Cal Poly in Pomona in 1962. While there, he was an outstanding athlete in both football and baseball and was honored as a member of Cal Poly’s All-Time Bronco Eleven. He was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1988. After teaching and coaching at Bishop Montgomery and Ganesha High School, he went on to coach baseball at Loyola Marymount for 15 years. He returned to Holtville in 1989 as a teacher and coach of football and baseball. He led the Viking baseball team to 3 C.I.F. Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1995. He also assisted with the 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 CIF Champion football teams. He was inducted into the Imperial Valley Football Coaches & Players Hall of Fame in 2001. He is the founder and chairman of the Holtville High School Green & Gold Hall of Fame. Mr. Wood also served Holtville High School as the Athletic Director and Interim Vice Principal prior to his retirement in 1998. He served on the HUSD school board from 1999-2007, and served as the president of that board for 5 years.