Eight inductees to Edison High School Hall of Fame

STOCKTON — Eight people are to be inducted into the Edison Hall of Fame this weekend, and a celebration is planned to include a reception dinner Saturday at Edison High School at 100 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.

The inductees:

• Dennis Buettner, Class of 1981: After Edison, Buettner took a psychology class at San Joaquin Delta College that eventually turned into an Associate of Arts Degree in Social Sciences. He then went to attend the University of the Pacific to study psychology. and during that time, he began working for the Community Re-Entry Program, which is dedicated to helping the mentally ill reintegrate into society. “It changed my view on working with those who have challenges whether with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or other challenges,” he wrote in his bio. “It was incredibly rewarding work.” Buettner continued to work with the Community Re-Entry Program throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies. “Some of the people, including some of the clients that I met then, still keep in touch with me.”

Walt “Butch” Howell, Class of 1968After graduating from Edison, Howell worked for ten years at Berg’s Clothiers, thereafter he started managing a young singing group from Stockton before moving to Los Angeles to continue to work in the music industry as a manager. He returned to Stockton after three years where he became employed with Port of Stockton as a shipping and receiving clerk and affiliated with the Longshoreman Union as Chief Steward. After a massive lay-off Howell went to work with the city of Stockton as an intern. He was challenged and motivated to open his own business in downtown Stockton and become self-employed, opening a business known as Dijon’s House of Legs, featuring a very large selection of women’s hosiery in various colors and designs, jewelry and dance accessories.

• Myke Lewis-Tyson, Class of 1977: As a kid, Lewis-Tyson played football for the Southside Vikings, along with also playing basketball for COS and the boys club and ran track for the St Georges track club. At Hamilton Jr High, he made the honor roll with a 3.2  GPA and ran on an undefeated track team in 1974. At Edison High, Lewis-Tyson played football and ran track, and the Edison track team was consistently in the section meet. He’s a proud member of the Frosh/Soph 4×1 school record team of 1975 running a 42.97 that still stands today. After high school, he went to work for the city of Stockton. Lewis-Tyson was also a volunteer coach for the Edison track team coaching the sprinters and jumpers, and were back-to-back league champs in 1978-79, and their banner hangs proudly in the Taggart gym.

• Claudia Moreno, San Joaquin Delta College trustee president: Claudia Moreno was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She migrated with her parents to the United States in 1978 when she was 12 years old. Upon arrival, the family settled in south Stockton. Moreno attended San Joaquin Middle School, and was scheduled to attend Edison, but then earn a scholarship to St. Mary’s High School. She then went to Delta College, where she helped tutor students for the High School Equivalency Program (GED) and Mini Corp Program in local Stockton Unified schools. In order to finance her schooling, she would work for the Migrant Education Program and in local packing sheds, canneries and retail businesses. In 1987, she was hired permanently as a paraprofessional in SUSD. In 1991 Moreno was hired as Outreach Liaison for the Drug Free School Zone program at Edison High. Her early work at Edison began with helping support the establishment of the first school based health center in San Joaquin County. This marked the start of her work in creating support systems at Edison. Moreno is best known for advocating for at risk students, their parents, the school and the community. In her 25 years of service at Edison, she has spear headed multiple programs beginning with the DFSZ Coalition, Comprehensive Student Support Program, Summer Home Visit Outreach project for incoming 9th graders, the Academy for at risk youth, a Summer Adventure In Learning Program for students who were behind credits, work shadowing internships, supporting a Policing Grant that piloted the first School Resource Officer Program on the school campus and paid for a part-time Probation Officer and Peacekeeper.

• Mahlon Schmidt, educator:  In the fall of 1964, Schmidt transferred from Fremont Junior High to Edison High School as a teacher where his Edison Art Students won many awards including the award winning City Line Bus Competition which Edison won in 1976 and the following year in the Cinco De Mayo Parade. He also was involved as a set designer for Edison High Theater Productions to include “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Teahouse of the August Moon,” and “1984.” In 1965, he started teaching ceramics at the Blind Center which continued for 10 years and also taught night Adult Education classes and Summer School. In 1968, Schmidt joined the Board of San Joaquin Concert Ballet and served as president for 2 years and as a director until 1982. In 1984, he and his wife started a record company, Sanman Records. In 1970, he took over as advisor of the Edison High Yearbook for 17 years.

• Paula Ecker White, Class of 1982: Her career in law commenced two months after graduating from Edison. White worked full time in a small law firm while continuing her education through college and graduate school. White was debt free upon receiving her Juris Doctor in 1985 and by September 1998, she transitioned to working for Mullen & Filippi. In 1994, she and her husband created small church in the eastside of town. “Our ministry is very different than what we grew up with or what seminary prepared us for. My employment allows us the freedom to be very active within the community,” she wrote in her bio. Their church provides a safe place for victims of violent crime to meet and begin the healing process; feed the homeless in Mormon Slough; go to the homicide sites in town and pray. White is also a volunteer at Jim Elliot Christian High School as the school board president.

• Henry Wofford, Class of 1991: Wofford has enjoyed a 20-year career as a sports journalist, and has worked in California, Indiana, Michigan and Nevada. He earned a B.A. in Sociology at UC Davis and a Master’s in Journalism from San Jose State. Before joining Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area in 2010, Wofford covered sports in many prominent roles, including sports anchor/reporter at WTHR (NBC) in Indianapolis (2005-2010), sports director and anchor at WZZM (ABC) in Grand Rapids (2003-2005), and sports anchor/reporter at KOLO (ABC) in Reno (2000-2002). Wofford covered the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 and 2016 NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons in the 2003 and 2004 Finals, and the Indianapolis Colts, who won Super Bowl XLI in 2007.  He did extensive reporting from 2006-2010 on the Indianapolis 500. In Indiana, Wofford’s reporting assignments included the 2006 NCAA Final Four, 2006 and 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 2007 and 2009 USA Swimming National Championships, NHRA U.S. Nationals, and NASCAR Brickyard 400.

• Dale Yurong, Class of 1979: For the past 33 years, Yurong has been on the air at KFSN-TV(ABC 30) in Fresno. Yurong anchors the 6:30 p.m. evening newscast and reports on stories ranging from politics to agriculture. To this day, he remains one of the few Filipino-Americans to anchor a nightly newscast. Yurong began his TV news career as a sportscaster so his interviews have varied from athletic icons like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan to entertainers like George Lopez and Damon Wayans. After graduating from Edison, Yurong earned a scholarship through the Community Involvement Program at the University of the Pacific. His broadcasting career began at KUOP-FM (91.3) where he delivered daily news and sports reports and live-mixed R&B records. He graduated from UoP in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.

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