The John Muir High School Alumni Hall of Fame
John Muir High School has a history and tradition of producing students that distinguish themselves, their school and their community as they pursue their chosen careers. We, the alumni, have all made contributions to our respective careers and endeavors we have chosen and in one way or another, hope to leave a positive mark and a clear legacy for others to follow. The Hall of Fame recognizes some of our classmates that have made a truly outstanding contribution in seeking to achieve their goal.
In 1988, the “John Muir Pride Task Force” of the Muir School Improvement Program established the John Muir Alumni Hall of Fame and inducted its first five alumni. In 2005 the John Muir High School Alumni Association was given the great privilege to continue this most prestigious event. Since 1988, we have recognized great Muir alums such as former District Attorney of Los Angeles, John Van de Kamp; composer John Beal; world renown opera singer, Pauletta deVaughn-Mayhofer; Olympic and World Class sprinter, Inger Miller; rock music legend, David Lee Roth; Dennis Muren, Special Effects Supervisor for the “Star Wars” movies; Major League Baseball great Jackie Robinson and so many more.
There are three separate
awards that may be bestowed each year by the John Muir
High School Alumni Association: The Alumni Award, the Jim
Brownfield Service Award and the Rufus Mead Award.
Recipients of the Alumni Award must have attended John Muir
High School, John Muir College or John Muir Technical High
School. They must have had an outstanding career that has
resulted in a direct and significant impact in their field
for at least five years. The nine categories for which
alumni/alumna are recognized are the following: Business,
Community Service, Education, Government Service, Performing
Arts, Science (Medicine/Health), Sports/Coaching, Visual
Arts and Writing (Author or Reporter).
The Rufus Mead Award is named in honor of a former Muir principal, Rufus Mead. It is bestowed from time to time upon alumni/alumna that have made overwhelming contributions in any of the categories for the Alumni Award and the nominations and selection are made only by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
When you complete a nomination
form you must provide supporting documentation that
justifies your nomination. You should be detailed and be
specific. For the Alumni Award, this might include a
chronological history of the nominee’s background and
experience, an updated resume or data sheet and supporting
documentation that can be verified. Also relevant may be the
nominee’s involvement in activities on and off campus while
at Muir, education and training after Muir, careers and
advancement, awards received and current
For the Jim Brownfield Service Award, the nominee’s service to Muir and the Muir community should be described in enough detail to demonstrate why he or she is deserving of the award.
So, how do we decide whom to induct? First, we depend on YOU, our alumni base, we ask you to identify those that you feel are most worthy of this honor. Actually, anyone can make a nomination; it's the nominee that must meet the criteria to be nominated as stated above. The nominations are then reviewed by the Selection Committee which consists of 2 current Muir students, 2 Muir staff members, 2 Hall of Fame members, 2 Alumni Board members and the committee chairperson. The information about each nomination is confirmed and each member is given a copy of all of the nominations to thoroughly review. After a period of time, the committee will meet to discuss the nominees. Each committee member will then submit their choices directly to the chair. The chair tallies the submissions and contacts each new inductee to share the good news. When all inductees have been contacted, an announcement is made to the committee and the board. And finally the inductees names are announced to the world.
We get letters.... We receive letters/e-mail asking why a certain well-deserved alumni has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. We're asked why do we continue to over-look someone they "know" should be inducted... Well, except for the Rufus Mead award the only way an alum can be nominated is by YOU. If YOU don't nominate "them," then we cannot induct "them." Got it? Good!