Congratulations to our Alumni
that were inducted
into the Alumni Hall of Fame for 2014
Van Horn 1980
David Takemura 1982 Visual Arts
Jill Hawkins 1989 Business
Tecumseh Shackleford The Jim Brownfield Service Award
The inductees were Honored
during half-time at the Rose Bowl
2014 Induction Ceremony
Jim Henderson, Tecumseh
Shackelford, Lecia Joseph Van Horn, Jill Hawkins,
Karin Hubbard-Luster, Tony Crutchfield, David Rutherford
John Van de Kamp
Class of '52. 1988 HOF
Spotlight on Hall of Fame Members...
John K. Van de Kamp was born on February 7, 1936. He
graduated from John Muir in 1952. He then attended and
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1956 and then from
Stanford Law School in 1959. He served as assistant U.S.
Attorney and later became the first federal public
defender in Los Angeles. He was appointed District
Attorney after the previous incumbent died in office.
During his tenure as Los Angeles County District
Attorney, Van de Kamp dramatically increased the number
of female deputy district attorneys in the office. He
also created special units to focus on gangs, sexual
assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and career
criminals, and a unit to monitor crime in
the entertainment industry. He set in place
programs to help victims and witnesses, as
well as quick response teams in cases of
police officer-involved shootings.
During Van de Kamp's administration as
California Attorney General, he helped to
create the Public Rights Division, which
focuses on the enforcement of environmental,
consumer protection, anti-trust, and civil
rights issues. He also helped to modernize
the Department of Justice by beginning
support of DNA forensic investigation. He
was re-elected easily in 1986.
In 1990, Van de Kamp retired from politics
and with his wife returned to his hometown
of Pasadena, California, where they still
live. Since leaving public office, Van de
Kamp entered private law practice and has
remained active in environmental causes.
Van de Kamp was elected the 80th president
of the State Bar of California for
2004-2005. He currently serves as president
of the board of directors for the Planning
and Conservation League.
The Van de Kamp family is also famous for
its bakeries and Lawry's Restaurants in