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15 inducted into Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame

April Ross speaks during her induction into New Port Harbor High School’s Hall of Fame Thursday even
Olympic and pro beach volleyball player April Ross speaks during her induction into the Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame on Thursday.
(Drew A. Kelley)

Olympic and pro beach volleyball player April Ross, rock drummer Tris Imboden and former Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi were among 15 new inductees into the Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday evening.

The Newport Harbor High School Alumni Assn. inducted 10 alumni and five faculty members at the event in the school’s Robert B. Wentz Theater.

Ross, Class of 2000, won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and bronze in 2016.

Tris Imboden, lead drummer for the band Chicago, is inducted into the Newport Harbor High School Ha
Tris Imboden, lead drummer for the band Chicago, is inducted into the Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame on Thursday.
(Drew A. Kelley)
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Imboden, Class of 1969, is the lead drummer for Chicago and was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Gazsi, Class of 1979, is a former Newport Beach police officer and Costa Mesa police chief and currently is chief of the Port of Los Angeles police.

Former Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi speaks to other new inductees in the Newport Harbor High Sc
Former Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi speaks to other new inductees in the Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday evening.
(Drew A. Kelley)

Other inductees this year are:

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  • Don Cantrell, Class of 1950, journalist who worked at the Daily Pilot and Orange County Register and as a public relations professional for Cypress College
  • America Arias, Class of 2005, Emmy-winning news producer
  • Dr. Ingrid Buhler Pisetsky, Class of 1963, psychiatrist
  • Jerome Keithley, Class of 1934, former mayor of Stockton and city manager of Palo Alto, Oakland and Glendale
  • Roderick MacMillian, Class of 1945, local Boys & Girls Club athletic director and former board president for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District
  • John Shirley, Class of 1942, World War II veteran and former mayor of Livermore
  • Tod White, Class of 1955, philanthropist
  • Margot Cunningham, English teacher from 1963 to 1998
  • Bob Hailey, biology teacher from 1960 to 1996 and a track and field coach
  • Betty Orbach, English teacher from 1963 to 1988 and a former synchronized swimming star
  • Dudley Gene Smith, chemistry teacher from 1956 to 1992
  • Arthur Worden, vocational arts teacher from 1931 to 1952

Priscella.Vega@latimes.com

Twitter: @vegapriscella


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