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Famous Pioneers

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Please send us the Name, Grad Year, Profession and a paragraph about their work. They might be in sports, authors, scientists, actors, inventors... Use the form on the Contact page and we will add them.

1961 Catherine Coulson, Actress - Starred in Twin Peaks as the Log Lady on television. She was the assistant director for Eraserhead. She was also in Portlandia, The Secret Life of Houses and Redwood Highway. She acted in 50 productions at the Ashland Festival in Ashland, Oregan  where she resided until her death on  September 15, 2015.


1962 - Frances Lee McCain, Actress - Starred in movies, on televison and on Broadway. She was in Gremlins, Stand By Me, Footloose, Patch Adams and many other movies. She was the lead actress in Apple's Way on television. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


1963 - John Alexander "Andy" Messersmith, Professional Baseball Player - Andy was a right-handed pitcher that played with the California Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees during his career. Andy is most famous for his role in the historic 1975 Seitz decision which led to the downfall of Major League Baseball's reserve clause and ushered in the current era of free agency.


1966 -  Randy Schekman, Scientist and 2013 Nobel Prize Winner - who shared the prize with James Rothman of Yale University and Thomas Südhof of Stanford University for his role in working out how cells, the smallest units of life, transport and secrete proteins. Those proteins are much-needed molecules such as hormones, digestive enzymes and neurotransmitters. Schekman’s share of the prize was for discovering a set of genes required for transporting the proteins through and out of the cell in the small packages – called vesicles – in which they hitch a ride.


1974 - John Moses, Professional Baseball Player - He in the majors as an outfielder from 1982-1992 with the Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and, again, the Seattle Mariners. He was a first base and outfield coach for the Seattle Mariners 1998-2003. From 2007 to present, he held various coaching positions with the Los Angeles Dodgers  AAA Las Vegas 51s team and the Albuquerque Isotopes and is the hitting instructor for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League, an Atlanta Braves single-A affiliate.


1994  Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, Professional Golfer -Voted most likely to succeed by WHS classmates. He enrolled at Stanford University but turn professional at the age of 20. He was the number one golfer for 264 consecutive weeks.


2006  Mike Iupati, Professional Football Player - He played for the San Francisco 49ers and was in the Pro Bowl three of his first five years. He now plays for the Arizona Cardinals.