With the Long Beach School District celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding, it was fitting that this year’s four inductees to the Long Beach High School Wall of Fame spanned the history of Long Beach from its inception in the early 1900s to the present. Represented in the 2013 group of honorees were Long Beach developer and State Senator William Reynolds, educational visionary Dr. David G. Salten, 1954 graduate John Radin Sr. and 2000 graduate Cliff Skudin.
Over the span of more than a century, these four exceptional leaders showed their love and dedication to the people of Long Beach in unique and lasting ways, personifying so poignantly what makes Long Beach such a special place to live, learn and belong.
A time-honored homecoming tradition that began in 1996, the Wall of Fame is presented each year by the Long Beach Booster Club in cooperation with Long Beach Public Schools to serve as an inspiration to the youth of Long Beach. The Wall of Fame was conceived to honor present and former members of the Long Beach community who have made substantial contributions either locally or to the world at large, including contributors in the area of athletics. This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the district, the Wall of Fame was expanded to include historical figures, living and deceased, who have played a critical role in local politics, cultural affairs, business and education.
Skudin, this year’s youngest and only living inductee, found inspiration for his life’s work from the sea and the spirit of giving that defines us as residents of Long Beach. A day of volunteering at a surf outing for disabled children turned into a life-altering experience that gave him the strength and determination to go back to school to pursue a master’s degree in education.