Hall of Fame
Thomas P. Ryan Hall of Fame
The East Side Union High School District Thomas P. Ryan Hall of Fame is an honorary association established to publicize and honor outstanding achievement of graduates of district high schools.
In the process of honoring these graduates, inspiration to current students is provided, all within the spirit and memory of the late Thomas P. Ryan, the founding superintendent of the East Side Union High School District.
Established in 1972, the Thomas Ryan Hall of Fame has as its dual purpose the reinforcement of respect for excellence and the expression of admiration for former East Side Union High School District students who have achieved notable success in the fields of public service, arts, science, athletics, business, the professions and education.
Created, nurtured, and expanded primarily through the efforts of the late Mr. Frank Burrows, for thirty-one years an East Side math teacher and later Subject Area Coordinator, the Hall of Fame was originally formed to serve as a counter balance to the constant harsh criticism aimed during the late 1960's at society in general and at the educational systems in particular. This counter balance was based on the premise that the person who had striven resolutely for achievement, whatever his area of concentration, could still serve as an inspiration for young people. Now, today, as in the late 60's, there is still an obvious need to show the students and the community that today's schools indeed can instill a respect for hard work and for excellence.
Since its inception, the Hall of Fame has honored a total of seventy-two members in induction ceremonies held in 1972, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1991, and 2003.