Ten to be inducted into West High Hall of Fame
West High School has announced eight men and two women will be inducted into its Hall of Fame on March 18 at the Marriott Hotel on Truxtun Avenue.
The inductees are:
• Nikki Blue (class of 2002), the Central Section girls basketball career scoring record-holder who was a high school All-American, was starting point guard for four years at UCLA and had a five-year WNBA career.
• J. Eric Bradshaw (class of 1976), a three-sport athlete who practiced law in Bakersfield before being appointed to the Kern County Superior Court in 2008 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
• Richard Bridges (class of 1967, honored posthumously, a three-sport athlete at West who had an award-winning career in law enforcement and later had a second career teaching and coaching wrestling.
• Mike Butcher, who came to West in 1966 as a PE teacher who coached football and track. He was director of physical education and health education director for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and was also superintendent of Belridge Elementary School District.
• Lisa Kiggens D’Amore (class of 1990) competed successfully on the boys golf team all four years at West, helping the Vikings win the state championship her junior and senior year. She played a year at UCLA, then joined the LPGA circuit.
• Carl Dean (class of 1992) was an outstanding quarterback at West, Bakersfield College and San Jose State who won the Burger King Scholar Athlete $10,000 academic scholarship in 1996. He is now a professor of health and PE at BC and the Renegades’ offensive coordinator.
• Don Gabbitas joined the West High faculty as a history and government teacher in 1970. He coached baseball, basketball and golf, and his golf team won the California state championship in 1989 and 1990.
He was also senior class adviser for 25 years.
• Randy Maples (class of 1981) was an outstanding football, basketball and baseball athlete who won the Tyack Award in 1981. He played football and baseball at BC and played pro baseball in the Phillies organization for two years. He is now a special education teacher and coach for the Kern High School District.
• Chuck Holloway (class of 1976) won many awards as a three-sport athlete at West. He played football at BC, earning all-conference honors his sophomore year. He was recruited to the University of Texas where he won a most valuable player award.
• Rich Tucker came to West in 1965 when the school opened as the head of the boys PE Department and also coached four sports. He introduced a fitness program that won many awards, including Marine Corps Youth Fitness National Championship in 1978. He was later principal at Garces and superintendent at Maricopa Unified and at Bishop High School.
Tickets to the induction event are $100 each and can be purchased by check, payable and mailed to the Kern Community Foundation (include WHS HOF on memo line), 3300 Truxtun Ave., Suite 220, Bakersfield, 93301.