SAN DIEGO -- San Diego's Interim Mayor Todd Gloria has been named as the first inductee into the San Diego Unified School District Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame highlights alumni of San Diego Unified schools who have made a significant impact on society, or have overcome adversity to succeed. This could be a graduate who is a stay-at-home parent who helps his or her kids and community; a graduate who excels in a professional or athletic setting; one that makes a difference in his/her community; or even one that has attained national or international fame.
City Councilmember from District Three, Gloria is a Madison High School graduate after attending Hawthorne Elementary School. He received a degree from the University of San Diego. He is not only a native San Diegan but a member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He was interested in politics from childhood; at age 10 he was runner-up in a "mayor for a day" contest and at 14 he volunteered to work for Democratic candidates in the 1992 election.
Gloria was honored during the Oct. 28 State of the District address.
"My name is Todd Gloria. I'm the mayor of San Diego and I'm a proud product of the San Diego Unified School District," he told the audience. "I want to thank this school district, the teachers at Hawthorne Elementary, at Madison High School, for giving me the skills and tools I use every single day to run the eighth largest city in this country.
"That is what this school district can do."