- Pasco High School
- Hall of Fame Archives
Hall of Fame Inductees - 2003
Dr. Marilynn (Cunningham) Baker grew up in east Pasco, attending the old Whittier Elementary School, McLoughlin Junior High School, and Pasco High School, graduating in 1965. She then attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1969. Marilynn spent her entire career in public education where she was a high school English and special education teacher, principal, college professor, school district superintendent, and superintendent of the Southeastern Washington Educational Service District (ESD). Marilynn served on the Bailey Memorial Youth Foundation, Pasco Downtown Development Association, Washington School Information and Research Services Board, Washington State Information Processing Cooperative Board, Washington State University Professional Education Advisory Board and Mid-Columbia Education Alliance Board. She is an excellent example of service to her community.
Dennis Cox, PHS graduate of 1965, dedicated his career to the Pasco School District and the community of Pasco. He held a variety of positions including teacher, counselor, coach, athletic director, and administrator. With the opening of Ochoa Middle School in the fall of 2002, he came out of retirement to serve as the athletic director in charge of scheduling "because he was a Pasco person who has Pasco Pride". His peers describe him as a person of impeccable integrity, professional demeanor, with an eye toward excellence. Dennis is an advocate for students and students seek his assistance because "Mr. Cox understands." He treats all with respect and because of this people gravitate toward him, drawn by his gentle, caring manner. Dennis Cox exemplifies the quality of character and commitment to community that make him a worthy addition to the Pasco High Hall of Fame.
Mike Guajardo, 1969 PHS graduate, truly exemplifies Pride of Pasco. Mike was active at Pasco High, where he was an accomplished musician and letterman in basketball, and was named Captain and Most Inspirational Player. He went on to Columbia Basin College where he again was a letterman and winner of the Captain, Most Inspirational, and Co-MVP Awards as well as Honorable Mention All-Conference in basketball. He graduated in 1973 from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in education as well as being a letterman in baseball. He taught elementary education for one year in Granger before returning to Pasco where he taught and coached basketball at McLaughlin Junior High before moving to Pasco High in 1980. He taught History and Spanish at Pasco High until 1997 when he became an administrator in charge of the extended day program, before retiring in 2003. While head basketball coach at Pasco High from 1981 - 2001, Mike became the most successful basketball coach in PHS history with an overall record of 274 - 181. He was named Big Nine Conference Coach of the Year four times. To all those who know him, he is a loyal, true friend and advocate for Pasco High and the Pasco community.
Jan Eric Peterson, PHS graduate of 1962, is an experienced trial lawyer with numerous verdicts in both state and federal courts. He graduated from Stanford University in 1966 and the University of Washington law school in 1969. He served as the 2000-2001 President of the Washington State Bar Association, a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is the past president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. He and his law firm (Peterson, Young, Putra, Fletcher) have gained the reputation of "championing the little guy against the Goliath, and winning." One of their most famous cases and closest to our area was the Shaun Meneely case against the National Pool and Spa Institute. This case garnered national attention, not only for its large monetary settlement, but more importantly put special interest based organizations on notice; “if you set the standards for your industry, they had better be safe for the public". Much of his idealism and drive to help others comes from the community of Pasco and Pasco High School, which educated and help shape him. He truly represents the Pride of Pasco.
Deanna Swoboda graduated from Pasco High School in 1987. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Idaho, receiving her Bachelor of Music with an emphasis on performance. From there she attended Northwestern University and completed her Master of Music Degree. She served for one year on a sabbatical replacement at the University of Idaho before beginning her Doctorate in Music Performance at Arizona State University. Today as a performer, educator, and recording artist, Deanna tours the world, uniting people of all ages through music. Since 2000, she has been a full time member of the Dallas Brass. As a video artist for Silver Burdette-Ginn and tuba artist for Accent Instruments, Deanna shares her talents in schools across the country, performing "Brass Rap" and motivational workshops for music students. She has recorded a solo CD entitled "Deanna's Wonderland". She has found the time in her busy touring schedule to return home to Pasco, putting on numerous concerts and workshops in elementary, middle schools, and Pasco High to "give back" to our community and help make a difference in the young people of today.