Hall of Fame Inductees - 2006

Ron Jones: Pasco High School graduate of 1968, began his musical career at Emerson Elementary school where he learned the violin. At PHS he switched to bass and was soon involved with everything from jazz band to the Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra. He began his public school teaching career in Port Angeles, taking over a music program that was near extinction. In 2002 his chamber orchestra was chosen to perform at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the first and only Washington orchestra in the fifty-nine year history of the Chicago conference. He was honored as the “Outstanding Public School Music Teacher” but the Washington chapter of the American string teachers association with NSOA in 1999. In 2002 he was named the WMEA/WIAA “Music Educator of the Year” and also received the national “Outstanding Music Educator” Award from the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association. Ronald Jones was inducted in to the WMEA Hall of Fame on February 17, 2006. 

Valerie Hayles Moffitt: Pasco High Graduate of 1974, has been intricately involved with Pasco Schools for over 25 years, working with the community to improve all pasco schools K-12. She has been a longtime community volunteer, active with local PTA’s, 4-H, Girl Scouts, and church activities. Valerie served 2 years as the PHS Band Booster President. Valerie served on the Franklin County Parks Advisory Board for 15 years. She has served on the Bond and Levy committees for Pasco Citizens for Better Schools since the early 1990’s. In 2006, Valerie was the secretary of the Pasco Education Foundation Board. Valerie was a positive role model as a parent and a consistent advocate for Pasco Schools. She truly bleeds purple.  

Bruce Tabor: PH graduate of 1936 and was active in football, basketball, debate, and student council while attending PH. He served in the army during WW II and Korea as a Master Sergeant First Class. Following the Korean War, he returned to Pasco where he began his career with the United States Postal Service where he worked for 38 years. Bruce also became the Postmaster of 36 local offices in 1970. During this time, he served as a PS Board Member and president for 6 years. He was active in Kiwanis, Elks Club, The United Way and the Pasco Planning Commission. He retired from his postmaster position in 1978 and passed away in 1980. He was a role model for all citizens as he had priorities of family, establishing a life long career, and giving back to his community and school.  

Gordon A Anderson: Pasco High Graduate of 1973, presently serves as the Acting Associate Director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland. He has worked extensively with local technology teachers on automation and control projects, allowing students to develop computer controlled robotic systems. He has also developed several engineering learning activities for MESA (Math, engineering, science, achievement program.). During his director position, he was instrumental in reaching out to the national and international science community to educate about the scientific tools and capabilities for research at PNNL.  

Kathy Brock: graduated from PH in 1977. After graduating from WSU with a journalism degree, she began her career at KEPR in Pasco. Eventually, Kathy moved to Boise to fulfill a position at KBCI as anchor/reporter and then moved to Salt Lake City, UT for a position at KUTV as anchor/reporter. Kathy joined ABC 7 in 1990, where she was promoted to co-anchor in 1993. She has been honored with two prestigious national awards for a documentary on a people to people aid project in Mali, West Africa. The awards were: The Edward R. Morrow Award, given by the Radio Television News Directors Association and the IRIS award from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).  

Gary Hackney, PHS graduate of 1963. Gary earned his place in PHS history when he became the first State Wrestling Champion from PH during his Junior Year. After graduation, Gary went on to wrestle at CBC, before graduating from CWU. Gary then returned to PHS as a special education teacher and wrestling coach, where he coached state champion Fred Miles in 1973. While in Pasco, Gary organized Special Olympics and went on to National Special Olympics to help out. He also organized the Three Rivers Wrestling Tournament. Gary has continued to support PHS and the community of Pasco by returning to work as the state cross country meet and Pasco Invitational Track Meet.