Hall of Fame Inductees - 2011

Kyle “Porky” Adams attended Pasco High from 1985-1989, although he did not graduate from Pasco. He was the founder and executive producer of Acropolis Records, where he produced, recorded and performed rap and hip-hop music. According to his Tri-City Herald obituary, Adams helped many upcoming artists launch their careers and pursue their dreams. He worked with artists like long-time West Coast rapper and record producer Todd Shaw (aka Too Short). It was Adams’ mission to see everyone succeed. His love of music cross over to all genres. Adams passed away Nov. 2, 2010.

James Campbell, M.D. graduated from Pasco High School in 1969. Dr. Campbell specializes in internal medicine and is known for his work as a celebrated doctor as well as hi commendable service to the citizens of Pasco and the medical community. He serves as chairman of the board of Physicians Insurance of Washington. He was previously a delegate to Washington State Medical Association and is past president of the Benton-Franklin County Medical Society.

Dave Cazier attended Pasco High from 1978-1981, where he was an award-winning musician. He is currently the director of vocal music for Columbia Basin College. He began his teaching career in secondary education at Quincy and Spokane, where he was named Washington State Teacher of the Year. He is a nationally renowned jazz arranger and leads jazz instruction at the annual Jazz Unlimited music festival at CBC

Charles M. Hastings, M.D. graduated from Pasco High in 1939, and went on to attend Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, MO. He became a board-certified physician in Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology, and practiced in California and Longview, WA. He served on the inaugural board of the Southwest Washington Regional Cancer Care Center in Longview and volunteered at Orange County Hospital caring for children whose families could not afford traditional medical care. Hastings passed away in 2005.

Frank Pontarolo was a graduate of Pasco High in 1939. He served in World War II from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return, he worked for Burlington Northern Railroad. Pontarolo was among the founders of the Pasco Farmers’ Market as well as the railroad portion of the Franklin County Museum.

Blanca Gonzales Torres graduated from Pasco High in 1988, where she met her husband Albert Torres. She served as the vice president of “Tu Decides”, an award-winning bilingual newspaper aimed at overcoming stereotypes and sharing stories from within the Tri-Cities Hispanic community. In addition to her journalistic work, Torres was instrumental in the founding of Expo Northwest. Torres passed away in August 2010 at the age of 39.