Grace L. Rhoads
Grace L. Rhoads came to Manteca in 1941 and was to spend 24 years not just teaching at Manteca High, but also helping shape the lives of hundreds of young people.
She was head of the English department and started the counseling program in 1945.
Rhoads was widowed before moving to Manteca. The strength she had as a single parent was the same that allowed her to have a strong influence in the lives of many young people. She supported new ideas and encouraged young women to continue their education and pursue their place in a changing society.
During World War II, she helped many foreign families gain their citizenship.
She supported women's rights and was a charter member of the Federated Women's Club.