Jack Miller

Athletics

Jack Miller has been an educator in Manteca for thirty-four years. During this time he established himself as being credible and sincere. Jack is dedicated and very effective as a teacher and coach.
Jack, whose official title is Assistant Head Coach Varsity Football, has distinguished himself as an effective coach who is a positive role model. Many young people have followed him into the profession of education as teachers and coaches.
Over the years Jack has been accorded many awards. Those include the California State Assistant Football Coach of the Year in 2008 and “Best of Manteca” award in 2007 and 2008. He has contributed to Manteca Football teams qualifying for play-offs 14 times, two section titles runner-ups and 3 section titles in 2001, 2005, and 2006. He has positively influenced the lives of more than 1600 young men on the athletic fields as well as hundreds of others in the classroom, including a navy seal, one professional football player and countless college athletes.
Jack Miller teaches lasting life lessons in the classroom as a social science teacher. He is as dedicated in the classroom as he is on the football field.
Jack, his wife Mary and two sons, Sam and Kevin, have been an active part of the Manteca area. Both children participated in athletics in youth and high school sports.
Jack Miller is a man who has established himself as a positive role model and has faced challenges and adversity victoriously. He is and has been a person the youth of Manteca have emulated. He is deserving of being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.


Randy E. Albertsen

At Large

Randy E. Albertsen is a life long resident of the Manteca area. He graduated from Manteca High School in 1942. Randy and his wife Mary have been married for 64 years and have been active in the community. Randy is a 32nd degree member of the Manteca Masonic Lodge, and Mary is a charter member of Soroptimist International of Manteca.
Randy made his living as a farmer, but he gained national recognition as a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association. He started as a pistol shooter, but quickly changed to trap shooting.
Randy won 14 Grand American Association trophies from 1994 to 1997. In the succeeding year, Randy claimed top senior Veteran honors at Dayton, Ohio Homecoming and Doubles and All Around Crown. In the Western Zone competition he won three veteran and four senior veteran titles. In western state competition, Randy won numerous awards including championships at the Golden West Grand Competition, the Veroda State Shoot and the California Indian Competition.
Randy has been recognized for his efforts in trap shooting by being named to nine All-American teams. During his career in the American Trap Shooting Association he has registered more than 38,000 singles, 46,000 handicap and 22,000 doubles competitions.
Through his trap shooting, Randy has brought recognition to the community of Manteca. Being an All American is a great honor and deserves recognition by being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.


Greg Leland

Education

Greg Leland has worked for the Manteca Unified School District since 1985. He has served as a teacher, coach, Summer School Principal, Dean of Activities, Dean of Athletics and Vice Principal.
Greg has taught Health, Driver Education, Psychology, Peer Resource, World and European History, and Physical Education. He has also served as a Head Coach in football and track. In each of these assignments, Greg has demonstrated outstanding leadership and creativity. He has been active in developing new programs such as a peer resource, Freshman P.O.D and “Soaring High” team.
Greg has been active in the Manteca community as well as the school district. He was a past board member for California Association of Peer Programs, Give Every Child a Chance, Manteca Unified Student Trust, and Site Logistics Chairperson for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for the past five years. Greg has been involved with fund-raising events for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Manteca, organizing blood drives for the Delta Blood Bank as well as other various fund-raisers over the past 27 years. Greg’s leadership role in the “Partners in Prevention” program resulted in him being awarded the “Point of Light” recognition by the “Saturday Night Live program.
During his time in the Manteca Unified School District he has been honored as a Outstanding Young Educator, E.P.I.C. Leader of the Year, California State Track and Field Coach of the Year and Prudential Foundation Outstanding Educator.
Greg and his wife Debbie will have been married for 25 years. They have two children, Brittany and Mike. Greg Leland has been a productive force in the Manteca community and is now going into the Hall of Fame as a tribute to his contributions to our community.


Michael E. Henry

Education

A graduate of Drake University, Mike Henry came to Manteca in 1970 to teach history and mathematics in the local schools. To these duties, he added coaching of basketball and other sports. He soon earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
Mike taught and coached at Manteca High School for 27 years and accomplished much during that period in the classroom as well as on the athletic fields and gym courts. In the classroom, his students always performed beyond expectations on standardized tests. Fellow teachers reported on how well-prepared, motivated and disciplined his students were when taking next-level classes.
Mr. Henry’s accomplishments in athletics are numerous, as well. Coaching all three levels of basketball, he is the only coach in the Manteca Unified School District to lead his boys basketball team to a league title and to the California Interscholastic Federation’s Sac-Joaquin Section Championship in the same year. He was chosen the Valley Oak League basketball Coach of the Year for the 1986-87 season. In addition, Mike coached golf and was instrumental in the development of the girls’ golf program at Manteca High School.
So many of Mike’s former students credit him with teaching them a good work ethic and to always do their best. He was an outstanding teacher/coach who truly cared about his students.


Dr. Karl K. Wolf

Healthcare

After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1970, Dr. Wolf came to California to serve his internship at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp. After the one-year internship, he remained for two additional years serving a residency in family medicine.
In September of 1973, he began his medical career in Manteca and that developed into a large geriatric practice.
Dr. Wolf has provided exceptional care and service to a countless number of Mantecans over the past 40 years. During this time, he has had an immeasurable impact on his patients, their families, and our community.
A leader in his profession and a guiding light for medical care, he has served as chief of staff at Doctors Hospital Manteca, director of its emergency room and as chairman of its governing board. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, was instrumental in the development of the Emergency Room at Doctors Hospital Manteca. Additionally, he is a farmer, growing apples, walnuts and cherries. There are few, if any, individuals who have literally touched so many lives in Manteca’s history. He is a well-deserved addition to the Manteca Hall of Fame.


Judge George J. Abdallah, Jr.

Government

Judge George Abdallah served as Municipal Court Commissioner/Judge Pro Term from 1987 to 1995, Municipal Court judge from 1995 to 1998 and Superior Court Judge from 1998 to present, including serving as Presiding Judge in 2002-2003.
He has been an active supporter of the Grand Jury in San Joaquin County, a system that encourages and engages the community members in the judicial system. In addition to his career as a judge at the local and county level for the last 25 years, Judge Abdallah has been an instructor in various judicial areas from 1979 to present.
He has served as law professor/lecturer at Center for Judicial Studies, Humphreys College School of Law and the University of Pacific. He is currently serving as instructor/lecturer at the Center for Judicial Education and Research.
Judge Abdallah has been very active in community affairs, which include Board of Directors on two hospital boards, the Manteca District Ambulance, Rotary International, San Joaquin County Immunization Program Committee (chairman) and Manteca CAPS.
Above all, Judge Abdallah is a person of outstanding character and integrity, dedicated to his community and profession well beyond the ordinary requirements and expectations. He is a man worthy of being a role model for young people.


David H. Bricker

Government

Dave Bricker, a 1972 East Union graduate, started his police service as a Manteca Police Cadet – the forerunner of the Police Explorers. His first ride along was with a new officer by the name of Willie Weatherford.
After serving in the Air Force from 1972 to 1977, he went to work for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, before joining the Manteca Police force in 1979. From 1986 to 1989, he left the department to pursue a career of teaching law enforcement at colleges as well as everything from K-9 and firearms classes to SWAT instruction for other police departments. During his tenure with the police department, he was assigned Patrol, Detectives and Traffic. He held the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Dave became Manteca’s Chief of Police in 2008 and retired in 2011.
Dave received many awards during his career; Rotary International Police Officer of the Year 1983, American Legion’s California Police Officer of the Year 1994, City of Manteca Employee of the Year 1997, and Manteca Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Dave has served as president of the Sunrise Kiwanis and Manteca Kiwanis, Give Every Child a Chance as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca and Lathrop. He has also served on the boards of other organizations such as the South County Crisis Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, and South County Crime Stoppers. He was the founder of the Manteca Police Chief’s Foundation.
Dave leads by example and sets the example. He never asks anyone to do something that he is not willing to do himself. He is wise, gives good advice, and has a wonderful way about him. People respond to him, he is a good communicator and shares great stories.


Lucille and William Harris

Community Service

These leading citizens of Manteca have contributed throughout their adult lives to many worthwhile endeavors to the benefit of the community. Their commitments have included financial support for school programs in Ripon and Manteca, tutorial groups, FFA units, 4-H Clubs and sports programs. Since 2007, the Harris's have hosted fund-raising events to support a new program to improve the teaching of writing in local schools. By 2011, that program was serving 112 teachers and 239 students in Manteca, Lathrop and Ripon. These events have raised over $50,000. Their support for after-school program is well-known in our community.
Lucille Harris, a Manteca native, has been involved in grassroots political advocacy and campaigns to protect legal rights. Her letter-writing in the 1960’s led to the revision of flight patterns of jumbo jets that avoided municipal centers and schools during pilot-training programs at Stockton Airport. Through the 1970’s and 1980’s, her letter-writing and advocacy was successful in uncovering anti-trust violations by insurance companies.
Bill Harris partnered with his wife in all her community activities and was a steadfast believer in education. Bill passed away in October, 2012, but Lucille continues to devote time to business management, philanthropy, local issues and the defense of legal rights. Their 58 years of community service have earned Lucille and Bill Harris membership in the Manteca Hall of Fame.