Eight Eagles Inducted Into Alumni Hall of Fame

Capping the day-long festivities at Eisenhower High School's 50th Anniversary was the induction of eight Ike graduates into the newly created Alumni Hall of Fame.


Randy Thomas 1973 Randy started his career in entertainment during his high school years. Throughout his years at Eisenhower, Randy was active in the instrumental music program serving as Drum Major of the band, Band Section Leader and a member of the Stage Band. After graduation, Randy went on to be a member of bands such as Sweet Comfort Band and The Allies. Randy was also a writer for Dolly Parton's number one hit song, "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That?". He shared a 1997 Grammy for "Best Country Song" with Bob Carlisle for writing "Butterfly Kisses".
Ronnie Lott 1977 Ronnie was a talented athlete at Eisenhower, making All-League in football, basketball and baseball. His performance on the field earned him an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California. While playing for the Trojans, he was a unanimous All-American and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. Lott was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and played for them for 10 years. He was one of five 49ers who played in all four of the 49ers Super Bowl games. He later played for the Raiders and Jets. Ronnie was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. He has devoted his time and money to numerous charities and makes regular visits to the sick and homeless. Lott also founded an organization called "All Stars Helping Kids" which uses the power of sports and the commitment of individuals to level the playing field for disadvantaged children in low income areas by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential.
Jeffrey Polk 1977 Jeffrey was active in choral music and drama programs, participating in the Madrigals, A Cappella and Thespians throughout his high school career at Eisenhower. Since his graduation from Eisenhower, Jeffrey has gone on to perform in the Broadway hits "The Lion King", "Five Guys Named Moe", "Hello Dolly" and has appeared on TV sitcoms such as: "The Jamie Foxx Show", "For Your Love", and the "Golden Palace". Acting, singing, dancing, directing and choreography are a few of Jeffrey's on stage talents.
David Lang 1986 David was voted "Most Athletic" during his senior year at Eisenhower, and rightfully so. He was a varsity football player for two years and was also on the basketball and track team. David went on to be an All-American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft, from Northern Arizona University. He spent four years with the Los Angeles Rams. In 1992 he rushed for a career-high 203 yards on 33 carries and caught 18 passes for 283 yards. He scored six touch-downs. In 1995, his final season, he was the special teams captain of the Super Bowl XXX winning Dallas Cowboys. Sadly, David passed in May of 2005.
Craig Newsome 1989 Craig was a varsity football player during his junior and senior years at Eisenhower. Following graduation he went on to play football for San Bernardino Valley College and Arizona State University. He was then drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1995. He was the starting corner back on the 1996 Green Bay Packers championship team. He was considered by many to be the quietist and perhaps the shyest player on the Packers Super Bowl XXXI Team. But fortunately for the Packers, his game spoke volumes. Newsome was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1999.
Ted Chronopolous 1990 Ted was a varsity soccer player throughout his entire high school career at Eisenhower High School. He is now a retired American soccer player. He spent three seasons in the Greek First Division, seven seasons in Major League Soccer, three in the USL First Division, and one in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He also earned one cap with the United States national team. Throughout his career, Ted served as a trainer or coach for numerous youth teams. In 2005, he was an assistant coach with the Charleston Battery.
Issiah "Iz" Avila 1996 Issiah made a critical choice at the age of 16 to continue his education and to graduate from Eisenhower, despite the opportunity to go into the music industry. After he graduated, he joined EPIC recording artist, Macy Gray, as her drummer. Performing with Gray opened many doors for Issiah such as a worldwide tour and cameo role in the blockbuster hit "Spiderman". Issiah continued his career and joined forces with his brother to become a production duo going on to produce records for mega artists such as Janet Jackson, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani and Earth, Wind Fire. As a part of this production duo, Issiah was nominated for a Grammy for Best Album of the Year for Usher's 2004 release "Confessions" and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album of the Year and Best Female Vocal Duo with Mary J. Blige on Chaka Khan's 2007 release "Funk This!" Issiah has made the best of his education, becoming a successful actor, musician, artist and producer by the age of 29.
Ryan Clady 2004 Ryan was a first team All-Citrus Belt League selection, All-San Bernardino County selection and first team All-California Interscholastic Federation Division I selection during his years at Eisenhower High School. He is now an American football offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the NFL after playing for the Boise State Broncos during college. Ryan has won awards including the NFL "Rookie of the Week".

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