The Board of Directors of the Chaffey High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Thomas A. Moore, M.D., Class of 1965, has been selected as the 2015 Tiger of the Year. Tom was nominated by his classmates and former Tigers of the Year Gary ‘65 and Sue Olinger Ovitt ’65.
While at CHS, Tom was ASB President, a member of the Marching Tiger Band and on the water polo team, all while maintaining excellent grades and having a girlfriend – Peggy Personius ’65, whom he later married. Tom served as Valedictorian of the Class of 1965 and earned a four-year NROTC (Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps) scholarship to Yale. During the Vietnam War, he served as an officer on nuclear submarines, then returned to Yale where he earned his MD degree in 1979. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.
While Tom was in medical school, Peggy (who is a registered nurse) worked as a director of family planning in Connecticut. When they returned to California after Tom graduated, Peggy worked as a an instructor/nurse in a midwife program at UCSD and as a nurse practitioner in Student Health at UCSD until her retirement in 2003.
Tom’s medical career has been in the specialized area of maternal-fetal health. He provides prenatal care for women with high-risk pregnancies and is a nationally-recognized expert on pregnancy and diabetes. His research centers on optimal management of diabetes in pregnancy, prenatal diagnaosis of fetal abnormalities and the clinical quantitation and assessment of amniotic fluid volume. He has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in major medical textbooks.
In addition to his clinical practice, Tom serves as dean of clinical affairs and CEO of the UC San Diego Faculty Practice. He is responsible for ensuring that UC San Diego Health System’s clinical programs and activities achieve the highest standards of service, quality, safety, compliance and overall performance.
Tom believes that service to society, especially the underserved, is the highest possible goal. As a physician, he has a unique opportunity to contribute to the personal health and well-being of his patients. In his words, “My strongest commitment is assisting mothers achieve their goals in birthing healthy babies. It’s very gratifying to help women understand how pregnancy affects their bodies and what they can do to ensure the outcome of their pregnancies.”
Tom and Peggy live in Coronado, California and have five grown children and 12 grandchildren. Tom is an accomplished photographer, plays drums in a jazz group, and he and Peggy love to sail.
Tom joins these other distinguished alumni in the Tiger Hall of Fame: Howard Tipton ’54; Robert Shaw ’33; Betty Davenport Ford ’42; Joseph Wambaugh ’54; Howard P. Allen ’44; H. Jack Meany ‘41’ John S. Graettinger, M.D. ’39; Ernest Payne ’25; Harold “Tony” Zenz ’28; Robert Lyn Nelson ’73; Kobe Shoji, Ph.D. ’38; Samuel P. Crowe ’53; Hobart “Hobie” Alter ‘51’ John Svenson ’42; Anthony Munoz ’76; Alan Paul Haskvitz ’60; Margaret Sanders Stewart ’39; Henry Bumstead ’33; John Dean, Ph.D. ’44; Glenn Goldsmith ’46; Jim Brulte ’74; Philo Biane ’28; Robert Graber ’31; Gary Ovitt ’65; James McVicker, Jr. ’70; Clyde Francisco ’45, Rear Admiral James Davidson ’56, Bruce Grube, Ph.D.’60, Richard Jones, Ph.D. ’51, Ed Berryman ’38, Leonard Mather, Ed.D ’35, Don Morris, Ed.D. ’48, Patricia Sawyer Benner, Ph.D. ’60, Andy Rapattoni ’57, Col. David Forden ’66, Gary Byrne, Ph.D. ’60, Sue Olinger Ovitt ’65 and Robert Williams, Ph.D., ‘58.
CHS Academic Decathlon teams broke their own San Bernardino County record in the 32-year history of county Academic Decathlon competition, winning its fourth consecutive title. In results announced February 12, 2015, Chaffey won the title with 50,480 points, topping its record by 1,727 points set in 2013. It finished ahead of runner-up Redlands East Valley for the third consecutive year. Chaffey has won six of the last seven county titles under coach Steve Mercado. It matches the most dominant run of championships by any school since Redlands won six titles in seven years from 2002-07.
As county champion, Chaffey advanced to the state Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento in March 2015. At the state competition, winning teams from counties competed to qualify for the national Academic Decathlon to be held in April 2015 in Garden Grove. At the state competition, Chaffey finished in 10th place, the only San Bernardino County school to place in the top 10. In previous state competitions, Chaffey has placed 6th (2014), 7th (2013), 8th (2010), 9th (2009), 17th (2010) and 20th (2011).
Academic Decathlon teams are composed of nine students, three each from grade point average categories of “A” (Honors), “B” (Scholastic) and “C” (Varsity). The competition consists of written tests in the areas of math, economics, science, language/literature, music, art and social science. Students also wrote an essay, faced a panel of interviewers and gave impromptu and prepared speeches. The final event of the competition was the Super Quiz, a team test of knowledge.
Like the Decathlon of the ancient Greeks, the San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon consists of ten competitions. While the Greek events were contests of physical strength, the San Bernardino County event is a test of academic strength and endurance.
The goals of the Academic Decathlon are: to encourage students to develop a greater respect for knowledge, to promote wholesome inter-school competition in academic areas of study and interest; to stimulate intellectual growth and achievement; and to encourage public interest and awareness of outstanding programs in secondary schools.
Seven core-curriculum areas (Math, Economics, Science, Music, Art, Language and Literature, Social Science) are tested for academic strength, as well as three areas of communication skills (Essay, Interview and Speech). Teams compete for individual and team awards.
A full team consists of nine students from the ninth through twelfth grades. The team may be comprised of all freshmen, all sophomores, all juniors, all seniors, or a combination. These members can be any combination of males and/or females. Each full team includes three Varsity (GPA 0.00 to 2.99); three Scholastic (GPA 3.00 to 3.74); and three Honor students (GPA 375 to 4.00).
As it did in 2013 and 2014, the CHS Alumni Association donated $5000 to assist the Academic Decathlon teams in expenses associated with the State competition in Sacramento.
Chaffey High School has a new principal. Dr. George Matamala, currently the Vice Principal of Discipline, has been named the successor to current principal Dawn Buboltz who is retiring at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Dawn has been principal since 2012.
Dr. Matamala has previously worked within the Chaffey District and for the past year has been part of the CHS administration team, serving as Assistant Principal of Discipline. He is “shadowing” Dawn to learn all he can from her before she retires.
The CHS Alumni Association has an inventory of Fastis from nearly every class.
These are in addition to the archival copies kept by the Alumni Association. We are particularly well stocked from the 1970s forward.
The cost is $15 per Fasti which includes shipping.
- Take any donation to the North Hall administration building and leave at the switchboard or principal’s office, marked for Backpacks for Hungry Students. The coordinators will be notified and will come pick up the donation.
- You can also contact Leslie Jensen (909-456-5917) to pick up a specific time to meet on campus and provide your donation.
We need 20 volunteers to help deadhead, weed, and groom the rose bushes in the on campus Community Rose Garden
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