Poly Grads To Be Honored at Walk of Fame Ceremony Saturday

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Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with Redevelopment Agency, and Poly High School will be honoring a few famous Poly Alumni. International Tennis Champion Billie Jean King, Grammy Award Winner Thelma Houston, Former NFL Player Willie Brown and Former Mayor Beverly O’Neill will receive a star on Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, at the Poly Walk of Fame Ceremony, located at Polytechnic High School, 1600 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA.

Councilman Andrews wanted to do something special for the honorees that have achieved a great amount of success with their careers and inspire today’s youth. “I want our kids to know that others have worked hard and created pathways that didn’t exist when these individuals were starting out, yet they managed to become very successful in spite of their circumstances. Hopefully seeing these stars will motivate our youth to seriously go after their dreams. I also want to restore pride back into our neighborhood. We are doing so many positive things to improve our image and this will be something everyone will be talking about for years to come”, said Dee Andrews. The stars will hang on Poly’s back fence along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue which is a very popular and heavily used street in the Sixth District.

Poly High School is known as the school of scholars and champions. They certainly have produced their share of both. Three termed Long Beach Mayor O’Neill spent 31 years as an educator within Long Beach schools before entering into politics, Billie Jean King has won numerous major tennis championships, Willie Brown played professional football for 3 years with the Rams and 1 year with the Eagles, and Thelma Houston still thrill concert crowds with her disco hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way”.

“Coming from one of the premier high schools in the nation, that allowed me to accomplish so much academically and as an athlete, I am so honored to be included with this group. For us to be elected as the first to be honored to receive this type of recognition is incredible and a blessing. Poly laid the academic foundation for me to go to college and achieve a great amount of success” said Willie Brown.

Former Mayor Beverly O’Neill said, “This is really a special honor to me because I am so proud to be a Poly graduate. It brings back good memories. I met my husband at Poly.”

Grammy winner Thelma Houston is excited to be honored. “I am so excited to receive this recognition. To be honored for my success can be such an inspiration to young people. I am really happy to receive this”.

Jenni Rivera, the multi-Latin Grammy nominated singer and fifth honoree, is currently on tour and she will receive her star on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

Due to the large number of Poly Alumni superstars, this is the first of several Poly Walk of Fame ceremonies. Free parking is available at the school parking lot. For additional information please contact Kimberly Dodson at 562-570-6816.

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