The Venice High School Alumni Association is creating a hall of fame honoring notable alumni, with the inaugural induction ceremony set for homecoming week in November.
A separate committee of the association is dedicated to the planning of this ceremony to honor 44 nominees or their living representatives this November. Nominees include In-N-Out Burger founder Harry Snyder, actor Crispin Glover (who played George McFly in “Back to the Future”), and astronaut Walter Cunningham, who went on the Apollo 7 mission.
Nominations were obtained by letters sent in from Venice community members and the committee members themselves, and inductees are selected based on their accomplishments and contributions to the community.
The tentative plan is for the induction to be on the day of the homecoming game during halftime, with a reception and awarding of commemorative plaques before the game in the Administration Building with appetizers served, the announcement of honorees during halftime of the varsity game, and a viewing of the plaques inside the Administration Building on Saturday.
In all annual inductions afterwards, only a maximum of five alumni will be inducted every year.
Inductees’ plaques will be put on display on the walls of the Administration Building, and will include the name, photo, and short biography of each inductee.
In order to raise money for the project, the committee held a yard sale in front of the Champion Easton Alumni House where they made at least $1000, and will be holding a Bingo/Silent Auction Night at the Culver City Elks Lodge on March 11.
The committee has been meeting once a month for almost one-and-a-half years to plan the event. The committee members are composed of Venice High alumni and two current seniors.
The full list of nominees can be found on the Venice High School Alumni Association website.