In honor of the county's Centennial celebration, High Life takes a look back at a bumper crop of students--from entertainers to politicians, astronauts, authors and businessmen--who have helped to put their high schools on the map.
Bobby Hatfield--singer with Righteous Brothers.
Alex Maese--former thoroughbred jockey.
Gerry Mullins--former tackle with Pittsburgh Steelers who appeared in four Super Bowls.
Rob Deer--outfielder with Milwaukee Brewers.
Dan Quisenberry--relief pitcher with St. Louis Cardinals who has recorded more saves (232 going into 1988 season) since 1980 than any other major league pitcher.
Melanie Watkins--actress with role on TV's "Different Strokes."
Willie Aames--actor whose movies include "Zapped!" and "Cut and Run" and TV appearances include "Eight Is Enough" and "Charles in Charge."
Bruce Furniss--swimmer in 1976 Olympics (world records in 200-meter freestyle and with 800-meter freestyle relay team).
Steve Furniss--swimmer in 1972 Olympics (bronze medal in 200-meter individual medley).
Shirley Babashoff--swimmer in 1972 and '76 Olympics (silver medal in 100- and 200-meter freestyles in '72; silver in 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyles in '76; gold with 400-meter freestyle relay teams in '72 and '76; silver with 400-meter medley relay team in '76).
Ken Margerum--former wide receiver with Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers.
Del Crandall--former All-Star catcher with Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians and former manager of Dodgers' triple-A team at Albuquerque.
Walter (The Big Train) Johnson--former baseball player who is second on list of all-time winningest pitchers in major leagues (416 wins) and first in most shutouts (110); was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936; attended but later dropped out of Fullerton High.
Wendell Pickens--founder of athletic program at Orange Coast College and former baseball coach at the school for 20 years.
John Raitt--Broadway performer.
Arky Vaughn--former baseball player with Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers who led the National League in hitting (.385 average) in 1935.
Lennie Dykstra--outfielder with New York Mets and author of "Nails," an account of the 1986 championship season.
Steve Martin--comedian and actor/director whose movies include "The Jerk," "All of Me," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Roxanne" and "Planes, Trains & Automobiles."
Bobby Hamelin--first baseman who set California community college single-season records for home runs (31) and runs batted in (105) at Rancho Santiago, was recently signed by the Kansas City Royals.
Elaina Oden--volleyball player for NCAA champions University of the Pacific.
Dave Wilson--quarterback with New Orleans Saints.
Cathy Rigby--gymnast in 1968 and '72 Olympics and an actress.
Kevin Elster--rookie shortstop with New York Mets.
Sabrina Mar--gymnast in 1987 Pan Am Games (gold medal in all-around competition).
Julie McNamara--member of silver-medal winning gymnastics team in 1984 Olympics (tied for a gold medal in the uneven parallel bars and won a silver medal in the floor exercises).
John Huarte--Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Notre Dame in 1964.
Bobby Meachem--shortstop with New York Yankees.
Dan Meyer--former baseball player with Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's.
Jennifer Warnes--pop singer, she and Bill Medley sang the 1988 Academy Award-winning song "(I've Had the) Time of My Life" from the movie "Dirty Dancing."
Larry Williams--guard with Cleveland Browns.
Brian Goodell--swimmer in 1976 Olympics (world records in 400-meter freestyle and 1,500-meter freestyle).
Mark O'Meara--professional golfer.
Bob Thornton--pro basketball player with Philadelphia 76ers.
Frank Marshall--motion picture producer who has served in various production capacities on such movies as "Poltergeist," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Gremlins," "Back to the Future," "The Color Purple," "An American Tail" and "Innerspace."
Kelly McGillis--actress whose movies include "Witness," "Top Gun" and "Made in Heaven."
Bruce Penhall--two-time speedway motorcycle world champion and actor who had a role on TV series "CHiPS."
(Bill) Skiles and (Pete) Henderson--musical comedy act.
George Yardley--first player in National Basketball Assn. history to score 2,000 points in a single season (1957-58) with Detroit.
Jim Beam--former mayor of Orange.
Fred Kelly--hurdler in 1912 Olympics (gold medal in 110-meter hurdles); first air mail pilot to land in Los Angeles; El Modena High School football stadium and track named after him in 1969.
Mary Decker Slaney--world-class distance runner who holds world record in the mile and U.S. records in 800, 1,500, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Gaddi H. Vasquez--member of Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Mike Chamberlin--Channel 13 sportscaster.