Individuals Who Have Made Outstanding Contributions to the County or Community
Abram Agnew and his family were pioneers from Ohio who settled in the Santa Clara Valley in 1873. He was an esteemed member of the community. Among the many fine farms of Santa Clara County, the Agnew's farm contained 115 acres of productive land, situated three miles north of Santa Clara. Agnew donated 4 acres of land for a South Pacific Coast Railroad station and laid out the town, causing the station and town to be referred to as Agnew's Station and Agnew's Village. Agnew's Village was a small unincorporated village in what is now Santa Clara, California. The Agnews Developmental Center land purchased by Santa Clara Unified School District to build the three new schools was named in honor of Agnew and the surrounding area.
Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers', immigrants', and women's rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was the first Latina inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Huerta is the originator of the phrase, "Sí, se puede" ("Yes, you can") and is a role model to many in the Latino community.
Eiichi "Ed" Sakauye was the son of Japanese immigrant parents. Prior to the 1913 Alien Land Law that prevented Japanese from owning land, Ed’s father was able to purchase a property on North First Street in 1907 and subsequent parcels in Gilroy, Sunnyvale, and on the San Jose-Alviso Road in San Jose. Ed was active for many years in numerous organizations and committees, serving on the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission for more than 20 years, the Jefferson School Board of Education in the City of Santa Clara, and after a school district was created, as a Trustee for Santa Clara Unified School District for 9 years. In addition, he worked closely with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the County Agricultural Commission. Ed published a book about the experiences of the Japanese who were interned during the years of World War II from 1941 – 1945, at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Although cameras were banned, Ed was given permission to use a camera and photograph life in the camp and the photos were used in a national television documentary called Pride and Shame.
In 1962, Joe Kornder began his career in Santa Clara Unified School District when he was hired to teach English and Spanish at Buchser High School. During his tenure, which spanned over forty years, Joe served as a classroom teacher, coach, program coordinator, school vice principal, school principal, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent. He twice was honored with the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award for educational excellence, received several nominations for Teacher of the Year, was honored as the school district's 1995 Administrator of the Year, and also was the recipient of four Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Honorary Service Awards. He was also a Santa Clara City Council Member. In 2006, Joe was elected to serve as a Council Member for Santa Clara City Council.
Kathleen MacDonald has dedicated her life and career to the success of Santa Clara Unified School District’s students for 56 years. She was a business teacher before becoming vice principal of activities at Wilcox High School in 1995. She also teaches the school’s leadership class. She received the 2000 PTSA Golden Oak Honorary Service Award, the 2005 District Administrator of the Year, and 2018 PTSA Outstanding Administrator Award. Outside of school, her biggest love is Eastern Star, a fraternal organization providing donations for cancer research, high school scholarships, and assistance to cancer and heart patients throughout the region, nation, and internationally. Kathleen enjoys working with the students and the staff. She says it gives her a reason to get up in the morning and come to work. 56 years of alumni can attest to her dedicated, positive impact on the longterm success of generations of students.
Individuals Who Have Made Contributions of State, National, or Worldwide Significance
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg took the oath of office in 1993. She is the second female justice of four to be confirmed to the court. Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women's rights, winning multiple victories arguing before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsels in the 1970s. In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU. The Women's Rights Project and related ACLU projects participated in over 300 gender discrimination cases by 1974. She attained a reputation as a skilled oral advocate and her work led directly to the end of gender discrimination in many areas of the law.
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