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Mark Inouye, Denise Curry, A.J. “Bud” Henle & Dave Scott
A.J. “Bud” Henle
A.J. “Bud” Henle has been selected to the Davis Senior High School Hall of Fame for his 29 years of service and dedication to Davis High School as a teacher, coach and administrator. Coach Henle is the fourth generation of his family to grow up in Davis and graduated from DHS in 1942. During his years as a student at Davis High he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. His long jump record stood at Davis High for 35 years! He is a decorated veteran of WWII having served with the 102nd medical battalion of the 27th infantry division in the Pacific Theatre where he earned the Bronze Star and Combat Medal Badge for Gallantry and Service. After the war he attended UCD where he played quarterback for the football team. Later, he transferred to College of the Pacific in Stockton where he received his degree in 1950 and later, in 1952, he received his teaching credential. Although he began his teaching career elsewhere, he returned to Davis in 1956 at the request of his former coach, Dewey Halden. Initially upon his return, he coached Varsity Football, Basketball, JV and Varsity Baseball while he also taught social studies and physical education. However his duties soon expanded. Over the next 29 years, Coach Henle served as athletic director (22 years), coached football (29 years), baseball (15 years), and track (10 years), served as the Block “D” advisor (16 years) and meet director of the Halden Relays (9 years) as he continued to teach in the classroom. Coach Henle is also a member of the Sac-Joaquin Section Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, The Northern California Old Timers Sports Association Hall of Fame and the La Salle Coaches Hall of Fame.
Mark Inouye has been selected to the Davis Senior High School Hall of Fame. While attending DHS, Mr. Inouye was a member of the Jazz Band and was chosen to the State Honor Jazz Band that performed in Japan. A 1989 graduate of DHS Inouye is one of a very select group of trumpeters who is equally at home playing jazz and classical music. Inouye is the principal trumpeter (Starting Sept. 2008) with the San Francisco Symphony, but has also held principal trumpet positions with the Houston and Charleston Symphonies. He has performed under the baton of Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic. As a soloist, he performed the Tartini Violin Concerto, arranged for trumpet, with the Houston Symphony and the Haydn and Tomasi Concerti with the New World Symphony. He has also appeared with the Tanglewood Wind Ensemble under Seiji Ozawa in volumes 3 and 4 of the video production, Marsalis on Music, performing the Carnival of Venice Variations and the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. An active composer, Inouye has premiered two of his jazz compositions; Find the Cheese and The Bull Behind the Horns - Jazz Suite on the San Francisco Symphony's Chamber Music Series; both of which are featured on his debut album The Trumpet & The Bull. In addition to his appearances on the San Francisco Symphony's chamber music series, Inouye has toured internationally with the Empire Brass and Toccatas & Flourishes, an acclaimed organ and trumpet duo. After attending The University of California, at Davis as a civil engineer, Inouye transferred and graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was founding member of the Juilliard Jazz Sextet at Lincoln Center. He has also appeared as a guest artist at the Playboy Jazz Festival and with The Who at Carnegie Hall.
A 1977 graduate, Denise Curry, has been selected to the Davis Senior High School Hall of Fame. While attending DHS, Ms. Curry played on 10 varsity teams, winning 10 league championships!Although she excelled in many sports, she is best known for her achievements in Women’s Basketball. During her varsity years, she scored 1798 points and averged 24.97 points a game. She was chosen to the first ever women’s Parade Magazine All- America team. Perhaps knowing that no one would ever match her success again, her jersey was retired in 1977. After High School, she attended UCLA where she was a 4 year starter and three-time All-America. She led her team in scoring each of her four seasons and set 14 school records. She still holds the school’s mark as the all time leading scorer (3,198 points) and rebounder (1,310). She was a member of the 1980 Olympic team and a member of the gold medal winning 1984 Olympic team. Ms. Curry also participated in several other international basketball tournaments representing the USA including; the Pan American Games (Silver Medalist 1983, Gold medalist 1979), and the World Championships (Gold Medalist-1979, Silver 1983). Ms. Curry’s UCLA jersey was retired in 1990 and in 1998 she was voted one of the 15 Greatest Players in UCLA women’s basketball history. She continued her career in Europe as a professional basketball player from 1982-1990 where she was chosen as the French player of the decade for the 1980’s. Her accomplishments in basketball have led to her to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (One of only 11 female players.), the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Since her playing days ended, Ms. Curry has been involved in coaching women’s basketball at the college and professional level and is currently an assistant coach at Long Beach State.
Dave Scott is the most recognized athlete and coach in the sport of triathlon. Raised in Davis, he is a 1972 graduate of Davis Senior High School. While attending high school he was an outstanding water polo player who continued playing the sport for UCDavis. He was also the first coach of the Davis Aquatic Masters. It was during his coaching with DAM that Dave’s career in triathlon began with the inception of the sport in 1976. He won his first Hawaii Ironman in 1980 and went on to win again in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987. In 1993, he was honored for his accomplishments in the sport and became the first inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame. To celebrate, Dave came out of retirement and at the age of forty, after a five year absence from competition, decided to race again. In a stunning and memorable performance, beating out an impressive field of professional athletes – many of whom were in the twenties – Dave placed second overall. This incredible physical and mental feat earned Dave a new nickname among the triathlon community and he has since been known as “The Man”. Having started his impressive winning streak only two years after the first ever Ironman contest, Dave Scott shaped the sport of triathlon like no other U.S. athlete.
Elaine Kasimatis, Ph.D
Elaine Kasimatis has been selected to the Davis Senior High School Hall of Fame for her extraordinary career in the development of K-12 teaching of mathematics and her service to others. Ms. Kasimatis was a 1970 graduate of Davis Senior High School and continued her education at UC Davis, earning a BS in mathematics with honors, an MA in mathematics and an MA in Teaching Mathematics, as well as a Ph. D in Mathematics. Ms. Kasimatis is well-known nationally for the establishment of College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM). As one of the 3 original co-directors of this program, she helped create an innovative mathematics curriculum that is now used around the country. CPM was designated as one of five “Exemplary Mathematics Programs” in 1999. At CSU, Sacramento, she was instrumental in the development of the first Blended Program in Mathematics in the state, which allows future teachers to take mathematics coursework at the same time as they work on their secondary mathematics credential. Currently, Ms. Kasimatis is in Rwanda, helping to open a new school and to develop the teacher preparation program in the impoverished country. She will be spending a full year there, bringing her talents to bear on problems that are unfamiliar to most of us. Professor Scott Farrand, a colleague of Ms. Kasimatis’ supports her selection to the Hall of Fame by writing, “Elaine is an excellent example of what Davis Senior High School can produce, a role model for students looking for a way to both pursue intellectual challenges and be of service to people in need. She brings honor to your school.”