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Retired Sierra principal gets Hall of Fame nod

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POSTED May 2, 2014 1:48 a.m.

Sierra High’s first-ever principal is a Hall of Famer once again.

Rick Arucan will be inducted into the Stockton Mexican Sports Hall of Fame at Stockton Golf and Country Club tonight. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a dinner and awards presentation. Tickets to attend cost $45.

He retired as Sierra’s principal in 2008 after 15 years at the helm and was part of the school’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2012. A multi-sport standout during his prep days, he was also selected to the Edison High Hall of Fame and was part of the University of the Pacific’s heralded 1968 baseball team that was enshrined into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.

While known more as an educator and coach for the Manteca Unified School District (he taught at East Union for 17 years), he was quite the athlete growing up in his native town of Stockton.

Arucan made All-Star baseball teams in both Little League and Babe Ruth and was on the Little League California District 8 championship team in 1960. In high school, he was named the Edison baseball team’s Most Valuable Player and was an all-league football player for legendary head coach Charles Washington. 

His athletic career continued at Pacific, where he played baseball from 1966-69 before completing work on his undergraduate degree in social science. He didn’t stop there, as he played in the Cal-Mex Baseball League and later competed in local Open and ‘A’ Division fastpitch softball leagues as well as national fastpitch tournaments. 

Others honored tonight are Tony Martin III (bowling), Lisa Martinez Shawver (softball), Pat Jacquez (baseball), Gary Ghan (baseball) and John Rodriguez (multi-sport). 

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