Lindsay Munoz — who played a pivotal role in a number of Manteca Unified initiatives — is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremonies are taking place Saturday, May 9, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $60 apiece and are available through the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St., or by calling 239.5437.
Munoz is being inducted in the field of education.
Other inductees are Aaron “Bubba Black” Goodwin, the arts; Dr. Craig Bobson, health care; Daryll Paul Quaresma, agriculture; Ruth Anne Boggs, education; Donna Shannon, at large; Albert Eugene Pagnucci, government; John “Jack” Thomson, athletics; Robert “Budge” and Arlene Brown, business; Earl Pimentel, special recognition; and Bianca Jacklich, community service.
Munoz is a Manteca native who graduated from Manteca High in 1969. He played tennis and basketball for the Buffaloes and earned All Valley Oak League honors in both sports.
He earned a degree in science, math and physical education at California State University, Stanislaus in 1974. He obtained his masters in administration degree in 1980 from the University of LaVerne.
Munoz spent his entire 33-year career in education in the Manteca Unified School District. He started as a science and PE teacher in 1976 at Golden West School where he developed the first health class curriculum and produced the Golden West cookbook.
He rewrote the governing rules and structure of the Acorn League that was used for over 20 years. He organized the high school referee schedule used for Acorn League games. He also spent more than 15 years developing, organizing and supervising all elementary track meets even after he became an administrator.
Munoz taught geology and ecology as well as coached at Manteca High. There his teams won four league championships in volleyball including one undefeated season that took the Buffalos to the playoffs. He also coached track for seven years.
He was selected to serve as the French Camp School vice principal in 1986. While at the school he worked with the migrant education program and started the author’s symposium that brought authors of children’s literature to district schools
For 15 years he served as principal at Calla High. He elevated Calla High in the community so that they were included along with comprehensive high schools for scholarships and student of the month awards. He also helped Calla earn a rare six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools & College.
He became become involved with the Manteca Community Action Programs (CAPS) program (now Valley CAPS) behind Calla High and was able to convince the district to donate land to allow CAPS to expand. He also served on the CAPS board that was charged with serving the needs of developmental disabled adults.
He also helped start the Manteca Day School for those students struggling in regular schools.
The Assembly of God in 2004 presented him the Community Outreach Award for his endeavors. He also received the Manteca CAPS Board of Directors Appreciation Award in 2007.
Munoz’ pastimes include tennis, golf, and music.