CATA Hall of Fame - Class of 2007
Alfred DeRose, Jr.
Cal Poly, SLO 1963-1968, Atascadero HS 1968-2004
Teacher of Excellence 1979
Al DeRose started and developed the Atascadero High School Agriculture program, which grew during his 36 year tenure into a powerhouse program that garnered state and national honors in several areas. Al coached 17 State Champion judging teams, 7 of which went on to win National Champion recognition. In addition, his students were very active in fairs and shows throughout California , garnering several champions at county and state levels. He was recognized as the San Luis Obispo County Teacher of the Year, served two terms as Chair of the FFA Board of Directors, and selected as a Teacher of Excellence by the State CATA organization.
UC Davis 1957-1964, Petaluma HS 1966-2005, Santa Rosa JC 1981-2003
Teacher of Excellence 1970
Bill King taught Agricultural Mechanics at Petaluma High School for 40 years, helping shape the employability and life skills for countless students who are now gainfully employed throughout California. His focus on integrating real life applications to the curriculum offered in his courses earned him the respect of his peers, numerous State FFA championships, tremendous support from businesses and employers, and the everlasting gratitude from the community he served. Bill served as Regional CATA President for the North Coast , and was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by the State CATA organization.