Thanks a Heap

Twenty-two years ago it was my pleasure to attend the first ever Bob Dingeman Festival at Dingeman Elementary organized by our first principal Jan Kaneko. It was amazing to hug 853 children!

We held this year’s celebration in early June, emphasizing “Do Your Best” and “Always Be Cheerful.” I was presented a beautiful proclamation from the county declaring June 2, 2017, Bob Dingeman Day in San Diego County.

Thanks to residents—and Wes Danskin and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association—who gave me 87% of the votes to name the school after me over the esteemed Justice Thurgood Marshall. Our award-winning middle school is named for him!

Hale and Farewell

We, as a community, bid farewell to our Scripps Ranch High School principal, Ann Menna. After six productive years at SRHS—and 37 as an educator and administrator in the district—she is retiring. During her time at SRHS she not only maintained our high standards but added more academic laurels. We wish her well.

It is never easy to step into a principal position in a high visibility school filled with overachievers and maintain the level of effort needed. Ann did this superbly and encouraged a top-notch academic atmosphere. Ann, you and your focused approach to youth education will be missed.

Pomerado Terrace

As you enter Scripps Ranch on Pomerado Road, you see on the south side “Pomerado Terrace.” I was asked recently what it was and realized I should share some of our history for new residents.

During World War II the area was used by the U.S. Navy to train firefighters. They constructed mock-ups of ships in which they would set oil fires so the crews could learn to fight fires aboard ships. After the war the land was assumed by then-United States International University—now Alliant International University.

As I was then SRCA president, I was approached by the Navy about any land in Scripps Ranch that could be available for Marine housing. I suggested resuming control of the site and the Navy did.

With the help of the Chief of Naval Operations, who I phoned twice, we were able to include our ideas. I was able to add specific features we had in our area, such as setbacks, plantings, appearance, and so forth. When completed I was asked at the dedication if I had a name for the development. I thought it was beautiful construction in the Ranch tradition and it was on a terrace, so “Pomerado Terrace” it is!

It is a real success story of SRCA effort, cooperation, and persistence. In fact, the Navy took films and broadcast it as a key example for new Navy housing.

Bob Dingeman