Weston-McEwen High School 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Danny was born in Walla Walla Washington in 1941. He was raised with six brothers in Athena. He graduated in 1959 from McEwen High School. He attended college in Eugene, Oregon and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue music. Within two weeks he had a record deal. In 1965 he began producing records and publishing songs. In 1967 the Everly Brothers recorded his song “Deliver Me.”
In the 1970’s he went on tour and produced several records and began writing songs in earnest. His composition, “Shambala” became a million+ seller hit for Three Dog Night. He also co-wrote “My Maria” which became a smash hit for Brooks and Dunn in 1996.
He started his own record company in 1997 and produced several single songs and albums.
As a writer Danny has had 28 songs recorded by various artists.
Danny and his wife, Ginny reside in Santa Paula, California where he continues to write songs.
Nolan is the youngest of seven boys and attended all twelve years of school in Weston, graduating as valedictorian in 1965. Some of his high school accomplishments are: Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class President, Student Body Vice-President, Student Body President, National Honor Society, Letterman’s Club, Pep Band, Marching Band and Drama Productions. He also excelled and received a varsity letter all four years in football, basketball and baseball.
Nolan attended the University of Oregon from 1962-66 where he graduated with a degree in Sociology and also received his teaching certificate.
He began his teaching career in the fall of 1966 in Stanfield and then moved to back to Athena where he taught Social Studies and PE at McEwen and Weston-McEwen High School for 7 years. While teaching in Athena he coached football, basketball and baseball.
He became Principal at McEwen High School in 1974 and continued in that position through 1976 – he was the Principal when Weston and Athena merged into one district.
From 1976-1996 Nolan served as Superintendent of Schools for three school districts: Stanfield, Triangle Lake and Yamhill-Carlton.
In June of 1996 he retired after spending eight years as a teacher, two years as a principal and twenty years as a superintendent in Oregon schools.
Nolan has been married to his Tenette for 45 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Debra was raised in Adams along the Umatilla River where she has lived all of her life. She attended school in the Athena-Weston School District from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1985. She graduated with high honors and was a member of the National Honor Society for three years. She played volleyball and basketball and was a member of the band, choir and pipes and drums. She participated in Student Council, was on the yearbook staff and received numerous awards for her photography skills.
After her high school graduation, she attended BMCC for one year and then transferred to Oregon State University where she graduated in 1989 with a degree in Forest Resources with a minor in Journalism. While at OSU, she was part of the OSU Newspaper and Yearbook Staff.
After graduating from college Debra worked in public affairs for the US Forest Service before she was hired by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She currently holds the position of Deputy Executive Director, a role she has served since 2003. Debra has played a major role in developing strong working relationships with other governments. She is one the Tribal Government’s top two executives.
She is one of only three women who have served on both the Happy Canyon and Round-Up Courts.
She has also served on the Athena-Weston School Board and Budget Committee.
She and her husband Tom have one son who is a current student at Weston-McEwen High School. Debra has and continues to give back to her communities both on and off the reservation.
She is the first Native American woman to be inducted into the Weston-McEwen Hall of Fame.
Sam grew up on Weston Mountain on the family farm and attended all of his schooling years in Weston. He graduated with high honors from Weston High School in 1969. While in high school he was a three sport all-star in football, basketball and baseball.
After high school, he attended Willamette University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1973 graduating magna cum laude.
He then attended Duke University Law School from 1973-76 where he graduated with honors and received his Doctorate of Juris Prudence (Law degree). While at Duke Law School he was the executive editor of the Duke Law Journal, and a member of the Mordache Society (student chosen from each class as the highest representative of the law school and its values).
After graduating from law school he returned to the area where he practiced Law in Pendleton for four years before becoming a partner with the Milton-Freewater firm of Monahan, Grove and Tucker in 1980 where he continues to work.
Sam is an avid runner and has participated in several marathons, including the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, the Portland Marathon and lots of other local marathons.
Sam has been married to Sara since 1980 and they continue to live on the family farm on Weston Mountain. They have three grown children.