Bulldog Hall of Fame
The Foster High School Hall of Fame annually recognizes an outstanding graduate who has gone on to make significant contributions to the local community and world at large.
From humanitarians to pioneers to musicians, the Hall of Fame proves that anything is possible with a great education and a passion to achieve your dreams and live your values! The Hall of Fame is located in the hallway by the school’s main entrance and includes a picture and plaque of each inductee.
Members of the Foster High School Hall of Fame:
- Ava Sofia Adams, Class of 1915 (honorary)
- Steve Mullett, Class of 1961 (2008 inductee)
- Tim Parker, Class of 1966 (2009 inductee)
- Bill Cummings, Class of 1934 (2010 inductee)
- Jim Harding, Class of 1977 (2011 inductee)
- Jeff Thornton, Class of 1976 (2012 inductee)
- Walt Wagner, Class of 1961 (2013 inductee)
- Betty Rowley Gully, Class of 1957 (2014 inductee)
- Mike McCoy, Class of 1982, and Don Tomaso, Class of 1978 (2015 inductee)
- Pat Larson, Class of 1970 (2016 inductee)
If you would like to nominate a Foster alumnus for next year’s induction ceremony, contact Aracelis Urbina. Nominees must have graduated from Foster at least 15 years ago and made an outstanding contribution to his/her community and/or world.
On Oct. 12, 2016, Principal Pat Larson—a multi-generation Bulldog leader—was inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Larson has served as principal of Foster High School since 2013, and her legacy in the Tukwila community stretches back four generations (her grandparents, parents, children, and husband are all also Foster graduates). Under her direction, the Tukwila School District’s graduation rate has skyrocketed 25 percentage points, with significant gains across all subgroups of students.
Throughout all of her work, she has never forgotten her primary mission for being involved in education.
“It really is about the kids,” Larson said. “I want to start with the kids.”
On Oct. 7, 2015, two hometown heroes were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
McCoy was a beloved and well-respected member of the Tukwila Fire Department. He began his career with King County Fire District 1 (volunteering at the age of 16), which was annexed into the City of Tukwila in 1986. He was also long-time senior member of the National Disaster Medical Systems field leadership team, and his service took him to national and international disasters such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, Super Storm Sandy, the Haiti earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina, where he was responsible for the largest patient evacuation in U.S. history. Sadly, McCoy passed away this past April after a sudden and unexpected medical emergency.
Tomaso is the current Fire Marshal for the City of Tukwila. He also began his career as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 16 while still attending Foster, and he is now a nationally recognized expert and president of the Northwest Fire Investigators Association (a little known fact—Tomaso solved the first house arson in the City of Tukwila history!). As part of his job, he makes public-safety education a top priority, and his department annually supports events like National Night Out for Safety and welcomes many Tukwila students to stations throughout the school year. He cares deeply about the Tukwila community, and he is growing its future as a member of the city’s strategic planning committee as well as an active coach of local youth teams.
On Oct. 29, 2014, official “Tukwila Treasure” Betty Gully was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mrs. Gully not only helped to bring arts to south King County as a board member of the Rainier Symphony, she also focused on serving local families as a founder of the Tukwila Children’s Foundation and a host for refugees.
2013 Inductee: Walt Wagner, Class of 1961
That’s music to our ears! On Oct. 16, 2013, Walt Wagner became the 2013-14 inductee into the Foster High School Alumni Hall of Fame. Mr. Wagner has performed all over the globe with musicians and celebrities including Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, George Burns, Lily Tomlin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart and Peggy Lee. In addition to his own TV special, “The Walt Wagner Show” aired worldwide, Mr. Wagner has been featured for two years at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and has composed and performed with The Seattle Orchestra, the Washington Wind Symphony, and many other big-band arrangements.