SAN JACINTO ALUMNI GAZETTE
Inductee Bios JERRY FREEMAN - CLASS OF 1952
This 1952 graduate of San Jacinto High School has the distinction of starting on the undefeated Tiger football team of 1949, an accomplishment he is most proud. Jerry Freeman played football for four years at SJHS, basketball each year except for his sophomore year and one year of track. Football was his main focus and his efforts on the gridiron can be said to be tops in the annuls of the San Jacinto sport. Jerry played the position of guard, playing both offense and defense, rarely spending much time on the sidelines. He is a three year varsity letter winner and served as the team co-captain his senior year. He was selected to the Riverside County All League First Team as a Senior and was honored by the Helms Foundation as a recipient of All CIF honors in the same year. Jerry went on to star for another Tiger team, the Riverside City College Tigers. He played two seasons for RCC garnering Most Valuable Player honors along with being named to second team on the All Southern California eleven, a mythical setup honoring the cream of the crop of the various junior college teams covering the southern portion of the state. Jerry returned to San Jacinto after RCC where he owned and operated a service station at the corner of 5th and San Jacinto for several years before moving to Oregon. He again returned to the Valley and was employed by EMWD. Upon retirement, he couldn’t stay idol so he operated a mobile retail store traveling to Lake Hemet for the weekends to sell his wares. He eventually opened a small western retail store in Farmers Corner and was quite successful until he finally decided to hang up his license and settle into retirement.
JOHN HENRY RUIZ - CLASS OF 1971 “JOHNNY BOY”
Pound for pound John Henry Ruiz was one of the greatest athletes in San Jacinto’s history. “Johnny Boy” played football basketball and baseball all four years of high school. John might also be San Jacinto’s most talented musician. He started with playing the accordion at school assemblies while in grade school which lead to him starting his own band while in high school. He still plays and entertains with his own band to this day. He has become a master of the organ over the years.. This lifelong resident of the San Jacinto Valley is a White Sweater recipient for his outstanding play at San Jacinto High School. He also served as Commissioner of Athletics in Student Government along with serving as Lettermen's Club President during his senior year. John played quarterback and defensive back in football playing J.V. his freshman and sophomore years then varsity the remaining two years. He was a starter in football his junior and senior years serving as Team Captain each of those years, garnering All De Anza League First Team recognition as a defensive back his senior year. “Johnny Boy” was a point guard in basketball playing at the J.V. level his first two year and then starting and earning First Team All De Anza League honors both his junior and senior years. Baseball was where he really stood out, leading his teams as a starter all four years in high school. His skills as a pitcher have been noted as some of the best that have ever stepped onto the mound for the Tigers horse hiders. “Johnny Boy” was recognized with All De Anza League honors his sophomore and junior years and received the Lions Club Most Valuable player recognition those same two years. Being a four year varsity letter winner in baseball allowed him to be a member of the Lettermen’s Club all four years of his high school career at SJHS.