Salcido, former schools official, honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But his time at Griffith Middle School was never forgotten, teachers and administrators said. “There was a tree he used to sit under outside the office,” said Mary Gonzales, administrative assistant. At first, officials toyed with the idea of naming the tree in Salcido’s honor, “but we decided the library would be nicer,” she added. So on Thursday, a student mariachi band that Salcido established at the school during his tenure there played his favorite song, “El Rey,” Principal Joseph Caldera gave a short speech, and teachers screened a 1993 video of Salcido’s birthday party in the school’s cafeteria. His relatives got to see a plaque with his name and picture, which eventually will be displayed inside the library. EAST LOS ANGELES – During the 12 years Raul Salcido was principal of Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles, he visited a different classroom each morning and read to students. So it seemed apt that school officials would rename the middle school’s library in honor of Salcido, who died in August of last year. “He encouraged reading, he was instrumental in bringing lots of books into the library,” Yolanda Aguerrebere, a former assistant principal at Griffith, said Thursday as officials formally dedicated the Raul P. Salcido library. Salcido, 69, who was an El Rancho Unified School District board member when he died, worked at Griffith from 1991 to 2003. He had served on the school board for 30 years. “It makes us feel very proud,” said Mary Helen Salcido Torres, his sister. Salcido was born in East Los Angeles, one of 11 children.After graduating from Garfield High School in 1955, he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts technology and a master’s degree in education instruction from Cal State Los Angeles. He worked for many years as a teacher and administrator with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He retired from Griffith Middle School in 2003, his last job. “We are lucky to have worked with this funny and caring man, who did so much for the students, parents and staff at the school,” said Gonzales. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more