NOTABLE HELIX ALUMNI
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Helix Football Players That Went Pro
Player Position Teams From To
Jamar Taylor CB MIA,CLE,SEA,ARI,DEN 2013 2019
Levine Toilolo TE ATL,DET,SFO 2013 2019
Jalen Davis CB MIA 2018 2018
Alex Smith QB SFO,KAN,WAS 2005 2018
Reggie Bush RB NOR,MIA,DET,SFO,BUF 2006 2016
Todd Watkins WR OAK 2008 2009
Brandon Sanders DB NYG 1997 1999
Marc Raab C WAS,SDG 1993 1998
Chuck Cecil DB GNB,PHO,HOU 1988 1995
Leon White LB CIN,RAM 1986 1993
Casey Tiumalu RB RAM 1987 1987
Evan Arapostathis P STL 1986 1986
Ed White G-T MIN,SDG 1969 1985
Bruce Walton T-G-C DAL 1973 1975
Who are we missing?
Wilbert Olinde, 1973, basketball player
Jake Reed, 2011, baseball player
We have 6 Helix alumni players that appeared in Super Bowls, and a presentation in the Helix gymnasium was made of the Golden Footballs they earned from the NFL.
By Jenn Hull Osborn
Fun fact - the current Helix logo package was designed by alumni Jason Klein and Casey White.
They also designed the cute ones in kilts several years back, and the actual mascot costume in the late '90s (it was Jason's Senior Project). Jason and Casey founded Plan B Branding, now known as Brandiose. They have designed logo packages for many, many minor league baseball teams, as well as the Cincinnati Reds, the NBA All Star game, and more. Helix now has a copyrighted logo package with an official font, mascot images, etc. It is used by everyone on campus. Also, if you see this logo on items being sold outside the school, it must have the NFHS seal, or it is in violation of the copyright and you should let them know there could be legal action!
Look at What Our Scotties Have Been Up To
Class of 1965 What a musical influence!
Eugene Migliaro Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. As director of wind studies he guides all aspects of the program, including the masters and doctoral degrees in wind conducting.
Class of 1982
Lalo is an American cartoonist most known for being the author of the comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip. Launched in 2002, La Cucaracha has become one of the most controversial in the history of American comic strips.
Class of 2003
He was All American twice in college and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Other teams he played for are the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills. He was also a track star while at Helix. He currently serves as a college analyst on Fox Sports
Kerry Michael Chater
Class of 1964 Musician
This Canadian landed at Helix High School and is noted as a songwriter, bassist, and being a member of The Union Gap. He's had songs covered by Alabama, George Strait, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. He lives in Nashville with his writer wife. He stayed with Gary Puckett and TUG from 1966-1970.
Class of 1954 Actor, Writer and Artist
A graduate of Helix High, he was a well-known actor, and Academy Award nominee as well as a prolific photographer, sculptor, and artist. The internationally-known actor and director was famous for performances in film classics ("Easy Rider" and "Apocalypse Now") and blockbusters ("Speed"), as well as notorious flops ("Waterworld" and "Super Mario Bros.").
Class of 1979 Editor
The associate editor of the Sacramento Bee newspaper won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, in honor of "his deeply researched editorials on reclaiming California's flooded Hetch Hetchy Valley that stirred action."
Class of 1986
The anchor for the weekday edition of CNN Newsroom was named Reporter of the Year by the Associated Press in 1997. She has also won four Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting.
Class of 1967
Cathy is a true crime author, national award-winning journalist, public speaker and presenter of writers' workshops. One of her major assignments was to cover Hurricane Katrina and the largest animal rescue in history. (See our authors section) She is best known for penning the Killing of Tupac Shakur.
Cordelia Scott Mendoza
Class of 1967
Cordelia Mendoza, antiques expert and appraiser, is at Cottage Antiques, a pioneer in establishing the antiques district in Ocean Beach. Cordelia Mendoza chairs the Design Committee, is a OBMA board member, participates in other committees and she is always involved in community projects, being known as a philanthropist.
James D. Sinegal
Class of 1954 Co-Founder and CEO of Costco
Prior to Costco, Mr. Sinegal was a vice president of Builders Emporium and also the Price Company. He is a graduate of Helix High School.
Class of 2002 NFL Quarterback
Alex is a Helix High School graduate who was first overall draft pick and a Heisman Trophy finalist. He started in the NFL as the first round draft pick quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Alex is now the quarterback for Kansas City Chiefs and has come back from a devastating leg injury in 2018 after 17 surgeries.
Helix Alumnus Nitya Timalsina, UC San Diego graduate and president and founder of One Step Projects, a nonprofit dedicated to improving living conditions locally and worldwide, was recognized as The San Diego Foundation’s 25 and Under! Future of Service award. Timalsina did tremendous work in Nepal helping earthquake victims and recently was featured on “KUSI News” as part of the award.
Class of 1970 NBA Champion Player / Sports Announcer
Bill led Helix High School basketball team to 134 consecutive victories, led UCLA to two NCAA championships, and was an NBA “most valuable player.” He played for the Portland Trailblazers, San Diego Clippers, and Boston Celtics. Bill is known as a "Deadhead" for being a devotee of The Grateful Dead, is a philanthropist and currently an announcer for ESPN College basketball.
Carol Ann Chaplin
Class of 1956
In the late 1950s and early 1960s and again in the early 1970s, Carol was a renowned long-distance swimmer. She swam in the U.S., Mexico, Italy and Turkey. She was honored by the U.S. Embassy in Turkey for swimming the Dardanelles and breaking the swimming record on the Bosporus. She was given the key to the city and a parade in El Cajon for her record-setting swim from the South Coronado Island, Mexico, to Point Loma, Calif. Carol was also elected to the San Diego Hall of Champions. One of her greatest accomplishments was being a teacher.