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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

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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.

Helix Logos
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


Eugene Corporon

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. 

Martin Niwinski

Class of 2000   Check out what he's been up to!

How Aquaponics, A.K.A. Fish Poop, Can Grow Food Using Less Water And Land

Aquaponics is helping farmers figure out how to feed a

world population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. 


Roland Slade

Class of 1977

In historic election, SBC Executive Committee elects first African American chair June, 2020

Check out the new appointment of Rolland Slade

Lalo Alcaraz

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.

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Reggie Bush

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. 


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Robert Owen Turnbull

Class of 1954, Actor

Bob was a fellow classmate of Dennis Hopper and was also an actor. While at Helix he loved the jitterbug, listening to jazz, and ran track. He was on Student Council and planned to go into Theatrical work. He was in TV series like My 3 Sons, Hawaii Five-O, Columbo, and Quantum Leap. He was in movies such as Tora, Tora, Tora, The Millionaire, Sudden Death.

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Dennis Hopper

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.").

Tom Philp

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."

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Kyra Phillips

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.

Cathy Scott

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. 

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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.

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Alex Smith

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. 

Nitya Timalsina


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. 

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Bill Walton

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.

Bruce Walton

Class of 1969   NFL Offensive Lineman

Bruce also attended Helix High School and then went on to play college football for the UCLA Bruins. In 1973, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and played three seasons. 

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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.

Dan Sleet

Class of 1957   Jazz Musician

A talented American jazz trumpeter with a high standard, he played in the San Diego Symphony as a teenager, then went on to play jazz professionally.

Dianne S Mueller (Jacob)

Class of 1957

Dianne Jacob says good-bye to public life after 28 years as county supervisor

The county's longest serving supervisor retires with a legacy of advancing public safety, aiding the region's aging population and leadership

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