Riverside, CA— February 13 2020 — Bud Luppino of Bud’s Tire Pros is a proud sponsor of the Hero of the Night where a veteran is recognized at every California Baptist University (CBU) home men’s basketball game this season. The game starts at 7:00 pm tonight at the CBU Events Center.
John Corona grew up in Rancho Cucamonga and attended Alta Loma High School where he was a three-sport athlete; editor of the school paper and Senior class president. He majored in journalism/mass communications at Northern Arizona University and in the Fall of 1979, began his teaching career at Arlington High School and Riverside Unified School District. After 21 years in various leadership and coaching roles at AHS, John moved onto Martin Luther King High School. Ultimately, John spent 40 years teaching and coaching in RUSD until his retirement in May, 2019.
In addition to his teaching duties, John was the head basketball coach at Arlington for 8 years and served as the Lions Track and Field coach for 10 years. He has been the Head Track coach at ML King for the past 17 years in which he has helped build one of the most successful programs in the Inland Empire. He has been recognized as a State CIF Model Coach of the Year; a CIF -Southern Section “Champion of Character” and has named to be on the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame’s Wall of Distinction.
However, according to John, nothing has meant more in his career than the development of King High School Remembers, a Military Veterans Oral History Project that is entering its 20th year of existence. Starting in 2001 with about 28 veterans and 75 students, King High Remembers now annually encompasses some 700 11th grade U.S. History students and 300 veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and our current conflicts in the Middle East. These veterans sit down with students and share their life stories, especially their time ln the military, and give their young interviewers a view of “living history.” Over the years, the project with the aid of over 1500 veterans, has been part of the history education of approximately 12,000 students. “We are extremely proud of the fact that we have brought so many students face to face with history, “says John, “and equally proud that we have brought these veterans face to face with the future they served for.”
The project has been recognized at the local, state and national level and secondary schools from all over the country, in particular the lnland Empire, are replicating the program. John has been named State Teacher of the Year by the California Council for the Social Studies; the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2019, King High Remembers was featured on the CBS Evening News national broadcast.
Despite retirement from the classroom, John remains active with his work with KHSR and with coaching track at King High along with numerous other projects. He and his wife Nanette, also an educator, have been married for 32 years. They have 3 sons; Michael, David and Andrew who is a Cal Baptist graduate.
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