Twice-Told Tales: School unifier to retire
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2002

Keith Larick, superintendent of the Tracy Unified School District for the past eight years, has announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Larick engineered the unification of the Tracy High and Tracy Elementary school districts in 1996.

Sales in the Tracy Auto Plaza were healthy during 2001, local dealers have reported.

Steve Viado has called it quits after serving as a coach for the Tracy Raiders youth football teams for 25 years.

Tracy Police Department’s motorcycle officers are now patrolling on new Harley-Davidson Dyna Defender models.

Linne Estates, a 70-unit subdivision south of Tracy at Chrisman and Linne roads, is up for a zoning-change approval before the county board of supervisors. Dave Olmstead is the developer.

Ken Yasui, a former farmer and now managing partner of Vernalis Warehouse, has been named Tracy’s Agribusiness Person of the Year.

Obinna Duru nailed six 3-pointers to lead the West High Wolf Pack to a 71-46 win over Oakdale.



25 years ago — 1987

Paula Weeks, 32, has been named food-services director for Tracy Public Schools. She earned a degree in dietetics and food administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Members of the City Council are wrestling with demands from some Tracyites to ban the parking of recreational vehicles in home driveways.

Plans for Tracy’s first California Dry Bean Festival are moving ahead following a meeting of festival organizers and Tracy civic leaders. The inaugural bean fest, scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23, is expected to draw between 10,000 and 30,000 people.

Only 88 building permits for single-family homes were issued by the city in 1986, but residential development is expected to pick up in 1987, with building in the new Residential Specific Plan.

Steve Quilici, a former Tracy High Bulldog standout who has been playing cornerback for the Delta College Mustangs, has won a football scholarship to the University of Montana.



50 years ago — 1962

A new San Joaquin County Master Plan envisions a new community west of Tracy. County plans call the new town “Midway City.”

Trustees of the Tracy High and Tracy Elementary school districts have developed plans to hire a joint superintendent to administer both districts.

San Joaquin County has proposed buying city-owned property in Wainwright Village for a court building.

After a slow start, the Tracy High Bulldogs downed Atwater, 49-27, in Valley Oak League basketball action. John Duncan had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Mary Hawley, legendary mathematics teacher at Tracy High, has announced she will retire at the end of the school year after 43 years in education.



75 years ago — 1937

Aage Tugel, deputy county agricultural commissioner, has been elected president of the Tracy Wildlife Association.

The city of Tracy issued building permits valued at $86,098 in 1936, a major increase over the 1935 total of $33,221.

Frank Vellis, owner of Tracy Grocery, has been re-elected president of the Stockton Chapter, Order of Ahepa, a Greek heritage organization.



100 years ago — 1912

Plans have been announced to build 12 new homes in the West Park subdivision (west of Windeler Avenue).

Local officers gave 35 transient “floaters” warnings to get out of town or be arrested for vagrancy. The police action followed a string of burglaries.

“Mother” Jones, a celebrated union activist, spoke on labor issues at the Arlington Theater.

— Tracy Press archives
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