Poway High School and the  Poway High School Alumni Association are proud to announce the 2014 selections for the Titan Hall of Fame.

The five alumni selected are:

David Goeddel

Paul J. Hering

Philip A. Plantier

William (Bill) D. Toone

Mark Sanchez

The newest members of the Titan Hall of Fame will be honored at a dinner celebration to be held in their honor on May 31, 2014 at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo at 5:30 p.m. The dinner celebration is open to the public. For more information on the Hall of Fame and to purchase tickets, visit www.powayhighfoundation.org.

The purpose of the Titan Hall of Fame is to recognize and celebrate Poway High School graduates who exemplify the mission, goals, and values of the school and who have made significant contributions and achievements in academics, business, the arts, community service, public service, science, or athletics.

Below is a description of the accomplishments of each of this years’ Hall of Fame inductees.

David Goeddel (Poway High Class of 1969) is recognized for his contributions in the field of science and business.  He is a pioneer of the biotechnology industry who successfully used genetic engineering for use in therapeutic medicine. Mister Goeddel became legendary in the biotechnology and molecular biology fields as he created and developed virtually all of Genentech’s early products and processes. He successfully coaxed bacteria into creating synthetic human insulin, human growth hormone, and human Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) for use in therapeutic medicine.  He was the primary contributor to Genentech’s rise to one of the nation’s premier biotech companies.In 1991, he co-founded Tularik and was their president and CEO until Tularik was acquired by Amgen in 2004.
Mr. Goeddel earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a recipient of the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry and the Scheele Award from the Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Paul J. Hering (Poway High Class of 1979) is recognized for his contributions in the field of business and community service.  He is an insurance industry innovator and a San Diego civic leader. For over 10 years, he has served as the CEO of Barney & Barney Insurance Brokerage and now as CEO of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, Western Region (MMA).  During his tenure as CEO, he has led a three-fold increase in revenue as well as employee growth.  He joined Barney & Barney in 1985 and has helped the firm become one of the most successful business insurance brokerages in the country with annual revenues over $100 Million and more than 500 employees.  In addition, Mr Hering has dedicated a large portion of his professional life to improve the lives of others.  In 2009 he created the Barney & Barney Foundation to mark the firm’s Centennial Anniversary and in the 5 years since the Barney & Barney Foundation has contributed over $1,000,000 to local charities.  He serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, he is Foundation Board Chairman and a member of the Hospital Board for Rady Children’s Hospital, he is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the San Diego Symphony, and he is on the Campaign Cabinet for the new Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute.  He has recently joined the board of directors for California Bank & Trust.


Phillip Alan Plantier (PHS Class of 1987) is recognized for his achievements in athletics.  He is a former Major League Baseball player who played in the major leagues for eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.  He enjoyed his best season in 1993 with the Padres when he hit 34 home runs with 100 runs batted in. He finished his career with 91 home runs in the major leagues.

Upon completion of his playing career, Mr. Plantier studied full-time at Cal State San Marcos where he completed his degree in social science. Mr. Plantier volunteered eight years working with kids in various Poway youth sports and coached Point Loma Nazarene University baseball for three years. He returned to professional baseball as a coach, manager and coordinator since 2007 and is currently the hitting coach for the San Diego Padres.


Mark Sanchez (PHS Class of 1973) is recognized for his achievements in public service. He has served over forty years in the Poway Fire Department, including the last twenty as the Director of Safety Services for Fire and Law Enforcement.


William D. (Bill) Toone (PHS Class of 1973) is recognized for his achievements in public service and science. Starting his career as a wildlife biologist with the San Diego Zoo, Mr. Toone studied the endangered California condor and the causes of its decline. That work grew into the California Condor Recovery Program, a conservation program of world renown. Mr. Toone soon became the face of the conservation programs and was featured in newspapers and magazines, sitting next to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, and filming wildlife documentaries in the Costa Rican rainforests with Olivia Newton-John. During his thirty-six years with the San Diego Zoo, Mr. Toone served as the Curator of Birds and the Director of Applied Conservation for the San Diego Zoological Society.

In 2008, he created ECOLIFE Conservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to a world in which humans and nature live harmoniously. Mister Toone and ECOLIFE build stoves in remote villages which improve the lives of families and reduce tree cutting for fuel. They install water harvesting systems, and create programs to help people feed themselves healthy food, rather than plants and animals poached from the forests.

ECOLIFE’s core mission is to provide ecologically sustainable water, food, and shelter to communities through education applied programs. ECOLIFE solves natural resource issues using science, education, and strategic partnerships. Through applied programs, ECOLIFE provides immediate access to clean water, food, and shelter. Through conservation education, ECOLIFE teaches about understandable connections to the natural systems supplying these essential needs. Ultimately, their activities provide communities with measurable health benefits, greater economic stability, and higher standards of living.

Mr. Toone continues to work and study in such places as Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. And his stories delight and thrill audiences. His presentations provide insight into our natural world and hope for a planet in which humans, plants and animals can provide mutual assurance of wellness and security.