Steve Anderson – Coach Steve Anderson began building Canyon High School’s Women’s Aquatic program in 1979. During his career he has coached more than 4,000 girls, has produced a 2 time Olympic gold medalist and 40 college aquatic athletes. In the past 38 years Coach Anderson has lead his swim teams to 664 wins, claiming 32 aquatic league titles. Coach Anderson has also coached multiples seasons of boy’s Water Polo, Swimming & Football and has “coached’ in the classroom, teacher Physical Education, Computer Applications and Accounting. Coach Anderson is among the winningest aquatic coaches in Orange County.
Nancy Clark – Nancy Clark was one of the first faculty members at Canyon High School. She taught American Government/US History and was the Activities Director for more than 12 years. Clark also ran the Laureate Awards and was the Faculty Club Leader for multiple years. She was the lead anchor and producer of the Canyon morning news show from its inception in the late 1990’s until her retirement in 2004. Clark was popular and well respected by her students and colleagues. She played an integral part in Canyon High School’s first 30 years. She is known for her favorite catchphrase, “If we are not having fun, I’m not going to play.”
Lou Joseph – Lou Joseph was the founding principal of Canyon High School. His dream became a reality as he laid the foundation and helped set Canyon’s traditions. Dr. Joseph was elevated to Area Superintendent for Orange Unified School District before leaving OUSD to become the Superintendent of Antelope Valley High School District. He retired in 1993 as Superintendent of South Pasadena Unified School District. Joseph founded and has remained a contributor to the Principal’s Scholarship Fund which has been providing financial support to graduating seniors annually since 1974. Lou Joseph is responsible for setting the foundation for who we are today.
Harold “Hi” Lavalle – Hi Lavalle grew up in Southern California, played collegiate baseball at the University of Notre Dame, and in 1973 became the first baseball coach in Canyon High School history. In 19 years his teams won 258 games and 5 League Championships. In 1984 LaValle’s team won the CIF championship and they were CIF finalists multiple years. He retired with a record of 453-331-17. Coach Lavalle was the 1984 CIF Coach of the Year, and the OC Register Coach of the Year in 1992. In 1996, Canyon High School’s baseball field was named “Hi Lavalle Field” and in 2003, his uniform number 18 was retired from the baseball program in honor of his contributions.
Harold Whitten – A Canyon High School faculty member for more than 20 years, Harold Witten has made countless impactful contributions to the CHS music program. Witten has served as Instrumental Music Instructor, Jazz Band Leader and Director of the Gold Warrior Regiment, which includes the Marching Band, Color Guard, Drum Line and Orchestra. Over the years his program has accumulated numerous awards at music festivals and marching band competitions around the country. In 2015 the CHS PTSA named Witten teacher of the year. Mr. Witten has influenced thousands of aspiring Comanche performers. Many of them have become professional musicians, composers and teachers.
Nina Lindenberg – A 1994 Canyon graduate, Nina Lindenberg is among the top female athletes in Comanche history. Lindenberg was the starting shortstop & hit over .400 during each of her 4 years at Canyon. She received numerous Country & CIF honors before heading off to college where she hit the most historic home run in Fresno State softball history; the game winning run as the Bulldogs won the 1998 National Championship. Lindenberg was named NCAA All-American and was on the College World Series All-Tournament Team twice. She was also a member of several USA National Softball teams that won 6 gold medals in various competitions around the world.
Eden Espinosa – Best known for her role as Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked, she has also appeared in several prominent television and theater productions around the world.
Doug Neely – Was the 1983 Orange County and CIF Men’s Soccer Player of the Year while at Canyon. Following his collegiate playing career, he was drafted by the New England Revolution and played professionally for 15 years.