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1982 - Vic Morrow & two child actors killed in helicopter crash at Indian Dunes during filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" [story]
Twilight Zone Movie

The SCV Education Foundation is proud to announce that Clyde Smyth and Dr. Marc Winger will be inducted into the Education Hall of Fame in recognition of their leadership and support of education in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Winger and Smyth join past honorees Jim Backer, Donna Avila and Tom Lee.

Smyth served in the army during the Korean Conflict, received a doctorate in Education from BYU, and worked in the Pasadena School district in the ’50s and ’60s, before becoming principal of Placerita Junior High in 1969.

clyde smyth, hall of fame

Clyde Smyth

In 1974, he took the helm as Superintendent of the Hart School District, a position he held for 18 years. During his 37 years in the community, Clyde Smyth was active in SCV Rotary, the Boys Scouts of America and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He chaired the Heath Care Association and was president of the SCV Boys & Girls Club’s Board.

Among Dr. Smyth’s most notable achievements was being elected to the Santa Clarita City Council in the mid-1990s, serving as the city’s mayor in 1997. Smyth passed away in 2012. His award will be accepted by his son Cameron and wife Sue.

Marc Winger served as an elementary school teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in Newhall, Burbank, and Sulphur Springs school districts. He was appointed the superintendent of the Newhall School District in July 1997 and he retired in 2015, after 18 years as superintendent.

Dr. Marc Winger -- hall of fame

Dr. Marc Winger

Since his retirement Winger has served as Superintendent in Residence with Capitol Advisors. He has served as an interim superintendent as well as trained and coached new superintendents and administrators. He currently serves on the board of the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center, a community mental health agency.

Winger graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA degree in history, received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Both gentlemen will be recognized at the 27th Annual Principal for a Day event on Wednesday, November 6.

Those interested in helping honor and congratulate Smyth and Winger are encouraged to attend the breakfast and/or write a tribute in their honor. Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Centre, 20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita 91350.

In addition, spots are still open for those wanting to be a Partner in Education at Principal for a Day.

Following the breakfast honoring Smyth and Winger, Partners will have an up-close-and-personal visit at the school of their choice from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast tickets, tribute opportunities and “Principal for a Day” information can be found here.

Jim, Cameron Smyth, Sue

Jim Backer (left), SCVEF Board President, presents Hall of Fame award to Clyde Smyth’s son, Cameron and wife, Sue (right).

Marc and Alexis

Alexis Yannich, SCVEF Board Member presents Hall of Fame award to Dr. Marc Winger.

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