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Honoring a Legend

March 25, 2024

By Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CA—Ray McMullen’s impact is now forever imprinted in Walnut Valley Unified School District history.

The District Education Center pathway between Lemon and Glenwick Avenues has officially been designated as “Ray McMullen Way.”

On March 20, District officials unveiled a new street sign and dedication plaque while paying tribute to the beloved retired administrator for over 70 years of unwavering dedication to students staff, and schools.

Ray, I can confidently say that our school district, our community, and thousands of people, including all of us here today, have been blessed by having you in our lives,” lauded Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.

“Thank you for all you have done and congratulations!”

In addition, Ray’s late wife Nancy was recognized for designing the Walnut tree logo in 1968 that is still proudly being used today.

Friends, family, colleagues, alumni, community members, and local officials gathered to mark the special occasion.

Ray, who is now 91-years-old, has faithfully served in Walnut Valley USD since 1954.

He is a friend, colleague, exemplary leader, mentor, historian, and volunteer.

“Ray, this event today is just a small token of appreciation for all the years you have dedicated to the Walnut Valley USD and our community,” shared Board of Trustees President Helen Hall.

“He has mentored teachers and administrators throughout many, many districts and continues to do so,” added Personnel Commission Chairperson Michael Cobarrubias.

“Ray always puts ‘Kids First’ and has based all of his decisions on doing what’s right for kids,” praised retired Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hogg.

“Ray models what is the very best of human kind and he has blessed Walnut Valley and all of us with his years of vision and kindness!”

Ray took to the podium and recalled when his long tenure with the District began.

“Nancy and I could have never dreamed that night more than 70 years ago when I drove out to this remote edge of Los Angeles County and met with (Superintendent) Cy Morris and three board members to be interviewed for a teaching job,” he said.

“Little did we realize this would became such a central part of our lives.”  

Ray was first hired to teach an 8th grade class at Suzanne Middle School in the rural K-8 Walnut School District where he also drove the school bus.

As he moved into administration, Ray was selected as the school’s first principal and later served simultaneously as director of classified personnel and assistant superintendent in Human Resources.

“It has been and still is a great journey and I’m humbled, so very humbled, and thankful for today,” he added.


Walnut Valley USD celebrates the dedication of Ray McMullen Way on March 20.