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Fredda S. Blackman Bryan, was a former student of Jefferson Junior High and a graduate of El Camino High School Class of 1983, Fredda Blackman, as she was known then, went on to achieve great heights not only in her military career by becoming one of the first African American Women Air Traffic Controllers in the U.S. Navy.  Senior Chief Petty Officer Fredda S. Blackman Bryan served with distinction for 22 years and retired honorably in 2007.


In 2010 Fredda received a B.S. Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Thereafter Fredda went to work with the American Cancer Society where she gained many honors and accolades for her tireless work with the organization, focusing on increasing awareness in the African American community.  Fredda raised millions of dollars in grants and funding for the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, (her home after retirement).  In 2012 Fredda helped then Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell sign cancer related bills into legislation.  A short time later Fredda was honored with a community service award by BET, the entertainment giant, for her work in the African American community regarding cancer awareness. In 2013 Fredda was selected to represent Virginia at the National Jefferson Awards presentation of the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Award.

Upon her passing on June 1, 2017, Fredda's family received letters of appreciation for her service in the U.S. Navy as well as her work with the American Cancer Society, from such notable individuals;  Congressman Bobby Scott, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and former running mate of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential campaign, the Commonwealth of  Virgina Governor Terence McAuliffe and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam.

In recognition of Ms. Bryan's service the "Fredda Bryan Foundation" has been established in the Hampton Roads community and the American Cancer Society has honored her with the "Fredda Bryan" Diversity Award, named in her honor.  The city of Oceanside has given a proclamation naming September 30th 2017 as
 "Fredda S. Blackman Bryan" Day
A Proclamation Recognition Celebration is scheduled that day at El Corazon Senior Center in Oceanside from 7 - 10pm.

 

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Class of 1988 Reunion

El Camino High School Class of 1988

Please join us on

 

July 6-8, 2018

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While venue details are still being finalized, those dates are set. 

 

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