Former Mark Keppel, Century High principal David Weakley dies

David Hugh Weakley: a life of service. 1930-2019



There are many Alhambrans who exemplify service and giving back to the community. Such a man was David Weakley. Mr. Weakley died Nov. 7.

Mr. Weakley was raised in the Imperial Valley, where his father served as superintendent of schools in the City of El Centro. Taking odd jobs in the local fields, young David labored alongside migrant workers and picked up Spanish language skills that served him all his life.

He was drafted for a two-year stint in the Army (1953-1955), and in that short time he earned two field promotions. After leaving the Army, he got serious about his education, earning two master’s degrees from San Diego State and his Ph.D from Stanford. He then began a 35-year career in teaching while living in Salinas.

In 1973, Mr. Weakley came to Alhambra as the principal of Mark Keppel High School until 1976 and then served as principal of Century High School from 1976 to 1990. He was active in California school accreditation teams and school administration organizations.

He had been active in Rotary International since 1961 and continued his involvement in the Alhambra Rotary Club. He sponsored the first woman Rotarian in Alhambra and was gratified when his wife Anita joined Rotary with him. In 1997, he was named Rotarian of the Year for his active involvement in fund raising and membership committees.

Mr. Weakley indulged in his passion for singing, joining Barbershop Quartet groups wherever he lived. When in 2005 he moved to Port Ludlow, Washington, to retire he found and joined a quartet there.


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