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World War II Vet Presented APS Diploma

Dennis J. Baca left Albuquerque High in 1944 to serve in WWII

June 19, 2014

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education and Supt. Winston Brooks presented a diploma to a World War II veteran who left Albuquerque High School to serve his country before he completed his education in 1944.

An Army veteran, 89-year-old Dennis J. Baca of Albuquerque was presented his diploma during ceremonies as part of the regular APS Board of Education meeting Wednesday night

Current Albuquerque High School Principal Tim McCorkle and APS Board of Education President Dr. Analee Maestas awarded the diploma to Baca, who was dressed in a cap and gown.

Maestas & Baca

Maestas thanked Baca for his service to the country. “We appreciate all you have done and are happy that you came back to get your diploma,” she said.

Supt. Winston Brooks noted that this is the seventh veterans’ diploma ceremony that the school district has held since the N.M. Legislature allowed school districts to present veterans with diplomas starting in 2005.

Superintendent Brooks and Veteran Dennis Baca

“This man and his family are such good role models for students and all of us today because they believe that education is important enough to come back all these years later to receive their high school diploma,” Brooks said.

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