Fay, Mixon, Tijerina Chosen for SHHS Alumni Hall of Honor Induction

Fay, Mixon, Tijerina Chosen for SHHS Alumni Hall of Honor Induction
Posted on 08/30/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Fay, Mixon, Tijerina Chosen for SHHS Alumni Hall of Honor InductionInductee Bob Fay as Hector
The late Bob Fay, dressed as Hector, at the opening of the Hall of History in 2015. (Inset) Fay as a Navy officer in the 1960s.
Three new inductees
New SHHS Alumni Hall of Honor inductees are: the late Bob Fay, Bart Mixon and Robert Tijerina. Mixon photo courtesy of John Calpin.
Three lives, three distinctly different journeys.

One went to sea, one took to the air and one mined his imagination to become one of Hollywood’s most utilized creative talents.

Those three South Houston High alumni – the late Bob Fay, Class of 1959; Bart Mixon, Class of 1976; and Robert Tijerina, Class of 1986 – have been selected for induction in the school’s Hall of Honor, the school announced on Wednesday.

The three will be inducted in a campus Homecoming ceremony on Oct. 6, set to coincide with South Houston’s 60th anniversary celebration. Two new Teacher Hall of Honor inductees – Gerardo Espinoza and Jerry Gullick – will also be honored, both posthumously.

All five new inductees will be recognized again before the Trojans’ Homecoming Game on Oct. 7 against La Porte at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The new alumni inductees are:

BOB FAY / Class of 1959

Fay is best remembered as the school’s first Trojan mascot. A member of the school’s first graduating class, he served as a sort of Hector emeritus in recent years, appearing at Homecoming events in full Trojan regalia.

In 2015, Fay cut the ribbon at the opening of the school’s Hall of History, a campus museum dedicated to preserving the educational and social history of South Houston and its feeder communities. Less than a month after the opening, Fay died of a heart attack.

Fay was also a retired naval officer and licensed boat captain. He joined the navy immediately after high school and, after four years of service, received a scholarship to the University of Texas. He graduated, received an officer’s commission and joined the submarine service, rising to the rank of lieutenant.

Fay left the navy in 1970 to become a licensed ship master, the start of a long career in maritime service. He later worked offshore in oil and gas before retiring in 2008.

He played a key role in the founding of the South Houston Alumni Association in 2011 and helped launch the revival of Homecoming, and other related alumni activities, at the school. He served on the board of the alumni association from its inception.

For his service to the school, Fay was posthumously honored last fall as recipient of the David Ainsworth Alumni Spirit Award by the alumni association. A plaque was also placed at the entrance to the Hall of History honoring Fay and commemorating his role in the ribbon-cutting.

Alumni still regard him SHHS’s premier ambassador of good will, a true Trojan known across six decades of graduates.

BART MIXON / Class of 1976

Mixon’s face may be unfamiliar to movie-goers, but the faces he creates are well known. A makeup and special effects artist, Mixon has contributed to dozens of well-known movie and TV projects in the horror and science fiction genres.

Three times he has been nominated (along with his makeup team) for Primetime Emmy Awards – in 2010, for two different projects; and again last year for the TV series “American Horror Story.” He and his team won the 2010 Emmy for their work on the “Grey’s Anatomy” series. His other 2010 Emmy nomination was for the series “Nip/Tuck.”

Among his other projects: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black II,” “The Ring,” “The Ring Two,” Hellboy,” “X-Men 3” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2.”

In 1994, Mixon co-founded the make-up effects studio Mixon and Ellis FX. The firm produced creatures and make-up effects for films such as “Men in Black,” “The Beast,” “Fargo” and “Rushmore.”

His earliest projects included make-up work for “A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 2,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and “Robocop” – all Texas-based productions.

Mixon moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and was soon supervising make-up effects and creature development for various films, including Stephen King’s “It.” He also served as shop foreman for several well-known make-up and special effect labs.

His twin brother Brett, also Class of 1976, also works in Los Angeles as a special effects artist and an expert in post-production animation.

Bart’s father, Tom Mixon, a well-known figure around the City of South Houston, maintains a city museum at 506 Virginia in South Houston. Bart has many of his movie “creations” on display in the museum.

ROBERT TIJERINA / Class of 1986

A highly successful entrepreneur in two diverse fields, Tijerina is regarded as one of the outstanding Hispanic businessmen in Houston. He

He serves as president and owner of Priority 1 Aviation, a Houston-based company that leases and resells luxury corporate jets. His client list includes many famous people, from rock stars to astronauts.

Tijerina began his career as a flight planner for Universal Weather & Aviation. In 1991, he moved into private aircraft sales, launching his new business from his bedroom. He soon developed a reputation as one of the top private aircraft brokers in the world.

That success led to a second career far removed from the first.

In 2012, he partnered with friend and client Sergio Maccise to launch Titanium Tequila, a 100 percent blue agave blend produced in the highlands regions of Jalisco, Mexico. The brand, rated Tier 1 by proof66.com, won consecutive awards in2014 and 2015 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

To handle distribution, Tijerina founded Houston-based Premium Spirits. A recent national distribution deal expanded sales of Titanium Tequila into six states. It is considered the fastest growing tequila brand in Texas.

In 2015, Tijerina was named Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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The three inductees will bring the total number of honored alumni at South Houston to 82. The Alumni Hall of Honor was established in 2011. The Teacher Hall of Honor was launched two years later.

The two new additions to the Teacher Hall of Honor were announced in June. Espinoza coached track and taught Spanish at South Houston from 1978 to 2002. Gullick taught math from 2003 until his death in 2012.

The Oct. 6 campus induction event will cap Homecoming and 60th Anniversary festivities slated to begin at 3 p.m. with free food and tours of the school available to the public. The induction reception will start at 5 p.m.

The South Houston Alumni Association will host a 60th Anniversary All-Class Bash on Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Marriott Hobby Airport.

Tickets for the bash are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Advance tickets will be sold at the high school on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tickets can also be purchased by check, payable to the South Houston HS Alumni Association. Tickets ordered by mail will be held at a will call table the night of the party. Checks should be mailed to Coe Ann McBee, the association’s treasurer, at 10702 Nicoles Place Trail, Houston, 77089.

Entertainment will be provided by the band “Ricky Business,” featuring Laura Magers, Class of 1986, on keyboards and vocals. A buffet meal will be served.

South Houston’s Homecoming Game is set for Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. against La Porte. New Hall of Honor inductees will be honored on the field at 12:30 p.m.