First, and foremost, Dennis King is known to family, friends and the community as a devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather. Tonight, we honor and recognize his long standing support and dedication to public education, and specifically his years of service and activism on behalf of students throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.
Dennis and his wife, Patti, moved to Santa Clarita in 1976. Within a few years, when their children’s school was in danger of being shut down due to low enrollment, they found themselves involved in leading a successful campaign to help save the school. It wasn’t long before he was asked to run for a seat on the William S. Hart School Board. Elected for the first time in 1985, Dennis served for over 20 years.
“It has always been my belief that what makes America so exceptional is that it combines freedom for everyone with education for all.” Dennis has long believed that America is the greatest civilization in history because it allows everyone, not just the privileged class, the opportunity to grow, progress, and eventually contribute to society by offering education to its entire people. It is this faith in public education that has motivated Dennis to be the visionary champion for schools that we honor tonight.
Dedicated to the American ideal of education for all, Dennis has always wanted to see more opportunities for alternative methods of education. For this reason he was thrilled when Amber Raskin presented her charter to the Hart School Board and was anxious to support her. Today SCVi serves hundreds of families, including some of the Kings’ 14 grandchildren, and Dennis continues to be one of SCVi’s greatest supporters.
Whether coaching AYSO, Little League, leading the Boy Scouts as a Scout Master, or in his dedicated service to his church, Dennis has been seeking avenues for enriching the lives of children in Santa Clarita for 35 years. He firmly believes that public schools are here to serve families and has worked hard to keep that focus on the school board.
Dennis has seen all six of his children graduate from schools in the Hart district. He is the managing partner of King, King, Alleman and Jensen Accounting Corp in Burbank, CA.