The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor
legendary people who embody the state’s innovative spirit and
have made significant contributions to their fields. The program
is a landmark exhibition at the California Museum, serving to
inspire visitors to make stories of trailblazers, leaders and
legends who have called California home.
The California Hall of Fame celebrates inductees by:
Installing the inductees into the California Hall of Fame
institution in a formal state ceremony each year, at which
inductees (or their families, if a posthumous award) receive
the Spirit of California medal;
Making inductees and their accomplishments part of the
permanent record in the California State Archives;
Recording the unique stories and personal achievements of
inductees in an exhibit at The California Museum, serving as
the visual, encyclopedic record of the California Hall of
Fame, to which new inductees are added each year;
Highlighting the inspirational achievements of inductees
through a year-round education program designed to inspire
visitors to make their own mark on history.
When is the 12th Annual California Hall of Fame?
The 12th Annual California Hall of Fame induction ceremony will
take place on Tues., Dec. 4, 2018, at the California Museum,
located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. The 12th Annual
California Hall of Fame Artifact Exhibit will open on Wed.,
Dec. 5, 2018, at the Museum.
Who are the 12th class of inductees?
The California Hall of Fame 12th Class are: Joan
Baez; Arlene Blum; Belva
Davis; Thomas Keller; Ed
Lee; Nancy McFadden; Robert
Redford and Fernando Valenzuela.
How can I watch the 11th Annual California Hall of
Although bleachers were provided for members of the public to
view the red carpet at past years’ events, they will
not be available for the 12th Annual California
Hall of Fame.
Where is the California Hall of Fame located?
The California Hall of Fame is located at the California Museum,
located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento and one block from the
What are the criteria for induction?
The California Hall of Fame inductees come from all walks of life
and are people who have made distinguished achievements across
many fields, including the arts, education, business and labor,
science, sports, philanthropy and public service.
The criteria for selection to the California Hall of Fame
requires that inductees have transcended the boundaries of their
field to make lasting contributions to the state, nation and
world and that their extraordinary vision motivates and inspires
people to further their own dreams.
How are inductees selected?
The Governor and First Lady of California make final selections
on inductees from an ongoing master list of qualified candidates
meeting the criteria for induction.
Can I nominate a candidate?
Yes. The public is encouraged to submit California Hall of Fame
inductee nominations using the online form
Submissions meeting the required criteria are added to an
on-going master list from which the Governor and First Lady make
their final selections each year.
Who has been inducted?
11th class: Lucille Ball, Susan
Desmond-Hellmann, Mabel McKay, Mario J. Molina, Jim
Plunkett, Gary Snyder, Steven Spielberg, Michael Tillson Thomas
and Warren Winiarski.
10th class: Isabel Allende, Harrison Ford, Tony
Gwynn, Corita Kent, William J. Perry, Maria Shriver, Russ Solomon
and George Takei.
9th class: Robert Downey Jr, David Hockney,
Lester Holt, Bruce Lee, Ellen Ochoa, Buck Owens, Charles M.
Schulz and Kristi Yamaguchi.
8th class: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charlotta Bass,
Joan Didion, Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Ross, Stephen Schneider,
Mimi Silbert and Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine.
7th class: Gregory Bateson, Warren Beatty,
Charles and Ray Eames, Dolores Huerta, Ishi, Joe Montana and
6th class: Buzz Aldrin, The Beach Boys,
Elizabeth Blackburn, Gregory Boyle, Doris and Donald Fisher,
Magic Johnson, Ed Roberts, Carlos Santana, Amy Tan, and Roger
5th class: Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, James Cameron,
John Doerr, A. P. Giannini, Merle Haggard, Anne Lamott, George
Shultz, Kevin Starr, Levi Strauss, Barbra Streisand, Wayne
Thiebaud, Betty White, Serena Williams and Mark Zuckerberg.
4th class: Carol Burnett, Andrew Grove, Hiram
Johnson, Rafer Johnson, Henry J. Kaiser, Joan Kroc, George Lucas,
John Madden, Harvey Milk, Fritz Scholder, Danielle Steel, Joe
Weider and Chuck Yeager.
3rd class: Dave Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Theodor
“Dr. Seuss” Geisel, Robert Graham, Quincy Jones, Jack LaLanne,
Dorothea Lange, Julia Morgan, Jack Nicholson, Linus
Pauling, Leland Stanford and Alice Waters.
2nd class: Ansel Adams, Milton Berle, Steve
Jobs, Willie Mays, Robert Mondavi, Rita Moreno, Jackie Robinson,
Jonas Salk, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor, Earl Warren, John
Wayne and Tiger Woods.
1st class: César Chávez, Walt Disney, Amelia
Earhart, Clint Eastwood, Frank Gehry, David Ho, Billie Jean King,
John Muir, Ronald Reagan, Sally Ride, Alice Walker and the Hearst
and Packard Families.
How can I nominate someone to be inducted into the
California Hall of Fame?
Submissions from the public are welcomed through the
on the Museum’s website as a means of including the public’s
voice in the nomination process.
How are inductees for the California Hall of Fame
The Museum accepts submissions from the public, which are
forwarded to the Museum’s Board of Trustees, who determine the
eligibility of submissions. Submissions meeting criteria are
added to a master list of suitable candidates, from which the
Governor and First Lady make their final selections.
How does the California Hall of Fame fit into the
The California Hall of Fame advances the Museum’s mission to
engage, enlighten and educate. The California Museum brings
critical learning opportunities in art, culture and history to
California youth, serving over 50,000 students annually. The
California Hall of Fame also includes educational programming,
include special activity sheets and gallery guides for educators
teaching California history.
What award is given to the inductees?
Inductees receive the Spirit of California medal
designed by Los Angeles artist and 2808 inductee Robert Graham.
What is the California Hall of Fame medal?
The late Los Angeles artist and 2008 inductee Robert Graham
designed the California Hall of Fame medal, which is named the
“Spirit of California.” Medals are presented to each inductee by
the Governor and First Lady during the induction ceremony to
commemorate their installation into the California Hall of Fame.