Annually, Rogers High School honors past graduates of the school. At a celebration at Rogers on October 1st, they honored a WWII veteran, teachers, a peace activist, a wrestling coach, a professional boxer, and an NFL player. He was given the honor last year, but the celebration was cancelled due to Covid.
Rod is currently a teacher at Rogers and the head wrestling coach. He graduated in 1978 and was a varsity wrestler. He came to teach at Rogers in 2014, and was previously was honored in the Rogers Wrestling Hall of Fame. Besides serving on the JACL Spokane Board, he has given numerous talks on the Japanese American
internment at local middle and high schools in Spokane.