Delta Upsilon History

On March 19, 1983, seventeen educators were inducted into the newly formed San Diego Chapter of Delta Upsilon of the National sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.  This idealistic, hard working group of educators   became the charter members of one of the youngest chapter in the Far Western Region.  Since its creation, the Delta Upsilon Chapter San Diego has made tremendous strides.

In 1985, Delta Upsilon chapter began its Outstanding Educators event.  The first ever was held in Balboa Park at Café Del Ray Moro’s ballroom.  The focus was on honoring the first contract teachers in San Diego, Ms. Lorraine Gholston and Henry Payne were honored for breaking through the glass and metal ceilings.  Over the year, the event has gone from a dinner, to a lunch and now a breakfast.  However, despite those changes, the primary focus has remained: honoring those who make a significant contribution to the academic and personal success of our students.  In addition to honoring teachers in the profession, the organization now honors one community person who has supported students.

Charter Members:

  • Elaine Johnson   

  • Marilyn Moss   

  • Vernice Gray       

  • Elsie Quarles

  • Rebecca Phillips   

  • Clara Doss       

  • Marie Mullins   

  • Catherine Pope

  • Diana Shipley   

  • Julia Freeman   

  • Gloria Smith       

  • Dr. Shirley Weber

  • Jacqueline Griffin   

  • Evelyn Lane      

  • Mildred Mobley   

  • Dr. Ela Sloan

  • Vivian Brown    

  • Dr. Cora Dunbar