A native Carpinterian, Peter Ruiz was half of the dynamic duo that led the Warriors to two consecutive Tri-Valley League Championships. Under the leadership of Coach Jim Bashore, Ruiz and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Purcell proved the Warriors were a force to be reckoned with, advancing to the CIF Quarterfinals in 1973 and again making the playoffs in 1974.
Ruiz was a three-year varsity letterman on the Basketball squad, earning All Tri-Valley League honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was also named to the All CIF and All Southern-California High School Basketball Teams as a junior and senior.
The 1973 season was a special one for both Ruiz and Purcell, as the pair was voted Warrior Co-MVPs as juniors. Ruiz averaged 16.4 points per game and led the team with 220 rebounds, earning First Team All Tri-Valley League honors. The Warriors were TVL champions that season as well.
As a senior, Ruiz was named to the all-Tourney team of the Holiday Cage Classic, of which the Warriors took home the crown, and was again named to the Tri-Valley League First Team. The Warriors repeated as TVL champs and once again advanced to the CIF playoffs.
Ruiz finished his basketball career as the scoring leader for the Warriors, compiling an impressive 974 points and averaging more than 14 points per game during his three year varsity tenure.
After graduating from Carpinteria High School, Ruiz attended Santa Barbara City College. He has one daughter, Isabel, and resides in San Diego.