Western State College of Colorado
Santa Barbara City College
Long Beach State College
|Rudy Perez was an outstanding all-around athlete for Carpinteria High School, collecting eight varsity letters: three in football, three in baseball, and two in basketball. As a varsity football player he was named to the All Tri-Valley League second team his junior year. His senior year he was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the varsity basketball and baseball teams, and he was elected team captain of the varsity football team. Rudy always started every game he dressed for, regardless of the sport.
After graduating from high school, Rudy continued to play football. He played his freshman season at Western State College of Colorado in 1961. At Santa Barbara City College in 1962, he was named to the All Conference Team and received honorable mention as a Junior College All American. In 1964 and 1965 at Long Beach State, Rudy was named Most Valuable Defensive Back. As a senior he was team captain, an All-League defensive back, and was named to the All-Coast Second Team. Rudy says it was his “greatest honor and pleasure to play alongside a friend and hometown hero, Rudy Duarte” at Long Beach State.
Rudy was born and raised in Carpinteria as one of nine children of Eleanor Olivera and Tony Perez, Sr. He and his wife Pamela live in Carpinteria where Rudy is a painting contractor. For the past 28 years Rudy has also been a teacher of English as a Second Language for the Santa Barbara City College Adult Education program. He holds a degree in political science from Long Beach State University.
Rudy mentions Sam Boyd as his most memorable coach at Carpinteria High School. He says, "Coach Boyd believed in us so much that he helped secure for some of us athletic scholarships that motivated us to continue our education."