What is the California Hall of Fame?
The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by former
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver in
partnership with the California Museum to honor legendary people
who embody California’s innovative spirit and have made a mark on
history. The California Hall of Fame is also a signature exhibit
at the Museum, inspiring visitors to make their own mark on
history through the lives and legacies of inductees.
The California Hall of Fame celebrates inductees by:
- Installing the inductees into the
California Hall of Fame in a formal state ceremony each year, at
which inductees (or families of posthumous inductees) receive the
“Spirit of California” medal;
- Making inductees and their
accomplishments part of the permanent record in the California
- Highlighting the unique stories and
personal achievements of inductees in an annual exhibit at the
- Highlighting the inspirational
achievements of inductees through the Museum’s year-round K-12
education programs and field trip tours.
What are the criteria for induction?
Criteria for induction require that candidates have lived in
California for five years; have transcended the boundaries of
their field to make lasting contributions to the state, nation
and world; and that their accomplishments motivate and inspire
people to further their own dreams. California Hall of Fame
inductees come from all walks of life and have made distinguished
contributions across many fields, including the arts, activism,
education, business and labor, science, sports, philanthropy and
Who selects inductees?
Inductees are selected annually by the Governor and First Lady or
First Partner. The public is invited to submit nominations for
their consideration online at https://www.californiamuseum.org/nomination-form.
Where is it located?
The California Hall of Fame event and exhibit are held at the
California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento, Calif.
Who is in the current class of inductees?
The 13th class, inducted by Governor Gavin Newsom
and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
2019, includes: Dr. Maya Angelou; RuPaul Andre Charles; Brandi
Chastain, Dr. France A. Córdova, Tony Hawk, Jeanne Wakatsuki
Houston, Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., George Lopez, Wolfgang Puck
and Helen M. Turley.
Who else has been inducted?
12th class: Joan Baez, Arlene Blum, Belva Davis, Thomas Keller,
Ed Lee, Nancy McFadden, Robert Redford and Fernando Valenzuela
11th class: Lucille Ball, Susan Desmond-Hellmann,
Mabel McKay, Mario J. Molina, Jim Plunkett, Gary Snyder, Steven
Spielberg, Michael Tilson Thomas and Warren Winiarski.
10th class: Isabel Allende, Harrison Ford, Tony Gwynn, Corita
Kent, William J. Perry, Maria Shriver, Russ Solomon and George
Ninth class: Robert Downey Jr, David Hockney, Lester Holt, Bruce
Lee, Ellen Ochoa, Buck Owens, Charles M. Schulz and Kristi
Eighth 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.
Seventh class: Gregory Bateson, Warren Beatty, Charles & Ray
Eames, Dolores Huerta, Ishi, Joe Montana and the Warner Brothers.
Sixth class: Buzz Aldrin, The Beach Boys, Elizabeth Blackburn,
Gregory Boyle, Doris and Donald Fisher, Magic Johnson, Ed
Roberts, Carlos Santana, Amy Tan and Roger Traynor.
Fifth class: Former Governor 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.
Fourth 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
Third 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.
Second 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
First class: César Chávez, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Clint
Eastwood, Frank Gehry, Hearst family, David Ho, Billie Jean King,
John Muir, Packard family Ronald Reagan, Sally Ride and Alice
When will the next California Hall of Fame take
The 13th Annual California Hall of Fame will take place on
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, from 6 to 10 p.m. Festivities include a
red carpet followed by a formal state induction ceremony
featuring a presentation of medals by the Governor and First
How can I watch the next California Hall of
A webcast will be streamed on the Museum’s web site at
When is the 13th Annual Hall of Fame exhibit
The 13th annual California Hall of Fame exhibit continues through
August 8, 2021.
How does this program fit into the Museum’s education
The California Hall of Fame advances the Museum’s mission to
educate over 120,000 annual visitors with the accomplishments of
inductees and to make their own mark on history. In addition, it
includes K-12 learning programs aligned with California State
Content Standards and Common Core for over 50,000 K-12 students
visiting the Museum each year on field trip tours.
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, named “Spirit of
California.” This beautifully sculpted medal is presented to each
inductee at the induction ceremony as a symbol of their
installation into the California Hall of Fame.