James C. Dobson

1954 Graduate of SBHS

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and president of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs, heard daily on more than 2,900 radio facilities in North America and in seven languages on approximately 1,300 facilities in over 70 other countries.

Dr. James C. Dobson

His Days at San Benito High School

Jimmy C. Dobson attended San Benito High School his junior and senior years. His parents, Rev. James C. Dobson and Myrtle Georgia Dillingham Dobson relocated from Bethany, Oklahoma because his father was called to be the pastor of San Benito's First Church of the Nazarene. He graduated from San Benito High School in 1954 and shortly thereafter left for California to pursue his education.

The Dobsons lived at 424 N. Crockett, San Benito.

Jimmy Dobson, yearbook photo

Recalling his San Benito days, Dr. Dobson says that he loved playing tennis--that he played tennis 11 hours a day , 6 days a week. His favorite teachers were H.H. Baker, his tennis coach as well as his Algebra teacher; Mrs. Ruth McAnally, his English teacher, and Mr. Robert Clark, his biology teacher.

H.H. Baker, tennis coach, Jimmy Dobson and Meri Lolley


On a field trip to the San Benito News


Jimmy Dobson, Lucretia Carpenter, Mary Catherine Moore, San Benito News worker and J.W. Inman

Ronald Reagan being interviewed by Dr. James C. Dobson in the Oval Office for an upcoming radio broadcast.

From the book "Turning Hearts Toward Home" by Rolf Zettersten