Mount Rushmore of San Diego celebrities: Winners

SDtoday readers voted on four familiar faces etched into San Diego’s collective memory.

SD Mount Rushmore of San Diego celebrities

You know them, you love them: These famous faces would be on the Mount Rushmore of San Diego celebrities.

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The results of our Mount Rushmore of San Diego celebrities poll are in, and our readers chose four familiar faces (out of eight choices) that came out on top: Dr. Seuss, Tony Hawk, Tony Gwynn, and Raquel Welch.

The No. 1 choice was clearly set in stone: No. 19 — “Mr. Padre” — scored 75% of votes. Theodor Seuss Geisel nabbed 62%, Hawk swooped in with 49%, and Welch with 18%.


  • Tony Gwynn | The MLB Hall of Famer spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres and loved SD to its core.
  • Dr. Seuss | The iconic author and artist lived in La Jolla from 1948 until his death in 1991.
  • Tony Hawk | The professional skateboarding icon and San Diego native was the first pro to land a 900 trick in competition.
  • Raquel Welch | The late “One Million Years B.C.” actress grew up in La Jolla and was crowned the “Fairest of the Fair” at the San Diego County Fair in 1958.

Honorable mentions

  • Ansel Adams | Many voted for the famed landscape photographer, though his roots are more prominently planted in San Francisco.
  • blink-182 | The rock band that formed in Poway in 1992
  • Readers shared excellent write-ins, including: Sally Ride, Ellen Browning Scripps, Jonas Salk, and Junior Seau.
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