ALBERTO "BETO" GONZALEZ
Class of 1977
Inducted in 2012
Alberto was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
Starting in 2003, Alberto was the outreach coordinator at Boys & Girls Clubs (B&GC) of the Midlands. The gang prevention program he leads has resulted in 52% of participants leaving gangs. He received the Ike Friedman Community & Excellence Award from Ak-Sar-Ben in 1994, and the Community Benefactor Award from Latino Girl Scouts of Norris Middle School in 2005. Beto also conducts school programs regarding gangs and received the national Street Smart Program award in 2006 and the local William Hinckley Award from B&GC of Omaha in 2007.
He was named Latino of the Year and he received the Service to Youth Award from NE Juvenile Justice Association both in 2008. He also was invited to the White House and was on two national television programs (Ricky Lake Show and Queen Latifa Show) to discuss the issue of gangs. Beto’s goal is to never give up on the kids who are like he was when SHS supported him unconditionally.
In 2014, Beto joined the Omaha Police Department as a gang intervention specialist. He retired in September 2021.