Longtime educator, Camillo Wilde, honored as ‘True Public Servant’ in Vandenberg Village

Santa Maria Times | February 2, 2023

Vandenberg Village recently gained a new star on Constellation Road.

The approximately 1-mile stretch of Santa Barbara County road that runs from the Highway 1 exit to Cabrillo High School in the unincorporated community of Vandenberg Village, now bears the name of local leader and longtime public servant Colonel Camillo ‘Mel’ Wilde.

The metal signage dedicated to Wilde reads: “Constellation Road, In Honor of Colonel Camillo Wilde, First Cabrillo Principal, True Public Servant.”

Wilde, who served as the founding principal at Cabrillo High School in 1965-66 and assisted in securing a Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund grant at the inception of the Cabrillo aquarium project, was honored during a dedication ceremony held Jan. 17 at Eddie’s Grill in Vandenberg Village.

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