San Diego Names Street in Honor of Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker [image via Disney]

As the son of a Navy officer, Star Wars luminary Mark Hamill, can lay claim to many home towns.

One of his previous homes in San Diego, California, where Mark lived during his junior high years has decided to celebrate his connection to San Diego by renaming part of the street he used to live on as Mark Hamill Drive.  

The renaming is purely honorary.  There will be signs marking part of Castleton Drive as Mark Hamill Drive, but the street will remain Castleton Drive for legal purposes.  Residents will not need to fill a change of address.

Luke Skywalker Lived Here

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported:

Mark Hamill, who immortalized the famous Star Wars character, lived on Castleton Drive between Mt. Abernathy and Clayford Street in Clairemont for four years in the 1960s.  He attended the now-closed Hale Junior High and then spent his freshman year at James Madison High School before his family moved to Virginia. On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council voted to honor the actor as part of the city’s honorary street naming program by dubbing the street “Mark Hamill Drive.”

Channel 10 News where Mark Hamill first learned of the news, includes a map showing the Clairemont neighborhood in San Diego where Hamill lived while he attended Mildred L. Hale Junior High School and James Madison High School.

Hamill also attended Annandale High School in Annandale, VA, and Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokohama, Japan.  (Kinnick relocated to Yokosuka after Hamill graduated. Although Hamill wasn’t a Madison Warhawk long, San Diego still remembers him proudly.  He has been a guest at San Diego ComicCon many times.

Mark Hamill himself is delighted with the news.

The Joker [image via Warner Bros.]

In addition to playing Jedi Luke Skywalker, a holiday TV special, and the radio adaptations, Mark Hamill is also known for his voice acting, especially his signature work as the animated DC Comics villain, the Joker.

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About Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book R is for Renaissance Faire, as well as short stories in Alternative Truths,  Swords and Sorceress #30, Supernatural Colorado, Barbarian Crowns, and Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid. Her articles have appeared on Krypton Radio’s website, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.

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