The Roosevelt Foundation is pleased to announce the first group of 22 to be inducted into the Roosevelt Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of Roosevelt High School (RHS) graduates, and former RHS staff and contributors who have brought pride and inspiration to Roosevelt, the community, and society.
Hall of Fame members were inducted on September 27, 2014. The inaugural banquet took place at the Airport Hilton. Over 210 honorees, families, and friends dined and saluted the honorees. Twenty-one of the 22 either attended or were represented by family at the induction ceremony and banquet, and each spoke briefly. Most emphasized the importance of their high school, teachers, and those who helped them become who they are. All said they were very honored.
As our students pass through the halls, they will be able to see descriptive plaques honoring the first group of RHS alums who became successful and famous in many fields and who walked the same halls as they do each day. More Hall of Fame members will be added each year to inspire and motivate our students.
A committee, chaired by Dan Dymoke, RHS ’82, examined Halls of Fame in other high schools, solicited nominations, determined the procedures for selection and is planning the induction ceremony. Roger Wenschlag, RHS ’59, who chaired the selection committee, collected the nominations, developed a rubric used to select the inductees, collated and delivered the nominations to the committee, and oversaw the tabulation of scores which determined this year’s group. He said, “We were determined that the process would be fair and transparent.” Candidates were approved by the Foundation Board of Directors.
Dymoke said, “The committee was very impressed by the quality of those nominated. We could have chosen many more for this first class of honorees, but we wanted the ceremony to be meaningful and give each the time and respect he or she deserves. I expect we will have an equally impressive group selected next year.”
With over 50,000 graduates since its opening in 1921, many Roosevelt graduates have had distinguished careers, including a former U.S. Army Chief of Staff, a Nobel Laureate, many prominent professional athletes, noted authors, university professors, and prominent political figures. In addition, many former RHS staff members and community members have supported RHS in a distinguished manner.