Alumni Hall of Fame plaques hanging on curved lobby wall

Three more plaques will be added this fall to the Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame

Alumni Hall of Fame nominees named

Posted June 5, 2017

Three new members of the Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame were named June 4 during PHS Commencement Exercises.

The new members are:

  • Gary Gritt of the Class of 1973: During his senior year at PHS, Gary Gritt worked at a local tool-and-die shop as part of a co-op program. Looking back, this was a good indicator of what would follow. He helped start a local tool-and-die shop, High Tech Tool and Die; eventually this business expanded to provide metal stampings. The business was re-named HTT, with over 30 employees. In his spare time, Mr. Gritt was active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and as a pilot, he volunteered for angel flights. Mr. Gritt was nominated by his son and PHS teacher Greg Gritt.
  • Joel Dudley of the Class of 1995: After PHS, Joel Dudley went west and earned a bachelor's in microbiology from Arizona State University and a PhD in biomedical informatics from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Dudley is currently associate professor of genetics and genomic sciences and director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. His work is focused on developing and applying methods to integrate the digital universe of information to build better predictive models of disease, drug response, and scientific wellness. Dr. Dudley was nominated by several members of the Class of 1995.
  • Beau Hoopman of the Class of 1999: It's safe to say that Beau Hoopman was never on the PHS rowing team.  But he joined the UW-Madison rowing team as a walk-on in 1999. Over the course of his college career, Hoopman eventually was selected as captain of the rowing team. He graduated in 2003 with degree in biological conservation, but rowing has taken center stage. Mr. Hoopman and his rowing team won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and a Bronze four years later in Beijing. He is currently the assistant coach of the UW men's rowing team. Mr. Hoopman was nominated by Amy Flood, his former gym teacher and principal at Fairview.

The Hall of Fame was created by the PHS Student Council in 2010 to recognize distinguished alumni who have achieved a high level of success and have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, who have given unselfishly to make their community a better place, and who have made a significant difference in the lives of others.

New candidates, who must have graduated from PHS at least 10 years ago, may be nominated annually in the spring. The nominations are then reviewed by Student Council members, with the honorees revealed at Commencement in June and inducted at Homecoming in the fall.

Past honorees include:

  • Gilbert G. Gilman, Class of 1940, banker, inducted in 2015
  • Darwin Blanke, Class of 1941, banker, inducted in 2016
  • Carol Edler Baumann, Class of 1950, political science professor, inducted in 2010
  • Timm A Zimmermann, Class of 1953, nuclear medicine pioneer, inducted in 2010
  • Luther Schriefer, Class of 1955, U.S. Navy Admiral, inducted in 2014
  • Dr. Kazuhiko Maekawa, Class of 1958, the first foreign exchange student at PHS, inducted in 2010
  • Dr. Philip M. Krueger, Class of 1958, ob/gyn and U.S. Forest Service Heritage Hero, inducted in 2011
  • David G. Wacker, Class of 1958, teacher and renowned photographer, inducted in 2014
  • Barbara (Koehler) Lavallee, Class of 1960, artist and book illustrator, inducted in 2011
  • Wayne Huberty, Class of 1960, certified public accountant, inducted in 2012
  • Nancy Blick Jusky, Class of 1960, community activist, inducted in 2013
  • Sister Kathryn Schilling, Class of 1961, who ministers to the poor in Nicaragua, inducted in 2011
  • Lou Gentine, Class of 1966, owner of Sargento Foods, inducted in 2012
  • Thomas Kestell, Class of 1966, nationally recognized dairy farmer, inducted in 2016
  • Tony Evers, Class of 1969, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, inducted in 2011
  • Roger Boeckmann, Class of 1971, owner of Northside Auto, inducted in 2015
  • James Hemauer, Class of 1973, advocate for those with disabilities, inducted in 2013
  • Joan Vorpagel, Class of 1973, Parkview Elementary School secretary, inducted in 2014
  • Dr. Sharon (Blanke) Chappy, Class of 1975, nursing educator, inducted in 2015
  • Bill Miller, Class of 1980, outdoors writer and expert, inducted in 2013
  • Laura Schwartz, Class of 1991, speaker and author, inducted in 2012
  • Lisa Jaster, Class of 1996, one of the first three female graduates of the Army's Ranger School, inducted in 2016

Learn more:
Visit the PHS Alumni page, which includes bios of all Hall of Fame members.
Read more about the 2017 PHS Commencement Exercises.