Plaques hanging on paneled wall

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

2018 Alumni Hall of Fame nominees named

Posted June 3, 2018

Two new members of the Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame were named June 3 during PHS Commencement Exercises.

Ralph C. Stayer of the Class of 1961

Ralph C. Stayer joined the family meat-processing operation in 1965, and helped lead Johnsonville to become the leading sausage brand in the United States, with business in 30 countries. Mr. Stayer was selected as the Midwest entrepreneur of the year in 2000, and created a decentralized management style that gives his employees a lot of decision-making ability.

When a Johnsonville factory in Watertown was destroyed by fire in 2015, Mr. Stayer kept the employees on the company payroll, with instructions to do volunteer work in the community until a new production facility could be constructed. Mr. Stayer and Johnsonville also have supported a host of charitable causes – Stayer Park, the Quit Qui Oc ball fields, Boys & Girls Clubs in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, and The Stayer Center at Marion College, to name just a few. Directly helping PHS, Johnsonville supports the Youth Apprentice program, Inspire, and the 180-Degree breakfast.

When a hurricane wrecked a school for underprivileged kids in Nicaragua run by PHS classmate Sister Katie Schilling, Mr. Stayer quickly provided funds to help her rebuild. Now he will join her in the PHS Alumni Hall of Fame.

Mr. Stayer was nominated by Larry Schmitz, president of the PHS Class of 1961.

Allen Nohl of the Class of 1968

Shortly after graduation from PHS, Allen Nohl enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to a helicopter crew in Vietnam. While there, he was the lone survivor of an accident in which two helicopters on a support mission crashed into each other.

After his Army service, Mr. Nohl had a long career at Johnsonville Sausage as a team leader and a foreman, but has continued to serve veterans through the Sheboygan County American Legion for more than 40 years. He has served as county commander and as a mentor for veteran’s treatment court, helped set up the camo-quilt project, and serves as chairman of the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial Committee.

Additionally, Mr. Nohl has volunteered his time to support the Johnsonville Fire Department, the PHS FFA, and the Sheboygan County Fair.

Mr. Nohl was nominated by his friend, Konrad Kaczkowski of Plymouth.

About the PHS Alumni Hall of Fame

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.

PHS Alumni Hall of Fame Members

  • Gilbert G. Gilman, Class of 1940, banker, inducted in 2015
  • Dar Blanke, Class of 1941, bank president and civic leader, inducted in 2016
  • Carol Edler Baumann, Class of 1950, of the Class of 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, dairy farmer, inducted in 2016
  • Tony Evers, Class of 1969, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, inducted in 2011 
  • Roger Boeckmann, Class of 1971, automotive technician, inducted in 2015 
  • James Hemauer, Class of 1973, advocate for those with disabilities, inducted in 2013 
  • Gary Gritt, Class of 1973, co-founder of High Tech Tool and Die, inducted in 2017
  • 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 
  • Dr. Joel Dudley, Class of 1995, professor of genetics and genomic sciences, inducted in 2017
  • Lisa (Peplinski) Jaster, Class of 1996, third woman to graduate from the Army Ranger Program, inducted in 2016
  • Beau Hoopman, Class of 1999, member of the 2004 and 2008 Olympic rowing teams, inducted in 2017

Learn more:
Visit the PHS Alumni page, which includes bios of all Hall of Fame members.
Read more about the 2018 PHS Commencement Exercises.
• Check out the Post-Graduate Success section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about how Plymouth grads are making an impact all over the world.