Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame - 2017 Honorees

The 2017 honorees were announced June 4 at Commencement and were formally inducted Sept. 29 during Homecoming.

 

Gary Gritt - Class of 1973

During his senior year at PHS, Gary Gritt worked at a local tool-and-die shop as a part of a co-op program. Looking back, this was a good indication of what would follow. After an apprenticeship at Sheboygan Tool and Die, and several years in the trade, Mr. Gritt helped start a tool and die shop – High Tech Tool and Die – located in Waldo.

After a few years, he bought out his partners and became the sole owner, and expanded the business to provide parts to major businesses such as Kohler, Bemis, and Lawn-Boy. Eventually the business moved to bigger facilities in Sheboygan Falls, and expanded to provide metal stampings. The business was re-named HTT, and employed over 30 people.

In other facets of his life, Mr. Gritt was very active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and had a positive influence on many at-risk children. At the age of 40, he earned a pilot’s license and started flying as a hobby. For many years, he has volunteered for angel flights, providing transportation to people who are financially distressed or who are in a time-critical, non-emergency situation due to their medical condition.

Mr. Gritt was nominated by his son and PHS teacher Greg Gritt.

 

 

 

Joel Dudley - Class of 1995

Dr. Dudley is currently associate professor of genetics and genomic sciences, endowed chair of Biomedical Data Science, and founding director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He previously held positions as co-founder and director of Informatics at NuMedii Inc. and consulting professor of Systems Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.

His work is focused on developing and applying methods to integrate the digital universe of information to build better predictive models of health and disease. He has published more than 100 peer-review research articles. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, CNBC, and other popular media outlets.

Dr. Dudley serves as an expert commentator on the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence in health care, and also serves on the scientific advisory boards of several startup companies in tech and biotech. He was named in 2014 as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine. He is co-author of the book “Exploring Personal Genomics,” one of the first textbooks on personal genomics used at universities and medical schools.

He received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Arizona State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in biomedical informatics from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Dudley was nominated by several members of the PHS Class of 1995.

 

Beau Hoopman - 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, and helped lead the team win its three most recent titles (2000-02).  Over the course of his college career, Mr. Hoopman was selected as captain of the rowing team. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in biological conservation, but rowing has taken center stage.

Mr. Hoopman first competed internationally for the United States in 2001, and was a member of the U.S. senior national team that won gold at the 2002 championships in Genoa, Italy. His selection to the team marked the first of eight consecutive years competing at the world or Olympic championships.  He made history in his first Olympic appearance in 2004 in Athens, Greece. His eight-man team set the world’s fastest time, giving the U.S. a gold medal in the event for the first time in 40 years. He returned to the Olympics for the 2008 games in Beijing, China, and won a bronze medal in the men’s eight.

Mr. Hoopman is currently the assistant coach of the UW men’s rowing team. In 2010, he was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in Connecticut along with the rest of his 2004 Olympic men’s eight. He was named to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Mr. Hoopman was nominated by Amy Flood, his former gym teacher and principal at Fairview Elementary School.