Dublin City Schools
2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Craig Duffey – Dublin High School Class of 1965
Although Craig Duffey is well known for his efforts on the gridiron, hardwood and diamond, both as a player and coach, his career in engineering is what really sets him apart, with seven patents to his credit.
Starting in 1976, Duffey began in the engineering field, originally with Liqui-Box Corporation in Worthington, where he served as Vice President of Engineering. In 1995, he changed jobs to become Senior Project Engineering Manager for Roxane Laboratories.
Through his time in the engineering industry, Duffey amassed seven patents. Some of his patents include the first low acid aseptic filler for bag in a box, a rotary bag and box filler, a vacuum nitrogen purge filling valve, a blow-molded bottle filler and a square five-gallon blow-molded water bottle. He also has a patent on the use of hydrogen peroxide/UV light to sterilize packaging on fillers, with other patents for mechanical aspects of packaging machines.
While changing the engineering landscape, Duffey has continued to remain involved along the way, specifically in athletics. He was a three-sport athlete while at Dublin and racked up the accolades, including being inducted into the OHSAA Hall of Fame, once as an individual and a second time as a member of the 1962 state runner-up baseball team. He continued his athletic career at the college level, earning a pair of varsity letters in both football and baseball at Ohio University before an injury ended his playing career.
Since he stopped playing, he remained in athletics, coaching and teaching at Dublin High School from 1969-1972, coaching varsity baseball and freshman football. He then coached and taught at Big Walnut until 1976, before leaving the realm of academics to start his engineering career. He continued to coach several sports, men’s and women’s softball, semi-pro baseball in Columbus, and youth level teams in a variety of different community leagues.
Duffey met his wife, Kay, in Dublin and they started dating as sophomores in 1963. The pair graduated from Dublin High School and Ohio University together and they just recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Kay and Craig have two children, their daughter Michelle (pediatrician) and son Michael (dermatologist) and they have six grandchildren.
J. Mel Reid – Dublin High School Class of 1965
J. Mel Reid has essentially made a career out of using his selfless nature to give back to others.
Immediately upon graduation from Dublin, Reid began a career with the Federal Government (the U.S. Forest Service) in Delaware, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University as well as Franklin University before getting his professional start. After serving on a number of Forestry Survey Teams, as well as relocating to a number of sites around America, Reid was selected for a Federal Executive Leadership position in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. There, he served as the first ever U.S. Forest Service Regional Civil Rights Director. After successfully addressing issues related to recruitment, employment, retention and conflict resolution, Reid was promoted to a Civil Rights Coordinator position with the National Park Service (Department of the Interior) in Washington, DC.
During his 30-year tenure as a Washington ‘bureaucrat’, Reid has traveled to 49 of the 50 United States (hoping to do Hawaii soon), as well as Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Central & South America. Along the journey, many accolades, commendations, citations and awards were received from various levels of government, business and private sector organizations. Despite the acclaim, as a retired 38 year career civil servant, Reid’s most outstanding accomplishment is the growth of the multilingual, multicultured youth that he was able to have employed along the way.
Outside of work, Reid, who is a cancer survivor, has found time to serve as a Government/Civil Rights consultant as well as an African American Civil War Re-enactor. In addition to participating in historical enactment events around the country such as marching in Presidential Inaugural Parades and the like, he also appeared in the 1989 Tri Star movie entitled GLORY. Since Hurricane Katrina, Reid has served on a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team, volunteering his services on 24 Mission Trips around the U.S. to help those less fortunate.
While at Dublin, Reid participated in Class Plays, the Key Club, the Concert Choir and was a member of the Track Team. He also played keyboard in several bands…one of which was a ‘rock & soul group’ called St John’s Mod.
Chris Valentine – Dublin Coffman High School Class of 2002
After graduating from Coffman in 2002, Chris Valentine made quick work of finding a way to give back to the District by getting elected to the School Board in the fall of 2003, a position he has held since.
Valentine was elected at the age of 19 and has been reelected three times since. He will soon be entering his 16th year on the Board and has served as president and vice president throughout the years. With Valentine on the Board, the District has opened a high school and elementary school, and is set to open two additional elementary schools in the fall of 2020 and a middle school in the fall of 2021.
Professionally, Valentine, who is a cancer survivor, took his love for baseball and turned it into a career by founding the Prep Baseball Report Ohio in 2011. Since then, he has grown to be the Executive Director for Ohio, Michigan, Canada and New England. The Prep Baseball Report is one of the country’s biggest and well-known scouting companies for high school baseball. The company aims to be the authoritative voice on the ground level in each state.
Valentine has also had a big role in local baseball. He helped lead and support the Dublin Travel Baseball program and he was also one of the founding members of Ohio Elite Baseball, a widely recognized travel baseball organization out of Columbus.
Before joining the Prep Baseball Report, Valentine, an Ohio State University alum, worked as a Project Manager for Strategic Public Partners. He also worked in the political world, most notably in a lead role for President George W. Bush’s Reelection Campaign in 2004.
While in high school, Valentine played on the baseball team and also served on Class Cabinet and Student Senate.
Valentine has two brothers who also graduated from the District and his wife, Lara, is a former teacher in the District. The couple has two children, and are expecting a third this fall.
Young Alumni Achievement Award Winner
Partha Unnava – Dublin Coffman High School Class of 2010
Since graduating from Dublin Coffman in 2010, Partha Unnava has been busy building a company in Atlanta, Georgia, with that company (Lasso) propelling him to a spot on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.
Unnava studied biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech, before an ankle break playing basketball put him on crutches for six weeks and set him on his current journey. “I saw the flaws in the healthcare system, and saw a clear way I could make a massive impact on sports medicine,” he said.
Unnava has been able to navigate the business landscape, taking his original company, Better Walk, and turning it into BWHealth, before pivoting into Lasso. Despite a change in company names and products made, Unnava and his team have had a common gameplan. “We don’t believe in iteration, but we believe in completely reimagining products from the ground up,” he said.
Through his work leading BWHealth and Lasso, Unnava has hauled in the accolades. He met President Obama at the White House due to the Better Walk Crutch, his company’s first product. Along the way, he has been honored on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list, the “Power 30 Under 30” list and been named both the Georgia Tech Student Entrepreneur of the Year and TiECONSE Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. In 2018, he gave a TED Talk and was selected as an influencer to represent Atlanta by ChooseATL, while being chosen as a keynote speaker at healthcare and entrepreneurship conferences around the world throughout his career. This year, his company was named to the “Atlanta Inno 50 on Fire” list, which is for the fastest growing companies in Atlanta.
Unnava has also committed to giving back. In 2017, he started the Unnava Foundation, which gives scholarships to children who hope to make a massive change and have a roadmap to do so. “I think the naivete of youth leads to the biggest and most world-changing ideas, and I started these efforts to enable our youth to achieve their visions,” he said.
While a Shamrock, Unnava was in the Coffman Marching Band all four years where he was a squad leader and head of the trumpet section, while also sitting as lead trumpet for the Coffman Jazz Band. He also was in National Honors Society and served as vice president for the organization, was a student council member, a National Merit Finalist and he was in the Dublin Schools Fencing Club.
Outstanding Service Award Winners
Jill Kranstuber & Sarah Savage – Neighborhood Bridges of Dublin
Jill Kranstuber and Sarah Savage have not only put their time and effort into bettering Dublin City Schools, but they also have been devoted to Dublin as a community.
Although neither Kranstuber nor Savage are Dublin natives or attended Dublin City Schools, that has not stopped them from bettering the area, most notably through their work with Neighborhood Bridges in Dublin, where the pair serve as Area Directors. Dublin Bridges is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization launched in 2017. The program uses technology and social media to advocate for children and families in need in the Dublin area, and then works with the community to help fill those needs.
In addition to serving the community through Dublin Bridges, Kranstuber and Savage have assisted the District all along the way. Kranstuber, who moved to Ohio 30 years ago, is a former PTO President at Coffman, as well as a former member of the Key Communicators. Savage has lived in Dublin for 15 years and is a member of Key Communicators and the former PTO President at Pinney. The duo has had a combined 10 children attend Dublin City Schools.
Kranstuber is married to Chuck, who is an attorney and past Dublin City Council member and past Mayor of Dublin. He currently is a Washington Township Trustee. Previously, Kranstuber served as Development Director of AIDSWalk Central Ohio.
Savage is married to Brian, who graduated from Coffman, and is a local business owner. Savage volunteers as a committee chair for the Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Women’s Auxiliary. Before joining Dublin Bridges, she was a clinical mental health counselor at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Gahanna Jefferson Schools.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Jeremy Bobb, Class of 1999, Dublin Coffman High School
• Broadway, TV, and film actor
• Featured in the television drama “The Knick”
• Appeared on Broadway in “Translations” and “Is He Dead?”
• Guest appearances on TV shows, “Good Wife,” “Elementary” and “House of Cards”
• Recurring character on “Hostages”
• Narrator of numerous audio books for Simon & Schuster
Joe Fox, Class of 2000, Dublin Coffman High School
• Co-founder of creative film studio Shared Vision Communications
• Instrumental in establishing video production program at Dublin Coffman
• Emmy award winner for production about Washington D.C. High School
• Producer of “Dublin City Schools Today” and host of “It’s Happening in Dublin”
• Produce projects for The Ohio State University, the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer
• Assisted in delivering State of the City and State of the Schools addresses
John Nichols, Class of 2000, Dublin Coffman High School
• Co-founder of creative film studio Shared Vision Communications
• Instrumental in establishing video production program at Dublin Coffman
• Emmy award winner for production about Washington D.C. High School
• Producer of “Dublin City Schools Today” and Executive Producer of “It’s Happening in Dublin”
• Produce projects for The Ohio State University, the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer
• Assisted in delivering State of the City and State of the Schools addresses
• Dublin City Schools athletic trainer for more than 30 years
• Renowned for her work with developing athletic health care programs
• Member of the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame
• Served on ethics committee for the National Athletic Trainers Association
• Recipient of the Ohio Academy of Medicine’s Award of Excellence
• Built relationships with Central Ohio health care providers
Brady Quinn, Class of 2003, Dublin Coffman High School
• Sports analyst and philanthropist
• Two-time Heisman trophy finalist, Recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Maxwell College Football Awards
• NFL quarterback for 8 years
• Established the Third & Goal Foundation to assist veterans facing homelessness
• Board member for Hannah and Friends, which supports autistic children and families
• Promotes animal shelters through a partnership with Purina
Tess Schuster, Class of 2005, Dublin Coffman High School
• Works in marketing and insurance/financial industry
• Entrepreneur who helped found clothing company Libre
• Created a clothing line to help cancer and dialysis patients
• Recipient of Miami University’s prestigious 18 of the Last 9 Alunmi Award
• Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and other charitable efforts
• Established relationships and partnerships with non-profiits
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Andrea Archibald class of 2005
A shop-local entrepreneur whose three Simply Vague stores allow even the smallest business owners a chance to sell their products alongside large retailers. Shortly after graduation, she assumed a position at M/I Homes as a receptionist, moved into an executive assistant role and then onto sales. Andrea has become a key player in the shop local movement by facilitating opportunities that include retail locations, local shopping events, promotion and publicity for more than 275 local Ohio small businesses. At 27 she was the youngest inductee to be named among Columbus’ Forty Under 40.
Retired director of Dublin Youth Athletics after 32 years. Jim has played an integral role of the development of thousands of children in the Dublin community. Grand Leprechaun for the City of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1998, Jim helped raise more than $2 million to make improvements to baseball fields at Darree. Jim has worked as a private practice actuarial consultant for the past 22 years and was previously the Chief Actuary and Senior Vice President of Actuarial Service for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Chief Financial Officer and treasurer for Community Life Insurance Company.
William Loveland class of 1973
After receiving his MBA, William discovered his love for law in graduate school and earned his legal degree. He started off as an associate in the local offices of a prestigious national firm then joined his father’s practice after a few years. William took on a number of pro bono cases while at Loveland & Brosius, giving countless hours of his expertise free of charge. A case he began litigating in 2001 for a bread ministry earned Loveland praise from Barack Obama in the form of a President’s Call to Service Award.
Chris Quinn class of 2002
After graduation Chris Quinn attended the University of Notre Dame where he was recruited to play basketball. He led the team in scoring his senior year and was an Academic All-American. Quinn graduated with his Business degree before playing basketball in the NBA. Chris played in 246 games with the NBA before becoming an assistant coach with the Miami Heat. Quinn also gives back much of his time to Dublin students both on the court and in the classroom, inspiring and motivating them to reach their goals.
Jessica Wilt class of 1995
Jessica is now an arts education advocate, educator, writer and communications professional living in New York City who challenges others to make a difference. She credits her band director Jeff Keller, Ph.D, for teaching her skills that contribute to her success; discipline, impeccable timing, learning how to listen and think creatively. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in modern dance from the University of South Florida and a master’s in choreography from The Ohio State University. In 2013, Jessica founded ArtsEdTechNYC, an innovative platform for artists, educators and technology enthusiasts.
2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
Ron Geese-Class of 1963
Ron Geese is the past President of Continental Office Environments. Ron has been heavily involved in public service during his life. He served on the Dublin City Council for six years, Dublin’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Appeals, and the Dublin Parks and Recreation Board. During his time on Council, he introduced or co-authored many city ordinances. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Columbus State Foundation, the Herman Miller Steering Council, Sky Bank, Ohio Health Foundation, and Junior Achievement. He is a former member of the Dublin City Schools Business Advisory Council. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Judge Paul Herbert-Class of 1979
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert was first elected judge in 2003 after serving as the Clerk of Courts for Franklin County Municipal Court for eight years. During his tenure, he has established the “Changing Actions to Change Habits (CATCH) Court.” The program works with at risk women Judge Herbert meets in his court room and helps them find the life skills to change their habits. He has improved the lives of many women who have participated in the program. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his J.D. from Capital University Law School.
Dr. James Homon-Class of 1987
Dr. James Homon is a board-certified orthodontist and the founder of KidSMILES, a dental clinic that serves uninsured children who don’t quality for government assistance. Staffed by volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental professionals, the clinic focuses on providing services such as disease removal and prevention. To date, more than 275 members of the dental community have signed up to volunteer at the KidSMILES clinic. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has a Masters of Science in Orthodontics from the University of Michigan. He is the author of three published works about orthodontics.
Chad Jenkins-Class of 1997
Chad Jenkins has served four tours of duty in Iraq and received three Bronze Stars. The Bronze Star may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. He has served as an FBI agent and is the Founder and CEO of Jenkins Group LLC. Chad graduated from West Point and played quarterback on the Army Football team. His life became a portion of a non-fiction book titled “All American.” The book details athletes who have also served the country.
Chinedum Ndukwe-Class of 2003
Chinedum started at safety for the University of Notre Dame for his junior and senior seasons. He played in 46 games with 25 starts and made 157 tackles. He played four years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders. In 2009, he started the Ndukwe Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of young people.The organization hosts an annual wellness camp for more than 300 children and has raised more than $100,000 from youth programs. In 2010, the City of Cincinnati proclaimed Feb. 10 to be “Chinedum Ndukwe Day” in recognition of the good work of the foundation.
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Superintendent from 1995-2001, Anderson is now an educational consultant and president of his own firm.
While he was superintendent, the district opened three buildings (Bailey, Karrer and Scioto), was consistently ranked among the top 20 in the state academically and was the first large district (more than 10,000 students) to achieve an excellent rating on the Local Report Card.
Steve’s 15-year career with Dublin began in 1986 when he was selected as principal of Deer Run Elementary. He also served as associate superintendent of human resources and director of personnel and community relations.
Shortly after retiring from the district at the peak of its growth -- burgeoning to 11,000 students -- Steve began a six-year stint as the superintendent of Jackson City Schools, home to just 2,800 students in southern Ohio.
Known for pushing the educational envelope and effecting change, it might come as no surprise the district received its first-ever excellent rating while Steve served. In addition, all of the school buildings in the district were either built from the ground up or remodeled during his tenure.
Steve received his Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University in 1974, his master’s from Xavier in 1980, completed administrative coursework through The Ohio State University and obtained his superintendent’s license from Ashland University.
Scott Bagenstose, M.D., Class of 1991
Scott Bagenstose rarely meets a challenge he doesn’t look straight in the eye. The Dublin High School Class of 1991 graduate thrives on adventure.
In high school, Scott played football, lacrosse and swam. When he went off to Duke University for his undergrad studies, he became an FCC-certified disc jockey and spun tunes for the local college station, WXDU in Durham, N.C.
Now an award-winning physician, he has met a fair amount of success along the way when the serious side kicks in.
Dr. Bagenstose earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine then completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He returned to Ohio for an Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the U.C./Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and was one of just five in the country to receive a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline Allergy Fellowship Training Award.
Dr. Bagenstose has presented at more than two dozen conferences and workshops during his tenure, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others to enhance the treatment of patients
Karen Boerger, Class of 1963
Karen Gorden Boerger has always put others first. The Class of 1963 alumna has spent a lifetime of giving back.
Vice President of her senior class and student council rep, Karen was involved in a number of activities throughout high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society, an officer for the Franklin County Honor Society, a Buckeye Girls State representative and a member of several other school organizations.
Karen began her 24-year career in education after raised her three children. She graduated from Wittenberg University in 1983 with a bachelor’s and finished her master’s in 1988 at Wright State University. She took a position with Marysville City Schools where she spent a year tutoring, then departed for Trinity Lutheran School where she taught for eight years. She was then selected to serve as principal from 1992-2007 at St. Paul Lutheran in Chuckery, Ohio.
In retirement, Karen has co-authored three books about caregiver advocacy (her first book was co-written in 1981), has spoken at a number of conferences and workshops around the country and publishes a newsletter to offer emotional and spiritual support to those providing care to the seriously ill.
Julie Marie Brooks, Ph.D., Dublin Coffman High School's Class of 2000
A published author and emerging scientist, Julie Marie Brooks, Ph.D. graduated from Dublin Coffman in 2000. Helping people and building healthy communities is the very core of Dr. Brooks’ heart and soul.
Julie’s commitment to her community began while attending Dublin Coffman High School. Her community service included participation in a program to bring musical theatre to disadvantaged school children in West Virginia as well as countless hours spent organizing food drives, wrapping presents for local church shelters, making sandwiches for the homeless and volunteering for Meals on Wheels. She was also involved in National Honor Society, Drama Club and a number of choral groups, including the A Capella Chamber Choir.
Upon graduation, she went on to The Ohio State University where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. During her tenure, she coordinated fundraising activities for philanthropic organizations through local running races, was a member of a team of students that helped rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina and volunteered during COSI’s Brain Awareness Week to teach young children about the brain.
Aaron Burger, 1998 Dublin Coffman Class of 1998
In high school, Aaron played football and lacrosse, serving as captain for both varsity squads his senior year. He was also in Concert Band, Choir, Key Club, Student Senate and Student Council.
Aaron’s prowess in football sent him back to the field in college where he was an offensive guard for Army. He was 2nd Team All-Conference for the Division 1 team and participated in the Hula Bowl in 2003. Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering management the same year from the United States Military Academy.
The West Point grad was commissioned as a field officer and began his service at his alma mater. He was stationed in Germany in September 2004, then promoted to First Lieutenant shortly thereafter. Aaron was made a Captain in 2006, then deployed to Iraq in early 2007 to serve with a Military Transition Team assisting an infantry battalion in the Iraqi Army.
Aaron’s primary role was to advise the Iraqi Army on better ways of training. He coached, mentored and provided a number of techniques and solutions to his counterparts. He earned a Bronze Star for his leadership.
Aaron separated from the Army in 2008 and now works for Deloitte Consulting.
Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, Class of 1994
Capt. Nicholas Jan Rozanski was just 36 years old when he died in the line of duty. A life-long resident of Dublin, he graduated in 1994 from the city’s then-only high school.
An avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, it was only fitting for Nick to pursue his bachelor’s degree in communication, which he earned in 1999. He was passionate about the school’s football team; he was always in the stands when the marching band entered and would not leave the stadium until the last note of Carmen Ohio was played.
Nick enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 2003. He was deeply committed to his country and knew his decision to become a soldier could bring grave risks. His first deployment was to Kosovo in 2004 as a Specialist. Kuwait and Iraq would come next in 2007. By that time, Nick was a 2nd Lieutenant. He was sent to Afghanistan in 2011. He would not come home.
Capt. Nick Rozanski died after a suicide attack on April 4, 2012. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Two others from his unit also perished, all three were from Franklin County. His entire team had 2,500 members.
2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Chairwoman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Accel Inc., Abraham is a 1985 graduate of Dublin High School. She is one of the nation’s leading experts in packaging and was recently appointed to a three-year term serving the National Women’s Business Council, a nonpartisan federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and U.S. Small Business Administration. Abraham is a tireless contributor to numerous national and local charitable organizations and has served on the board of many philanthropic organizations such as the Red Cross of Greater Columbus, YWCA and United Way of Central Ohio.
Marina Davis (posthumous)
The first principal of Dublin Scioto High School, Davis served as the school’s leader from 1995 until her death in 2009. Her leadership, compassion, talent and integrity helped establish Dublin Scioto as a top-performing school. Davis’ commitment to building a welcoming environment and belief that all children can excel at high levels formed the backbone of the school, which has routinely appeared in Newsweek’s list of Top 200 high schools in the country. Davis was deeply respected by students and staff who continually rose to her expectations of excellence. She led by example, strength and kindness.
A member of the Class of 1964, Faulk has spent 42 of his 43 years as an educator with Dublin City Schools. He began his career with the district as a math teacher at Dublin Junior High School before moving on to the high school level where he served as department chair. Faulk was the first computer science teacher in the district and played an integral role in creating the district’s technology department, which he then served as director for several years. He currently assists with data analysis reporting. Faulk also was one of the organizers of the Dublin Education Foundation, a key player in creating the girls athletic program, coach of several teams and student council advisor. He was the President of the Dublin Music Boosters for many years, active with the Boy Scouts organization and a leader in his church. Both of Faulk’s children are Dublin alumni.
A passionate high school science teacher turned veterinary technician, Chief Petty Officer Hardman graduated from Dublin High School in 1965. A three-time recipient of the Governor’s Award for teaching excellence, she retired from Fairfield Union Schools where she taught for 23 years of her career. She obtained her national vet tech board certification shortly thereafter and has worked with many philanthropic organizations benefitting animals, including therapy dog training, rescuing displaced animals after Hurricane Katrina and establishing the 2nd Chance Companions charity. Hardman retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 2006 after serving for 22 years, 17 of which overlapped her teaching tenure. Hardman was called to active duty after 9/11 and is a veteran of Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. She was a member of the YMCA Master’s synchronized swim team and competed in the 2008 Nationals.
An accomplished professional vocalist, musician and composer, Daniel Neer graduated from Dublin High School in 1985. Currently a Librettist Fellow in the American Opera’s “Composer and the Voice” program, he appeared on Broadway in Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (who wrote and directed Oscar nominated “Moulin Rouge!” and is director of the forthcoming film “The Great Gatsby”). Neer is credited with dozens of soloist performances in operas and concert theaters including Carnegie Hall with the New York Chamber Orchestra. Committed to the development of aspiring artists, he has conducted vocal clinics for students in Dublin City Schools many times and has twice served as the music program’s Artist-in-Residence. Neer received a bachelor’s in vocal performance from Ohio State University and graduate degrees from the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Michigan.
Eli M. Pinney (posthumous)
The namesake for one of the district’s elementary schools, Eli M. Pinney graduated in 1926. Known as “Sparky Pinney,” he was a stone mason by trade and is often credited for helping to create the personality of Dublin because of the limestone fences he crafted. After initially being turned away from his father, also a mason, Pinney became an integral part of the team that constructed the Bridge Street bridge, eventually being promoted to help build the prestigious upper deck. Pinney also built many homes in the area. He was actively involved in the community, drove a Washington Local Schools bus for 25 years and was an avid baseball coach.
Clayton Rose, III
A 1970 graduate of Dublin High School, Rose is a life-long resident. Heavily involved with the community, he is a certified public accountant who specializes in owner-operated businesses. Rose has served as president of the local Kiwanis chapter twice, once as treasurer and is an organizer of the annual philanthropic Frog Jump that is known as the City of Dublin’s “oldest community event.” He was the Grand Leprechaun for the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 2010, Grand Marshall of Dublin’s Independence Day festivities in 2001 and received the Ohio State Alumni Society Leader award in 2002. Rose is an active member of the Dublin Community Church and has three children who are all Dublin City Schools alumni.
A retired social studies teacher who spent more than 35 years with Dublin City Schools, Welch was a member of Dublin High School’s Class of 1959. After diverting from his plan to attend law school and follow in the footsteps of his father, Welch became an innovator in the classroom with his “Acting Out History” approach. His goal was to incorporate a social justice component to learning where students could make real-life connections with the content he taught. He is the co-author of “How To Perform Acting Out History in the Classroom to Enrich Social Studies Education” and “Classroom Plays for an Ethical World.” Michael is now retired and lives in Palm Springs, Ca., but consults with teachers across the country to develop social studies curriculum. Beyond the creative approach to his work, Welch was a favorite among students.
2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
Emmett Karrer, Class of 1925 (posthumous)
Emmett Karrer was an internationally known Ohio State University professor and engineer. In 1930, he joined the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads and oversaw federal highway construction projects in several states. He was the founding director of the Ohio Highway Conference. He was a founding member of the Dublin Historical Society. In 1946, he accepted the position of Professor of Highway Engineering at The Ohio State University. In 1968 he led the investigation of the Silver Bridge collapse over the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Emmett served the district as school board member in the 1950s.
Dr. Walter Myers, Class of 1955
Dr. Myers served as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University from 1992-2002. He has music education and music performance degrees from three colleges. He has taught in the New York City Public Schools, at the University of Colorado, and Wichita State. Dr. Myers was founder of the Wichita Brass Quintet in 1963. He held principal trumpet positions with the Wichita Music Theater Orchestra, New York Orchestral Society, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He also free-lanced with the Brooklyn Symphony, Hofstra Symphony, New York Brass Quintet, American Brass Quintet, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera Orchestra. Dr. Myers' professional status is Dean Emeritus. He continues to consult as a program certification director for Young Audiences, Inc. of New York City.
Leonard Tracy, Class of 1965
Leonard Tracy is the winner of the Silver Star Award for gallantry in Vietnam. Leonard's unit was on patrol and came under heavy fire. He risked his life to save the surviving members of his unit. He bravely made a run for base, and once he had reinforcements, returned back to the battle to rescue his fellow soldiers.
Following his military service, he installed many of the overhead and underground lines in the young city of Dublin before retiring from American Electric Power in February 2003. He currently enjoys retirement with his wife of 42 years, Linda. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, and Leonard also travels the country with his cousin showing miniature donkeys at various fairs and shows. The most notable of these trips was to Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where they took the donkeys to see some wounded veterans coming home from war.
Charles Painter, Class of 1965
Charles Painter has 533 wins as a high school tennis coach and is in the top 15 in wins among active coaches. A member of two tennis related Hall of Fames, he coached Wright State University for 10-years, successfully transitioning the program from Division III to Division I. He has coached for 40 years, and nearly 80 seasons. He is currently the Head Boy's and Girl's Tennis Coach at Beavercreek High School, where he also teaches mathematics. Mr. Painter is a member of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association, the Miami Valley Tennis Coaches Association, The National Federation Coaches Association, The United States Professional Tennis Association, and the United States Tennis Association. He founded the Miami Valley Tennis Association and served as its president the first three years.
Thomas Taylor, Class of 1967 (posthumous)
Tom Taylor was a well-respected researcher, author, and historical-re-enactor. He was the founder and president of the Florida Lighthouse Association and the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation. His legacy includes extensive research and writing about American history, and especially lighthouse history. He was an influential force for historical re-enactments during the American Bicentennial and served for over nine years as a Historical Interpretive Specialist for the National Park Service. He was an accomplished sailor, boat builder, SCUBA diver, mountain climber, musician and also served as a historical consultant and actor in three major movies. Tom also produced two documentaries that were broadcast nationally.
John Kilbury, Class of 1969
John Kilbury is a developer/builder of custom homes in the Dublin and surrounding area. He has served as a DYA coach, and has volunteered for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Faith Mission. He has served in soup kitchens, gone to New Orleans to help build homes for those displaced after Hurricane Katrina, and is a second generation member of the Dublin Kiwanis, which provides services and assistance to students in Dublin City Schools, but it is his over 20 years of volunteer coaching that stands out to most. John has coached girls and boys from elementary through high school. He has coached every sport from T-ball to HS basketball. He has worked with those gifted athletes who can dunk a basketball as well as those who struggle to throw a ball over their heads. There are a collective of hundreds of students spanning two decades of Dublin community athletics who have a connection to John.
Julie Fletcher, Class of 1986
Julie Fletcher is the founder of the very successful "Welcome Warehouse" which helps many needy families in our area. She has served continuously as a dedicated leader of the organization from the early stages with a handful of volunteers to now, with a full Board of Trustees and Coordinators, comprising over 30 individuals. She has served as the President and Director of the Adopt-a-Family Program and worked tirelessly to encourage and inspire others to get involved. Julie worked for Pfizer in positions ranging from Primary Care Sales, to Critical Care, to Managed Care before retiring to pursue her dream of volunteering for a cause greater than herself.
Dr. Ted Sun, Class of 1990
Dr. Ted Sun is a world-renowned motivational speaker and has made countless appearances on national television. He is a published author as well as the founder and CEO of Executive Balance. As a self-titled Dream Maker, Dr. Sun is a master at developing people and organizations. In 2009 alone, leaders from 33 different countries felt the impact of Dr. Sun's work. He is a renowned consultant and a highly sought after educator and researcher around the world. Dr. Sun's personal vision: Being a global change leader enabling systemic shifts in thought around the world and leading humanity toward evolution from within.
Matthew Beck, Class of 1997
Dr. Matthew Beck is involved with the Super Computer project at the University of Kentucky as a professor and researcher in the College of Engineering. He is currently researching computational materials science of nanomaterials and materials for energy, application of novel quantum mechanical methods to diffusion, electron transport and catalysis. Dr. Beck has published several articles, given presentations, and was awarded a "First-principles calculations of MOS materials" grant. In addition to his many personal accomplishments, Dr. Beck believes it is important to give back. He has mentored two graduate students and one postdoctoral researcher.
Mary Emma Bailey (posthumous)
Mary Emma was a dedicated district employee for 23-years serving as clerk/treasurer. She is the author of the history of the Dublin City Schools. Bailey Elementary is named in her honor. A life-long citizen of Dublin, she was twice honored by the city. She was the Grand Marshall of the July 4 parade in 1977 and honored at the Emerald Ball in 1993. She was very active in civic organizations, including the Dublin Historical Society, where she was a corresponding secretary for many years. She was a life-long member of the Dublin Community Church, volunteering in the office, during her retirement years.
Ralph Feasel has been employed by Dublin City Schools for 46 years. He was Principal at Dublin High School for 10 years. He has served as a junior high math teacher, a high school math teacher, assistant principal, Director of Support Services, and currently serves in the district’s planning department. Ralph also served as a track coach, assistant football coach and basketball coach for Dublin Schools. When Ralph started working for the district, there were only three schools. During Ralph's tenure, the student population went from 1,000 students to 12,500 students, buses went from 7 to 126 buses, and the district went from A to AAA. Ralph has always been known for his calm demeanor, sincerity and thoroughness. It is difficult to imagine Dublin City Schools without Ralph Feasel.
Joe Riedel served as superintendent of Dublin City Schools from 1982-1987. Joe officially retired in 1990, but because the district was growing quickly, was asked to oversee the district's planning department. He has run the planning department of Dublin City Schools ever since. Joe taught K-12 music for 3 1/2 years in Scipio-Republic Schools, and served as their superintendent for a year. He was also superintendent at Hopewell-Loudon for four years, and Jonathan Alder for 10 years. Joe continues to share his experience and knowledge with those who work with him, in and out of the district office. He is very serious about the service he provides the district.
2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
A retired vice president for Ashland Chemical, Bulgozdy has volunteered for Dublin City Schools for more than 20 years, reading with countless students in many of Dublin’s elementary schools. Known affectionately as “Mr. B,” he is regarded for his patience and heartfelt desire to help students excel. Regardless of where he’s worked with a child -- at cafeteria tables, small desks with a tiny chairs or small, windowless spaces -- he always has a smile and compliments the staff for their contributions to the learning environment.
Lt. Col. James Camp
A member of the 1985 class of Dublin High School, Camp’s aircraft was one of the first to arrive in Washington, D.C. after the 9/11 attacks began. A decorated commander who has flown more than 50 missions in the Iraq War, Lt. Col. Camp’s team won the coveted Best KC-135 Air Crew in the U.S. Air Force’s international 2007 Mobility Rodeo competition. In high school, Camp was the quarterback of a football team that twice won the league championship.
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
A 1988 graduate of Dublin High School, Coughlin is a five-time National Hot Rod Association world champion and has 66 major wins as a stock car racer. In two decades, Coughlin has won 57 national events in 86 final-round appearances, ranking him among the best. Only five other drivers have collected more titles across the four professional racing classes than Coughlin. In his senior year in high school, Coughlin was the captain of the lacrosse team and led the team in scoring.
A teacher and track and cross country coach in the district for more than 20 years, Foley has developed numerous district, regional, state and national champions. A multi-year All American from Edinboro University, he added his vast training and racing experience to the coaching and development of young talent in the district. Currently the coach at Dublin Scioto he coached at Dublin High School before Scioto opened in 1996. Not only able to develop athletes into stellar performers, Foley is known for his leadership and serving a role model for countless students.
A member of Dublin High School’s Class of 1956, Bill Grafflin has served as an integral part of the alumni association, helping organize records and build a web site as well as take part in the association’s banquets for many years. He continues to play an important role, serving as a member of the alumni association’s advisory committee since the organization was established in 2008.
Barbara (Rose) Headlee
A 1947 graduate of Dublin High School, the district’s first-ever state champion athletes came under Headlee’s tutelage. A physical education teacher in the district for 25 years, Headlee began the gymnastics program in 1968. She went on to lead the team in 1972 to Ohio’s first state championship meet where two Dublin gymnasts earned first places (one was her daughter Connie). Headlee is regarded for her cutting-edge approach and incorporating activities such as horseback riding, canoeing and golf into the physical education curriculum.
Herbert W. Jones
Jones graduated from Dublin High School in 1955 and went on to teach public school for 35 years. President of the Dublin Historical Society, Jones initiated a partnership years ago between the organization and the school district that made a walking tour of Historic Dublin part of the elementary curriculum. Jones has served on countless committees at the city and township levels and retired after 31 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Washington Township Fire Department.
Dr. Henry W. Karrer
A member of the class of 1924, Karrer went on to study medicine after graduating and delivered more than 1,100 babies in the area during his nearly 30 years in practice. Karrer served as Dublin High School's All Sports Team Physician throughout the 1940s, '50s and '60s and was known for never missing an athletic event. A beloved member of the community, the district held "Doctor Karrer Night" in 1965 to honor him for his service and dedication. Karrer completed all 12 grades in the district's 1919 building.
A former agriculture teacher for Dublin High School, McNutt has served as NBC 4’s Garden Expert since 1989. He left his career in secondary education in 1963 to serve as 4-H agent in Franklin County and eventually became a full professor at The Ohio State University. He has spent decades sharing his knowledge and has given speeches and conducted educational programs in 45 states and 26 countries. McNutt is also a member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
An investment advisor for Monarch Financial, Putnoky created the most coveted award bestowed to district staff members. Established in 1990 to recognize outstanding contributions, the Golden Shamrock Award is presented at board meetings seven times a year to two employees who have made noteworthy contributions to the district. A member of the award committee since the program’s inception nearly 20 years ago, Putnoky has missed just one Golden Shamrock presentation. He has long believed employees -- from teachers to custodians to administrators -- are among the most valuable assets of the district.
Jordan (Rich) Rose
A member of Dublin High School’s class of 1989, Rose is the founder of Rose Law Group, one of the largest female-owned law firms in the western US. A recent finalist for the Arizona Republic’s Woman of the Year award, she was named by the newspaper as one of the “20 Women Who Will Shape Arizona by 2020.” Rose practices in the areas of renewable energy, land use and zoning and government relations and has built a firm known for its unique combination of attorneys, construction manager and urban planners. She is involved in many charitable organizations and mentors girls in high school and college. From first grade to her senior year in high school, Rose was consistently elected to student council.
A member of the class of 1983, Witchey was the voice of Dublin High School basketball and football games while a student. He began his professional career in 1987 for Dublin City Schools as a social studies teacher and assistant athletic director after graduating from OSU. He was named athletic director of Dublin Scioto when the school opened in 1996 and has led the school to numerous Ohio Capital Conference championships and four state titles. Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman appointed Witchey to the 2012 City of Columbus bicentennial sports subcommittee.
2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
Charles “Chi” Weber, class of 1941
Clayton W. Rose, class of 1945
Richard Davis Gordin, class of 1946
Jack W. Frambes, class of 1950
Richard D. Termeer, class of 1951
Suzie Bishop Feasel, retired staff member, class of 1966
Kent Mercker, class of 1986
Julie McCloy Mercker, class of 1989
Dr. Jeff Keller, retired staff member, 1972-2005
Dr. Greg Brooks,* athletic team doctor, 1982-2000
Samuel Frantz,* former school board president
Willard Grizzell,* former Superintendent *posthumous
In addition, seven Dublin Schools graduates who gave their lives for our country in the line of duty were also inducted.
Elmer Smiley, U.S. Army Air Corp, class of 1935
Joseph R. Smith, U.S. Army Air Corp, class of 1936
Lawrence Edward Strayer, U.S. Army, class of 1962
Norman Wesley Tarpley, U.S. Army, class of 1963
James Carr, U.S. Army, class of 1964
Michael Fields Abrams Covert, U.S. Army, class of 1967
Wesley G. Davids, USMC, class of 2003
Hall of Fame Inductees
Scott E. Bagenstose, M.D.
Mary Emma Bailey
Matthew Beck, Ph.D.
Karen Gorden Boerger
Greg Brooks, M.D.
Julie Marie Brooks, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. James Camp
Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
Michael Abrams Covert
Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids
Suzie Bishop Feasel
Jack W. Frambes
Gordin Willard Grizzell
Jacqueline (Pierson) Hardman
Barbara (Rose) Headlee
Paul Herbert, J.D.
James Homon, D.D.S.
Herbert W. Jones
Henry W. Karrer, M.D.
Jeff Keller, Ph. D.
Julie McCloy Mercker
Walter Myers, Ph.D.
J. Mel Reid
Jordan (Rich) Rose, J.D.
Clayton W. Rose
Clayton W. Rose, III
Capt. Nicholas Rozanski
Joseph R. Smith
Lawrence E. Strayer
Ted Sun, D.M., Ph.D.
Norman W. Tarpley
Richard D. Termeer
Charles “Chi” Weber