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June 18, 2013

NAHS Hall to induct 12 new members

Former educators, Army colonel among inductees


The New Albany High School Hall of Fame class of 2013 has a little bit of everything. There is a colonel in the U.S. Army who was an 1876 graduate, killed in action and buried at Arlington National Cemetery, two educators who combined to teach at the school for 87 years, and a 1951 graduate who started a small business which grew into a worldwide leader in the electronic interconnect industry.

The class of 12 is a great representation of the school and its rich history as the oldest public high school in Indiana, according to Hall of Fame Co-Chair Susan Adams. The 12 will be inducted at a luncheon Sept. 29 in the school’s cafeteria. Tickets for the event will go on sale in August.

“The class of 2013 exhibits the committee’s desire to include a variety of people from early- to mid-20th century graduates who returned to NAHS to teach for full careers and graduates who ventured into the world and made their marks in business and industry, sports, the military and civic and philanthropic endeavors,” Adams said. “We also wish to honor faculty who made a huge impact on students and were innovative in their teaching careers.  The pool of potential candidates is ever-growing and we hope that others in the community will send in nominations for people whom they consider worthy.”

This year’s class is: Phyllis Breen Cogan, class of 1964; Bob Dusch, class of 1962, faculty from 1966-2013; Lillian Emery, class of 1905; Lee Kelly, faculty, 1973-2013; Hank Klein, class of 1946; Don McMahel, class of 1948, faculty at various schools in the NA-FC School Corp. from 1959-93; Walter Poff, class of 1949; Muriel Ryall, class of 1922, faculty from 1939-71; Sam Shine, class of 1951; Steve Sipes, class of 1967, teacher/administrator from 1972-2009; Stanley Starks, Bulldog bus driver, 1951-80; and Col. John Stotsenburg, class of 1876, who was killed in the Philippines insurrection on April 23, 1899, while leading his regiment.

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