Gainesville Daily Register

September 10, 2013

GHS Hall of Fame to honor outstanding alumni, top educators

Staff Report

Gainesville — By CATHY MOUNCE

Register Staff Writer

The Gainesville High School (GHS) Hall of Fame Association will honor alumni and educators for 2013 at the 10th annual homecoming luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Ministry Center of Whaley Memorial Methodist Church.

“This year’s event again will take place on the Saturday of Gainesville’s homecoming and promises to draw the biggest crowd ever,” Alumni Association president Tom Kennedy said. “We are expecting many folks from the classes of the 1950s to be in attendance. We only have a limited time to sell tickets but there will be plenty available.”

 The alumni honorees include three highly successful brothers from the same family and the only Texas poet laureate to hail from Gainesville. The new members to be honored at the alumni luncheon include: Ruth Huffaker Reuther, class of 1934, noted author named Poet Laureate of Texas in 1987; Yandell “Tog” Rogers, class of 1952, who is a lawyer and entrepreneur in the office reproduction blueprinting business at L.L. Ridgway Enterprises; Steve Rogers, class of 1953, who is an entrepreneur, engineer and co-founder of Rogers-O’Brien Investment which is a major commercial construction company headquartered in Dallas; Bill Rogers, class of 1956, who is a geologist and entrepreneur in the oil and gas exploration industry in Texas and Louisiana.

The four educator honorees are: Debbie Fleitman, a 30-year English teacher and drill team sponsor at both middle school and high school levels; Janice Lillard, a 20-year English teacher, Spanish teacher and active sponsor of the drill team, Honor Society and other extra-curricular activities; Barbara Marshall, the school district’s first-ever director of Special Education, with about 30 years experience devoted to special needs students; Gordon B. Smith Jr., a 42-year English teacher, French teacher and sponsor of numerous extra curricular activities.

“We began this to not only honor GHS graduates who have gone on to highly successful lives but also to honor teachers and educators who have dedicated their lives to mentoring our students,” Kennedy continued.

All Hall of Fame honorees are permanently recognized with engraved plaques on the east wall of the Gainesville ISD auditorium at the Middle School campus on Lindsay St.  

Tickets are $15 and are now on sale and may be purchased at the GISD Administration Building, 800 South Morris.  Net proceeds will help to fund the alumni scholarship to be awarded to a deserving GHS Class of 2014 graduate.