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The ALHS Alumni Hall of Fame has 109 members to date. If you would like to nominate an accomplished alumnus for the Hall of Fame, please submit your written nomination to Gloria Gray c/o Lincoln High School. Please include a detailed description of what the nominee has accomplished since graduating from Lincoln, including career successes, community service, and service to Lincoln High.

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Congratulations, 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees:

DENNIS DEARDEN, CLASS OF 1970. Dennis was the Senior Class president and was selected as “Man of the Year” during his senior year. He was an active participant in both baseball and basketball, was a 2 Year letterman in both sports and captain of each team his senior year. In basketball he was a 1st Team All-Metro selection and third leading scorer in the Metro his senior year. In addition to this he was Honorable Mention All-State. Upon graduation from Lincoln, Dennis went on to attend Simpson College where he continued to play basketball and baseball. He lettered two times in each sport. After graduating from Simpson, Dennis became a teacher, coach and school administrator, spending 20 years in the classroom. Dennis coached at several schools, including Lincoln, where he was on the staff of the 1975 State Title Basketball Team. He coached at Norwalk, Urbandale, and in Colorado. He was selected as Coach of the Year at both Norwalk and at Grand Junction High School in Colorado. In addition to his high school coaching, Dennis was also the Head Basketball Coach at Simpson College for three seasons. He was the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 1983. His overall career record was 270-74. In 2016 he was inducted into the Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Dennis moved on to administration in 1993 and has served as Athletic Director, Principal, Superintendent, and was the Associate Executive Director of AASA, the School Superintendent Association. There he launched the first National Superintendent Certification Program. To date over 300 superintendents from around the country have gone through the program. Before his time as superintendent, Dearden served as the Cluster I assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Schools in Virginia, where he was responsible for 22 schools and nearly 20,000 students. All 22 schools earned full state accreditation and the three high schools were included in the 2005 Newsweek top 100 high schools in the nation. Dennis is known nationwide as an extremely talented educational leader. He has excelled at every level due in large part to his team building strength, his ability to communicate a clear and distinct passion for students and reaching out to a constituency that embraces change and breaks down barriers to teaching and learning. Currently Dennis is the Superintendent of Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District in Sedona, Arizona. 2019 ALUMNI HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and a member of Park Ave. Christian Church. In Ohio, he was a member in the St. Paul Catholic Church, Westerville, OH. He was on the boards of Catholic Social Services, Recreation Unlimited, and Fore Hope, all in Columbus, Ohio.

SUSAN AMEND WOODY, CLASS OF 1981, grew up in Des Moines and attended Jefferson and Brody before getting to Lincoln. Her family owned Amend Meat Packing Company which had been in business for 90 years, until last Fall. While at Lincoln, Susan was captain of the Drill Team, sang with the Chamber Chorale and was a Mermaid. After Lincoln she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. She also received a Master of Library and Information degree from the University of Northern Texas. She began her career with the Des Moines Public Library as a half-time storyteller and coordinator of children’s programs. She then developed and managed the Rosie Outreach Program, designed and implemented the Rosie Reader mascot and brand, and was the full-time Rosie Outreach Coordinator, traveling the city to read to children and share her passion for literacy with central Iowa youth – a passion that continues today and guides her vision for the future. Before becoming Director, Sue served as Branch Manager for both the South Side and Forest Avenue locations. She was the Supervising Librarian of Community Engagement, a position that oversaw library marketing, publicity, outreach and community engagement efforts. She also planned and organized the Authors Visiting in Des Moines author series, including podcasts. Prior to her years of library work, for three years Sue owned and operated a children’s book store called THE ALLIGATOR’S TALE in Des Moines. Susan became Director of the Des Moines Public Library in July 2018, after a national search, and after 14 years of proven leadership and demonstrated communication skills. She leads with a passion to inspire the community to embrace all that the library offers, a desire to lead the organization with dynamic vision for short and long-term goals, and to establish an excellent working environment that encourages teamwork and innovation.

DAVID HOLLINGSWORTH, CLASS OF 1971. David attended Park Avenue Elementary School, and Lincoln and Brody for junior high grades before coming to Lincoln High School. He is a fourth generation Southsider. After Lincoln David graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Quantitative Analysis. He then earned his MBA from Drake University. David is a seasoned executive, successfully building, growing and transforming departments, companies and individual agencies. He has led sales, claims, product, underwriting, and processing organizations; counseled with insurance carriers, financial service firms, and insurance agencies of all sizes and types. Currently, David is CEO of Hollico LLC and a partner in Renovo Partners LLC. He is a member of the Iscential Advisory Board of Directors and has the role of Board Chairman. Through both of his consulting businesses he has worked with several insurance carriers, banks, TPAs, insurance aggregators and over 100 different insurance agencies. The type of work done has included strategic planning, business valuations, benchmarking, business sales and purchase negotiations, exit strategies for owners, and business and agency training. Prior to starting his consulting practice in 2006, David was a part of the Nationwide Insurance senior leadership team. During his over 30 years with Nationwide he held various positions with their agribusiness insurance company; held administrative responsibilities for a number of Nationwide subsidiaries; was COO of Gates McDonald & Company, turning the company into a profitable growing concern; and managed Nationwide’s health business. His last position at Nationwide gave him responsibility for developing Nationwide’s internet capabilities, and managing all of Nationwide’s property casualty distribution, wholesale support agency, and board relations team. His team generated nearly $10 billion in annual property casualty sales and $900 million of financial product sales. As a member of the Nationwide leadership team he held various board positions on more than 20 of Nationwide’s subsidiaries, from 1995 through 2004. Over his career David has served on the boards of the South Des Moines YMCA and the Greater Des Moines YMCA.

Click HERE to view the 2012 Inductees.
Click HERE to view the 2013 Inductees.
Click HERE to view the 2014 Inductees.
Click HERE to view the 2015 Inductees.
Click HERE to view the 2016 Inductees.
Click HERE to view the 2017 Inductees.
Click HERE to view the 2018 Inductees.

Here is the complete list of ALHS Hall of Fame Inductees:

1992:
Melio Tonini ‘32
Bill Backstrom ‘48
Marge White ‘39

1993:
Dr. Noble Irving ‘33
Kathleen “Kae” Shiffer ‘31
John Haydon ‘33
Paul Gregory (formerly Burton Lenhart) ‘38

1994:
Dr. Earl Canfield ‘36
Jerry C. Miller ‘42
Eula Cartwright ‘39

1995:
(None listed in Directory)

1996:
Dr. John McCaw ‘35
Jerry Stoops ‘48
Dr. Dale Briley ‘42
Victor Jackovich ‘66

1997:
Pete Crivaro ‘31
Simon Wheeler Casady ‘33
Dr. Richard H. Adamson ‘54

1998:
Faye Sterling Cleary ‘35
Dr. Raymond Martin ‘46
Jack Copic ‘65

1999:
George “Skip” Timmons ‘53
John Ogden ‘64

2000:
Richard C. Felice ‘54
Daniel C. Christensen ‘67

2001:
John Bellizzi ‘56
Dr. John R. Haydon, Jr. ‘56

2002:
Charles Morgan ‘48
Albert Graziano ‘60
Dr. Ramona Ortega-Liston ‘60
Robert Lumsden ‘61
Sandra Thorpe ‘62
Michael Loffredo ‘63

2003:
Coralie Hull Cherry ‘47
James W. Wilson ‘45

2004:
Agnes Nittler Bosworth ‘28
Everett Chandler ’27 (1995)
James Engel, Ph.D. ‘52
Theresa Montognese Funaro ‘39

2005:
Sargio Fontanini ‘33
Robert E. Jackson, Jr. ‘99
A. Dave Ostrem ‘ 49
Larree Moro Renda ‘76
Ralph Wilson ‘49

2006:
Les Folwell ‘38
Rose Mary Neff Schwent ‘42
Craig Textor ‘48
David Mills ‘50
H. Ed Phillips ‘ 64
Bruce Koeppl ‘75

2007:
Ernest Gruwell ‘40
Charles Stover ‘56
Anna Ruperto Williams ‘63
Thomas Lipovac ‘73
James Sanders ‘78
Beth Baker Albright ‘83

2008:
Kathryn Masimore Hodge ‘35
Thomas Clifford Hodge ‘37
Dr. Jay Harold Anderson ‘51
Dr. Larry Erickson ‘56
Justine Morton ’70
Nor Rae Merkel Spohn ’76

2009:
(None – construction/remodeling)

2010:
Art Nizzi ‘38
Virgil Moore ‘49
Lee H. Gaudineer, Jr. ‘50
Harry Flaugh ‘55
Ellyn Cornelison Rucker ‘55
Steve Cox ‘65
Ted Townsend ‘66
Nancy Stein Nowak ‘70
Janet Atkins Hicks ‘71
Marvin Fisher ‘77
William Durbin ‘78

2011:
Becky Clinton Dewey ‘83
Raymond “Skip” Phillips, Jr. ‘68
Lewis DeMarco ‘40
Col. Kelly Kirts ‘82
Kathryn Kate Aspengren ‘70
Kenneth Sufka ‘85

2012:
Joe Tursi ‘41
Dr. Ted Harper ‘47
Paul Tursi ‘50
Suzette Stephens Jensen ‘64
John Haigh ‘72
Tim Leach ‘74
Jim Edwards ‘75

2013:
Robert Keefer ‘35
Bill Keefer ‘37
John Hollingsworth ‘42
John Ortega ‘54
Sarah Cook Zimmerman ‘58
Gloria Gray ‘66

2014:
Noah Lacona ‘41
Chuck Mettler ‘61
Phil Barber ‘68
Kirk Blunck ‘72
Captain Theresa Louise Smith, M.D. ‘80

2015:
Miriam Erickson Brown ‘80
Warren Erickson ‘86
Kevin McCarthy ‘89

2016:
Jerry Crawford ‘67
Judge John P. Crouch ‘50
Linda Lewis Grandquist ‘60
Nicole Graziano ‘86

2017:
Dr. Ronald Foreman ‘66
Lynnea Smith Hagen ‘65
Terry Bob Hyatt, ‘60

2018:
Joel Drake '87
Mary Jennings '54
Richard Hurd '70

2019:
Dennis Dearden '70
Susan Amend Woody '81
David Hollingsworth '71

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