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Class of 1973 Reunion Planning Meeting
The GHS Class of 1973 is having its first meeting for their 45th reunion to be held in 2018. The meeting will be held at the Galion Public Library Community Room in the basement, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm.
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2017 Hall of Fame
The 2017 Hall of Fame Banquet and inductee presentations will be held on October 7, 2017. Do you know a Galion High School Graduate that deserves recognition for outstanding accomplishments in their careers and communities? Please fill out a nomination form for that individual to be considered for that honor. Nominating forms are due by June15, 2017. Click on the banner below to print out the nominating criteria and and form. Provide as much information as possible, but most importantly nominate some one you feel is deserving of recognition.
Hall of Fame
These links will access pages dedicted to the inductees into the Hall of Fame.
|2015 Inductee Bios|
|Written by Stephen Melchior|
|Tuesday, 27 October 2015|
ROBERT W. MORGAN
CLASS OF 1955
According to family friend Tim Kusner, Robert W.
Morgan led a “Storybook life of a local boy making it big in a difficult
industry.” Calling Morgan “…a top radio personality in Los Angeles for over 30
years,” Kusner noted Morgan’s being named Billboard Magazine’s Air Personality
of the Year (1967), his unanimous selection to Ohio’s Broadcasters’ Hall of
Fame, and his being awarded a citation from the National Association of
Broadcasters for “Significant Achievement in American Broadcasting.” In
addition, Morgan has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, near the Kodak
Theater complex. His Wikipedia biography notes that his work is displayed at
How and where did this legendary broadcaster begin?
According to his Wiki biography, Morgan’s “interest was piqued while listening
to his favorite DJs on
In 1959, Morgan moved to
In April 1965 Morgan, Steele and Jacobs would become
“Superstars” when they came to work at KHJ-AM in
During his years at KHJ, Morgan voiced promos for the “Boss Jocks,” the nickname he and his fellow DJs had earned, and co-produced and narrated the History of Rock and Roll, a 48-hour history of Rock and Roll that aired internationally.
In 1970 Morgan moved to WIND in
In 1992, Morgan signed on as the morning show host of the “oldies” at K-EARTH-101, again earning solid ratings. In May 1997 Morgan announced he was suffering lung cancer and told his listeners “It could have something to do with the two packs a day cigarette habit I had for the last 35 years” (Wiki). He told his listeners he was going to take time off to fight his disease. According to Kusner, Morgan became “a spokesperson on lung cancer following his diagnosis.” Morgan died on May 22, 1998. He is survived by his wife Shelley and daughter Susanna.
In Kusner’s words, Morgan “…is probably one of the most famous Galion High School Alumni, if not THE most famous!”
DR. STANLEY E. GROGG
CLASS OF 1963
Dr. Stanley L. Grogg’s resume contains a fairly
typical list of activities associated with successful high school students:
Class President (1, 2, 3, 4); Football (2, 3, 4); National Honor Society (3,
4); Track (1, 2); Varsity G (2, 3, 4), Vice President (4). Following high
school, he attended the
But his life is much more than the “Boy- From-a-Small-Midwest-Town-Becomes-a-Doctor” tale. Classmates Donna Wilson and Nancy Reid, with a “fact-checking assist” from Grogg’s wife Barb, wrote of their high school friend:
Stanley Grogg, a member of the GHS class of 1963, has
been a devoted member of the pediatric medical teaching and research profession
for over forty years. After completing his pediatric residency in 1974, Stan
began a private pediatric practice and became a member of the teaching faculty
For the past 30 years, Stan and his wife, who is a
nurse practitioner, have been interested in providing medical information and
immunizations for travelers. Veteran travelers themselves, the Groggs have
visited 164 countries and territories. Since 2004 they have been leading
medical missions to under-served areas of the world. Their team consists mainly
of medical students from all over the
Upon retirement in 2014, Stan and Barbara started a not-profit organization, Power of the Nickel, to continue their global medical outreach programs. (For more information, visit www.powerofthenickel.com .)
Truly, Dr. Stanley Grogg’s “Small-Town-Boy-Makes-Good” story has a world-wide reach and impact. (Photos of the children served by Stan’s program and of the medical students involved can be found on his Facebook page.)
JOHN G. MCWILLIAMS
CLASS OF 1965
In nominating Professor John G. McWilliams, fellow
Class of ’65 graduate Ken Jarvis wrote that John is “a very good friend of
mine. He has carved out quite a career as an educator in
John McWilliams is a professor at
Before accomplishing all of this, McWilliams was a student at GHS. While in high school, he was a member of the varsity basketball team (1963-65), attended Buckeye Boys State his junior year, and was selected for membership in the National Honor Society. McWilliams says of his days at GHS, “…my ‘most valuable’ teachers were Moulton Dewalt and Art Enoch. They both helped me learn how to think and how to communicate.”
When asked about his life beyond career and academia,
McWilliams noted that “In 1971 I had the very good luck to marry Jody Ahearn
(GHS 1965).” They have two sons, Ian (33),
Their sons attended a small private school where John
volunteered as a board member and Treasurer. He reports that “An active,
focused parent group was able to grow a small elementary school with nominal
resources to become a middle school which owns its own building in
McWilliams enjoys hiking, camping, reading, music and writing. He is a sports fan and enjoys baseball and basketball. He describes himself as a “long suffering, finally rewarded Golden State Warriors fan.” His goals are to take care of himself and his family, to help others be all they can be, and to have fun with my life.
His advice to students: “Do the things that matter to you…even if you think you can’t do them. Surprising yourself is a lot of fun!”
MR. DAVID E. SPRAW
CLASS OF 1966
Outstanding Educator (1970-2008)
David Spraw based his career upon the same advice that he gave his students: Dare to Fail. Living his life by this mantra, he has guided and inspired countless individuals as a teacher, coach, and community volunteer and made Galion a better place for families to grow and children to learn.
A 1966 graduate of Galion High School, Dave earned his undergraduate degree in Comprehensive English from Bluffton College in 1970. That autumn, he returned to Galion and began what would be a thirty-eight year career as an English and speech teacher at his alma mater. Throughout his dynamic career, he earned his Master’s degree from Ashland University in 1985, coached back-to-back NOL title-winning baseball teams (1977-78), and became a very familiar voice as the announcer for the Galion football, basketball, and volleyball teams.
The son of Galion High School graduates, Dave married his high school sweetheart and fellow Galion alum Janet Ulmer in 1969. Together, they had a daughter, Erin, who also graduated from Galion High School in 1992. Traveling to visit Erin is one of David’s favorite past times, along with golf, bridge, movies, music, and reading. He is an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where he teaches Sunday school and participates in community outreach activities. Dave also currently serves on the Galion Community Foundation board and the Connections Weekend committee and is a former member of the Avita Foundation Board of Directors.
Dave aspires to be a life-long learner, and his list of accomplishments certainly indicates success in this pursuit. He embraces challenging tasks and never avoids an opportunity simply due to fear of failure. He truly lives the advice that he always gave his students, and the Galion community is better because of it.
PASTOR JAMES (SCOTT) REYNOLDS
CLASS OF 1976
Three-year starter on his high school basketball team and member of the 1975 NOL Championship team, Galion’s leading scorer and First Team All-NOL and Northwest District Team in 1976, holder of a basketball scoring record at Mt. Vernon College (now University), winner of Good Conduct, Overseas Deployment and Humanitarian Service recognition while serving in the United State Marine Corps. Who accomplished these things before age 25? Galion graduate: Pastor Scott Reynolds.
However, there’s another component to Reynold’s
story: College dropout; boat accident survivor; drug user and international
drug smuggler, convicted and sentenced to prison in
How did this turn around occur? In his award-winning
essay “Redeemed: The Scott Reynolds Story,” Jon Kleinknecht, former Galion
Inquirer sports editor, details Reynolds’ life and recovery. (The essay can be
found at The Amy Foundation’s website.) According to the article, the
turnaround started when Reynolds hit bottom and considered suicide in 1980.
Reynolds explained the event this way: I carried guns with me wherever I went.
For some reason, I ended up at my Aunt Alice’s house. I began crying and she
started talking to me about God and how much God loved me. I gave her all my
guns, my sister Sarabeth came and got me from
After spending the usual 13 months in the center as a
“student,” Reynolds moved on entering the business world and doing volunteer
work. However, he continued to be involved with Teen Challenge. In 2004 he was
ordained and later became the executive director of the
Today, Reynolds pastors a small church in
COLONEL (RETIRED) SHAWN MATEER
CLASS OF 1976
Colonel (Retired) Shawn Mateer has spent his adult
life in service to our Nation. He served in uniform as a Soldier for over 30
years following his 1976 graduation from
He culminated his career as the Chief of Staff of the
XVIII Airborne Corps and
He has various military decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and eight Oak Leaf Clusters. He also earned the Combat and Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge with over 180 parachute jumps, the Air Assault and Pathfinder Badges; additionally he wears the Army Staff Identification Badge. He has numerous campaign medals as well as eight foreign Airborne Badges.
Shawn graduated from
He continues his service today as the Fort Bragg
Mission Support Element Director, where he is the senior civilian advisor and
program synchronizer for The Commanding General of XVIII Airborne Corps and
He and his wife Liz have one son, Captain Don Mateer
who completed two combat tours in
When asked about advice for current students, Shawn believes John Stuart Mill’s quote captures the essences of his experience, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse.”
CLASS OF 1989
In nominating his former student, 2010 inductee J.
William Stepro wrote: With the goal of creating a quality of life that
motivates individuals and families to locate in
Following high school,
During the last three years
Another community activity for which he played an integral part was the
creation of the celebration we now know as Connections Weekend. The
collaborative effort seeks to honor highly accomplished GHS grads and to
provide support for
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