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ALUMNI HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
JHS Alumni Hall of Fame was established in order to recognize, promote, and celebrate
the success and achievement of JHS graduates and faculty; so many of our
graduates have become outstanding members of society through professional
achievements or contributions to the community.
November 14, 2009
Jeffersontown Fine Arts Auditorium
Jacqueline Love — Class of 1976
Matthew Keith — Class of 1984
John Ruck — Class of 1975
Rodney Foster — Class of 1983
Cecil Goodloe — Class of
Charles Graff — Class of 1942
Fred "Buddy" Roemele
— Class of 1948
William T. Reynolds — Principal, 1966-1972
Richard Haag – Class of 1942
Huddleston — Class of 1942
Edesia Gardens (formerly Ferd Grisanti's)
Lori Rehment Moore —
Class of 1983
Chief Keith Nolan Caudill – Class of 1981
Dr. William T. Reynolds Jr. — Class of 1977
George Yankey — Staff
Helen Hester — Class of 1942
Myra Boblitt Fugate
– Staff/Alumni Director 1971 - Present
April 27, 2012
Oxmoor Country Club
Dr. Michael Akers — Class of 1973
Back in 1973, Mike led the JHS
basketball team; now he leads the department of accounting at Marquette University
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mike is well-known in his field and
has published over 50 journal articles in the areas of financial literacy,
earnings management, and audit education. He serves on various boards of
directors, is a frequent guest lecturer, and has won numerous teaching awards.
In addition, Mike has volunteered on financial committees at several local
churches and continues to be involved in basketball through coaching church
Karen Ballard — Class of 1987
displayed an early interest and aptitude for photography during her senior year
in high school as JHS yearbook photographer. Since that time, Karen has become
a widely recognized and respected photojournalist and unit photography editor
for major motion pictures and news magazines. Her photos have appeared in Time,
Newsweek, and The Sunday New York Times Magazine; and she has
worked with industry icons such as Steven Spielberg and Sylvester Stallone.
Karen was honored to be selected as one of the photographers for the 2009
publication, Barack O’Bama: The Official Inaugural Years.
Dr. Mike Biddle — Class of 1974
is the president and founder of MBA Polymers based in Richmond, California.
This innovative company literally leads the world in recovering discarded
products back into useful plastics which are needed for computers, electronics,
appliances, and automobiles. Mike has received numerous international awards
for leadership, innovation, energy, and economics; including the first Thomas
Alva Edison Award for Innovation in 2002. He has certainly lived up to the
expectations of the senior class of 1974 when he was elected “Most Likely
Kathie Cunningham Hill — Class of 1972
high school, Kathie was a member of both the concert choir and the girls'
chorus where she was known for her glorious voice. Her beautiful voice helped
earn her the crown of Miss JHS in 1972! Today, Kathie lends her voice to her
service in Christian ministry and as a writer of children’s Christian
musicals. She has been nominated nine times for awards by the Gospel Music
Association and won the prestigious Dove Award for her musical, “Wise
Guys and Starry Skies.” Through her organization, Kathie Hill Music,
Kathie produces Christian teaching resources and is often a featured guest
speaker at conferences.
Dwight Robinson — Class of 1979
his years at JHS as senior class president and a four-sport letterman to his
career in a senior level financial position, Dwight has always demonstrated
leadership ability. Currently, Dwight serves as Chief Financial Officer
for Kindred Healthcare where he is responsible for the financial operations of
numerous hospitals and therapy clinics within four states. He is also the
recipient of a YMCA Black Achiever Award. Dwight supports a variety of
community causes through his work with church, Jefferson County Public Schools,
and the University
Lamar Richardson – Faculty Member
Mr. Richardson, or “Rich” as he is fondly known,
has spent his entire career teaching music and providing area students with
opportunities to participate in marching band and concert competitions.
As an original JHS faculty member starting in 1966, he served as band director
until 1979; and then returned again from 1983-1995. Mr. Richardson has also
been a member of the Derby Festival Parade Committee and has served as an adjudicator
for many Kentucky
marching band competitions. Currently, he assists Harold Yankey, a JHS band alumnus, with the Floyd Central High
School Band in Indiana.
April 20, 2013
Oxmoor Country Club
Dr. Charles Tritle — Class
a young student, Charlie Tritle was passionate in his
support of JHS and even helped erect some of the bleachers on the football
field. He showed his school spirit as a member of the pep club and
through his leadership as vice-president his senior year.
high school, Charlie attended college and graduated from the University of Louisville Dental School. He was a successful
general dentist in the Louisville
area until a debilitating health condition caused him to retire. In his
typical spirited fashion, Charlie reinvented himself and has had a successful
second career in the dental insurance and benefits industry.
his own personal health challenges, Charlie channeled his drive and passion
into helping others. He was a longtime baseball and basketball coach for youth
sports programs, and he has dedicated himself to numerous causes and charities
that promote dental health.
of his long-lasting accomplishments has been to serve as the president of the
JHS Alumni Association. Thanks to Charlie’s leadership, the alumni
association has funded and designed the repurposing of storage space into a
state-of-the-art auditorium, the establishment of the Hall of Fame, and the
recently dedicated new entrance and memory walk on the football field. He
is our most ardent fan and has dedicated a lifetime to supporting Jeffersontown High School. In short, the alumni
association would not be what it is today without the spirited leadership and
drive of Dr. Charlie Tritle.
Gary Doll — Class of 1973
During high school, Gary Doll was a
talented musician, excelling in both band and choir. As a high school
senior, Gary earned a Westinghouse Scholarship
to Marshall University, graduating Magna Cum Laude
with a Bachelor’s degree in physics. Continuing his efforts in
physics, Gary earned his Master’s degree
and his Ph.D. from the University
of Kentucky. Gary was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in physics at
the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and NATO scholarships to
study in Italy and Israel.
Gary started his professional career working as a research
scientist for General Motors Research Laboratories in Warren, Michigan.
In 1996, he moved to the Timken Company where his professional experience has
included being Senior Research Specialist, Scientist and Technical Director of
Engineered Surfaces, Chief Technologist, and Director of the Timken Engineered
Surfaces Laboratories. He is also the Timken Professor of Surface
Engineering, an endowed chair in the College
of Engineering at the University of Akron
in Akron, Ohio.
Gary’s research in surface engineering has led to over 25 U.S. patents,
over 120 published journal articles, and over 75 international presentations.
He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on engineering
surfaces for friction and wear reduction. His contributions in surface
engineering have led to technological advancements in carbon fibers, turbine
engines for aircraft, wear resistant bearings, nitrogen oxide-reducing diesel
fuel additives, antimicrobial surfaces for biomedical devices, and
biocompatible lubricants — just to name a few. Most recently, he
was named the NorTech Innovation Award Winner for
Jennie Sauer Ciliberti —
Class of 1978
in high school, Jennie Sauer Ciliberti received the
Business department award her senior year for Best Business Student. Her
focused approach was also demonstrated as a member of the National Honor
Society, Beta Club, German Club, track team, and as a Miss JHS finalist.
Upon graduation, Jennie received an academic scholarship to Western Kentucky
University where she
became a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, a member of student government, and
a WKU cheerleader.
college, Jennie spent 11 years with General Electric in Marketing, Accounting,
and Finance. Jennie left GE in 1993 to begin a new business career as a
realtor. She was named “Rookie of the Year” by the Louisville
Board of Realtors and since then has been a consistent top 5% realtor in the Louisville market.
Jennie is a member of the Re/Max International Hall of Fame and was named a
Lifetime Achievement Club member.
addition to her success in the business world, Jennie has also been successful
in giving back to others. As a cancer survivor of 32 years, Jennie dedicates
her time and talents to fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and
has chaired their Relay for Life event for several years. She serves as a
support for recently diagnosed cancer patients. For her work with the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Jennie was named their “Woman of the
Mark Jaggers — Class of 1983
Mark Jaggers was a 1983 graduate of Jeffersontown
High School. Mark
was a star basketball player, a pep club enthusiast, a senior class officer,
and was voted Most Likely to Succeed during his senior
year. He also distinguished himself as a scholar, receiving an Air Force
scholarship to the University
of Purdue to study
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
Following his graduation from Purdue, Mark was trained to fly the Air Force
satellite system known as the Global Positioning System (GPS). After
three years of active duty, he was sent to an elite pilot training program
where he was trained to fly the largest airplane in the western world, the C-5
Galaxy. He had the opportunity to fly around the world supporting
National Defense and United Nations missions. As an Air Force veteran,
Mark also flew C-5s for humanitarian efforts in Somalia during the Gulf War.
Air Force career ended abruptly when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Physicians at the famed MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston not only saved his life, but inspired
him to pursue a career in medicine. He returned home to attend the
University of Louisville School of Medicine where he
chose to specialize in ophthalmology. Mark became a compassionate surgeon
with The Eye Care Institute and was the first ophthalmologist to offer regular
office hours in Bullitt
County, a traditionally
underserved county for care and treatment of eye diseases and surgery.
also had a fun side, with a passion for golf, tennis, University
of Louisville and Purdue University
sports. He cherished the time spent with his family. Through the
years, Mark endured several cancer setbacks and ultimately faced his impending death
with spirit and dignity by writing a memoir for his children. Mark passed
away in 2012.
Max Barton — Class of 1986
Barton distinguished himself early as a diverse, multi-talented, and dynamic
student. While in high school, he was in JROTC, played on the tennis
team, and won a 1st place award for speech and debate. However, his most
innovative and significant accomplishment was as a high school intern with the
Artificial Heart Program at Humana
Mentored by noted heart surgeons, Dr. William DeVries
and Dr. Allan Lansing, he won the National Science Award for his work on the
Artificial Heart in Space Project. This project triggered follow-up
experiments on space flight observations of cardiovascular function.
continued his studies at Bellarmine University,
graduating Cum Laude with a major in Political Science and Theology, and a
minor in Microbiology. He earned a master’s degree in Arts
Administration from the University of Akron, and in Theology from Walsh University.
diverse talents led him to a career in the communications and marketing
industry. He has been a communications, marketing, and business
development executive who is known for achieving growth objectives, increasing
brand awareness, and developing innovative practices. Currently, Max
serves as the Marketing Director of the Canton Museum of Art. He is
responsible for marketing, educational programs, public relations, events, and
addition to his diverse talents, Max has diverse interests as well. He is
president of the Board of Directors, a riding instructor, and a horse handler
at Solid Rock Theraputic
The center rescues and rehabilitates horses, some of which are used as riding
therapy horses for adults and children with special needs. To Max, his
work with the equine center is his most rewarding accomplishment.
Jane Collins Rose — Faculty Member, 1973-1997
Jane Collins Rose lives in picturesque Versailles,
Kentucky, and volunteers her time to a number
of charitable causes including mission service at Southern Hills United
Methodist Church, disaster relief services in eastern Kentucky,
and mission work in Guatemala.
But during the glorious years of spectacular stage productions at Jeffersontown High School, Jane Rose was the beloved
senior English and drama teacher who directed numerous Broadway shows and gave
students the opportunity to discover both the arts and their own artistic
Rose earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Campbellsville
College, a Master’s Degree in
Communications from Murray State University,
and a Rank I in Education from the University
of Louisville. She
spent over 37 years teaching in the Jefferson County Public School
System. She was honored by the Kentucky State Legislature in 2002 as Kentucky’s
“My Favorite Teacher.” Her students concur with that
students during the Jane Rose years fondly recall the extravagant Broadway
performances whether they were in the audience, on the stage, or behind the
scenes. Favorite performances range from Camelot and Guys and Dolls in
the 70’s, to Grease and American Solid Gold in the 80’s, to The
Sound of Music and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown in the
Mrs. Rose inspired many JHS students to pursue their dreams
of a career in music or drama. Her impact on JHS students in fostering a
love of theatre arts extends beyond the classroom still today.
April 26, 2013
Deborah Blakeman Robbins —
Class of 1979
Talented vocalist, recording artist, and theatrical
performer on local, national, and international stages; known especially for
her work with Gospel music and Christian ministry; published author of
Christian books; former Miss Kentucky semi-finalist and Miss Tennessee Talent
Missy Kaelin Payne —
Class of 1983
Chemistry teacher in Louisville area schools, including JHS,
for over 25 years; national winner of the 2002 American Chemistry Council
Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching and the 2006 Presidential
Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching; longtime director of the
Louisville Area Chemistry Alliance.
George Skinner — Staff member 1976 – 2006
JHS security guard known for his caring and commitment to
students and staff that went beyond job expectations and responsibilities; JHS
boys and girls track coach – 27 years; JHS assistant football coach
– 29 years; Jeffersontown Volunteer Firefighter – 27 years;
cataloguer of JHS memorabilia