DANVILLE — An independent committee of community members is looking for some distinguished Danville High School graduates or attendees who would like to hang around with entertainer, Dick Van Dyke, astronaut Joe Tanner and philanthropist Julius W. Hegeler II.
If you know someone who qualifies, you may want to nominate him or her for the school's Wall of Fame.
Since 1991, the high school has honored 46 graduates and former students who have demonstrated achievement or service above and beyond the responsibilities of their employment.
In addition to Van Dyke and Tanner, past honorees include Mary Alice Buchanan, an educator and humanitarian; Maj. Kenneth D. Bailey, a Medal of Honor recipient; retired Danville schools Superintendent David Fields; Pulitzer Prize winners Scott Shaw and Kim Crockett; retired state Rep. Bill Black; humanitarian and Tostan founder Molly Melching; and Dwight Lucas, chief executive officer of the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.
The latest honorees — Julius W. Hegeler II and the late Myrtle "Louise" Johnson Robinson, a trailblazing educator — were inducted in 2011.
Framed biographies and photographs of the honorees are displayed in the main hall of the school outside of the entrance to the school offices and the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. In addition, banners recognizing many of them and their reflections on attending Danville High appear around the school.
The Wall of Fame aims to promote pride in Danville and its public schools, and to provide role models for students.
The committee is seeking nominees for 2012. They must have graduated from Danville High or attended at least one year. They also must have attained outstanding achievement in one of the following categories:
— Business, industry or entrepreneurship.
— Entertainment, arts or sports.
— Service professionals such as education, religion, politics, law, medicine or community work.
Inductees who no longer live in the Danville area must have distinguished themselves with excellence nationally, internationally or within a particular field or service to humanity.
Inductees who have remained in the area must have distinguished themselves with excellence locally or regionally within a particular field or with service to humanity, or have been actively involved in local community service. This category may include a nominee who achieved locally but later moved away.
Nominations are due to the Office of the Superintendent, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville, IL, 61832, by Aug. 31.
Forms are available on the front page of the district's website, http://www.danville.k12.il.us.
The committee will review the nominations and select the inductees.