Group seeks nominees for DHS Wall of Fame
DANVILLE — A community committee 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 former Mayor Bob Jones.
If you know someone who qualifies, you may want to nominate him or her for the school's Wall of Fame.
The application deadline is Aug. 29. Forms are available on the district's website.
Since 1991, the high school has honored 49 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, honorees include educator and humanitarian Mary Alice Buchanan, Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Kenneth D. Bailey, retired Danville schools Superintendent David Fields, Pulitzer Prize winners Scott Shaw and Kim Crockett, humanitarian and Tostan founder Molly Melching, HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. John W. D. Kay and actor Gene Hackman.
Last year's recipients were John A. Stevenson Jr., who helped develop and expand the country's leading high-performance supercomputing center at the University of Illinois, and Carl Fliermans, a noted microbiologist whose work helped in the understanding of Legionnaires' disease.
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.