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Wall of Honor Program

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Wall of Honor Program: To perpetuate our tradition of excellence and inspire current students, outstanding alumni are selected annually for Wall of Honor recognition. The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognize Unionville-Chadds Ford School District alumni for their lifetime achievements.

Overview

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District values the contributions its alumni make to the world after graduation. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the Superintendent’s office and District Communications will manage the Wall of Honor (WOH) recognition process. Anyone can nominate a candidate for WOH recognition, during a Spring nomination period. A nominating committee, appointed to a one-year term by the superintendent, and comprised of representatives from the district and community will review the nominations and narrow them down to a reasonable number (6-8), while a voting committee will determine the winners (2-3) from the nominations. WOH winners will receive year-round recognition on an actual wall at the high school and in-person recognition during Homecoming weekend.

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Past Inductees

2016 Honorees

Bernard Baily, Class of 1973 - Dairy Farmer
David Scott - Class of 1991 - United States Navy Seal
Tom Simpers, Class of 1960 - Simpers Insurance and Financial Agency

2015 Honorees

Gregory Engel, Class of 1995 - Chemistry professor at The University of Chicago
Barbara (Gillespie) Marshall, Class of 1968 - Air Force Master Sargent, Bank Officer, and small business owner

Bayard Victor Taylor, Class of 1957 - Marine Corp. Officer, rancher, and businessman

2014 Honorees

Helen Martin - Class of 1963
Ray and Mary McKay - Class of 1960 and 1952

Samuel Stone Wilson - Class of 1950

2013 Honorees

Thomas A. Cloud, Sr. (Class of 1963), Law Enforcement Officer, Investigator, Veteran
Mary (Larkin) Dugan (Class of 1952), Educator, Author, Community Volunteer
Douglass L. Jackson, Jr. (Class of 1978), Dentist, Educator, Advocate
Robert G. Struble, Jr. (Class of 1961), Conservationist, Scientist, Educator
Robert F. Weer, Sr. (Class of 1953), Public Servant, Community Volunteer, Veteran

2012 Honorees

Cleopatra Andreadis,TV Producer, Class of 2002
Becky Baily, Dairy Farmer, Class of 2006
Allen K. Forssmark, Electrician and Volunteer, Class of 1971
Karl J. Kuerner, Artist, Class of 1974
Paula (Francisco) Ott, Judge, Class of 1968

2011 Honorees

Ralph Burton, Chief of Police, West Whiteland Township, Class of 1962
Robert McDonough, US Army Helicopter Pilot, Class of 2002
Amanda McGrory, Athlete, Class of 2004
Doug Mooberry, Craftsman, Class of 1978
James Spellman, Surgeon, Class of 1972

2010 Honorees

Chris Barber, Journalist, Class of 1961
Susan (Charsha) Beach, Administrative Assistant, Class of 1960
Fredrick May, Gardener, Class of 1929

2009 Honorees

Kate Barber, 1994, Olympic Athlete
Charles Brosius, 1948, Agriculturist, Business Leader
Janet Dadds, 1968, Educator
Tom Musser, 1952, Business Leader

Criteria

Criteria for Nomination to the Wall of Honor:

  • Candidates must be Unionville-Chadds Ford School District graduates
  • Must have graduated at least 5 years prior to the nomination
  • Models high standards of excellence in personal and/or professional life.
  • must have attained a high level of achievement in at least one of the following areas:
    • personal and/or professional life
    • community/humanitarian service
    • lifelong commitment to educational excellence.

FAQ

How are honorees selected?
A committee of Unionville-Chadds Ford School District community members will select outstanding graduates annually.

Is there a deadline?
Nominations are made annually on a schedule to be established by the Wall of Honor Committee

When did this project begin?
The first class of honorees was inducted in November 2008.

Is there an actual wall?
A wall of plaques honoring each inductee is located in the lobby of Unionville High School.


Congratulations to the 2018/2019 Wall of Honor inductees

Dora McQuaid, Harry Hammond and Jean Russell


Dora McQuaid

DORA E. MCQUAID, CLASS OF 1986.

Dora is an acclaimed poet, activist, speaker and university teacher whose work embodies the intersections of the arts and activism, service and empowerment. Her unique blend of art, emotion and advocacy has earned numerous literary and service awards and honors, including a Pennsylvania Governor’s Pathfinder Award and a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry, among others. In honor of her international activism addressing domestic and sexual violence, Dora’s image was painted into a prominent position in the Inspiration mural near Penn State, where it notably replaced that of former football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky in 2012. Dora’s published works, including her groundbreaking collection of poems, the scorched earth, are used across the country as tools for training, instruction and healing. Dora has dedicated her life to the empowerment of others, and to using her voice as a means of social justice and change. WWW.DORAMCQUAID.COM

Harry Hammond

Harry Hammond, Class of 1957.A PGA Master Professional, Harry Hammond has achieved an outstanding level of honor and national recognition for his work in the field of golf.He was named the 2012 PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient and the 1999 PGA Junior Golf Leader.The first national award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated a record of service to his section, leadership ability, involvement in civic activities and local charitable causes and is someone of outstanding character.The second speaks for itself.He is one of six golf professionals in the United States to win two national awards.Harry is also a 2001 inductee into the Philadelphia Section Hall of Fame and has served the section in numerous leadership capacities.Finally in 2012 he was recognized as a United States Kids Master Teacher.

Harry's first love is teaching; and he has devoted much of his life to working with young people.With the help of his staff he established free summer golf camps for underprivileged children in the Philadelphia area.His work has brought the joys of golf and the values and empowerment of sports to countless children, adding to their personal development as they grow and become contributing members of their own communities.

The joy of teaching and working with young people led Harry to become the Men's Golf Coach at West Chester University, a position he has held for twelve years.While in this position he received the Labron Harris Sr. Award, presented to one PGA member/collegiate or high school golf coach in the United States each year whose support of the game through teaching, coaching, and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of golf and who represents the finest qualities’ the game has to offer.

Harry is as generous as he is humble; and his impact on the greater community reaches far beyond the game to which he has dedicated his life's work.

Jean Russell

Jean Russell, Class of 1969. Jean Russell taught first grade at Chadds Ford Elementary School for over 20 years, inspiring children to believe in themselves and develop a true love of learning. Fellow teachers, administrators, and parents describe her as a model teacher and a leader among her peers. Jean inspired everyone around her with her strong work ethic and skills in the classroom. Her dedication to preparing lessons tailored to each individual child provided an enriching experience to all of her students, which will contribute to making the world a better place as these children are becoming the adults of today and tomorrow.


Nominations are currently closed for the 2018 year. We encourage our families, staff and community to continue sending us stories of our outstanding and inspiring alumni for our 2019 Wall of Honor celebration.

Nominees will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, nationality, disability, economic status or marital status. The award may be bestowed posthumously. The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Wall of Honor Committee retains the right to remove names from the Wall of Honor