Alumni Hall nominees named

Three new members of the Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame were named June 4 during PHS Commencement Exercises.

The new members are:

· Gary Gritt of the Class of 1973: During his senior year at PHS, Gary Gritt worked at a local tool-and-die shop as part of a co-op program. Looking back, this was a good indicator of what would follow. He helped start a local tool-and-die shop, High Tech Tool and Die; eventually this business expanded to provide metal stampings. The business was re-named HTT, with over 30 employees. In his spare time, Gritt was active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and as a pilot, he volunteered for angel flights. Gritt was nominated by his son and PHS teacher Greg Gritt.

· Joel Dudley of the Class of 1995: After PHS, Joel Dudley went west and earned a bachelor’s in microbiology from Arizona State University and a PhD in biomedical informatics from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Dudley is currently associate professor of genetics and genomic sciences and director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. His work is focused on developing and applying methods to integrate the digital universe of information to build better predictive models of disease, drug response, and scientific wellness. Dr. Dudley was nominated by several members of the Class of 1995.

· Beau Hoopman of the Class of 1999: It’s safe to say that Beau Hoopman was never on the PHS rowing team. But he joined the UW-Madison rowing team as a walk-on in 1999. Over the course of his college career, Hoopman eventually was selected as captain of the rowing team. He graduated in 2003 with degree in biological conservation, but rowing has taken center stage. Hoopman and his rowing team won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and a Bronze four years later in Beijing. He is currently the assistant coach of the UW men’s rowing team. Hoopman was nominated by Amy Flood, his former gym teacher and principal at Fairview.

The Hall of Fame was created by the PHS Student Council in 2010 to recognize distinguished alumni who have achieved a high level of success and have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, who have given unselfishly to make their community a better place, and who have made a significant difference in the lives of others.

New candidates, who must have graduated from PHS at least 10 years ago, may be nominated annually in the spring. The nominations are then reviewed by Student Council members, with the honorees revealed at Commencement in June and inducted at Homecoming in the fall.


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