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Wall of Fame 2021

We had a great time at the 2021 Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards event on October 25! Watch the recording of the event below.

Celebrate the rich history of OKCPS

The Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation celebrates 37th annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards

Notable OKCPS alumni were recognized Monday evening

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 25, 2021)
– The Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation today inducted four new members into the Wall of Fame at the 37th annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards reception. The honorees joined 92 other Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) alumni who have been inducted since the Wall of Fame was created in 1985.

The four honorees are:

The Honorable Robert Bacharach is a graduate of John Marshall High School and currently serves as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He serves as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was nominated by former President Barack Obama to serve in his current seat.

Hal Smith is a graduate of US Grant High School and accomplished restaurant entrepreneur. Today, he operates more than 80 successful restaurants across the Midwest. Smith and his wife, Sandy also founded the Norman Youth Foundation to support Oklahoma youth-oriented charities.

Dr. Marvin Williams is a graduate of Douglass High School and currently serves as Professor, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of OB-GYN at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was a front-line worker in the women’s health field, tending to hospital and clinical patients.

Anna King is a graduate of Emerson High School and was recently elected president of the National Parent Teacher Association. The Foundation has named King as the “Unsung Hero” honoree of this year’s class. The Unsung Hero Award selects local icons whose accomplishments may not set them on the national stage but are worthy of recognition.

The 2020 honorees will also be recognized in-person this year. The focus of honorees in 2020 pivoted to select local unsung heroes that emphasized efforts relating to COVID-19 and social justice and were honored in a virtual-only ceremony. They included:

 Madeline Bentley, a graduate of Classen SAS and working as an ICU nurse at Integris Edmond. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she chose to work nights to increase her patient contact and help those fighting the disease.

A.Jaye Johnson, a graduate of Southeast High School and vice president of safety and outreach at the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County. He worked to develop programs and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue serving “his kids.”

Nancy Nesbit Nagle, a graduate from John Marshall High School. When the pandemic began, she immediately volunteered as a front line COVID-19 pulmonologist in the ICU at Integris Hospital. Her 12-hour shifts include caring for the most vulnerable patients while encouraging safe hygiene practices to stop the spread of the disease.

Derrick Scobey a graduate from Douglass High School, serving as pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. During the pandemic, he worked to provide food, drive Census completion, perform COVID-19 testing and offer dog/cat food in the Northeast Oklahoma City community.

“The ability to celebrate both our 2021 Wall of Fame honorees and our 2020 Wall of Fame Unsung Heroes in person is a huge testament to the work that each of these individuals have done for our community, state and nation,” said Mary Mélon, president and CEO of The Foundation for OKC Public Schools. “Each of our honorees is wholly committed to their craft, which is what makes them exemplary leaders in their fields and incredible honorees for OKCPS students to view as role models.”

2019 Wall of Fame honoree Dr. Pamela McCauley, who co-hosted the event, said “It was such an honor to receive this designation in 2019 and it is a true pleasure to be back in OKC to co-host the event this year. OKCPS, along with my family, made me the person I am today and I am forever grateful. I believe it is critically important that we use our platform as alumni to continue supporting and hopefully inspiring the students of today,”

The Wall of Fame celebrates the long, rich history of OKCPS. It includes some of the city’s and nation’s most influential community leaders.

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Through the Years: Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award Honorees

Bob Barry Sr., 2009 Wallace Johnson, 2004
Rick Bayless, 2008 Commissioner Willa Johnson, 2015
Skip Bayless, 2018 Marilyn Jones, 2006
Dr. William Lee Beasley and Sherry L. Beasley, 2017 Lou Kerr, 2001
John L. Belt, 2019 Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick, 1990
Madeline Bentley, 2020 John Elson Kirkpatrick, 1990
G.T. Blankenship, 1999 Linda Lambert, 2004
Ronald E. Bogle, 2016 Mona Salyer Lambird, 1996
Dr. Legand L. Burge Jr., 2018 Dr. Neal Lane, 2019
Jo Carol Cameron, 2013 James Loftis, 2013
B.C. Clark, Jr., 1998 J. W. Mashburn, 2002
Dr. Benton C. Clark III, 2015 Dr. Pamela McCauley, 2019
Jim C. Clark, 2010 Aubrey McClendon, 2011
Richard H. Clements, 1997 The Honorable Vicki Miles-LaGrange, 2006
Andrew M. Coats, 1998 Bobby R. Murcer, 1994
Edward H. Cook, 2014 Dr. Nancy Nesbitt Nagel, 2020
Wayne Coyne, 2007 Donna Nigh, 1997
Admiral William J. Crowe Madalynne Norick, 1992
Edgar Cruz, 2004 Mayor James H. Norick, 1992
James R. Daniel, 2009 Mayor Ronald J. Norick, 1995
The Honorable Timothy D. DeGiusti, 2012 Faye Norton, 2018
Marion Briscoe DeVore, 1988 Paul B. Odom, Jr., 2004
L. Thomas Dulaney Jr., 2008 Russell M. Perry, 2000
Rand Elliot, 2011 W. DeVier Pierson 2019
Dr. Robert S. Ellis, 2000 Paula B. Pretlow, 2016
Ralph W. Ellison, 1994 Allie P. Reynolds, 1994
Harvey P. Everest, 1985 William J. Ross, 2005
David G. Fitzgerald, 2014 Derrick Scobey, 2020
Kris Frankfurt, 2007 Thom Shanker, 2012
William Frankfurt, 2007 Jeanne Hoffman Smith, 2000
Rodman Frates, 2006 Lee Allan Smith, 1989
Mex Rodman Frates, 1986 Horace Stevenson, 2014
Prentice Gautt, 2012 Lela Bennett Sullivan, 2003
Vince Gill, 2001 Kathy Taylor, 2015
Alan C. Greenberg, 1993 The Honorable Ralph G. Thompson, 2003
Rubye Hibler Hall, 2002 Erik Logan Toppenberg, 2011
V. Burns Hargis, 2002 Christopher C. Turner, 2003
Edith Gaylor Harper, 1999 Helen Ford Wallace, 2005
Joyce Henderson, 2012 Larkin Warner, 2011
Dannie Bea Hightower, 2001 Anthony L. Watson, 2010
Carolyn Hill, 2008 Pete White, 2017
Sarah Hogan, 1999 Thurman V. White Jr., 2017
J. Clifford Hudson, 2009 A. Max Weitzenhoffer, Jr., 2010
Kirk Humphreys, 2007 Mason Williams, 2016
Wanda Jackson, 2013 Stanton L. Young, 1991
A. Jaye Johnson, 2013

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