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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Hall, Burnett inductess into Alumni Association Ring of Honor

  • A newly formed committee is proud to announce its first two inductees into the Dodge City Alumni Association Ring of Honor.The committee selected 1934 graduate Fred Hall and Dale Burnett, a 1926 graduate. Efforts are currently underway to reach surviving family members of the two in order to invite them to attend ind...
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  • A newly formed committee is proud to announce its first two inductees into the Dodge City Alumni Association Ring of Honor.
    The committee selected 1934 graduate Fred Hall and Dale Burnett, a 1926 graduate. Efforts are currently underway to reach surviving family members of the two in order to invite them to attend induction ceremonies Sept. 13. They are invited to attend the pep rally, where current Dodge City High School Students will be introduced to the history of these two graduates. They will also be honored at a noon luncheon and half-time of the first home football game.
    Hall was a Republican lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Kansas and the 33rd Governor of Kansas. Hall was born in Dodge City and graduated from Dodge City High School where his participation on the debate team and his academic achievements earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California. Hall established law practices in Topeka and Dodge City and served as the Ford County attorney from 1947 to 1949. Hall served on the Supreme Court bench until his retirement, when he eventually returned to Dodge City and resumed his law practice.
    While playing 11 seasons with the New York Giants, Burnett helped the team win professional football's world championship in 1934 and 1938. During his pro career, Burnett was considered the Giants' greatest blocking back/pass receiver/punter. He was a key player in the famous "Sneakers Game" of 1934 when the Giants beat the previously undefeated (13-0) Chicago Bears, 30-13, for the NFL championship. Burnett, who was also a defensive back, intercepted a Green Bay Packer pass on the final play of the game during the 1938 championship game for the Giants' 23-17 victory. He was inducted into the Helms National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame, 1959.
    Banners with the two inductee's pictures will be placed inside the commons area of the high school, in what is being dubbed, "the Ring of Honor." Family members receive plaques from the Dodge City Alumni Association.
    "This is as much about our current high school students as it is for alumni," Principal Jacque Feist said. "The banners will be up inside that ring so everyone who comes through our building will know their legacy."
    The Ring of Honor committee is comprised of a USD 443 Board of Education representative, a USD 443 administrator, a USD 443 staff member, a Dodge City High School Student Council representative, and three current Dodge City Alumni Association members. The decision to induct Hall and Burnett was unanimous. Nominations for 2014 inductees are currently being accepted. Go to www.usd443.org/alumni to nominate a deserving individual. In order to nominate, you must be an alumni member.
    "The piece of the alumni association that will live on and that graduates and community members will recognize initially will be the Ring of Honor," Feist said. "We've had numerous people in our community indicate a need they believed we had to recognize former DCHS graduates who have gone on to do great things. I'm pleased with what the organizational committee came up with for this process."
    Page 2 of 4 - The alumni association and Ring of Honor came to fruition after a committee consisting of USD 443 administrators, staff, students, board of education members, and community members, began meeting last fall. The board approved the formalization of the association this summer. Membership is open to alumni, graduates, employees, community members and other Dodge City Public Schools' supporters. Visit the USD 443 website at www.usd443.org/alumni for more information.
    "I felt it was important to have students involved with the process of establishing the alumni association so that they had some initial ownership in the 'system' from the start," Feist said. "They need to be involved with it forever as this is their association and should ultimately serve their needs."
    The logo for the alumni association was designed by students and Feist felt it was important that it was representative of both the past and current/future graduates of DCHS. The 2013 graduating class can join the alumni association free for one year. Membership for everyone else is $10 for the first year and $25 each year after that. Lifetime memberships are available for $500 and can be paid out over 10 years. The option of paying the alumni fee online is now available at www.usd443.org/alumni. Graduates can also sign up for a free database that will be used to plan class reunions.
    "In five years, I would hope to see a thriving association with lots of members utilizing what the website has to offer as it relates to class reunions, finding their classmates, etc., " Feist said. "I am hopeful that we will be able to have a plan in place for capital projects through the alumni association."
    If you have any questions regarding the alumni association or membership, please contact Yvonda Acker at 620-371-1023 or acker.yvonda@usd443.org.A newly formed committee is proud to announce its first two inductees into the Dodge City Alumni Association Ring of Honor.
    The committee selected 1934 graduate Fred Hall and Dale Burnett, a 1926 graduate. Efforts are currently underway to reach surviving family members of the two in order to invite them to attend induction ceremonies Sept. 13. They are invited to attend the pep rally, where current Dodge City High School Students will be introduced to the history of these two graduates. They will also be honored at a noon luncheon and half-time of the first home football game.
    Hall was a Republican lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Kansas and the 33rd Governor of Kansas. Hall was born in Dodge City and graduated from Dodge City High School where his participation on the debate team and his academic achievements earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California. Hall established law practices in Topeka and Dodge City and served as the Ford County attorney from 1947 to 1949. Hall served on the Supreme Court bench until his retirement, when he eventually returned to Dodge City and resumed his law practice.
    Page 3 of 4 - While playing 11 seasons with the New York Giants, Burnett helped the team win professional football's world championship in 1934 and 1938. During his pro career, Burnett was considered the Giants' greatest blocking back/pass receiver/punter. He was a key player in the famous "Sneakers Game" of 1934 when the Giants beat the previously undefeated (13-0) Chicago Bears, 30-13, for the NFL championship. Burnett, who was also a defensive back, intercepted a Green Bay Packer pass on the final play of the game during the 1938 championship game for the Giants' 23-17 victory. He was inducted into the Helms National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame, 1959.
    Banners with the two inductee's pictures will be placed inside the commons area of the high school, in what is being dubbed, "the Ring of Honor." Family members receive plaques from the Dodge City Alumni Association.
    "This is as much about our current high school students as it is for alumni," Principal Jacque Feist said. "The banners will be up inside that ring so everyone who comes through our building will know their legacy."
    The Ring of Honor committee is comprised of a USD 443 Board of Education representative, a USD 443 administrator, a USD 443 staff member, a Dodge City High School Student Council representative, and three current Dodge City Alumni Association members. The decision to induct Hall and Burnett was unanimous. Nominations for 2014 inductees are currently being accepted. Go to www.usd443.org/alumni to nominate a deserving individual. In order to nominate, you must be an alumni member.
    "The piece of the alumni association that will live on and that graduates and community members will recognize initially will be the Ring of Honor," Feist said. "We've had numerous people in our community indicate a need they believed we had to recognize former DCHS graduates who have gone on to do great things. I'm pleased with what the organizational committee came up with for this process."
    The alumni association and Ring of Honor came to fruition after a committee consisting of USD 443 administrators, staff, students, board of education members, and community members, began meeting last fall. The board approved the formalization of the association this summer. Membership is open to alumni, graduates, employees, community members and other Dodge City Public Schools' supporters. Visit the USD 443 website at www.usd443.org/alumni for more information.
    "I felt it was important to have students involved with the process of establishing the alumni association so that they had some initial ownership in the 'system' from the start," Feist said. "They need to be involved with it forever as this is their association and should ultimately serve their needs."
    The logo for the alumni association was designed by students and Feist felt it was important that it was representative of both the past and current/future graduates of DCHS. The 2013 graduating class can join the alumni association free for one year. Membership for everyone else is $10 for the first year and $25 each year after that. Lifetime memberships are available for $500 and can be paid out over 10 years. The option of paying the alumni fee online is now available at www.usd443.org/alumni. Graduates can also sign up for a free database that will be used to plan class reunions.
    Page 4 of 4 - "In five years, I would hope to see a thriving association with lots of members utilizing what the website has to offer as it relates to class reunions, finding their classmates, etc., " Feist said. "I am hopeful that we will be able to have a plan in place for capital projects through the alumni association."
    If you have any questions regarding the alumni association or membership, please contact Yvonda Acker at 620-371-1023 or acker.yvonda@usd443.org.
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