Sheldon Day - 2012
NFL defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft after lettering all 4 years at Notre Dame.
Candyce McGrone - 2008
USA Track & Field athlete who holds personal records of 11.00 second for the 100-meter dash and 22.08 seconds for the 200-meter dash.
Jewel Hampton - 2008
Current CFL running back for the Montreal Alouettes. Former NFL running back for the San Francisco 49ers.
Andrew McDonald - 2007
Former NFL offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks (2012-2014).
Michael Grady - 2001
Michael is a 2001 Warren Central High School graduate where he played football (wide receiver) and basketball (guard) and was a member of the Warren radio program. He went on to graduate from Vincennes University.
Michael began his broadcasting career with Emmis Broadcasting (WIBC) in 2003. While with WIBC, he covered high school sports and produced Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell.
Four years later, Emmis Indy launched 1070 The Fan, an ESPN affiliate, and Michael became the station’s executive producer.
In February 2011, Michael became the co-host of the Grady and Big Joe Show, weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon on 1070 The Fan.
Michael continues to host the popular show with former NFL offensive lineman Joe Staysniak.
Michael is also the public address announcer for the Indiana Pacers. Michael joined the franchise as an emcee for home games in 2008, before replacing legendary announcer Reb Porter as the “in-arena” voice in 2010.
Timothy “Jake” Laird - 1991 (HOF 2005)
Timothy “Jake” Laird spent the majority of his life in Indianapolis. He attended Warren Township Schools and graduated from Warren Central High School in 1991. Following high school, Jake joined the Marine Corps where he served eight years of active duty and two years in the Marine Reserves. During the last three years of his active duty, he served as a recruiter in Fort Wayne, recruiting over 60 new marines and earning a meritorious promotion to Staff Sergeant.
After his service to our country and following his strong duty to serve the public, Jake joined the 93rd Recruit Class of the Indianapolis Police Department. From the time Jake was about four, he showed a keen interest in being a police officer. He realized this lifelong dream the day he graduated from that class. Jake’s sense of duty and intense loyalty to the policy department soon provided him with several letters of commendation for his professionalism and devotion to duty. One commendation was for his and another officer’s quick actions in performing CPR on a medical run, which saved the subject’s life. Jake was also awarded the Officer of the Month for South District in December 2001.
Timothy Jacob Laird paid the ultimate price for the community when he was slain in the line of duty in 2004.
Dustin Cathcart - 2000 (HOF 2016)
Dustin Cathcart graduated from Warren Central in in 2000. While at Warren. Dustin served as a Student Council officer and participated in track & field and Model United Nations. Following graduation, Dustin attended Norwich University on an Army ROTC Scholarship, where he studied international relations and diplomacy and interned at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon graduation from Norwich, Dustin commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army’s infantry branch. He completed Ranger, Airborne, and Advance Reconnaissance training before being assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he assumed command of his first infantry platoon and subsequently deployed to Iraq In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In Iraq, Dustin was a member of a nine-man team that embedded with and trained an 800-person Iraqi infantry battalion to operate Independently of U.S. military assistance. For his service in Iraq, Dustin was awarded a Bronze Star Medal. After the military Dustin was awarded a full-tuition Public Service Fellowship to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied international political and economic development, worked at the inter-American Development Bank in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and advised the U.S. State Department on the Pakistan Investment Initiative. After graduating from the Kennedy School, Dustin attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Dustin resides in Boston. MA with his wife Rosanna and is a management consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations Consulting practice.
Justin Smith - 1997
Former NFL linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers.
Aubrey Herring - 1996
1996 IHSAA State 110 High Hurdle State Champion with a time of 14.13. 3-time NCAA All-American at Indiana State University. 2001 NCAA Indoor 60 meter Hurdle Champion. 2000 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 110 High Hurdles. Member of the 2001 USA Team in the World University Games. 2003 IATCCC HOF inductee.
Dr. Smriti Banthia - 1995 (HOF 2012)
Smriti Banthia graduated from Warren Central High School in 1995. She then attended MIT in Boston and finished her undergraduate in Electrical Engineering in 1999. In 1999, Smriti came back to Indiana to attend Indiana University of Medicine. In 2OO3 she graduated with her medical degree. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After her residency she returned to the Midwest. She completed her fellowship training in both cardiology and electrophysiology at Northwestern University in Chicago. Before she had completed her Fellowship, she had already secured a position with the Indiana Heart Physicians at St Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.
Dr. Banthia is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Her clinical interests include arrhythmia management and catheter ablation, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. She also has a clinical interest in cardiac imaging. She has been an active investigator in numerous clinical trials and has published several articles ¡n professional journals.
Garrett Cathcart - 2000 (HOF 2016)
Garrett Cathcart graduated from Warren Central n 2000. While at Warren. Garret served as class president and captain of the track and cross-country teams. Following graduation Garrett attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he studied law and systems engineering to include an internship with the U.S Embassy to Italy.
Upon graduation, Garrett selected Armor as his branch, attended airborne training and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas where he immediately deployed to Iraq as a Reconnaissance Scout Platoon Leader and conducted direct action missions. Garrett then returned to Iraq for a second tour as the leader of a military advisor team to an Iraqi Army Infantry Battalion and a Police Battalion after completing the advanced career course at Fort Knox. KY. Garrett was then selected to command two Cavalry Troops with service in Afghanistan. For his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Garrett earned three Bronze Stars and an Army Commendation for Valor during his time in combat.
Following his time in Afghanistan. Garrett served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, CO. After the Army, Garrett took a role as an associate spine specialist with NuVasive, an innovative spine company in Los Angeles, CA before realizing he missed service and accepted a role as a Regional Director for Team Red, White and Blue--one of the leading veteran service organizations in the United States.
Garrett currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
LaChelle D. Stepp, Esq. - 1990 (HOF 2003)
LaChelle D. Stepp graduated from Warren Central with the class of 1990. Upon graduation from Warren Central, Ms. Stepp attended Indiana University on a full academic scholarship. She was a four-time recipient of the Indiana University Founders’ Day Academic Achievement Award, including the highest award for achieving a 4.0 GPA.
After her graduation from IU in 1994, Ms. Stepp began her studies at the IU School of Law. Ms. Stepp earned academic recognition throughout law school, including the distinguished “Top Graduation Law Student Award” from the Indiana University Office of African-American Affairs. She earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the IU School of Law in 1998.
That year, she became a member of the Indiana Bar and accepted a position with the Indianapolis law office of Barnes & Thornburg. Ms. Stepp is currently in private practice in Indianapolis. She serves as independent legal counsel to a number of corporate clients including Indianapolis Power and Light Company.
Ms. Stepp is an active member of the Indianapolis community. She is a past participant in Trial By Jury and also the found of The Culture Caravan, a bilingual education program for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school students. Her civic affiliations include the Center for Leadership Development, the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the Indiana University Alumni Association, and the American Bar Association.
Greg Graham - 1989
Former NBA shooting guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Seattle SuperSonics and Cleveland Cavaliers. Graham also played for the Continental Basketball League and the Swedish Basketball League
Jeffrey Mittman - 1988 (HOF 2014)
A year after graduating from Warren Central in 1988 and attending IUPUI, Jeff Mittman joined the Army to earn money for college. After he joined, he decided to make the Army his career. In Baghdad on July 7 2005, an improvised explosive device blew up the Humvee Jeff was driving. He lost his nose, lips, his left eye, the central vision in his right eye, his right index finger and the use of his right arm.
Doing nothing was not an option. Now, over forty surgeries, years of rehabilitation, and two master’s degrees later, Retired Master Sergeant Jeffrey Mittman works full time, travels the country giving motivational speeches and sits on the Board of Directors for Bosma Enterprises and Peace of Mind Brain Injury Services for Brave Minds.
Jeff currently works as a public affairs specialist for the Department of Defense’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Indianapolis. He is a requested speaker across the United States giving lectures and sharing the lessons he has learned from his experiences. He and his wife Christy, also a WC grad, live with their two daughters in New Palestine, Indiana.
Barry A. Bradley - 1988 (HOF 2002)
In 1988, Barry Bradley graduated from Warren Central In the top 10% of his senior class. In 1992, he graduated from Prairie View A&M University.
His service to the community involves a wealth of activities. Mr. Bradley has been an Executive Board Member of the Indianapolis Speech and Hearing Center. He is a graduate of the United Way Leadership Training and Development Program. Barry has also worked as an Executive Board Member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Bradley holds the current position of Financial Analyst at Eli Lilly Company. He also serves as chairman of the Lilly Employment and Education Development Program, which targets talented, minority, high school seniors who plan to study engineering.
Barry has served as a Past President and Executive Board Member of the National Society of Black Engineers — Indianapolis Alumni Extension. He has also served as 7th grade facilitator for the Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis.
Linda Godby - 1986 (HOF 1999)
During her senior year, 1986 Warren Central graduate Linda Godby was honored as a 1st Team Hoosier Basketball All State, 1st Team Academic All State All Star, 1st Team AP All State, Indiana All Star Team and was the first Indiana woman to dunk a basketball. Linda accepted a basketball scholarship to Auburn University. There she distinguished herself as a member of the Auburn Athletic Academic Top 30, Southeastern Conference Champions and NCAA Women’s Final Four/National Runner Up 1988, 1989, and 1990. Linda played professional basketball in France, Israel, Sweden, Austria, and Switzerland between 1990 and 1995. In 1996 she played for the Seattle Reign of the American Basketball League. She has also played for Athletes in Action.
Jeff George - 1986 (HOF 1999)
Whether it was baseball, basketball, or football, 1986 Warren Central graduate Jeff George excelled in all. While at Warren Central, Jeff lettered in all three. During his high school career, quarterback Jeff George led his team to back-to-back state championship in 1985 and 1986. During his senior football season, he won the Phil Eskew Mental Attitude Award, National Football Player of the Year, National Male H.S. Athlete of the Year, and the Same B. Nicola Award as Most Outstanding Football Player in the Nation.
After leaving Warren, Jeff enrolled at Purdue University and later transferred to the University of Illinois where in 1989, he was named Outstanding Collegiate QB winning the Sammy Baugh trophy. In 1990 Jeff George was drafted #1 in the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. During his rookie season, he was named AFC Rookie of the Year and became only the 8th rookie in NFL history to throw more touchdowns than interceptions.
Jason Whitlock - 1985 (HOF 2001)
Jason Whitlock graduated from Warren Central in 1985. He grew up in Indianapolis, dreamed of being a professional football player and was an avid reader of the columns written by the late Mike Royko of The Chicago Tribune. While as Warren, Jason was captain of the 1984 football team that was undefeated, nationally ranked and state champion.
After graduation, Jason attended Ball State University on a football scholarship. Graduating in 1990 with a degree in journalism, Jason worked for newspapers in Ann Arbor, MI, Charlote, NC, and Bloomington, IN. In October 1994, Jason penned his first column for the Kansas City Star. His newspaper biography indicates that he was an “instant hit.” He “crafts columns that shock the funny bone, challenge conventional wisdom, provide insight into our sports icons and cause readers to re-think their positions.” Jason Whitlock is the host of his own radio show, “Jason Whitlock’s Neighborhood.”
Susan J. Deatley-Kapp - 1983 (HOF 2006)
Susan DeAtley-Kapp attended Indiana University graduating in 1987 with a B.S. in Biology. She then went to work with rheumatology research at the I.U. Medical Center. Susan then returned to college attending Purdue University at Indianapolis and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1991. She was employed by Merck & Company in Rahway, NJ as a facilities engineer until 1994.
In her senior year at Warren, she received the Paul Ruster Memorial Scholarship. This influenced her to join with husband, Michael, in supporting their scholarship to students at Warren Central, the “Dr. Michael G. Kapp & Susan DeAtley-Kapp Scholarship.”
Michael and Susan are the proud parents of Samual, Janell and Sophia. Susan DeAtley-Kapp is a 1983 graduate of Warren Central.
Dr. Michael G. Kapp - 1983 (HOF 2006)
Dr. Michael G. Kapp is a 1983 graduate of Warren Central High School. Michael attended Indiana University and then the Indiana University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1990 with a DDS degree. Michael then attended New York Medical College/Lincoln Medical Center residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1990 to 1994.
Returning to Indianapolis, he entered into private practice with Indiana oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, becoming a partner in 1996. In 2002, Michael was elected as president of the Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Since 1994, Michael has been a part-time Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
As a senior at Warren, Michael received one of the Askren Scholarships. The impact that scholarship money had on his education was never forgotten. To that end, each year, the “Dr. Michael G. Kapp & Susan DeAtley-Kapp Scholarship” is awarded. The recipient is a Warren Central senior who will be attending an Indiana college and demonstrates both need and outstanding character.
Ryan Murphy - 1983
Film and television screenwriter, director and producer; creator of the TV series Glee, American Horror Story and Nip/Tuck.
Mr. Kevin Weinman - 1981 (HOF 2008)
A 1981 graduate, Kevin (Freeman) Weinman is very proud of his public school education. Kevin was born and raised in Indianapolis. He attended Eastridge Elementary, Woodview Jr. High, and Warren Central High School. Kevin credits his Readers’ Theatre class for identifying his need to be a “ham.” WEDM gave him his first taste of radio, and he was hooked the moment he walked through the door. Kevin joined the WFMS morning show in 1990. His co-hosts Jim Denny and Deborah Honeycutt describe him as “slightly taller than Shania Twain.” Kevin is also known for his contagious giggle. A radio junkie since 1981, Kevin has spent most of his career on morning radio. He has worked for WHBU, WFMB, and WTUX.
Kevin traveled to Japan in 1998 after being selected to cover the Winter Olympic Games. Kevin is the past President of the Warren Arts and Education Foundation. In 2007, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music named him (and Jim & Deb) Broadcast Personalities of the Year.
Kevin is married to Andrea Freeman Weinman and they have three daughters.
Dr. David B. Duncan - 1980 (HOF 2007)
From the class of 1980, Dr. David B. Duncan was referred to as the “biggest 8 ball Mr. Saylor ever met.” Mr. Saylor was his Biology/Anatomy teacher. These jovial taunts lit a fire under David and kept him always trying harder. This paid off as he went on to Purdue University and earned a degree in Biology/Chemistry and then earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Duncan did his residency in neurology at the University of Kentucky. Proceeding on with fellowships in Cologne, Germany, and at the University of Pennsylvania, his focus was in the areas of neurological research and nuclear medicine.
For the past ten years, Dr. Duncan has been the attending neurologist at Mount Kisco Medical Group in Mount Kisco, NY. He is also a clinical instructor at New York University and Associate Professor at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Manhattan.
He has been part of a team who has published a number of medical abstracts, many having focused upon cerebral blood flow following electroconvulsive forms of therapy. He has also been tapped by several news organizations to comment upon coma recovery during a nightly news program. To repeat, clearly we see that retired science teacher, Don Saylor, did light a fire of interest in Dr. Duncan.
William E. Hall - 1979 (HOF 2006)
William E. Hall is a 1979 graduate of Warren Central High School. While a student at Warren Central, William had a successful academic career and lettered in baseball and basketball. After high school, he attended Purdue University and graduated in 1982 with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering.
Bill became a registered professional engineer in the state of Indiana and became a full-time employee at United Consulting Engineers and Architects. He is now a vice president and partner in the firm. Bill Hall contributes to his community and profession as a member of several professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana, Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council Technical Committee, and Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee along with various city and county task force committees.
Mr. Hall also makes it a priority to participate in various student programs in Warren Township.
Diane Timmerman - 1979 (HOF 2006)
“When I reflect on my time at Warren, I realize how strongly those experiences are still with me.” Those are the words of Diane Timmerman, a 1970 graduate of Warren Central High School. While at Warren, Diane was very involved in theatre and choir. She also was an avid student of German, Shakespeare and photography.
Ms. Timmerman is presently the associate professor of theatre at Butler University. Diane received her MFA in acting from Indiana University and her B.A. in Theatre and German from Southern Illinois University. She studied for one year at the University of Hamburg and for a year at the University of Vienna. Ms. Timmerman has received the Jordan College of Fine Arts teaching award. She teaches a wide range of acting and voice courses at Butler.
As an author, Diane’s books include "90 Minute Shakespeare" (several of Shakespeare’s plays edited for a 90-minute production), and "Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing". Diane is also an active professional actor with credits at the Phoenix Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Human Race Theatre in Ohio and a variety of theatres in Chicago. She also appeared in the film The Package with Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones.
Brian C.Smith - 1979 (HOF 2003)
Brian C. Smith graduated from Warren Central with the class of 1979. Brian C. Smith attended Eastridge, Woodview Jr. High School, and Warren Central. During his time at Warren, he was active in the programs of radio, theatre, and music. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Butler University. Early in Brian's radio career, he started at the old WFBM-AM. From 1979-1984, he was the Radio Broadcasting Instructor at WCHS and Station Manager of WEDM.
Brian has been successful in the Indianapolis radio market for the past twenty-four years. During that time, he has been Vice-President of WGLD, General Manager of WGLD, Station Manager of WGLD, Station Manager of WFMS, Operations Manager of WFMS, Operations Manager of WGLD, Program Director of WFMS, and probably best known as WFMS Afternoon and Morning Show Personality – Charlie Morgan. Currently, Brian is Vice-President/Marketing Manager for WFMS/WGRL/WGLD. Under his guidance, his stations have earned a wealth of honors and recognition.
Brian C. Smith gives much to his community. He holds memberships in a variety of organizations and continues to offer support to the Warren Arts and Education Foundation.
Dr. Robert M. Jacobson - 1976
Current medical director of the Population Health Science Program of the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Former chair of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
Mr. Ron Collier - 1975 (HOF 2011)
Ron Collier is the Chief Executive Officer for Indiana Members Credit Union. Mr. Collier is an active member in the community and he serves on the boards for BackPack Attack and the Ruth Lilly Health Education Foundation. In addition, he has served on the Indiana Make-A-Wish Board, St Francis Hospital Foundation Board, and as a member of the Credit Union Executive Society, CUNA National Youth Involvement Board, the planning committee for the New Palestine Relay lot Life President of the New Palestine High School Baseball Backers and was also instrumental in forming the New Palestine Youth Football League. Hi has been refereeing IHSAA football for over 25 years and currently serves as Crew Chief and Referee.
Collier is a 1975 graduate of Warren Central High School and attended Ball State University, where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education. After college, he taught at Noblesville High School for three years, where he was also the baseball, football and swimming coach. Collier and his wife Debbie have three grown children, Ashley. Katie and Daniel, and are the proud grandparents of twin boys. They currently reside in New Palestine.
Dale Stetina - 1974 (HOF 2014)
Dale Stetina graduated as Class Salutatorian in 1974. He has been a Commodities and Derivatives Trader since attending Indiana University. Dale has had quite a prestigious career as a cyclist.
Dale is a three time National Elite Cycling Champion. He was a member of the 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 US Cycling Teams. In 2008, Dale was inducted into the US Bicycle Hall of Fame. He coached the 7 Eleven Junior Cycling Team from 1985-1987 and has continued to coach and mentor young riders since then.
In August of 2013, Dale suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a high speed bike crash near Boulder, Colorado. Doctors didn’t expect him to survive. Dale has made a remarkable recovery. Dale and his wife Barbara reside in Boulder, Colorado.
They have two daughters and one son.
John Nelson Price - 1974 (HOF 2000)
Nelson Price graduated from Warren Central High School in 1974. He was a feature editor of The Owl, active on the speech team and various school productions. This laid the groundwork for his future. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, Nelson became a frequent guest on TV and radio talk shows. He speaks across the Midwest on the art of interviewing and also famous Hoosiers.
Nelson Price is the author of “INDIANA LEGENDS: Famous Hoosiers from Johnny Appleseed to David Letterman” and is a feature writer/columnist for the Indianapolis Star. He has had articles in national magazines such as SIERRA, WOMAN’S DAY, and FAMILY LEARNING. In the summer of 2000, his second book, a photo-oriented look at the City of Indianapolis, will be published.
In 1995 Mr. Price was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh for his contributions to the State of Indiana. The Sagamore is one of the highest honors bestowed upon an Indiana citizen.
Mr. Craig Courtney - 1972 (HOF 2012)
Craig Courtney is a 1972 graduate of Warren Central High School. Craig began playing the piano at the age of three and the cello at the age of eleven. He received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati.
Following a three-year stay Milan, Italy, where Mr. Courtney studied the piano, he was invited to join the music faculty of the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, serving as piano teacher and accompanist for the woodwind and brass department. While serving in the music ministry of the Salzburg international Baptist Church, Mr. Courtney began directing a church choir and composing sacred choral music. In 1985, his compositions came to the attention of John Ness Beck through the publication of his octavo, Thy Will Be Done. A close working relationship developed. Prior to Mr. Beck’s death in 1987, he appointed Craig Courtney to assume his responsibilities as staff composer and editor of the Beckenhorst Press.
Mr. Courtney’s published works include more than two hundred choral octavos, nine vocal collections, a piano solo collection and six extended works for choir and orchestra. He has been a frequent recipient of ASCAP achievement awards and his composition, Peace I Give to You, was awarded 1st place in the 2003 John Ness Beck Foundation competition.
In demand throughout the country as a choral clinician and featured composer, Craig Courtney now resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Susan, and his fourth son, Nathan.
Dr. Mark Bohnert - 1972 (HOF 2009)
Dr. Mark V. Bohnert graduated from Warren Central High School in 1972. While a student at Warren, he lettered in three sports: football, baseball and basketball. After graduation from Warren Central, Dr. Bohnert continued his education at Butler University on a football scholarship. Dr. Bohnert then went on to Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1981.
Dr. Bohnert’s dental practice, Southeast Family Dental, is located in Warren Township. Dr. Bohnert takes great pride in providing excellent dental care for all of his patients. He continually updates his skills by studying with the top clinicians in his field.
Dr. Bohnert is an expert in the prevention and treatment of sports related dental injuries. He has been a speaker at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and has had several articles published in the Journal of the Indiana Dental Association.
Dr. Mark Bohnert is currently the team dentist for the athletes at Butler University as well as the WNBA Indiana Fever. He serves as the treating dentist for many NCAA events, including the Final Four and Big Ten tournaments. In addition, Dr. Bohnert volunteers his time to make athletic mouth guards for local high school athletes, including his alma mater…Warren Central High School.
Steven Wright - 1972 (HOF 1999)
Steven Wright graduated from Warren Central in 1972 and following a year at IUPUI, he enlisted in the Navy. In March of 1976, he was accepted into the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education program attending the Naval Academy Prep School. From there he enrolled in the engineering program at Purdue, and in 1979 he was commissioned Ensign at Purdue.
From there, he entered flight school at Pensacola, earning Navy Wings of Gold as a helicopter pilot. Commander Wright has earned numerous medals for participation in various military campaigns including Desert Storm and the Bosnia crisis. He was selected in 1993 as the winner of the Navy Paulson Award for Inspirational Leadership.
He has been selected for the coveted assignment as the Navigator of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington. Commander Wright is currently in command of a Navy Helicopter Squadron of sixteen helicopters and 280 men and women.
Wayne Stetina - 1971 (HOF 2014)
While at Warren Central. Wayne Stetina was a varsity letterman in track and cross country. He graduated Valedictorian in 1971. He studied Economics and Business Administration at Indiana University and graduated in 1976.
Wayne has a long and very celebrated cycling career. His career highlights include the 1972, 1976, and 1980 Olympic Teams and the 1975 and 1979 Pan Am Games with a Gold Medal win in 1979. He has over 300 career victories. Wayne is a thirteen time US Champion, (5) Elite and (8) Master’s Titles. He was inducted into the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Wayne retired from racing in 2013 after fifty years of competition but is currently very active in Ride 2 Recovery for Injured Vets.
Wayne is still cycling over 12,000 miles a year testing and developing bicycle and riding in numerous public relations events representing Shimano. He and his Wife Barbara met through the Little 500 Bicycle Race at Indiana University and have two sons and a daughter.
Mr. George Shricker - 1970 (HOF 2007)
A 1970 Warren Central High School graduate, George W. Schricker, is now a songwriter, storyteller, poet and educator. George attended Indiana University, then Northwestern University where he earned a degree in Interdepartmental Studies in the School of Speech. George began to work in the field of advertising in New York City. There he continued to write and perform in various venues in the Greenwich Village area. He then moved to Chicago to work as a media consultant to Agricultural lobbyists. While in Washington, D.C., he taught creative writing at the Writer’s Center.
During the late 70’s, George returned to Indiana. With the help of a partner and friend, he began traveling to Indiana schools to perform songs and tell stories. For 26 years, artist George Schricker has shared his original and creative work in interactive performances with children and adults from Port Angeles, Washington, on the west coast, to the Canadian island province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the Atlantic.
He has released eight music albums through his company, Heart Mind Productions. George’s latest children’s album, “George’s Brother”, has received national reviews from School Library Journal and Parent’s Guide.
Mr. Mike McDaniel - 1969 (HOF 2010)
Serving as class president both his junior and senior years, Mike McDaniel continues to be a very active member of his 1969 Warren Central high school class co-chairing all eight of their past class reunions. In his professional life, he is the Executive Director of Governmental Affairs for Krieg DeVault LLP. Mr. McDaniel also has an extensive background with our state government. He served as the Indiana Republican State Chairman from 1995 to 2002, being elected for a record three terms. He served on the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee. Mike McDaniel has also been involved in every session of the Indiana General Assembly since 1974 when he began his career as a graduate student intern for then State Senator, John Mutz. He served as Director of Governmental Affairs at Ball State University and Director of the Otis R. Bowen Institute for Practical Politics. Mike McDaniel appears weekly, and has for fifteen years, as the Republican panelist on the statewide public television program, Indiana Week in Review.
While in high school, he played basketball and was part of the 1969 team that won WCHS’s first sectional championship. As a member of the baseball team, he won the award for mental attitude in 1969. Also in 1969, Mike co-founded the Marion County Council for High School Class officers. In addition to being elected to the Warren Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame, Mr. McDaniel received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ball State University in 2008.
Senator Teresa S. Lubbers - 1969 (HOF 2000)
Teresa Lubbers, 1969 graduate, attended Indiana University earning a B.A. and the Harvard University School of Government where she earned an M.P.A. During the 1970’s, she worked for first Mayor and then Senator Richard Lugar.
In 1981, Teresa Lubbers worked in the field of publications as the Director of Information for INC, Magazine. She is the President of Capitol Communications, a public relations firm.
Teresa Lubbers was elected to the Senate in 1992. She represents the people of Marion and Hamilton Counties.
Senator Lubbers has been honored by the Indianapolis Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Women of Indianapolis. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has also honored her as Government Leader of the Year. The State of Indiana has recognized her as a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed upon an Indiana citizen.
Maxwell S. Fall - 1968 (HOF 2004)
Max Fall attended Lowell Elementary, Woodview Junior High School and Warren Central High School. During his years at Warren Central, he became interested in photography and aviation. His aviation interest continue and he later earned a Multi-Engine Instrument Pilot Certificate.
After graduating from Warren Central High School in 1968, Max attended the University of Evansville and became increasingly more involved in his parents’ electronic hardware manufacturing business, General Devices Company, Inc. on South Post Road. In 1985, Max was named as General Devices CEO and President. Max Fall spearheaded the information technology of General Devices from a single PC to a dynamic multi-plant computer and data communications infrastructure.
Max has served as secretary of the Warren Township School Board, director of the Warren Fine Arts Foundation, and part of numerous volunteer committees in the school district. He continues to serve his community via his position as vice chair of the Forum Credit Union Volunteer Board of Directors, a director of the Warren Township Development Association and an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 152.
Jane Pauley - 1968
An Emmy, a Gabriel Award, an American Women in Radio and Television and a National Press Foundation for Excellence in Journalism are just a few of the accolades that 1968 Warren Central graduate Jane Pauley has earned. After graduation from Indiana University, she quickly moved to broadcast journalism. She began her career in Indianapolis at WISH and then went to Chicago and WMAQ to become the first woman to co-anchor of “Today”, a position she held for thirteen years.
Today, Jane Pauley is co-anchor for the NBC news program “Dateline”. Jane Pauley has reported from all over the world, including the Great Wall of China, London for the weddings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, and Rome for a televised audience with Pope John Paul II.
Thomas M. Roberts, Ph.D. - 1966 (HOF 2000)
Tom Roberts, 1966 graduate and valedictorian, attended Wabash College where he moved through a variety of majors all with the area of science. In 1972 after serving in the United States Army, he was accepted as a graduate student at Harvard. Continuing at Harvard, he stayed for postdoctoral training in the fields of biotechnology.
During the past several years, he has helped start a number of biotech companies, most of which have been working to cure cancer and diseases of the immune system. In 1981 Dr. Roberts became Assistant Professor to the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roberts has served as the Department Chair of the Cancer Biology Department and Chair of the Division of Medical Sciences at the Harvard Medical School.
Notably, Dr. Roberts worked out one of the first techniques of using bacteria to make mammalian proteins. He has worked in developing a drug that shows great promise in treating a type of leukemia termed CML. Dr. Roberts’ main focus continues to be cancer research.
Greg Garrison - 1966 (HOF 1999)
A 1966 graduate of Warren Central, Greg Garrison received his BS in Secondary Education from Indiana University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the IU Law School with a Doctor of Jurist Prudence. In the early 1970’s, attorney Garrison began work as a deputy prosecutor for Marion County. He began private practice in the areas of creditor rights, banking, corporate law and general litigations.
Mr. Garrison has also been engaged special prosecutor by several Indiana counties, including Hancock County for a capital murder case and Marion County in the Mike Tyson trial. Heavy Justice, a book that Greg co-authored, was released in 1995. Since 1995, he has served as CBS Trial Analyst, WISH consultant and host of his own talk show. Mr. Garrison has always returned to the roots of education by serving as a teacher or lecturer on a wide variety of topics.
Dr. James A. Fuson - 1965 (HOF 2001)
Dr. Fuson graduated from Warren Central in 1965. After graduation, He entered DePauw University where he majored in pre-medical science and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He then entered Indiana University School of Medicine where he was selected to the medical school honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Fuson did residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a gastroenterology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. While at the Cleveland Clinic, he was selected to be the chief fellow and wrote an article that won the William Roere Award as one of the best-published papers in the American Journal of Gastroenterology for 1980.
In 1979, Dr. Fuson returned to Grand Rapids and began practice in the field of gastroenterology. Between the years of 1988-1994, he was the chief of gastroenterology at Butterworth Hospital and today holds the same position for Spectrum Health. He has been an associate clinical professor at Michigan State College of Human Medicine since 1984. In 1997, Dr. Fuson was selected for Best Doctors in America.
Joann Hawks - 1964 (HOF 2015)
Joann Hawks spent her entire teaching career as well as twelve years as a student in Warren Township. After graduating from Warren Central in 1964, Joann attended Purdue University and earned her Master’s Degree from Butler University. Joann taught Home Economics at Woodview from 1968-1977. In 1977, she became a counselor there through 1981. With the closing of Woodview, she went to the high school as a counselor in the fall of 1981. In 1998, she became Director of Counseling Services, a position she held until her retirement in 2010.
While at Warren, Joann was the creator and facilitator for numerous focus groups dealing with child abuse, depression, dysfunctional families, substance abuse, grief and suicide just to name a few. She also authored resource booklets for students, parents and teachers. Her list of state, township and school committees is endless. Joann was also an active member and secretary of the Marion County Fair Board and a supervisor and coordinator for 4-H.
Joann married her junior high, high school and college sweetheart Craig, who also taught, coached and served as Department Chair at Walker Career Center. Joann and Craig have two sons, Todd and Brad.
Gary G. Pedigo - 1964 (HOF 2005)
A 1964 Warren graduate, Gary Pedigo has always loved cars. While still a student at Warren, he worked at Ed Martin Ford as a night janitor. After graduation, his interest in automobiles led him into a career in the car business.
In the 1970’s, Mr. Pedigo owned an Oldsmobile/Pontiac dealership in Martinsville. Then in 1982, along with partner Norman Wiese, he founded the Indianapolis Auto Auction. Together with other auction companies he had acquired, the company became a publicly traded entity under the name of Adesa Corporation. In 1994, he purchased what is now Pedigo Chevrolet on the West Side of Indianapolis. The company has been recognized as a leader in customer satisfaction every year.
During 2000, Gary was the owner of the CHL Champion Indianapolis Ice Hockey Team. Loving cars and being a race fan led Mr. Pedigo to becoming a team owner in Indy Car Racing.
Gary and his wife, Juliane, have been married 31 years and have a son and a daughter.
Tom Cochran - 1964 (HOF 1999)
Tom Cochrun, a 1964 graduate of Warren Central and a graduate of Ball State University, is a journalist, author, and business executive. In his early years, he served as a news reporter for stations WIBC and WNAP. Tom Cochrun served as senior news anchor for WTHR. His journalism career has involved local, national, international, political and investigative reporting.
He is President and CEO of Nineteenth Star, a television and video production company. Mr. Cochrun founded Nineteenth Star with a vision to “raise the nutritional level of television.” The programs created by Nineteenth Star have been seen by millions of broadcast viewers around the world.
Dr. Nancy O’Dell - 1958 (HOF 2002)
Dr. O’Dell graduated as Valedictorian of the 1958 class of Warren Central. After receiving her Bachelor and Master degrees from Indiana University, she obtained her Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Dr. O’Dell established a clinic for children with special needs at the University of Indianapolis, where she also taught. She also pioneered an exemplary program to help special needs students succeed in college-The BUILD Program.
She is respected as one of the pioneers, as well as one of the foremost authorities, on the drug-free treatment of ADD/ADHD children. With her book continuing to be published in different countries around the world, Dr. O’Dell may well be Warren Central’s first internationally published author.
Her first concern is and always has been the children. She has touched an untold number of lives through her work.
Dr. Jim Windle - 1955 (HOF 2013)
Dr. Jim W. Windle graduated from Warren Central High School in 1955. He then went on to earn his B.S., MS. and Ph.D. in Industrial Education from Purdue University. He was also employed for 45 years at the University — 42 years as a member of the faculty and three years as an administrator. During that time, he attained the rank of full professor.
Right from the beginning of his career, Dr. Windle has been an achiever. He has received numerous awards and recognitions. Among his many, many accomplishments he helped develop the curriculum in the department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision; he has done research and writing on the analysis of methods and techniques for improving supervisory training, increasing productivity, and reducing job stress in business organizations. He has published numerous articles and, also, authored a published review of research on recruitment and the selection of college graduates. Dr. Windle has made over 500 presentations in the United States and abroad. He has been featured in numerous newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on several television shows including the Today Show, To Tell the Truth, The World News and the Evening News. Dr. Windle has held many positions with prestigious organizations and committees throughout the years.
As a professor, he lifted his students’ visions to higher levels and raised their performance to a higher standard. Dr. Windle has certainly made his mark not only at Purdue, but in the national arena.
Larry Miller - 1955 (HOF 2001)
Larry Miller graduated from Warren Central with the class of 1955. Entering the work force after graduation, Mr. Miller worked in the lumber business becoming General Manager for Pinnell Lumber Company from 1966 through 1972. Believing that he could build houses, in 1971, he formed M&M Contractors, Inc. In the intervening years, the company has constructed over 500 upscale homes in Marion, Shelby, and Hancock counties.
In 1987, he was honored as the Builder of the Year, and in 1988, served as President of the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis. For seventeen years Mr. Miller served on the Marion County Fair Board, including three years as President. He currently serves as the director of the Warren Township Development Board.
Larry Miller married a Warren Grad, Linda Hoff, and their three sons, Steve, Mark, and Gary, all graduated from Warren.
Mary McKinley - 1954 (HOF 2005)
Mary Wright McKinley, the “queen” director of Warren Arts and Education Foundation, is a 1954 graduate of Warren Central High School. Mrs. McKinley is a charter member of the foundation, which began in 1984. She is the editor of the newsletter and as often chaired the Warren Holiday TreeFest.
Mrs. McKinley is also actively involved and is a member of both the Indiana and National Parent Teacher Association. She has been a member of Warren’s P.T.A. Council from 1976-1990. During her tenure she has been most active in HomeFest activities, seatbelt awareness, and has chaired multiple district-centered initiatives. Mrs. McKinley’s good work has also exceed the boundaries of Warren Township. Her affiliation for many years with 4-H has made a significant difference in the lives of students and the Marion County community.
Mrs. McKinley’s good work was duly noted when she was inducted into the 2004 Indiana Association of County and District Fairs Hall of Fame. Mary Wright McKinley is a true difference maker in our schools and community.
Patricia Miller - 1954 (HOF 1999)
Nursing, education, and politics are three important elements that have influenced the life of Patricia L. Miller. A 1954 graduate of Warren Central, Patricia Miller graduated from Indiana University and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse at Community and Methodist Hospitals. In 1974, she was elected to the Board of Education MSD Warren Township where she served two four-year terms.
Mrs. Miller turned her attention to politics and in 1984, was elected to the Indiana General Assembly. Today, she is Senator Patricia L. Miller. In the Senate, her interests have centered on health, environment, election laws and crime initiatives. Her community service centers on the activities of the Methodist Church. Senator Miller continues to reside in Warren Township.
Mr. Martin Koldyke - 1950 (HOF 2008)
Martin J. (Mike) Koldyke graduated from Warren Central (Woodview) in 1950. He is the retired chairman of the Frontenac Company in Chicago. Mr. Koldyke founded this venture capital firm in 1971. He graduated from Purdue University in 1954 and then served as a First Lieutenant and Special Agent in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps.
Mr. Koldyke is involved in numerous civic and professional activities. He was the founder and chairman emeritus of the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and founder and chairman of the Academy for Urban School Leadership. He presently serves as a trustee of the Chicago Public Education Fund and is a life trustee of Northwestern University and Ravinia Festival Association. Mike also serves on the boards of After School Matters and the National Council on Teacher Quality.
There are numerous other chairman and board positions that he has held throughout his career. He has also received over twenty awards in the past 16 years; among those, Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch’s “1992 Entrepreneur of the Year,” and Industry Week magazine’s “One of the Nation’s Ten Unsung Heroes Award.” Mr. Koldyke received an Honorary Doctorate from Loyola University and, most recently, The Robert Maynard Hutchins Maker Award for Distinction in Education from the Chicago History Museum.
Martin Koldyke and his wife Patricia Blunt Koldyke live in Chicago, Illinois. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Marlane Tisdale - 1950 (HOF 2003)
Marlane Tisdale graduated from Warren Central with the class of 1950. Marlane Tisdale knew as a young child that she wanted to become a teacher. She attended Warren Central, which was then located at 10th and Post Road, where her desire to become a teacher grew even stronger.
After high school, Marlane attended Butler University. She began her career of teaching at IPS #68 as a kindergarten teacher. She took time out of the classroom to raise her family of five children. In 1970, Marlane returned to the classroom. With the opening of Lakeside, she taught kindergarten in room #4 for the next twenty-four years, retiring in 1994.
Marlane’s career in education did not end upon her departure from the classroom. Since 1996, she has been a member of the Warren Township School Board. Marlane Tisdale’s passion for children and her professional commitment to education continue to guide her life. She has truly made a difference in the lives of children and the community of Warren Township.
Earl W. Dixon - 1945 (HOF 2004)
At the age of 15, Earl Dixon, along with his mother and two brothers, moved from Brazil, Indiana, to a dairy farm located to the west of Post Road and south of 30th Street. He graduated from Warren Central High School in 1945 – a class of 123 students. During his time at Warren Central, he performed in the operetta “The Mockingbird,” became a leading pole-vaulter, and participated in extra-curricular activities such as the Hi-Y Club and Senior Council.
At the age of 16, Earl started at Butler University and attended for one year. He entered the U.S. Army and served two years as part of the military police at Los Alamos, New Mexico. He also worked with the Manhattan Project – a group of scientists working on the first atomic bomb and later atomic energy. In 1948, he returned to Butler University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and physics.
In 1950, Earl joined the family business in the field of automatic vending. Later, after working for Hook Drug Company and Hook Vending, Earl and two partners purchased the Vending and Carefree Catering Services and formed Martz and Associates Food Services. He retired from Martz in 1990.
In the 1960’s, he became interested in what was then called “paddle rackets”. Earl became part of the group that started the International Racquetball Association. In 1968, he became chair of the Indiana Association. Earl served as Indiana’s first racquetball professional.
Mr. Charles Kemp - 1942 (HOF 2010)
“You’re almost a hero,” wrote a young girl to Charles Kemp in 1998. She was thanking him for his service in World War II. Charles Kemp keeps that framed above his workbench in his home. I read that, and it puts things into perspective,” chuckles Charles. Charles Kemp is, in fact, a hero. As a staff sergeant with the 735th Tank Battalion, part of General George Patton’s Third Army, Charles has been awarded 18 medals including the highest award from the French Government, the French Foreign Legion of Honor. “He is a hero to the people of two nations,” Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels stated. Governor Daniels continues, “I’ve been visiting with Charles, and I’ve had this experience before with other great men of his era — he’s as humble about what he did as he could be. What is so remarkable about him and people like him is how unremarkable they find their own achievement.” Charles spent three years with his platoon moving across France avoiding the German army nearly every step of the way.
His tank battalion was the first one that Patton committed to the Ardennes for the Battle of the Bulge. Charles Kemp is a 1942 graduate of Warren Central High School. He also met his wife of 63 years, Margie, at Warren Central. Charles was part of the cheerleading squad, the track team and also speech and debate. Charles commented that he tries to live his life doing things that his wife, children and other children would be proud of.
Charles Kemp is doing just that; he is a delightful gentleman.
Mr. James O. Laslie - 1940 (HOF 2007)
James O. Laslie is a 1940 graduate of Warren Central High School.
James began playing the bassoon at the age of thirteen. While still in high school, he played with the Jordan Conservatory Orchestra. During World War li, James became a member of the U.S. Army 94th Ground Forces Band located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After three years, he returned to Indianapolis and worked in his father’s general musical instrument repair shop. He then tried another field of work for ten years.
When that ended, he walked out behind his home and into his shop and went to work in the business of restoration of bassoons. Among his many innovations to bassoon restoration, James introduced the use of silicone rubber for sealing the boot and the use of ultra-suede instead of felt on the keys. Whether from a local university or from the Israel Philharmonic, instruments are sent to J. Laslie Woodwinds which is a testament to a regard at the highest level for his restoration abilities.
In 2004, the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra honored him for his 60 years of service with the ensemble. He was awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash certificate from the State of Indiana. James O. Laslie has earned the reputation as “one of the best bassoon repairmen in the world."
Joe Askren - 1924 (HOF 1999)
Joseph Askren attended grade school at the old Shadeland School located at 30th and Shadeland. He is a member of the first class to graduate from Warren Central High School in 1924. Mr. Askren has had a varied and important career. He began a cabinet construction business and was the first user of Formica for sinks and counter tops. The company was the top manufacturer of cabinets used for home economics, libraries, science, and laboratory equipment. Retiring from that company, Mr. Askren joined Askren Real Estate Company, which traces its roots to a land sale contract signed in 1828 by President Quincy Adams. Mr. Askren is a veteran of World War II.