Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Logo with starThe Wissahickon High School  Alumni Hall of Fame honors those alumni with exemplary achievement in the areas of post-graduate career accomplishments; leadership within career organizations/industries; community service and voluntary leadership in their community; prior recognition and honors; and/or innovative accomplishments. By induction in the Wissahickon High School Alumni Hall of Fame, they will forever be recognized as representing the best of Wissahickon. Their success is a reflection of the opportunities provided them throughout their high school experience as a Wissahickon Trojan.

Inductees are recognized at an induction ceremony in October and on the WHS Wall of Honor featuring an interactive digital display containing information about our Hall of Fame inductees; career spotlights; and staff alumni interviews. Our Hall of Fame includes more than 140 alumni from Ambler High School and Wissahickon High School. 

Athletic Hall of Records: Prior to 2003, there was an Athletic Hall of Fame that honored current Wissahickon High School students for their outstanding athletic achievements as a high school student. This is now defunct as student-athletes are recognized in a variety of other ways, including team awards, club awards, Senior Awards Night and Scholarship Awards). Beginning in 2018, Wissahickon High School started developing a Hall of Athletic Records that will recognize all WHS varsity record holders in boys' and girls' sports. In addition, the Athletic Hall of Records will include those high school athletes who were previously inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame and listed on the cloth banners that used to hang in the Round Gym. Read more about the Hall of Records on our WHS Athletics Website.

Former Athletic Hall of Fame: On the Wissahickon Athletics website, there is a table with an exhaustive list of those student-athletes who are listed on the cloth banners that used to hang in the Round Gym at Wissahickon High School. Although, the banners have been taken down, due to wear/tear and renovations, we want to continue to honor and recognize our student-athlete alumni who earned their place in the former Athletic Hall of Fame. Therefore, that webpage intends to serve as an archive for their outstanding athletic achievements within the Ambler High School and Wissahickon High School communities. The district was not able to locate any records of the Athletic Hall of Fame – only names that were listed on the cloth banners that used to hang in the Round Gym. The last person to be listed on these banners was from the Class of 1988, so we believe it was discontinued in the early 1990s. We do not know who selected the inductees or what criteria was used. This information is organized by graduating class year according to yearbook data. Click here to view the former Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wissahickon High School alumni Hall of Fame Criteria
 
  1. The nominee is a graduate of Wissahickon High School for at least five (5) years at the time of nomination. Note: all graduates of Ambler High School are eligible for selection.
  2. The nominee demonstrates exemplary achievement in the areas of post-graduate career accomplishments; leadership within career organizations/industries; community service and voluntary leadership in their community; prior recognition and honors; and/or innovative accomplishments.
  3.  The nomination provides evidence of how this nominee will serve as a positive role model worthy of student emulation.
  4.  The nomination includes a thorough and complete biography of the nominee.

Meet the 2019 Wissahickon High School Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
 

We’re excited to announce the Wissahickon High School Alumni Hall of Fame inductees for 2019: Thomas W. Boehning ’83; Nancy O. Carter ’70; Dominique Earland ’13; Donald M. Hooton, Jr. ’99; Timothy D. Johnson ’05; Kara Raiguel ’90. We will honor these six (6) alumni during a ceremony on Friday, October 18, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m at Wissahickon High School.

These alumni demonstrate outstanding personal and professional post-graduate achievements and uphold the tradition of Wissahickon excellence in our school community and beyond.

HOF InducteesThomas W. Boehning – Class of 1983: Tom Boehning is the Chief Executive Office of Optum360. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care payer and provider communities within the healthcare industry. Boehning and his family support numerous charitable foundations both regionally and nationally.  

Nancy O. Carter – Class of 1970: Nancy O’Neal Carter is a former federal employee with 37 years of professional experience in the areas of global health, international trade and environmental management. She is the founding member of the Executive Women at State, a professional organization that promotes interests and careers of women professionals at the U.S. Department of State.

Dominique Earland – Class of 2013: Dominique has leveraged her interest in science and her desire to help others to become a socially engaged scientific researcher. During her graduate school tenure at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, she served as a mentor who works with inner city children in the CURE Scholars Program to spark their interest in science. She began a MD, PHD program at the University of Minnesota in August 2019.

Donald M. Hooton, Jr. – Class of 1999: Donald Hooton Jr. serves as the President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. He and his team speak internationally to spread awareness about the dangers of using anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing substances among teenagers and young adults.

Timothy D. Johnson – Class of 2005: Tim Johnson is the Director of Baseball Instruction at the Ambler Sports Academy. Following graduation in 2005, he was drafted in the seventh round by the Houston Astros where he played three seasons in the minor leagues with the team. Later, he continued his professional baseball career with the Camden Riversharks and Bridgeport Bluefish. In addition to his role at the Ambler Sports Academy, he volunteers his time to coach the Wissahickon Baseball Team.

Kara Raiguel – Class of 1990: Kara Raiguel is the Chief Executive Officer of General Reinsurance Group, a part of Berkshire Hathaway. In a male-dominated industry, she has been a thought leader and role model in the insurance and reinsurance industry for more than 15 years.