The 11th annual Highland Area Schools Alumni Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony and breakfast will take place at 9 a.m.Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Highland High School commons area. Inductees will also be recognized prior to the start of the homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 28.
The Hall of Fame was created as a way to honor selected alumni, classmates and employees who have earned recognition for their achievements and contributions in their field of endeavor. Other criteria of the nominations are leadership, character and service.
All nominees were a student or an employee at a school that was located within what is now the Highland School District’s boundaries, which includes: St. Paul, Highland School District 5, the Pierron school, Alhambra, Grantfork, and New Douglas. Voting was done in May by current HIASAA members.
The public is invited to attend the breakfast and induction. Reservations are required.For reservations or information, contact Sherry Fletcher, board secretary,618-654-6266. The cost of the breakfast is $8 per person. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 17. Anyone wanting to join the association can do so online, www.highlandilalumni.com.
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Community Service Category: James Burgett, Superintendent Highland Community Unit School District 5, 1992-2004.
Jim Burgett was Superintendent of Highland School District 5 from1992-2004. He received his BA degree at the University of Illinois and his MA degree from the University of Wisconsin.
During his career as an educator, Burgett achieved many accomplishments, awards and honors while serving the community. Burgett was active in many state education organizations and was keynote speaker for seminars and meetings around the country. He was a strategic planning facilitator for several organizations.
Burgett was chairman/president of various educational and community organizations including Northwest Special Education Cooperative, Madison County Regional Office Oversight Board, Highland Chamber of Commerce among others.
Burgett received several awards during his career including Illinois State Superintendent of the year, the Illinois Association of Educational Office Professionals Administrator of the Year, Highland Citizen of the Year Bob Hardy Award, Paul Harris Fellow from the Highland Rotary Club and more.
Burgett has authored several books on education as well as many professional organization articles. He has been active in many civic organizations as well as serving on the Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Burgett is also very active in his church.
Business Category: Robert Dauderman, Class of 1950.
Bob Dauderman graduated from Highland High School in 1950. He attended Hohenschuh Carpenter College of Mortuary Business in St. Louis and graduated in 1953. Dauderman served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in “Operation Glory” from 1953 to 1955.
He founded Dauderman West End Mortuary of Alhambra in 1956, which included a funeral home and ambulance service serving Alhambra, Hamel, and the surrounding communities. In 1957 he opened the second Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel to better serve the area. In 1962, Dauderman West End Mortuary moved to its current location and became Dauderman Funeral Home.
Dauderman and his wife, Carol, served area families in their time of need for over 45 years. Dauderman is the longest serving deputy coroner in Madison County, serving over 50 years in that capacity.
In 1963, Dauderman and his family opened the Galaxy Restaurant in an old bank building in Alhambra. The Galaxy won many awards for their food and service over the years. It came to be known for its great fried chicken, perfect prime rib, and the biggest baked potato in the business.
Dauderman has always been active in the community. He is a member of the Salem United Church of Christ, where he served on many committees and the Board of Directors for several years. He is a member of the Alhambra Community Club and the Hamel Businessmen’s Club. Dauderman served many years as an Alhambra Township Trustee and Madison County Zoning Board member. Dauderman is a member of Masonic Lodge 3545, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois and a long time member of the Shriners.
Sports Category: Joel Hawkins, teacher and coach 1985 to present.
Joel Hawkins graduated from Central Michigan University in 1985, the same year his teaching career began in Highland. His coaching career began a year later.
Hawkins was the Middle School baseball coach from 1986 to 1991. He was an assistant football coach at Highland High School for more than 20 years from 1997 to 2008. Hawkins also helped initiate the Highland High School hockey program and served as head coach for five years from 1999 to 2003. Hawkins has been a sponsor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 1987 and still serves in that role.
But, it is as a baseball coach that Hawkins place in Highland High School sports history is permanently cemented.
Hawkins coached at the Middle School and Junior Varsity levels from 1986 until 1991. He became the head high school baseball coach in the spring of 1992 and history began.
His first two Bulldog teams won Regional titles and for only the second time in Highland High School history had a team win 20 games in back-to-back seasons. 2017 marks 26 years for Hawkins as the leader of the baseball Bulldogs. His teams have won more than 550 games (558-308, a .648 winning percentage), while experiencing just four losing seasons. The Bulldogs have never had back-to-back losing seasons in his tenure.
Seventeen times his clubs have topped the 20-win mark and twice his teams won an amazing 30 games, including a school record of 36-4 in 2008. The Bulldogs have amassed some impressive hardware under his direction, winning eight Regional titles, three Sectional titles, two super-sectional plaques and two IHSA State Championships, 2008 and 2015. Edwardsville, Columbia, Alton Marquette, Teutopolis, Chatham Glenwood and Pleasant Plains are the only other schools in Southern Illinois (Springfield down) to win two state baseball championships.
Hawkins also has the distinction of coaching the fifth longest game in IHSA history, a 19-inning game vs. Jerseyville in 2015. He was elected into the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.
Arts and Science: Larry Mueller (deceased)
Larry Mueller graduated from Highland High School in 1944. He received an Electrical Engineer certificate while serving in the Pacific in the US Navy during WWII from 1944-1946. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s Mueller attended Belleville Area College. Mueller was an instructor in Electronics at Ranken Technical College after serving in the Navy.
Mueller was born to be a writer. At the early age of 11, he published his first public works with a neighborhood newsletter with the help of a teacher and neighbor who could print it for him on a gel on canvas copier. He covered neighborhood events as well as national events like the Joe Louis fights,including the Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling bout.
Mueller was born in a time when hunting was still a valuable life skill. His father’s love of hunting and his mother’s meticulous nature both aided in forming a son who was meticulous in researching his subject matter on hunting and fishing and any other subject of his interest.
Mueller has written 16 books on hunting, fishing and related subjects and has been featured in several books by other authors. He wrote the column “Hunting and Fishing with Larry Mueller” in the Highland News Leader and Belleville News Democrat for 24 years and spent 24 years as editor and author writing the “Hunting Dogs” column as well as featured articles for Outdoor Life magazine.
He authored numerous articles in various other magazines such as Field and Stream and Sports Afield,and his articles have also been included in books and national publications such as Gun Digest. Mueller was once invited to be on the Johnny Carson show however he was never one to seek the limelight and politely declined. He was,however, interviewed by Clare Conley and secured his future as Hunting Dog Editor and author for Outdoor Life magazine.
Mueller has hunted nearly every species of winged foul eligible for hunting as well as every four-legged animal plus poisonous snakes. His hunting excursions took him all over the United States making the people he wrote about famous in their own right. Mueller is always an ethical hunter and has great respect and admiration for nature.
During much of his life he has had a kennel of 4-5 dogs of a variety of species that reflected his hunting interests. He has written several articles on dog health, dog supplements to increase health and intelligence, dog genetics (before it was popular) and kind, appropriate training methods that encourage dogs to be their best.
Mueller’s book “Bear Attacks of the Century”, published in 2005, was recently featured in a new ABC series called “In An Instant”. The program was a re-creation of a man who was attacked by a grizzly bear who had read Larry’s book and remembered survival tips from the book and used them to protect his severe wounds. The cover of the book was shown in the episode.
Mueller was a respected writer and was often asked to review a book, inspire a title, write an introduction or forward for other books, and he was a professional photographer.
Mueller was awarded the title of “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels” by the Governor of Kentucky. It is the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Colonels are Kentucky’s ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world. Colonelships are commissioned for an individual’s contributions to his community, state or nation, and for special achievements. He is a “Colonel” amongst others such as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Winston Churchill, John Glenn, Muhammad Ali, Betty White, and Elvis Presley to name a few.