Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame, WWRHS Class of 1956 WEB Site, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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"The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best."

~ Will Rogers





"As bad as we sometimes think our government is run, it is the best run I ever saw."

~ Will Rogers





“Personally, I have always felt the best doctor in the world is the Veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what’s the matter. He’s just got to know.”

~ Will Rogers
Will Rogers High School can boast of a stellar group of graduates who have achieved fame or extraordinary success in their chosen careers.

The first class of honorees was inducted in 1989. With the exception of a single inductee a few years later, the program was dormant until the second class was inducted on September 18, 2009.

Hall of Fame Inductees, Year of Graduation




The Will Rogers High School Community Foundation has assumed responsibility for the perpetuation and management of the Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame. The ongoing selection process will involve publicity seeking nominations, consultation with past honorees, and a suitable ceremony and gala for meeting and greeting the new honorees.

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The 2011 honorees included our 1956 Class' second inductee Russell Meyers who has a gift for art and humor and has shared it with millions for more than 50 years. He always wanted to do a comic strip, but first came 10 years (5 as an employee and 5 as free lancer) at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City where he had more than 1,000 cards printed. Not without rejections, he created Broom-Hilda, a short, green, occasionally loveable, 1,500-year-old witch, who debuted in April 1970. Myers (and Broomie of course) won the National Cartoonist Society Best Humor Strip in 1975. He draws the strip from his home in Oregon.



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Press Release - 2012 WRHS Hall of Fame Indutees

Our 1956 class is again honored with our third inductee - Nancy Jo (Daulton) Beier whose credits include an outstanding career of opera and light opera; performing with symphonies in Detroit, San Francisco, Missouri and Washington; singing dramatic soprano five years with symphonies in Germany; recitals in Holland, Denmark, Italy and England; teaching voice; judging vocal competitions. She sang the role of Bloody Mary in the first amateur production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, at WRHS, 1956.

About the Class of 2012 candidates:

Warren G. Guntheroth, M.D. (dec.) ('45) - Professor of pediatrics (cardiology), University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; author, "How to Read Pediatric ECGs," "Crib Death: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome." Dr. Guntheroth died September 17, 2012.

Fred Sanders (dec.) ('45) - Aircraft design engineer; began 41 year career with McDonnell in 1957, retiring as vice president and general manager, St. Louis Division, McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Co.; worked on Mercury and Gemini spacecrafts; program director for Skylab production in California.

Neil R. Sparks, Jr. ('54) - U.S. Navy (retired); five tours on aircraft carriers off Vietnam as helicopter rescue pilot; awarded 31 medals including Navy Cross "for displaying unprecedented valor and raw courage to rescue downed pilot in July 1967" (only the Medal of Honor ranks higher); instructor and unit commander.

Donald "Babe" Chandler (dec.) ('52) - Led nation in punting while at University of Florida, graduating magna cum laude; nine years as punter and field goal kicker, New York Giants (one championship), and three years for Green Bay Packers (three championships including first two Super Bowls); NFL all-decade team, 1960s; Florida, Giants, Packers and Oklahoma Sports Halls of Fame; original Marlboro man, 1963; son Bret founded Rib Crib restaurants.

Paul Davis ('55) - Illustrator, graphic designer, art director; Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, 1995, and Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, 2009; author, "The Poster Art of Paul Davis" and "Faces"; created Tulsa's 2002 Mayfest poster.

Nancy Jo (Daulton) Beier ('56) - See above

Elvin Bishop ('60) - Blues and rock and roll musician; founding member, Paul Butterfield Blues Band; approximately 20 studio albums; most famous single, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love"; performed with Allman brothers Band and Grateful Dead; recorded with blues artists Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker, others; inducted into Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 1998.

Rev. Dr. H. Thomas Harrison ('72) - Senior pastor, Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, since 1993, one of Tulsa's largest churches; parish supports 28 families through its Global Outreach program to perform various ministries in 17 countries, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Estonia, Hungary, the Middle East, Philippines, Tanzania, East Asia, Central Asia, Columbia, and Israel, several traveling world-wide related to their ministry.

This information is believed to be accurate by the Will Rogers High School Community Foundation; their apologies if not. They will be glad to correct it. If the name is highlighted, it may be linked to a biography on another website, unrelated to the Will Rogers High School Community Foundation.
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