ISD 88 Hall of Fame

The ISD 88 Foundation and its Alumni Committee are pleased to announce the selection of five individuals for the 2018 ISD 88 Hall of Fame. This is the Hall of Fame’s fifth year of induction. The Hall of Fame seeks to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their lives or vocation and who have made a difference in the communities in which they live, or lived.

The ISD 88 Hall of Fame allows current students an opportunity to understand the value of their education and the possibilities to which it may lead. The Hall of Fame is a way for the school and the community to honor exceptional individuals who, through example, inspire a new generation of students and staff.

The 2018 inductees are:

Clifton Anderson (deceased) – A teacher, coach, athletic director and director of community education in New Ulm from 1959 to 1999, Cliff had a strong passion for education and that was evident in every aspect of his long and exceptional career. He said “all kids want to learn: it is our job as educators to fulfill that desire.” He worked tirelessly to promote gender equity in athletics. He was an educator but he also dedicated his time to various organizations in the community. From serving on the Wanda Gag board to being election judge chairman to the numerous boards he was a part of at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cliff consistently gave of himself to help others.

James Hoffmann – A 1951 graduate of New Ulm High School, Jim participated in basketball and baseball.  After high school, Jim served in the United States Army in Germany. Upon his return to New Ulm he founded his own insurance agency in 1959 and still operates that agency today. He continued his love of baseball by participating in American Legion baseball for two years then played amateur baseball for 10 years. He has been involved in numerous organizations in New Ulm including the Knights of Columbus, New Ulm Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and Community and Seniors Together. His unwavering dedication to this community led to Jim being honored as the 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen of Brown County.

Dan Loose – A 1964 graduate of New Ulm High School, Dan was a student leader and athlete. He was named all-conference in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to play football for North Dakota State University where he was part of the national championship team. He also played baseball for NDSU where he led the team in stolen bases for two years. After graduating from NDSU he served in the army. He received an honorable discharge in 1971; he then began a long and distinguished career at Kraft Foods. His involvement in the community is extensive as he has served in many capacities from the city of New Ulm zoning board to the Alliance Bank board of directors.

James Senske – Jim was a teacher and coach at New Ulm High School from 1964 to 2003. He served as not only an outstanding educator but a no-nonsense coach that cared deeply about his players. As baseball coach, he led the eagles to over 700 wins, including a state championship. It was that success that put New Ulm on the map for baseball in the state. He also coached basketball and holds the title for most victories in that sport at NUHS. Time spent coaching and teaching was important to Jim but he continues to give back to the community through his memberships in the New Ulm Jaycees and Sertoma Club as well as serving on various boards at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and on the ISD 88 Foundation board.

David Silcox – A 1959 graduate of New Ulm High School, David excelled in the classroom and out in the playing field during his high school years. He went on the St. Olaf college where he earned his degree in chemistry, furthered his education with a masters degree in chemistry from Purdue University and a PhD in leadership administration from Arizona State University. He began his teaching career in La Crosse, Wisc. then went on to teach, coach and be become a principal in Phoenix, Ariz. His career in education is a long and illustrious one, filled with opportunity to use his leadership abilities to help shape the students in the schools he served.


Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline May 1st! 

The Hall of Fame seeks to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their lives or vocation and who have made a difference in the communities in which they live, or lived.

The ISD 88 Hall of Fame allows current students an opportunity to understand the value of their education and the possibilities to which it may lead. The Hall of Fame is a way for the school and the community to honor exceptional individuals who, through example, inspire a new generation of students and staff.

We need your nominations for the ISD 88 Hall of Fame!

Do you know of an outstanding New Ulm Public Schools alumnus? Do you know of someone who is doing great work, whether publicly or quietly? Do you have a teacher who inspired you? Or a coach? If you do, please nominate them for the Hall of Fame. Nominations are due May 1st.

Perhaps there was a lunch lady that snuck you an extra cookie or two in the lunch line and who also spent her free time volunteering at the food shelf.
Is the quiet girl from your science class with the beautifully illustrated lab book now a famous artist who teaches free classes to inner city students?
Honor them by nominating them for the Hall of Fame. Nominations are due May 1st.

ISD 88 Hall of Fame Nomination Form 


2017 ISD 88 Hall of Fame

On Saturday September 30th, over 100 people gathered at the New Ulm High School to honor the 2017 ISD 88 Hall of Fame inductees. The evening began with tours of the new school, good conversation, and a delicious meal. As always, the speeches were inspirational and moving. Congratulations to the 2017 inductees!

Front row, left to right, Paula Johnson, Class of 1972; Bonnie Mohr, Class of 1980; Joy Reinhart for the late Faith Reinhart, Class of 1965; and Marlys Zetah for the late Jim Zetah, staff, 1969-1999. Back row, George Glotzbach for the late Flip Schulke, Class of 1949; and David Sturgis for the late Helene Fesenmaier, Class of 1955.

The 2017 inductees are:

Helene Fesenmaier (deceased) – A 1955 graduate of New Ulm High School where she was active in music, the arts, and many other activities. Helene was a graduate of Smith College and the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. She went on to become a world-renowned abstract painter and sculptor whose works are found in public and private collections throughout the world. Many in New Ulm recognize her sculpture “Playback” that stood for many years in the lobby of the New Ulm Public Library. Helene was also a teacher, volunteer, and mentor who was committed to exposing young people to the world of art.
Helene Fesenmaier Full Bio Here

Paula Johnson – A 1972 graduate of New Ulm High School where she excelled in academics, music, and other activities. Paula earned an English degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Anthropology and Folklore from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past 18 years, she has been the Curator in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History where she is responsible for the food technology and marine resources collections. Paula is also an author and has served on boards of various organizations including the Council of American Maritime Museums and the Maryland Humanities Council.
Paul Johnson Full Bio Here

Bonnie Mohr – A 1980 graduate of New Ulm High School where she was active in a variety of activities including 4-H and the FFA. Bonnie graduated from University of Minnesota in Waseca with degrees in Ag Production and Ag Communications. In 1988 she returned to dairy farming and, at the same time, took up painting. In addition to operating a successful dairy operation, Bonnie has become a renowned painter of Rural American Art. She is most famous for her cow paintings, which are sold and displayed nationally. Bonnie is also an author, award-winner, and volunteer with the FFA, 4-H, and the Holy Family Catholic Church.
Bonnie Mohr Full Bio Here

Faith Reinhart (deceased) – A 1965 graduate of New Ulm High School where she was involved in music, debate, and wrote for the school newspaper. Faith earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocational rehabilitation counseling from Mankato State and Kansas State Universities. Despite becoming a quadriplegic during the Polio epidemic, she was fiercely independent and worked to be a catalyst for change for people with disabilities. Through her work at the Disability Resource Center at the University of Reno, the State Board of Transportation for New Mexico, as Director of the State Clients Assistant Project, and many other organizations, she was instrumental in improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Faith Reinhart Full Bio Here

Graeme Phelps “Flip” Schulke (deceased) – A 1949 graduate of New Ulm High School where he was an athlete and active in the arts. Flip received his first camera at age fifteen, and went on to be one of the premier photographers of his generation. Flip served in the Army during the Korean War and received a Journalism degree from Macalester College. He pioneered underwater photography, and during his over fifty-year career, he amassed a collection of more than a half-million photographs, many considered iconic images of their era. Among Flip’s most lasting contributions to society was his work with and documentation of the Civil Rights Movement.
Flip Schulke Full Bio Here

Jim Zetah (deceased) – A Minnesota High School Counselor of the Year and beloved High School teacher, coach, and counselor in New Ulm for 30 years (1969-1999). Jim was a tireless advocate for students who understood that academic success was dependent on a stable personal life. He was often the source of that stability for students at a time when they needed it the most. Even in retirement, Jim remained dedicated to assisting others. He was active in many organizations including the Brown County Child Protection Team, the American Cancer Society, the Crisis Support Team, and was one of the creators of New Ulm’s Life Living Series.
Jim Zetah Full Bio Here


Past Hall of Fames

Hall of Fame 2014

Hall of Fame 2015

Hall of Fame 2016

Hall of Fame 2017


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