William Berger devoted his career as an educator striving to instill the understanding, excitement, beauty and importance of learning to not only Science but all forms of knowledge and the arts. He left a lasting mark on the district as one of the co-founders of Kenston Field Experience, a month-long field trip that explored the National Parks and brought classroom science lessons to life. His teaching and the western trip created lifelong learners and stewards of the Earth and community. He continues to share his love of Science and nature with the next generation as he volunteers at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Geauga Park District.
Dr. Alan Gurd, M.D. volunteered for almost 30 years as a Team Physician for Kenston Athletics. A familiar presence at Kenston sporting events, Dr. Gurd gave selflessly to help Kenston student athletes and was always welcoming and genuinely concerned about their well-being. As an Orthopedic Surgeon with Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gurd had an esteemed career and led his department in innovation, patient care and physician development.
Dr. Robert A. Lee Ph.D., former superintendent and administrator of the Kenston Local School District for over 20 years. In his years of service to Kenston, Dr. Lee helped guide Kenston towards educational and community excellence. Under his leadership, Kenston consolidated and upgraded its educational standards, athletics, infrastructure, green initiatives and commitment to the development of students and faculty alike.
William O’Neil spent his entire career as an educator with Kenston, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s and other schools devoted to the education and development of young people. As an educator, Mr. O’Neil founded the Russian Language program at Kenston, which continues today. Over his 25+ years at Kenston, Mr. O’Neil took hundreds of students on educational tours of both the Soviet Union and what is now Russia. He continues to impact students through mentoring and volunteering as well as helping the Bainbridge/Auburn community as a whole through his long-time involvement with the Bainbridge Civic Club and Chagrin Valley Rotary.
Lt. Col Andrew Rule USAF graduated from Kenston in 1996 after a stellar academic and athletic career which earned him many divisional and state awards. After graduating from Kenston, Andy attended the United States Air Force Academy where he played football and led his cadet class. As an Officer in the USAF, Lt. Rule has made a 17-year career out of being the top of his class in whatever he does. Whether it is flying or instructing other pilots on the F-15’s or F-22’s his experience and leadership, have served our country well. Lt. Col. Rule has flown countless combat missions defending our country and still serves today ready and willing to do whatever is asked of him.
Representing both staff and students, we recognize 1953 graduate Al Hrabak for his unwavering commitment to the Kenston Schools as an educator, coach and athletic director. Mr. Hrabak was instrumental in the creation of the Auburn Bainbridge Recreation Board, the governing board of today’s Kenston Community Education. He is a wealth of knowledge on everything that is Kenston and his legacy grows with each athlete that takes the field.
1973 graduate John Althans attended the Naval Academy achieving success as a wrestler. After earning his commission as Ensign he received his Naval Aviator Wings and flying F-4 Phantoms and F-14 Tomcats. In 1994, he retired from the US Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander. As Principal and co-owner of Althans Insurance, he has promoted the growth of a local business and is a two time winner of the Weatherhead 100 for fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio.
Posthumously we honor 1976 graduate Charles “Chip” Henry for his service to others and specifically the youth of Geauga County. As the Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge for the Probate and Juvenile Division, he created the first Court Appointed Special Advocates in northeast Ohio appointing special court appointed volunteer to serve as guardians for children found to be abused, neglected or dependent. His goal was always to motivate troubled children to make the necessary changes in their lives to become better citizens. Tonight, we welcome members of his family to be recognized on his behalf.
Lt. Col. Kevin Lombardo represents the class of 1990 for his heroism and selfless courage. Kevin has served in the Air Force for the last twenty-two years serving 5 deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor for Heroism in 2008 for saving the life of another soldier hit by an enemy rocket. He has also been inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Valor. His commitment to his country and veterans alike continue as he volunteers in his community as an ambassador for the Wounded Warriors Organization.
1993 graduate Justin Herdman is a modern day Elliot Ness as United State Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. He oversees the prosecuting of all violations of federal law, including national security and terrorism offenses, large-scale drug trafficking, violent crimes, public corruption, human trafficking, child exploitation and white-collared crimes. He became a United States Attorney to work on behalf of northern Ohio and make it a place that our children would always want to live.
The Kenston Alumni Association was formed in 2017 as an organizational ‘hub’ for all things related to the nearly 10,000 alumni of Kenston Schools. The Alumni Association links alumni from all over the world for the purposes of promoting Kenston, providing career networking resources to alumni and students, developing and managing scholarship programs and oversight/management… Continue Reading
The Kenston Alumni Association is extremely proud to announce the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has been created to celebrate and pay tribute to alumni and staff. This program was created by the planning committee with representatives from the Kenston Alumni Association and students and staff. Drew Tewksbury said, “It is with great… Continue Reading
Pat Porter (KHS – 2011) | Eric Monroe (KHS – 2011) | Jacob Carpenter (KHS – 2013) | Peter Rozman (KHS – 2014) | Anthony Hajdu (KHS – 2014) | James Artale (KHS – 2015) | Tyler Rendlesham (KHS – 2015) | Barrett Weber (KHS – 2016) | Christian Cassaro (KHS – 2017) Continue Reading
Student athletes at Kenston High School work very hard both in the classroom and in their sport. Kenston is very proud of the time and effort that these students contribute in order to be successful. Each year, a select few of these students are recognized for their hard work and are able to continue their… Continue Reading
It’s Thanksgiving week, and that means Kenston Alumni come back to KHS for a visit. 2014 Kenston graduate Drew Weninger stopped by to visit. Drew is currently with the 14th Company and is a First Sergeant at US Navy Academy. First Sergeant Drew Weninger gave us a brief synopsis of what he is doing now.… Continue Reading
Published in The Chagrin Valley Times June 22, 2017 Tony Lange He had never stamped his passport to a foreign country, but Pierce Cumpstone, a 2012 Kenston High School graduate, wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to play some European pro ball in Malta upon graduating from college last spring. The 6-foot-7 cager averaged… Continue Reading
Well it’s official! Kenston now has an Alumni Association. Mr. Tewksbury, Mrs. McGrath, and Mrs. Miller, are responsible for the formation of the association. Credit also goes to Kenston alum Matt English and Board member Neysa Gaskin for securing tax exempt 501c3 status for the Alumni Association.The main idea or goal of The Kenston Alumni… Continue Reading
We are pleased to announce the formation of the Kenston Alumni Association. This overarching 501c3 organization is looking forward to celebrating the success of our graduates and the spirit and heritage of the Auburn, Bainbridge and Kenston Schools. One of the ways that we plan to do this is by creating a new tradition at… Continue Reading