Delaware inducts six into Hall of Fame


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David Hackel left, class of 1967, could not attend the Oct. 7 ceremony and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame by Delaware Hayes High School Principal Ric Stranges.

David Hackel left, class of 1967, could not attend the Oct. 7 ceremony and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame by Delaware Hayes High School Principal Ric Stranges.


Jennifer Ruhe | Delaware City Schools

The inductees being introduced at the Oct. 7 football game. From left to right: Frank Lee Ruggles ‘85, Family of Richard “Dick” Shively ‘54 (Andrew Shively, John Shively, Abigail Shively Jones, Allen Shively, Kay Fell and George O’Donnell), Deborah Poling Schooley ‘75 and Warren Hyer ‘72. Vincente Minnelli ‘21 was also honored posthumously.


Jennifer Ruhe | Delaware City Schools

Six individuals were inducted into the Delaware City Schools Hall of Fame at a recent ceremony.

The ceremony was during the Delaware Hayes High School football game Oct. 7 although one inductee was ill and was inducted at a later date.

The inductees are:

David Hackel, class of 1967.

Hackel was active in the student newspaper, radio club, Key Club and thespians, earned a varsity letter in swimming and served as president of his senior class. While in high school, Hackel worked as a disc jockey at WSLN, Ohio Wesleyan’s FM radio station, as well as reporting, writing and delivering news at WDLR, Delaware’s AM station. Hackel earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1971 and became programming director of Coaxial Communications.

Hackel later moved to California where he worked on gameshows for five years before landing a writing job and penning close to 500 episodes of TV shows including “Wings” and “Frasier.” Hackel later created and produced the show “Becker.”

Hackel has been retired for 10 years, but still participates in writing workshops for returning veterans sponsored by The Writers Guild of America and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Warren Wilson Hyer, class of 1972.

Hyer is executive director of the Central Ohio Symphony band. During his tenure, the symphony has grown from a volunteer college-community group to a regional, 65-member professional ensemble with more than 600 season subscribers and an annual free 4th of July concert.

Hyer also is a board member of KV 265, a non-profit associated with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and is a member of the Mental Health Dockets Joint Advisory Committee for the Delaware Municipal and Common Pleas Courts.

Hyer developed the innovative “Reconnecting” therepautic drumming program, which has received three League of American Orchestras Getty Fund Community Investments grants for using therapeutic drumming circles in mental health courts.

While a student at Hayes, Hyer performed with both the Ohio Wesleyan Symphony and Concert Band and was both a soloist and student conductor of the Hayes concert band.

Vincente Minnelli, class of 1921.

Minnelli was active in drama at Hayes. After high school, he moved to Chicago, where he worked at Chicago Theatre as a costume and set designer. He later worked in New York City and eventually Radio City Hall, working his way up to stage director and directing plays.

From 1943 to 1976, Minnelli directed 34 films. He won an Academy Award for the movie Gigi. Other notable films included “Meet Me in St. Loius,” “An American in Paris,” “Brigadoon,” “Kismet,” “Bells are Ringing,” “Father of the Bride,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” and many more.

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion picture industry and was awarded France’s highest civilian honor, the Commander Nationale of the Legion of Honor.

Minnelli passed away in 1986. He had two daughters, Liza Minnelli and Christiane Nina Minnelli.

Frank Lee Ruggles, class of 1985.

After graduating from Hayes, the former OH-12 AF-JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel served for four years as a U.S. Army Paratrooper, was a First Sergeant in the Virginia State Guard as a military police officer and parachuted with the 82nd Airborne division into Panama.

He was the official photographer for the U.S. National Park Service from 2007 to 2010, and completed a 1000-day, 25,000-mile journey that spanned more than 150 national parks and forests through all 50 states while serving as eminent photographer for NPS.

He now is the first-ever Artist Ambassador to the National Park Trust, the National Artist in Residence for the U.S. Forest Service and the official photographer for the U.S. Army Historical Foundation. He also is filming a television series he will host featuring national parks. With National Geographic, he is creating a series of 2016 coffee-table books aimed at younger readers.

He and his wife, Lisa, live in Great Falls, Virginia.

Deborah Poling-Schooley, class of 1975.

In high school, Schooley received 11 varsity letters and awards for sports, including basketball, volleyball, track and field, softball and field hockey. She was MVP and OCC All Conference Teams several times. She also was in marching band, jazz band and pep band. Schooley was the first girl at Hayes to complete four years of FFA.

Schooley played basketball at the Ohio State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education.

Schooley was a job coach supervisor providing supervision, training and guidance to 60 job coaches in 11 counties to provide opportunities to individuals with disabilities. She also has been an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College.

For 19 years, Schooley has been a support administrator for Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Schooley provides support to children age birth to 10 with disabilities by arranging services and supporting parents.

Schooley has been married for 37 years and has two sons, four grandchildren and one step-grandchild. Schooley lives on a farm in western Delaware County.

Richard “Dick” Shively, class of 1954.

Shively was an athlete at Willis High School. He was a triple threat, playing football, basketball and baseball all four years. He played a significant role on the 1951 undefeated CBL championship football team.

Shively lead Willis to its first-ever CBL championship. He was later named All-CBL first baseman.

Shively also was an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Hi Y, Latin and Spanish clubs, music and drama. He also was vice president of the senior class.

Shively graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1958, where he played football and baseball. He taught history at Willis High School for three years before becoming an account executive for off-road racing tires with Kelly Springfield, a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire. He was a founding member of the football support club at Allegheny High School.

Shively passed away in 1980. He and his wife Abigail had three children: Allen, John and Sarah.

David Hackel left, class of 1967, could not attend the Oct. 7 ceremony and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame by Delaware Hayes High School Principal Ric Stranges.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/10/web1_Hackel-2.jpgDavid Hackel left, class of 1967, could not attend the Oct. 7 ceremony and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame by Delaware Hayes High School Principal Ric Stranges. Jennifer Ruhe | Delaware City Schools

The inductees being introduced at the Oct. 7 football game. From left to right: Frank Lee Ruggles ‘85, Family of Richard “Dick” Shively ‘54 (Andrew Shively, John Shively, Abigail Shively Jones, Allen Shively, Kay Fell and George O’Donnell), Deborah Poling Schooley ‘75 and Warren Hyer ‘72. Vincente Minnelli ‘21 was also honored posthumously.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/10/web1_HOF_0001-1-.jpgThe inductees being introduced at the Oct. 7 football game. From left to right: Frank Lee Ruggles ‘85, Family of Richard “Dick” Shively ‘54 (Andrew Shively, John Shively, Abigail Shively Jones, Allen Shively, Kay Fell and George O’Donnell), Deborah Poling Schooley ‘75 and Warren Hyer ‘72. Vincente Minnelli ‘21 was also honored posthumously. Jennifer Ruhe | Delaware City Schools

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