Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Highland Park Alumni & Sports Inductees



The 2012-2013 Highland Park High School & Alumni Association Induction Ceremony and Alumni Hall of Fame and Sports/Activities Wall of Honor were held February 8 and 9, 2013.

The Alumni Association inductees were John (Saunders) Quade, Victoria (Billau) Seeger and Freddy Maisberger.  Athletics/Activities inductees were the 2006-2007 boys basketball team, Gloria (Kemp) White and Darth Vaughn.


John (Saunders) Quade
Actor – Class of 1956
John Quade, as he was known in Hollywood, appeared in nearly 130 films, television shows, television series and theater.  He is best known as playing Cholla, leader of the Black Widows motorcycle gang, in the hit film Every Which Way But Loose.  Other memorable films include The Outlaw Josey Wales and High Plains Drifter with friend Clint Eastwood, The Sting with Paul Newman and Papillion with Steve McQueen.  He also appeared in television shows like Bonanza, Rockford Files, Gunsmoke and Starsky & Hutch.  Television series include Roots and The Godfather.  He was also a producer, director and writer.  John died in 2009.

Victoria Seeger
Educator – Class of 1972
Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts, Vocational Home Economics Education degree and her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from Washburn University as well as a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Washburn.  Her Doctorate of Philosophy was obtained at Kansas State University.  Vicki currently is an assistant professor at Northwest Missouri State University.  Vicki has received national and state recognition and served on various committees.  She has authored several books and has been a co-presenter at various education conferences across the country.

Friedrich “Freddy” Maisberger
Educator – Class of 1985
Freddy grated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history with minors in political science, science and English.  He received his Master of Arts in Education from Baker University.  Freddy currently teaches history and is a coach at Highland Park High School.  He serves as a peer mentor for new teachers to Highland Park, he serves as the social studies department head and is on the social studies curriculum assessment committee for Topeka Public Schools.  He is also the liaison for the Highland Park High School Alumni Association.  Freddy coaches wrestling, cross country, track, soccer and baseball.



Boys Basketball Team
2006-2007 5A State Champions
The team had a perfect 25-0 season.  The “Runnin Scots” played in only two games that were decided by fewer than 10 points.  Their average margin of victory was 28.2 points per game.  The team was named by both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Wichita Eagle as one of the top two teams of all time in the state of Kansas. 

Gloria Kemp White
Olympian – Class of 1962
At age 16, Gloria was the national Junior Olympic shot put champion.  In 1960, she set a U.S. record in the shot put at 43 feet 10 inches that stood for six years.  She was the youngest female U.S. Olympic competitor in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.  In 1961, she was the runner up for National Indoor Shot Put and Basketball Championship of the United States.

Darth Vaughn
3 Sport Athlete & Attorney – Class of 1993
Darth excelled in football, basketball and track while at Highland Park High School.  He also played basketball and was a champion high jumper at Cornell University where he pursued his undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Darth later earned a law degree from the University of Southern California.  He is currently involved in tort and business litigation and corporate services at a law firm in California.