Six honorees will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame July 2.

Dr. Virginia Ballinger, Kip Greenhill, Randy Pfeiffer, Margrett Schultz, Peggy Sheets and Helen Tanner will become Hall of Fame members during a 2:15 p.m. ceremony at the high school, 1650 Ridgeview Road.

The ceremony is part of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association's UA Alumni Day open house, which will take place from 1-4 p.m. July 2 at the high school. The event is designed to bring former students, faculty and administrators back to the school ahead of the community's July 4 celebration.

"We had more than 20 nominations," said Ellen Clark, a UA Alumni Association board member and past president. "The people in this group, they were really innovative. That really stood out to us."

The UAHS Educators Hall of Fame was founded in 2007 by Greenhill, then the high school principal, to honor outstanding past educators whose contributions made a lasting and significant difference in the lives of students and faculty.

To be eligible, former teachers and coaches, as well as school and district administrators, must have moved on or be retired from UAHS for at least five years.

More information about the open house, the Hall of Fame and this year's inductees is available at Bearalums.com.

According to information provided by the UA Alumni Association:

* Ballinger joined UAHS in 1969 and taught Spanish for 21 years. She then became head of the school's Global Language Department, working with staff to develop a proficiency-based curriculum with defined student-learning expectations.

* Greenhill was UAHS principal for 17 years after being hired in 1995. He's had the longest tenure at the post and is credited with using a collaborative leadership model that included teachers, parents, students and input from the Harvard University Education Department to develop individual educational plans for students.

* Pfeiffer taught English for 30 years and is a former track coach. He also was a district teacher leader for assessment and worked with other school administrators in Ohio to build leadership, curriculum and student assessment models that were used in Upper Arlington and throughout the state.

* Schultz, remembered by her students as "Magistra" Schultz, taught Latin at UAHS for 37 years. She encouraged students to master of the nuances of English through the knowledge of its Latin roots. She retired in 1962, but continued to substitute teach for many years and was a longtime member and financial supporter of the Greater Columbus Latin Club.

* Sheets began teaching chemistry at UAHS in 1977 and went on to become head of the science department. She initiated the honors science program, which fosters independent study projects and allows students to do research with scientists at Battelle Memorial Institute and Ohio State University medical centers. She also was known for helping many students qualify for national and international science fairs.

* Tanner joined UAHS as an English teacher in 1951. During her tenure, Tanner was part of a group of English teachers recognized for exemplary use of traditional language instruction, including attention to grammar and usage. She's said to have encouraged creative ways for students to share their experiences with the classics before retiring in 1974.

Clark said the ceremony will include remarks about each inductee, and they will be presented with plaques.

Hall of Fame members also are recognized with bronze plaques fixed to walls outside their former classrooms and office.

"It's a permanent tribute," Clark said.

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