A retired teacher and coach, a Franklin County judge and a civil servant are the newest members of the Whitehall-Yearling Alumni Association's Hall of Fame.

Van Gregg, Julie Lynch and Dan Miller were inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony Jan. 27 at the high school, just before the Whitehall varsity boys basketball game against London.

"I'm humbled by the election," said Gregg, a 1971 graduate.

Gregg said he was aware his son had written a nomination letter on his behalf and was "humbled" to read it.

"I'm already in his hall of fame, and I'm honored to be included in Whitehall's," said Gregg, who was selected to Ohio's All-State basketball team while playing for the Rams and also was a member of the baseball team.

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies to play baseball, Gregg declined, having already committed to Clemson University, where he was a three-year starter for the basketball team.

Gregg graduated from Clemson with a teaching license and later earned a master's degree in education from the University of Dayton, teaching and coaching at Celina City Schools and at a school in Georgia before coming to Whitehall in 1994 as a teacher and a coach.

He retired in 2012.

While at Whitehall, Gregg coached the Rams' basketball team to district championships in 1999 and 2005 and resurrected the school's golf program, achieving regional titles in 1990 and 1991.

Gregg also served on Whitehall City Council from 2010-2017.

Lynch is a 1976 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling and a Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge.

The black robe she wears is directly connected to a day she visited Whitehall mayor's court representing a client.

After that court appearance on behalf of her client, then-Whitehall Mayor John Wolfe recruited her to campaign for Whitehall City Council.

Lynch served on council from 1996-99, then in 2000 became the first woman to serve as Whitehall's elected city attorney.

"I wouldn't be a judge today if not for my time in Whitehall, (and) I am truly honored to be chosen for the Hall of Fame," Lynch said.

Lynch participated in performing arts while at Whitehall-Yearling and said she remains connected to classmates, attending reunions to share common experiences unique to being raised in Whitehall.

Lynch graduated from Ohio State University and earned her law degree from Capital University.

Miller, a former Whitehall City Council member and the city's current elected auditor, is a 1973 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling.

A Whitehall native, Miller joined the U.S. Navy after graduation and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

"I'm honored to be selected. I have dedicated my life to public service," Miller said.

"It's nice to be recognized, and I'm humbled to be chosen."

Miller volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, helping to build residences in Whitehall. In 2016, he was named Whitehall's Citizen of the Year by the Whitehall Community Celebration Association.

Nominations were submitted by the public and a selection committee chose the inductees, said Ty Debevoise, director of communications and marketing for Whitehall schools.

Eligibility requirements are to have graduated from Whitehall at least five years ago and to be accomplished in humanitarian pursuits, education, business, extracurricular activities or service to the community or school district.

This year's induction ceremony brings the total number of people in the Hall of Fame to 78.

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