The Foundation announces the winners of the 2022 Wall of Fame
Distinguished alumni of Oklahoma City Public Schools will be inducted at a special ceremony in October
OKLAHOMA CITY (July 21, 2022) – The Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation will induct four new members into the Wall of Fame on Oct. 17 at the 38th Annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards Reception. The event celebrates the long and storied history of OKCPS by recognizing alumni who have gone on to become some of the most influential community leaders in the city and the country. In 2020, the Unsung Hero category was also added to recognize OKCPS alumni who don’t always receive the accolades and recognition of our traditional group, but who have made a difference while staying out of the spotlight. . This year’s class will include three traditional winners and one designated as the Unsung Hero winner.
The 2022 honorees will join 96 other Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) alumni who have been inducted since the Wall of Fame was established in 1985.
Dr Karl Hansen graduated from Northwest Classen High School and is currently Professor and James A. Merrill Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. After developing a strong reproductive endocrinology and infertility program, Dr. Hansen’s research efforts have focused on the reproductive aging process in women and improving outcomes for couples with unexplained infertility. Nurtured by a loving mother who taught math in the Putnam City school system, Dr. Hansen’s love for education developed early and now, as a nationally recognized researcher, teacher and lecturer, he continues to invest in the next generation of physicians.
Dr. Kathryn Jeffery graduated from Douglass High School and is currently superintendent/president of the Santa Monica Community College District (SMCCD). Dr. Jeffery’s four decades of diverse experience in higher education has held leadership positions in Oklahoma, California, Minnesota, Nevada, and Texas, where she is highly regarded for her patient-focused approach. equity in instructional leadership, student services, and vocational technical education (CTE) . Informed by her professional and personal experiences, Dr. Jeffery is known as a compassionate and student-centered leader who has championed issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout her long career in higher education, encompassing efforts to expand support for basic student needs. including food, housing, and physical/mental well-being and wellness services.
Gerald McCoy graduated from Southeast Secondary School. As a result of his extraordinary performances in the South East Spartans football team, he was named a five star rookie and was approached by almost every major school in the country before committing to the Sooners. He attended the University of Oklahoma and was a defensive tackle on the football team under coach Bob Stoops from 2006 to 2009. After a highly successful college career as a two-time team captain and starting in all 40 games of his career, he was a top prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft, eventually becoming the 3rd overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After nine stellar seasons in Tampa, he went on to play with the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders. During his youth, Gerald’s father and late mother, Patricia Diane, instilled in him a deep appreciation for giving back to those less fortunate, which grew during his time as a Spartan and earlier, which led Gerald and his wife, Ebony, to invest a lot of time, talent and treasure to support a variety of organizations throughout his career.
Gregory McPherson II is the winner of the Foundation’s “Unsung Hero” promotion of this year’s promotion. He graduated from Capitol Hill High School and is the founder of Vizionaries ENT, PoetryAndChill OKC and PoetryAndChill OKC Kids. This non-profit organization provides a platform for artists to showcase their talent and promote new music, projects, books, and other ventures. Their literacy workshops help students improve their writing, reading and communication skills and provide a safe space where students can speak freely about their feelings and opinions in a non-judgmental zone. By discussing real-life events and issues, they break down poems and rap lyrics from popular artists and movies, ultimately offering individuals a chance to think critically, gain knowledge and information. and grow in themselves. One of PoetryAndChill’s major partnerships is with Oklahoma City Public Schools, where they recently engaged with over 200 students through the OKCPS Summer Learning Program.
“We are thrilled to announce our 2022 Wall of Fame recipients,” said Mary Mélon-Tully, President and CEO of the Foundation. “The years these leaders have spent with OKCPS have been an important part of the incredible success they have had in their respective fields. We look forward to reuniting with OKCPS alumni and our community in October to honor their accomplishments, knowing that their stories are sure to inspire today’s students to dream big.
The Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards Early Evening Reception will include a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and drinks on Monday, October 17 at the Skirvin Hilton hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The program will start at 4:30 p.m.
The OKCPS Foundation is currently looking for sponsors for this year’s event. For sponsorship information, please contact [email protected].
ABOUT THE OKLAHOMA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
Established in 1984, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence, champion equity, and build community support for lasting success in public schools. from Oklahoma City. The Foundation works closely with the district and the business community to align strategies and priorities for sustained performance improvement. Please visit us online at www.okckids.com for more information on our focus areas and volunteer and donation opportunities.