Three alumni and one educator will be added to the Oklahoma City Public Schools Wall of Fame this fall.
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools recently named the four inductees: the Hon. Timothy DeGiusti, the late Prentice Gautt, Joyce Henderson and Thom Shanker.
The 2012 honorees will be recognized at a reception Oct. 24 at the Devon Tower and then at a dinner Oct. 25 at the Skirvin Hotel. For tickets or sponsorships, call 879-2007.
The Hon. Timothy D. DeGiusti is a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. He attended Columbus Elementary, Jackson Middle School and Douglass High School. He earned his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He worked in private practice and as an Army prosecutor before becoming a federal judge.
Prentice Gautt was a professional football player and coach. He attended Page Woodson Elementary and Douglass High School, where he played in Oklahoma's first integrated high school football game. He was the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma and was named an Academic All-American. Gautt died in 2005.
Joyce Henderson is a retired teacher and administrator who dedicated her career to Oklahoma City Public Schools. She started her career as a teacher at Dunjee High School, which has since closed. She was a student of Civil Rights activist Clara Luper. She was the first principal of Classen School of Advanced Studies, and she worked at several other schools in the district. She retired in 2006.
Thom Shanker covers national security, the military and the Pentagon for The New York Times. He attended Nichols Hills Elementary, Eisenhower Junior High and John Marshall High School. He co-authored “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.” He previously worked at The Oklahoman and The Chicago Tribune. He earned his bachelor's degree from Colorado College.