You can see Cooper High School’s Hall of Fame as soon as you enter the high school. There are 33 inductees, who range from actor Steve Zahn to NHLer Lance Pitlick to the first superintendent of Robbinsdale schools and school namesake, E.J. Cooper.
But no one has been added to the school’s Hall of Fame since a student prompted the induction of longtime teacher Ert Jones-Hermerding in 2012.
Athletics director John Olefke is trying to restart the Hall of Fame, with nominees accepted and inducted each year. Nominees can be former students, staff, coaches, and community members who support Cooper High School and have made exceptional achievements in their field, significant contributions to Cooper High School and/or unique contributions to their community on a local, state, national or international level.
"This is important," says Olefke. "People change and the school is always evolving. We don’t want to lose too much of the roots and everything that has been involved in making Cooper a great school."
Nominations will be accepted until the end of June in hopes of inducting members during homecoming in the fall. Forms can be found on the school website.
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