Public Announcements


Nominations are Now Open for Two Board Positions!

Attention Western Alumni Association Members,

Nominations are now open for two board positions - President and Secretary.  If you would like to be more involved in your alumni association please consider serving on the board.  Nominations are open now through September 1st, and voting will take place shortly after. If you would like to know more about either position before applying, please contact either of the current board members - President, James Carter and Secretary, Janice Mattingly - or the Nominating Committee.  A description of each position is included in the attached form.  If elected, you will serve for two years. This is a self-nomination - you may not nominate someone else without their consent.  Send the attached form including your bio to [email protected]

Speaking as a former Board Member, I can attest that serving on the board is very rewarding. If you feel you can make a difference in your alumni association, particularly during these challenging times, we encourage you to apply!  

Click here for the Self-Nomination Form - Board Nomination Formm 2020


Kimberly Payne Skaggs

Nominations Committee Chair




Spring Update from WHS Alumni Association

Alumni members,

First of all I hope all of our alumni members and families are safe and in good health.  The pandemic has certainly affected our lives in many ways and many people and businesses are sruggling.  I know we are all anxious for our lives to return to some type of normalcy and hopefully that will be soon.  Obviously, our normally busy Spring schedule of events has been impacted, so I wanted to give you an update on plans for the remainder of the year. 

As you know we had to cancel plans for the Hall of Fame Celebration in March, as well as the Fallen Warrior Tribute scheduled for April 10th.  Now it seems that the ever popular All Class Mike Linnigs Picnic originally scheduled for May 30th must be postponed as well.  We have rescheduled the picnic for September 12th, and we are hoping that everyeone will be able to come out and enjoy this night with friends. We are also still planning our Silent Auction fundraiser too, and hope that we can cound on the classes for their donation baskets once again.

Mike Linnigs has added a pavillion that we will be using as well as the air conditioned building in case it's a hot day. The event will begin at 5 pm and end at 10 pm.  Of course, these plans are based on the assumption that the virus will be behind us by then, and all of the social restrictions lifted.  If that doesn't happen and we need to cancel, we will get the notice out in plenty of time.  But please put these plans on your calendar, and let's think positively! 

We also are planning to reschedule the Hall of Fame dinner for October; no firm date just yet because we must wait until school gets back in session. For those who have already paid for tickets, you can hang onto your existing reservation or you can contact our Treasurer, Alice Skaggs, for a refund.  We hope as many as possible will keep their reservation and join us in October.  Once a date if confirmed, we will put that on our calendar and send out a notice.  Of course, this too is dependent on the restrictions being lifted for large gatherings, which we certainly hope will be the case by Fall. 

For those who look forward to the Alumni Golf Scramble, that event will be canceled for 2020. We normally hold this event in September, and it takes alot of work to plan.The courses aren't scheduling any scrambles now due to the social distancing restrictions of 1 golfer per cart.  It will definitely be back next year!

Allso, 2020 is an election year for the Alumni Association and per our bylaws, we will be electing two of the four offices - President and Secretary.  Nominations will be accepted from July 1 until August 31st for anyone that is interested in running for either one of these positions. You may nominate yourself of course, and if you nominate someone else please discuss this with them before you enter their name for nomination. All nominees will be provided with the position description and expectations, and they will be required to submit a bio to the nomination committee. Nominees must be an alumnus of Western High School and a member of the WHS Alumni Association. The Voting period be September 15th until November 1, 2020.  Both nominations and voting may be done online or mail in.  The Electees will be announced at the November membership meeting and will be sworn in at that meeting. If you have any questions you can contact Jim Carter at 502-802-0684 or by email at [email protected] We hope there are many alumni who are anxious to get involved and help us grow the organization. 

We will keep you up to date with information as much as we can. Again everyone, stay safe and keep in touch through our facebook page for now! 

Thank you

Alumni President

Jim Carter


Special Restoration Fund

Dear WHSAA members,

The Heritage Committee is undertaking one of our largest projects to date and we hope we can count on your support.

During 2020-2021 we will begin restoring the tropy/trophy cases in Heritage Hall to add both history and color.  After 50+ years many of our older trophies are badly in need of cleaning , repair or refurbishing. 

In addition, our school library has gifted us some rare film footage from past games, dances and school events which we hope to transfer from reel/reel or VHS to CD's, so they are available for public viewing in the Alumni Suite at WHS.

These projects will be both time consuming and costly, but well worth the investment to preserve our heritage. So we are asking our alumni members to pitch in and help by making a donation to our Special Restoration Fund. This fund is exclusively set aside for the work mentioned above. Won't you please help us restore some of Western's most treasured memories by donating today?

Donations can be sent to Western High School, 2501 Rockford Lane, Louisville, KY. 40216.
Attn: WHSAA Special Restoration Fund.

As always - your donations to the WHSAA are tax deductible*

Thank you in advance for your consideration and monetary assistance on these historically relevant projects !

*Western High School Alumni Association is a designated non-profit organization under Section 501(c)3 by the IRS. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. 


Becky Williams
Heritage Committee, Chair
WHS Alumni Association
[email protected]


Western High School Hall of Fame Voting Until January 6th

The WHS Alumni Association is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2020 WHS Hall of Fame. The candidates were nominated by their alumni peers and we congratulate all of them for their achievements. Voting is open until January 6th and there are two ways to vote. You may vote online by email invitation or you can print the ballot and mail it which must be postmarked by January 6th, 2020.  

This year there are some changes to the number of votes per category due to the amount of entries - Faculty and Administration is allowed 1 vote; Sports Achievements 3 votes; and Outstanding Achievements category is allowed 5 votes.  A ballot that exceeds these limits may be considered invalid. Please read the entire list of candidate bios before casting your vote - only names will appear on the ballot and you will want to explore all of the candidate information and achievements first. 

You can download a printable ballot by clicking  Printable HOF Ballot

Be sure to read all of the candidate bios below BEFORE voting:


Ralph Buckley
Ralph Buckley was a dedicated World History and Psychology teacher at Western for many years and served as football coach for 13 years. He grew the football program from 30 players to 100 players. During his tenure at Western, his team had the first winning season (7–3). He ran a “youth development pilot program” and started the Warrior Youth Football program. After leaving Western, he owned and operated Buckley’s Hardware and Electrical Company (1978 –1998); owned and managed several commercial properties; Chamber of Commerce Board Member (1999 – Present); Flaget Memorial Hospital Board Member (17 years); Bardstown Industrial Development Corp Board Member (17 years); inducted into Greater Louisville Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Maggie Wade
Maggie Wade was a Home Economics teacher at Western High School who also served as Drill Team Sponsor (19 years), Cheerleader Sponsor (2 years), Class Sponsor of 1988, 1990, and 1992 Seniors, and Chairperson of the Homecoming for many years. She was a strong supporter of all Western High School endeavors.

Audrey Morrison
During her two decades at Western High School, Audrey served in many capacities: She taught both English and German, served as Chairman of the English Department, Basketball and Football Announcer (several years), Freshman Girls’ Basketball Coach (1 year), and Quick Recall Coach/Instructional Coordinator, Calendar Couple Emcee, Speaker at Graduation, Baccalaureate, various club initiations, and Mr. Brown’s Retirement send-off, class sponsor for
1979 during their freshman and sophomore years, German Club Sponsor, and seeming Faculty spokesperson when faculty didn’t understand the full import of some of Mr. Brown’s announcements. Western was a major part of her life and she will always cherish the people – faculty and students – and the memories. To her, Western High School wasn’t just a building, it was a community, a tribe and a family.


Michael T. Walker
Mike Walker graduated in 1974 and was the record holder for the men's 200-meter dash. (22.0 seconds)

Alan Martin
Alan Martin graduated in 1971 and played football (4 years). He was all-District, all-Regional, all-State Honorable Mention, played in City-County game. He wrestled (4 years) and was Sophomore Regional Champ (3rd in State); Junior Regional Champ (3rd in State); Senior Regional Champ (Most Outstanding); and State Champion. This was Western’s first state championship in any sport. Attended Center College for 1 year – played football and wrestled – won 2 tournaments and was Conference Champ. He went on to referee and coach High School wrestling for 21 years. He is in the Kentucky Wrestling Official Hall of Fame. He also coached 7th and 8th grade football for 26 years.

Richard Kiper
Richard Kiper – While at Western: 1970 Courier-Journal All-State Football Squad Honorable Mention; 1971 Courier-Journal All-State Football Squad Honorable Mention; 1972 – Played in City-County All Star game; County-West Allstars; and County All Star District Team. After graduation, Richard had a successful 24-year career at Porter Paint and a successful 17-year career at Brown-Forman which included global travel to numerous countries.

James Carl Dobson
Carl Dobson was Western High School’s first track and cross-country star – setting several records at the time. Carl always placed in State cross-country events and pole vaulted for the track team. Carl’s attitude set the pace for all future athletes at Western High School. Carl loved Western and loved his country. After graduation in 1965, he felt that it was his duty to serve his country during the Viet Nam War. Carl was the first to give his life. Western High School lost its first Warrior.

Peterson Grimes
Peterson Grimes graduated from Western in 2003. He was Freshman Homecoming Prince in 1999 for both football and basketball. He played Varsity Basketball all four years. From 2000 – 2003, he was on the Boys’ Track Team. In 2002, he played Varsity Football. In 2002 and 2003, he was the Prom King. In 1999 – 2002, he was on the Robotics Team. In 2003, Peterson was on the Boys’ Golf Team. In 2003, he was elected Most Outstanding Male Athlete. In 2003 – 2007, he was a Katie Jett Scholarship Recipient. In 2003, he played basketball and baseball at Fisk University. In 2004, he played basketball at Wilbur Force University. From 2007 to Present, he’s been a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. In 2007, he was on the Collegiate Dean’s List
at Wilbur Force University. In 2009, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Volunteer – Charlotte, NC – multiple organizations.

Michael Scott
Mike Scott graduated from Western in 1975. While at Western, Mike played basketball and baseball. Following graduation, Mike returned to Western to coach Girls’ Basketball. Mike also served as a Resource Officer at Western for many years. Mike maintained strong ties at Western High School with students, teachers, and coaches. Beyond Western, Mike coached many students in basketball, softball, baseball and football for over three decades at Valley
View Church and other organizations. He loved sports and wanted to share that love with others. He always worked hard with each team to assure that the members had uniforms. Sadly, we lost Mike earlier this year.


Ernest Evans
After graduating from Western in 1984 where he lettered in track and basketball and played drums in the Marching Band, Ernest spent 7 years in the United States Air Force serving in Desert Shield/Storm. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Cum Laude) from Bellarmine College and an MBA from Washington University. Following his time in the Air Force, Ernest began his corporate career in the Financial Management Program at General Electric (Louisville) and spent a total of 19 years at GE/GE Capital – moving into a variety of positions at Ikon Financial Services and ultimately JP Morgan Chase serving as Head of Dealer Commercial Services and eventually becoming a Business Management Executive for Chase Auto Group in Dallas, Texas – each with increasing responsibility.

Langston Gaither
Since graduating from WHS in 2002, Langston Gaither has been heavily involved in community engagement, Additionally, he has taken on various business ventures, including successfully developing a football helmet that reduces concussions. He led the design and development of the helmet through patent pending process. Langston is former executive director of a local nonprofit organization. He also serves on various boards in the community.

Kerry Dean Geary
1977 Alumni Dean Geary had been an athletic trainer and director since graduating from WKU with a BS in Health & Safety Education, as well as a MS from UK in School Health. He has received multiple awards throughout his career including the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society Award of Merit, the KATS High School Trainer of the Year Award and the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association High School Athletic Trainer of the Year. In 2016, Dean received the KATS
Highest Honor by being inducted as the 13th member of the KATS Hall of Fame. Dean currently serves as Chairman of the State Advisory Council on Athletic Trainers to Kentucky Board of Medicine Licensure, the Assistant Medical Coordinator of the Bluegrass State Games. He also volunteers his time as a certified EMT.

David Wheeler
David Wheeler graduated from Western in 1979 and since then has achieved the following: 10 years of service in the Arts, & Chairman of the Arts District; Who's Who Worldwide Registry 1992/93; The Weather Channel 1987-88; Executive Producer/Founder Career TV national TV show & website sold 2005; Executive Producer of over 100 episodes, career-related TV magazine NY, CT, NJ, PA.; Executive Director, Miss America Scholarship pageant, Orlando's
Miss City Beautiful, Miss Central Florida & Miss Kissimmee. Proclamation by the Major of Orlando, Nov. 5th is "David Wheeler Day" in the City of Orlando.

Robin Bideau
Robin graduated from Western in 1977 and then went onto to earn a Bachelor of Science in Science in 1981. She was frequently on the Dean’s List. She then spent the next year at University of Louisville to earn her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (with Honors). Robin then worked as a Medical Technologist in several Louisville hospitals before returning to the University of Louisville Medical School and graduating in the top 15 per cent of the class in 1995. She completed her residency in Atomic and Clinical Pathology at University of Louisville in 2000. Robin then completed a Sub-Specialty Fellowship in Cytopathology at the University of Louisville in 2001, where she became Board Certified in Atomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Cytopathology and served as Medical Director of Atomic and Clinical Pathology at Norton Southwest Hospital. She is licensed to practice in both Kentucky and Indiana and currently provides pathology services in all Norton Hospitals and Outpatient Laboratories. Robin is a member of several medical societies and committees.

Larry Curtis Cary
Larry Curtis Cary was his class’s Valedictorian (4.0); Governor’s Scholar; Outstanding Student Award received for Humanities, German, Band, English, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Anatomy, Biology, Computer Graphics, Chemistry; participated in: Quick Recall, Tennis, Band, Math Team; Scoreboard Operator for Boys’/Girls’ Basketball, Volleyball Scorekeeper; Member of Beta Club and National Honor Society; Staff Reporter and Business Manager for the Sword; Beta Club National Scholarship Winner; WMNC Reporter; Eagle Scout Recipient. After graduation, 2000 WKU Grad Summa Cum Laude; 2004 UK College of Medicine Grad with High Distinction; Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society; Who’s Who Among Students in America in Universities and Colleges; Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research; William R. Martin Excellence in Pharmacology Award; Warren E. Wheeler Teaching Award; Abraham Flexner Master Educator Award; Baltimore Who’s Who for Leadership and Achievements in Medicine; and Albert Nelson Marquis Life Time Achievement Award.

Roger Malone
Roger Malone spent much of his time at WHS school under the radar, but he was everywhere. Mostly he was in the closet that served at The Sword’s newsroom. He was editor of the Sword in his senior year, as well as photographer, and reporter and news editor in other years. He also performed in the school productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Free to be Me. When not on stage, he was backstage, operating lights for plays, choir concerts, and other events, as well as miscellaneous roadie tasks. Malone was also president of the German Club and Chess Club, led a losing team on the TV show High-Q, and represented the school in state math contests. He joined the Pep Club in an unsuccessful attempt to meet girls and instead spent many hours making posters, banners, and other peppy things. After graduating in 1977, Malone copped a BA in journalism from Western Kentucky University (1980) and an MA in International Studies and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (1992). The later mostly to have a credential that would never fit on a job application form. He’s spent half his career in journalism, accumulating various awards too minor to list, and the other half in corporate communications, where the awards weren’t plaques. He has lived and worked in five countries and travelled to scores of others. And he has a beagle named Toots.

David Patterson
David Patterson attended Western High School from 1976 – 1982. He earned his PhD in 2006 and works as an Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis – Brown School of Social Work. David is a Faculty Scholar at the Washington University Institute for Public Health, Co-Director of the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America, Research Director in the Buder Center and serves as Training Faculty for two national institutes of healthfunded training programs at the Brown School. He’s spent over 15 years providing clinical services in the addiction treatment field. David currently investigates how to best implement evidence-based intervention and technologies into community-based addiction services. He leads a technology business - Takoda, that develops tech tools to measure and monitor treatment performance. He is the Director of Community Academic Partnership on Addition and is the Chief Research Officer at the new CAPA Clinic, St. Louis City Addiction Outpatient Program. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and a few books and recently served on a National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committees which focus on solving the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Barry Steiger
WHS Class of ‘73 graduate Barry Steiger (known then as “Stigers”) accomplished three of his goals before turning 21. He was an ordained Southern Baptist minister, weekend news anchor at WAVE radio, and a comedian at the Playboy Clubs. By the time he left WKLO and Louisville in 1978 for a network job in Alabama, he had worked at most of the local radio stations, including two stints at WHAS. It turned out, however, that the people in Alabama were as horrified of him as he was of them, so, off to the one place he knew he belonged: New York City, where he’d earlier tested the waters as a stand-up comedian in 1976. Steiger quickly received the tutelage of two life-long idols: Steve Allen and Shelley Berman. Honing his stand-up skills at The Improvisation Club and Catch a Rising Star, he quickly became, as described by The New York Times, “one of the funniest new comics in town, “and selected by David Susskind to appear on one of the legendary producer’s last broadcasts. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1988, Steiger appeared on Fox TV’s The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, and was Arsenio Hall’s first guest when he took over that show. When his good friend Brett Butler launched Grace Under Fire on ABC-TV in 1993, he guest starred as one of TV’s first openly gay characters, and regularly toured with Miss Butler. As one of LA’s few openly gay comedians, Steiger was asked by The Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore to host Hollywood’s first gay and lesbian comedy show (as chronicled in Ed Karvoski’s A Funny Time to be Gay, Simon & Schuster, 1997.) Throughout, Steiger never lost his love of radio, appearing regularly on New York’s WNBC, WYNY, WNEW, in Los Angeles on WLAC and WPFK, and on the BBC. Returning to Louisville in 2004, primarily because he simply couldn’t find a good fish sandwich in Los Angeles, the veteran broadcaster can now be heard on WCHQ-FM.

David George
David graduated from Western in 1978. He was the first freshman to be accepted into the choir. David became an accompanist for the choir, chorus, and ensembles – for rehearsals, concerts, competitions, and television appearances. He was Choir President his Senior year. He was in the Pep Club, the Beta Club, Modern Music Masters and the French Club. He was elected VicePresident of the Tri M Club his Senior year and was awarded the Enrico Caruso Award for Outstanding Musicianship on Class Night as well as the Choir Award of Master Musician. David participated in Annual Talent Shows in 3 of his 4 years – winning a couple of first place awards. He was voted Most Talented Senior by his peers. He excelled at both Local and National Competitions and gave recitals state-wide. Following graduation, David attended the University of Louisville on a full-tuition scholarship in Piano Performance. He also entered a piano composition contest and was awarded for the set of piano pieces he composed. He went on to serve as pianist/organist at a local church for 23 years. David’s career has blessed him with many great experiences. Some of his music endeavors include: Piano Faculty at Bellarmine University (1997 – Present); Staff Pianist at U of L (1993 – Present); Performances with many local high school choirs; Kentucky Center Governor’s School for Arts; Louisville Suzuki String Instruments; All-State Choir; All-County Choir; Louisville Orchestra; Kentucky Opera and American Idol Production Assistant. He has shared the stage with many well-established artists in high profile settings including the 2008 Ryder Cup Closing Ceremony at Valhalla Golf Club, America Salutes You Tribute to Veterans at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago, and in 2015 the Pre-Mass Concert for Pope Francis in Philadelphia.

Alicia Smiley
After graduating from Western, Alicia Smiley attended the University of Louisville where she majored in Communication and achieved a Bachelor of Arts. With more than 25 years in the communication industry, she was employed as a new director at the former WJYL Radio and Alumni Coordinator with the U of L Arts and Science Dean’s office, a Health Education Coordinator for the former Jefferson County Health Department and a Training Coordinator with
Center for Women and Families. Alicia currently has an 18-year tenure with the Louisville Metro Police Department where she works as a Public Information Officer. In that capacity, she provides 24-hour on call support disseminating information to both local and national media. She also handles media advisory, coordinates news conferences, responds to Open Records requests and works on various marketing campaigns.


The Awards Celebration will be held in March of 2020 with a date to be announced soon !

Please note that the bio information was provided by the candidate and/or their sponsor and the WHS Alumni Association is not responsible for any errors or ommisions.  However, if you see an error please contact [email protected]



Membership Dues Change for 2019 Announced!

WHS Alumni Association has simplified the membership dues for 2019.  There are only two categories now - Annual and Lifetime.  Annual Dues are $25 per year, and Lifetime Dues are now just $75 for all!  You can join online or get a copy of the membership form and mail it in by clicking here Printable Membership Form 2019


WHS Hero Program

Help Western High School bridge the communication gap with parents, students, teachers, and administrators and see a positive change to the school culture! 

In 2017-18 Western has turned to a new program that helps monitor all types of student behavior. This program is called HERO.  With this program, school administrators set behavior goals which students and parents see in the form of individual progress charts.  This program also tracks “good and bad, minor and major” behavior occuring on campus daily.  Students and parents are able to see where the student stands in the context of the school-wide goals by utilizing technology via any web browser, the Hero Mobile Scanning Solution or on Android and iOS devices.  This technological program allows the school to spot heroes at school when and where it happens.  Furthermore, the program keeps accurate attendance records, assigns warnings and consequences automatically.  This trend-oriented reporting system helps to encourage improvement among school heroes and shares this data with the schools’ Student Information System, state reporting, and parents. 

The goal of the Hero program is to keep parents, teachers and students on the same page about those behaviors instantaneously, and to serve to bridge the communication gap between home and school.

As you can guess, programs like HERO cost money that many schools struggle to afford.  The alumni and community memers at-large can help by donating toward this program through the Western High School Alumni Association.  Please consider giving to this worthy program, and make a difference for our alma mater.  No amount is too large or too small.  Click here to download the donation form:  Hero Program Donation Form 



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