The HCHS Foundation Hall of Fame recognizes individuals with outstanding accomplishments or service in the arts, athletics, business, education, public service, or other endeavors. These outstanding individuals bring much pride to Hinsdale Central and are wonderful role models for its student body and entire community.
The 2013 inductees are an especially energetic group, including two beloved teachers, a pilot, an ice skater, and a local rock star.
Dolores Drallmeier Bova, Class of 1950.
Skated for Arthur Wirtz’s Hollywood Ice Revue and trained 1972 Olympic medalist Janet Lynn. Currently retired after 23 years as skating director of Centennial Ice Rinks in Wilmette. Field of Distinction: Athetics
Jack Ekl, Class of 1964.
Flew A-6 fighters in Korea and Vietnam and was a Squadron leader for the U.S. Navy’s famed Blue Angels acrobatic team. Currently serves as a consultant to Boeing. Field of Distinction: Aviation
Pam Kalafut, served 34 years as teacher and activities director at Hinsdale Central .
Spearheaded the school’s award-winning Character Counts program and led the school’s participation in the J. Kyle Braid program. Retired in June, still a role model for the school community. Field of Distinction: Education
Neil Krupicka, Class of 1967.
Teams won 13 trophies at the state level, and 21 West Suburban Conference titles. An inductee in both the Illinois High School Gymnastics Coaches Hall of Fame and the Illinois High School Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Retired after 35 years at HCHS. Field of Distinction: Education, Athletics
Jim Pilster, Class of 1964.
Led the Cryan’ Shames, one of the Midwest’s most popular bands. His energy, onstage antics, and musicianship have entertained countless audiences of all ages for close to 50 years. Currently a realtor and an avid golfer. Field of Distinction: Music
The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on October 4 at Hinsdale Golf Club. Tickets are available at hchsfoundation.org.