2016 Woodford Hall of Fame
The Woodford County Public Schools Hall of Fame's fifth class will be inducted at a dinner on Sept. 10. at WCMS. The 2016 class includes 12 individuals and a group of eight longtime volunteers. This week we profile: Career Achievement (Extraordinary achievement through exceptional leadership or service): .
Whayne Hougland Jr. (WCHS, 1981): Hougland serves as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, overseeing 55 churches in the state's Lower Peninsula. He was elected to the prestigious post after serving as rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, N.C., for more than eight years. Hougland served as a canon evangelist at Christ Church Cathedral Lexington from 1998 to 2005. Following what he has described as a dissatisfying career in the corporate world, Hougland attended the University of the South School of Theology at Sewanee and was ordained in 1998. He received a Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of the South in 2015. .
Ben F. Roach, M.D. (Midway High School, 1936): "A medical legend in Kentucky" are the words former UK President Lee Todd used to describe Roach, who co-founded the UK Markey Cancer Center in 1983 and raised $70 million for its construction and operation. Roach also established the Family Practice Department at UK; he was the first physician in Kentucky to be licensed for that specialty. In his hometown of Midway, Roach operated a private practice for 55 years and founded the nursing program at what's now Midway University. He also owned and bred dozens of thoroughbred stakes winners, including the 1999 Kentucky Derby winner, Charismatic. Patron (Advanced a Woodford County public school as a non-alumnus, through leadership or donation of time or money): .
Joe Graviss: Every Woodford County school has been touched by Graviss's generosity. Through Graviss McDonald's Restaurants, he has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Woodford County students, teachers, teams and organizations. Additional, significant funds have come from Graviss's company as advertising and sponsorship support and through in-kind donations of food and coupons. Graviss's donations have supported everything from athletic tournaments and academic competitions to teacher appreciation days and student incentive cards. Graviss has elevated the education climate throughout the county by contributing to organizations such as Woodford Educational Endowment Foundation, Bluegrass Head Start and Midway University.
Bill Grimes: Grimes was a teacher, administrator and coach from 1961 to 1989. He served as principal of Woodford County Middle School for 13 years, including the time of its transition from a junior high school to a middle school. From 1987 to 1989, Grimes was president of the Kentucky Middle School Association. Prior to his time at WCMS, Grimes coached and taught at Midway Elementary School and at WCHS and was assistant principal at WCHS. He coached the WCHS track team to a conference title-before the school had a track of its own.