Alice Dye is a 1944 graduate of Shortridge High School who has led an accomplished career as a golf champion, golf course architect, and leader in the sport. Alice has won fifty Amateur championships, as well as a gold medal in golf at the Senior Olympics. She has designed courses throughout Indiana and the country with an emphasis on making courses manageable for women. Alice was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1976 and in 2004 was voted the PGA’s First Lady of Golf Award.
Phyllis Imel worked as a passionate educator in IPS for 42 years, most notably as the principal at School #46. The 1953 Washington High School Alumna & Valedictorian played an integral role in facilitating School #46’s partnership with Kroger that brought about various initiatives to improve student learning and better connect students with community resources. In retirement, Phyllis continued her dedication to Indianapolis education through the founding of Teachers Treasures, a store where IPS teachers can shop from donated classroom materials at no charge.
Monique Hunt McWilliams is a 1982 graduate of John Marshall High School who has worked at Eli Lilly and Company since 1998 in Lilly Legal. In 2013, Monique was named the Chief Diversity Officer working as a champion of diversity. At Lilly, she has been involved in multiple diversity initiatives, including developing the first round table forum discussing law firm challenges to hiring, developing, and retaining diverse lawyers. She received the Pepper Hamilton 2009 Champion of Diversity Award for her commitment to diversity within the legal profession.
Ralph Taylor, a 1965 graduate of George Washington High School, is an extremely active civic leader who has served on various community boards and received awards from the United Way, the YMCA, etc. Ralph is heavily involved with his alma mater Purdue University where he played collegiate basketball and was eventually inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He currently serves as the radio analyst for Purdue Men’s basketball, as well as Purdue’s representative on the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
Dan Wakefield is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter whose best-selling novels “Going all the Way” and “Starting Over” were produced as feature films. A 1950 graduate of Shortridge High School, Dan has worked at The Nation Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly among other prestigious publications and also edited and wrote an Introduction to Kurt Vonnegut Letters. He has taught writing at colleges and universities around the country and is currently on the Faculty of the Low Residency MFA Writing Program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.