(Courtesy of USD 457)
GARDEN CITY, Kan. — The Garden City High School Hall of Fame Committee recently selected Beth Tedrow, in town, and Bryce Roderick, out of county, to be inducted into the Garden City High School Hall of Fame on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., in the Garden City High School Commons Area, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
Tours of the high school will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17th, and a buffet dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the high school Commons Area, prior to the induction ceremony. Reservations for dinner are required. Cost of each dinner is $12.00, payable in advance. For dinner reservations or more information, call Roy Cessna, Garden City Public Schools, at 620-805-7014.
Beth Tedrow is a 1955 graduate of Garden City High School. She received her associate’s degree from Garden City Junior College, Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Kansas, and a Masters from Fort Hays State University. Tedrow started her career as a science and math teacher at Garden City High School. She was a Mathematics Instructor, Dean of Women, Counselor, Recruitment Coordinator, Director of Admissions and finally Dean of Student Services during her tenure at Garden City Community College. She has given back to the community through her participation in many associations and organizations that she has served on in the state and community.
Bryce Roderick is a 1963 graduate of Garden City High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University and a Masters from the United States Sports Academy. He was a local business owner and was actively involved in community organizations and activities. He served as the assistant Director of Athletics at Garden City Community College, was National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VI Assistant Women’s Division Director, and became the Assistant Commissioner for the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and one year later was named Commissioner, serving until his retirement in 2018. He also served as the NJCAA National President and received numerous NJCAA awards during his tenure.
GCHS Hall of Fame Background
In 1984, an idea was conceived among administrators and Board of Education members of the school district, to recognize past graduates of GCHS who had gone on to distinguish themselves through outstanding accomplishments. This idea was brought into action the following spring, when the first members of the Garden City High School Hall of Fame were inducted. The purpose for the formation of this select group is twofold: It is to honor past graduates of the school for their accomplishments in their chosen professions. It is also to present positive role models to the current graduating seniors as well as to the rest of the student body.
The Hall of Fame’s purpose is to communicate to Garden City residents and the rest of the world that Garden City High School produces graduates who are second to none.
Each year two distinguished graduates of Garden City High School are added to the Hall of Fame. To date 66 people have been inducted into the Garden City High School Hall of Fame.