Foundation to establish Hall of Fame

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Outstanding alumni, faculty and staff from Shidler schools will soon have the opportunity to be nominated to become the initial members of a newly-formed Shidler Schools Hall of Fame, an initiative of the Shidler Schools Foundation.

According to Shidler Schools Foundation Inc. board chairman, David McCollum, Shidler High School class of 1965, the Shidler Schools Hall of Fame will be established to recognize distinguished alumni, teachers and administrators throughout the history of Shidler High School.

“The Foundation is pleased to introduce this long-needed recognition program. Shidler schools have produced some incredible individuals, both alumni and teachers, who have dedicated their lives to serving others. It’s time that we honor, through this Shidler Schools Hall of Fame program, those outstanding people who have come through our Shidler school system and have been successful and have contributed greatly to their communities.” McCollum said.

“With plans underway to build a new Shidler High School complex to replace the nearly-100-year-old current school building, the SSFI board felt that the Hall of Fame concept would be one way that the Foundation could honor those Shidler Tigers’ who have made a positive impact on their communities and the world around us. We are now working with Shidler School Superintendent, Rick Rogers, to determine the best way we can incorporate the Hall of Fame into the plans for the new high school building.”

Details of the Hall of Fame nomination process will be presented at the business meeting for the District 11 Alumni Association on Oct. 5 during homecoming weekend. Nomination forms will be available at that time.

Nominations for the initial class will be accepted through Feb. 1. A nomination committee will review the nominations and will present their recommendations to the Foundation board for approval in May. Announcement of the 2020 inductees will be made prior to the 2020 homecoming celebration the first weekend of October.

The Shidler Schools Foundation was founded in 2008 and has raised more than $250,000 to support Shidler schools. Shidler schools held its first classes in 1922 during the early days of Shidler when the town was expanding rapidly as one of the most active and prolific oilfield boomtowns in Oklahoma.

For more information about Shidler Schools Foundation Inc. or the Shidler Schools Hall of Fame, contact David McCollum at 575-649-1006 or