By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
London High School’s Athletic and Academic Halls of Fame welcomed three new members.
On Oct. 4, prior to the start of London’s home football game against Grandview Heights, Ron Shoemaker was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, and Joyce Hilde-brand and Sarah Gregg were inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame.
A 1970 graduate of London High School, Shoemaker lettered three times in football and four times in baseball. In football, he was named All-Mid 8 League in 1969 and honorable mention in 1968. He was co-captain in 1969 and won the Apache Award his junior and senior years for putting up outstanding stats.
In baseball, Shoemaker was named All-Mid 8 League in 1969 and 1970 and served as captain in 1970. He was a starter and clean-up hitter for the 1968 district runner-up team.
Also while in school, he was a four-year member of the weightlifting team under Coach Jim Bowlus, served as senior class president and was a member of the National Honor Society.
After high school, Shoemaker played baseball at Ohio University for one season. He later played softball on an adult league team that competed on the national level. In 2009, he was voted into the Columbus Softball Hall of Fame.
Shoemaker lives with his wife, Sally (his high school sweetheart), in Denver, Colo. They have two children and three grandsons. Shoemaker owns an automotive remarketing company home-based in Westerville, Ohio.
A 1946 graduate of Marion Harding High School, Hildebrand holds a bachelor’s degree in speech from Ohio Wesleyan University, a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University and Wittenberg University, and a master’s degree in theatre from the University of Michigan.
She worked as a teacher instructor at Miami University, as entertainment director at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland, as a teacher at Madison South High School, and as a teacher at London High School from 1967 until her retirement in 1992.
Hildebrand directed over 150 plays for the Army Special Services and high schools and 25 London community plays. She designed the theater and classroom/work area at London High School and taught public speaking, dramatic literature, oral communications, play production, English and American government. She also com-posed a speech textbook, “Won’t You Say a Few Words,” which was adopted by the London school board and copyrighted.
Hildebrand is a member of First United Methodist Church of London, where she directed the adult choir for seven years and the children’s choir for eight years. She is a member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Delphian Society and Married Ladies Thimble Club. She owns a “State of Ohio Century Farm.”
She was married to Frank Hildebrand for 35 years until his death in 1991. She has two children, Dewey and Drew, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A 2013 graduate of London High School, Gregg was named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The competition is based primarily on preliminary-SAT scores. Gregg’s score ranked in the top 2.5 percent of all test takers in the country, which number over 1 million.
Gregg was a member of National Honor Society for three years, performed in color guard for three years and winter guard for one year, and was a member of the Quick Recall team. She won the London Rotary Club Four-Way speech contest and advanced to regional competition. She also took part in a mission trip to Costa Rica her sophomore year with her church, London Christian Fellowship.
Gregg earned a full-ride scholarship to Wright State University, where she is a freshman this fall. She has not yet decided on a major. She is the daughter of Sandy and the late Charley Gregg.