Negaunee Public Schools to open Hall of Fame, unveils inductees

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee Public Schools is honoring some of its most notable contributors by opening its very own hall of fame.

The hall of fame, located just outside of Negaunee’s gymnasium, will honor members of the community that made significant contributions to the school over its extensive history.

According to the school’s superintendent Dan Skewis, opening this hall of fame is a great way to give back to a community that has been immensely supportive.

“We have such a super community as far as the support that they give to us, and we felt this would be a great way to give back to the community and let them weigh in on different people they felt were significant contributors to Negaunee Public Schools, and give them a place where we can showcase those people along with a lot of our achievements that we’ve received over the past 100 years will also be displayed in the hall of fame,” said Skewis.

Potential inductees were nominated by the community and sent to a voting committee, where eventually five nominees were selected.

Inaugural inductees include:

Gerry Anderson

  • Negaunee Public Schools Band/Music teacher for 37 years
  • Chosen as Ambassador to school
  • Recipient of several Excellence in Education Grant awards

Alan “Goofus” Ammesmaki

  • Arguably, Negaunee’s #1 fan for over 40 years
  • Signature chant became synonymous with Miner sports

HB Krogman

  • “Father of Athletics” in Negaunee
  • Developed first athletic programs at Negaunee; established and coached football, baseball and track & field
  • Established “Miners” nickname and color scheme

Mary Trolla

  • Produced large-scale school musicals at NHS
  • Junior and Senior High School Choral Director from 1962-1986
  • Upper Peninsula Music Teacher of the Year

Dick Koski

  • Served many roles during his tenure at NPS, including Assistant Principal of Negaunee High School, Athletic Director, teacher and coach
  • Head Coach of Negaunee High School Varsity Football team for 32 years (state championship appearance in 1991)
  • Head Coach of Negaunee High School Track and Field (won boys UP Championship in 1985)

An induction ceremony was originally for July 8th, but has now been moved until fall.