2023 Wall of Pride Dates Announced

April 13 - April 14

The West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation and the West Lafayette Alumni Association are pleased to announce the fifth Wall of Pride class. Five distinguished alumni and one educator will be recognized for career accomplishments on Thursday and Friday, April 13-14, 2023. The 2023 Wall of Pride class includes:

  • Sonia Angell ’83 – public health leader, Professor of the Practice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University;
  • John Dennis ’77 – West Lafayette, Indiana mayor;
  • David Kelso ’63 – clinical professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University;
  • Gary Lehman ’70 – retired chairman of the board of Oerlikon Fairfield and local civic leader;
  • Chris Ho ’84 – Founder, and CEO of Drug Design Methodologies, Senior Research Fellow at Qubit Pharmaceuticals;
  • Joseph Krause, Educator – Social Studies teacher at WLHS from 1961-1999.

The inductees will be introduced to students at a convocation on Friday, April 14 at West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School. Alumni will also visit select classes. The Wall of Pride ceremony is an annual event.

Dan Walbaum, associate principal at West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School shares, “The Wall of Pride was established for the purpose of celebrating our alumni and our schools. It really is a highlight of the school year for our students and teachers. It is our hope that the Wall of Pride inductees will be an inspiration for generations of the West Lafayette High School community – past, present, and future.”

The Wall of Pride honors celebrated alumni whose actions or achievements in their chosen fields bring admiration and distinction to the heritage of West Lafayette High School. Members are nominated by fellow alumni, parents, current West Lafayette students, faculty, staff and administrators, and citizens from the community. Nominees are reviewed annually and are selected by a committee comprised of West Lafayette High School administrators, alumni, and members of the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation.

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2023 Scarlet & Gray Dinner and Auction – You’re Invited!

April 22

We’re pleased to announce that ticket sales are now open for the 2023 Scarlet & Gray Dinner and Auction. Formerly known as West Side Story, this annual celebration is the primary fundraising event for the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation. The evening includes dinner, a silent auction, paddle raises, grab bags and more. Scheduled for Saturday evening, April 22, 2023, grab your friends and plan now to join the fun in the Shively Club at Ross-Ade Stadium.

New this year: an After Party at Brokerage Brewing Company. If you’re just getting the night started at 10:30, Scarlet & Gray attendees can purchase an After Party ticket to keep the RDP fun going! Late night munchies and a cash bar will be available.

Purchase your ticket. For sponsorship opportunities, to make a donation or to request a printed invitation, please contact the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation at wlsef@wl.k12.in.us or call 765.269.4007.

Want to bid on items but can’t attend the event? No problem! You can bid from anywhere. Register via the event site and we’ll let you know when bidding opens the week of the event.

Proceeds from the Scarlet & Gray Dinner and Auction benefit grants for West Lafayette teachers; the Backpack Program, providing food for West Side families facing food insecurity; and all other Foundation initiatives. Thank you for supporting our schools through the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation!

We're excited to be adding a selfie booth from DigiGroup Entertainment! They're a great resource for photo booths but you can also book DJs with them at Pittsburgh Digital DJs so make sure you stop through for your photo and check them out!

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