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Hall of Honor

Nominations for the Grand Island Senior High School Hall of Honor are accepted throughout each year. The Hall of Honor Committee will review all submitted nominations and honor inductees every other year. 

The Hall of Honor, inaugurated in 1983, recognizes Grand Island Senior High School alumni who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the betterment of society. Nominees must have graduated more than 20 years ago from the high school.


A night honoring distinguished alumni and educators

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at Riverside Golf Club
5:30 pm Cocktails  |  6:30 pm Dinner


You are invited to attend the celebration.

Join the GIPS Foundation for an extraordinary event, Legends & Legacies. The Foundation is dedicated to honoring distinguished Grand Island Senior High Alumni to the Hall of Honor and celebrating our Legendary Educators. This event is a celebration of the remarkable individuals who have not only walked the hallowed halls of education but have also left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those they have touched. Join us as we celebrate these extraordinary alumni and the passionate educators. Legends & Legacies welcomes you to an evening of celebration, reflection, and recognition of those who have shaped the future through their commitment to knowledge and the pursuit of greatness.

Bob Sorensen

Class of 1944
Hall of Honor 2011

Bob Sorensen is a “Grand Island Guy.”  Born and raised in Grand Island, Sorensen has spent more than 60 years contributing to his community. After graduating in 1944, Sorensen attended Greeley Teachers College before going to work for his father at Sorensen’s Body Shop. Sorensen worked there for 55 years.

With inspiration from Grand Island Coaches Vic Ashley, Jerry Lee and Iner Toff, Sorensen began his coaching career in 1943, while still in high school. He continued to coach throughout his life with his main focus being girls’ sports. 

Together with Bill Smith, Sorensen started the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) in Grand Island. Later, Sorensen managed the ABCDD Girls Softball League in Grand Island. In 1985, Grand Island Mayor Bill Wright dedicated the softball fields at Ryder Park as the “Bob Sorensen Softball Complex.” In 2012, Sorensen will celebrate 50 years in Grand Island softball.

Sorensen received the Jim Lewis Softball Award in 1978 and was inducted into the Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Sorensen’s community involvement reaches far beyond sports. He has been a Mason for sixty years, he served 16 years on the Grand Island City Council, served on the Board of Health, and is a member of the Board for the Grand Generation Center. 

His community involvement brought him several accolades including the Citizen Award in 1981, the Service to Mankind Award in 1996 and 2007, the Golden Apple Award in 1996, and the Life Time Community Builder Award in 2006. 

Sorensen and his wife Marge (Seymour), have three daughters, Susan, Nancy and Janet, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. They live in Grand Island, where Sorensen continues to support the youth and senior citizens of this community. 

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