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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.

Charmaine Purdy Coppom

Class of 1963
Hall of Honor 1988

As a performer and teacher, Charmaine Purdy Coppom has shared her musical talents with thousands of people.

Charmaine Purdy graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1963 with a music scholarship to Hastings College. She received her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education in 1967 and was elected “Outstanding Senior” and “Outstanding Performer.”

She earned a master’s degree in music history. In 1971, she joined the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she is currently an associate professor of music. In 1987, she was recognized by the university’s president and by its chapter of Mortar Board for her excellent teaching.

The mezzo-soprano continues to perform and has won critical acclaim. She has been featured on regional television and radio broadcasts.

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