Nominations for the Grand Island Senior High School Hall of Honor are accepted throughout each year. Nominations are reviewed each year and inductees are named. We are excited to announce the Hall of Honor Banquet & Celebration is projected to be held again in 2024.
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. Each year, at least one person is inducted into the Hall of Honor.
Online nominations are encouraged using the online form below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Paper nominations also accepted using the PDF below. Paper nomination forms must be returned to the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation, Attn: Kari Hooker-Leep, 123 S. Webb Rd., PO Box 4904, Grand Island, NE 68802.
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.