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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.

William J. Wheeler

Class of 1979
Hall of Honor 2002

William J. Wheeler is a member of the Islander Class of 1979. His high school career included serving as a co-captain of the 1978 Class A State Football Championship Team, a member of the State Championship Semi-Finalist Debate Team in 1979, a member of the track team, and Vice President of the Senior Class. Following his graduation from Grand Island Senior High, Mr. Wheeler attended A. B. Wabash College in Indiana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wabash College in 1983. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity and was also co-captain of the undefeated football team of 1982 at Wabash. Today, he serves as member of the Board of Trustees of Wabash College. In 1987, Mr. Wheeler graduated from the Harvard Business School with a MBA degree.

While attending Harvard, Mr. Wheeler worked summers in the New York office of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Inc., an investment bank. He joined the firm right after graduation, raising money for companies by issuing stock or debt securities. He gained experience in helping companies transition from mutual to public ownership. He has advised numerous companies involved in restructuring efforts that include Equitable, Guarantee Mutual Life Insurance, Ameritas Mutual Insurance and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. He is presently Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer-Institutional Business for MetLife of New York. While at MetLife, he helped engineer the sale of one of the world’s largest life insurance companies to investors for $4.6 billion.

William Wheeler and his wife Carol have two children, Katherine and James. They now reside in Scarsdale, New York.

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