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2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

First Class of Inductees to the SHS Alumni Hall of Fame

The SHS Alumni Hall of Fame was created to recognize exemplary SHS graduates who contribute significantly to their communities and/or professions, who achieve academic or professional excellence, and who positively promote Shelbyville Central Schools.

The 2008 recipients were:
Paul Cross, Class of 1917


On June 5, 1918, Paul Cross made the supreme sacrifice. He was the first Shelby County resident to die in action during WWI. The Paul Cross Rotary Award is given each year to an SHS Boys’ Basketball team member. An excerpt from the Shelby Democrat on June 13, 1918 read:


"All of Shelby county will pay tribute to Paul F. Cross, the first Shelby County soldier to give up his life for his country in the war with Germany, next Sunday afternoon and evening, when two memorial services will be held in this city, one as a stimulant to the patriotic fervor of the entire county and the other a solemn service in honor of this brave Shelby County boy."
William “Bill” Garrett, Class of 1947


Bill was a three-sport star athlete at Shelbyville High School and he led his basketball team to the 1947 State Championship and was named Indiana Mr. Basketball. While starring at Indiana University, Bill became the first African-American to play regularly in the Big 10. He continued playing for the Harlem Globetrotters after college. Bill coached basketball at Crispus Attucks High School and his team won the 1959 State Championship. He later became involved as a dean at IUPUI. Bill died of a heart attack at the age of 45. The Shelbyville High School Gymnasium is named in his memory.
W. Roland Stine, Class of 1958

Roland was a 1958 SHS graduate and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University. He taught in the Shelbyville Central School system for 40 years. Roland was a member of the Shelbyville City Council (1988-2002), and served as State Representative for House District 57 (2002-2003). Roland served as a role model for his students and made many positive contributions to his community through his passion for public service. Roland was killed by a drunk driver on April 24, 2003.
Tom Graham, Class of 1961


A 1961 SHS graduate and recipient of the Paul Cross Award, Tom graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1965 from IndianaUniversity, and from Harvard Law School in 1968. Tom's distinguished legal career includes serving as legal officer of the United Nations, as Deputy General Counsel in the White House Trade Office, practicing international law in Washington D.C., and as a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University and the University of North Carolina. He is best known locally as the co-author, with his daughter, of the book Getting Open, a story about Bill Garrett and the racial divide that existed in Indiana, which won the 2007 Best Book of Indiana award for nonfiction.
Ronald Cole, Class of 1963


Ron was a 1963 SHS graduate and recipient of the Paul Cross Award. Ron graduated from Franklin College in 1967 and from the Harvard Business School, Executive Development Program (P.M.D.) in 1976. He taught and coached at SHS in 1968-69 before beginning a distinguished career in the magazine business in 1969. Most notably, Ron was President and CEO of Readers Digest, Canada, and later Publisher of Readers Digest magazines worldwide. A leader and volunteer, Ron has given his time to organizations such as the Madison Square Boys Girls Club and to train guide dogs for the blind at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in New York.