|Jerry V. Higgins, SHS class of 1953
Jerry Vernon Higgins was born and raised in Shelbyville. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin College and his master’s degree from Indiana University. Jerry was an educator by profession, and taught thirty years in the Shelbyville Central Schools system. He also coached both boys and girls golf, leading the boys team to a state ranking. Above all, Jerry was civic-minded. He began a side career in politics by running for city council in 1968, which led to a victorious run for mayor in 1972, and later a run for state legislator. In all, Jerry served his community in an elected capacity for twenty years. During this time, he and his wife of nearly fifty years, Ellen, raised six children. This was apparently not enough to keep Jerry busy, as he also served on the Boys Club Board of Directors, was a member of the Elks, Eagles and Masonic Lodges, state and national teacher associations, and was a member and deacon at First Christian Church. Jerry was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, and was extremely proud of this honor. Even after exiting the political arena, Jerry could be found engaging in lively discussions about local politics, mentoring candidates, or involving himself in some cause. Jerry V. Higgins truly loved Shelbyville, and always wanted the best for its citizens and the city.
|Stephen C. Moberly, SHS Class of 1959
Stephen C. Moberly was born in Shelbyville and lived here for 63 years. He graduated from Indiana University in 1963 and the IU School of Law in 1966. He practiced law in Shelbyville for 30 years and then served as the CEO of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association for 10 years. In 1972, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives where he served for 18 years, the longest tenure ever for a Shelby County legislator. During his legislative service, he was the principal author or sponsor of significant new laws guaranteeing the public access to governmental meetings, establishing the direct primary election in place of conventions to nominate candidates for Governor and U.S. Senator, improvements in the state Ethics and Lobbyist Reform Acts, the firstever Indiana Main Street Program, and the State Constitutional Amendment on Gubernatorial Succession. Over 1500 Shelby County students served as his legislative pages. Through his chairmanship of the Local Government Study Commission, all of Indiana’s local government laws were rewritten into the new Title 36 of the Indiana Code, and over 200 archaic laws were repealed. He served on the boards of the Shelbyville Public Library, the Red Cross, Girls, Inc., Leadership Shelby County, Shelby County ARC, Rotary Club, Arts Council, and as the professional division chair of SCUFFY. In 2008-2009, he served as the National Chair of the Indiana University Alumni Association representing over 530,000 alumni.