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2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees 2016

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. A number of applicants, all with worthy credentials, were considered for the 2016 Alumni Hall Of Fame. The selection committee met and narrowed the applicants down to three recipients.

The recipients are SHS graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and society.

The 2016 recipients are:
Arthur R. “Doc” Barnett (SHS class of 1924)


Born in Missouri in 1906, Arthur R. “Doc” Barnett was raised in Homer, Indiana where his father was a country doctor. Although he lived in Rush County, “Doc” rode the train to attend Shelbyville High School where he graduated in 1924. That year, he was the Paul Cross Award recipient and was on the May Court. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he began teaching high school in Shelbyville. “Doc” was not only a biology and health teacher, but also a coach, mentor, and inspiration to his students. In his commercial geography class, he borrowed a movie camera and filmed what is now a time capsule of life and work in Shelbyville, Indiana in 1938. His greatest reward as an educator was seeing his students achieve success in life, especially those entering careers in health related fields. When World War II impacted our country, he was told by recruiters that he could best serve at home. He developed conditioning programs and promoted proper nutrition with his students. He continued working for the school as the interim head basketball coach where, in spite of criticism, he fought to make sure his talented players saw their time on the court, despite their race. He was a product of his time but did not subscribe to injustice which was one of traits that endeared him to his students and won the respect of his players. His dedication, especially to those on the “B” team, led to a championship title in 1947. Additional school involvement included serving as the sponsor of the “S” Club and managing concessions at football games. For many years, he served as the baseball coach, bringing home many SCC titles. He began the summer little leagues, growing the teams from a handful of participants to over 500. He taught at SHS for 40 years, retiring in 1973. Outside of school and athletics, “Doc” was the deacon of the First Christian Church. He enjoyed life in Shelbyville with his wife and helpmate, Hanne. Doc passed away in 1987.


Thomas E. Dierckman (SHS class of 1966)


Tom Dierckman graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1966. He was an Eagle Scout and participated in a wide variety of sports and other activities. Tom was recipient of the 1965 Kiwanis Football Award and a full Navy academic scholarship. His Mechanical Engineering degree was completed at the University of Illinois in 1971. He later completed his Master of Science in Engineering, Construction Management, at the University of California, Berkeley.


After his commissioning in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps, Tom completed a total of 28 years of active and reserve service, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1999. From 1982 until the company was acquired in 2004, Dierckman helped lead The Newhall Land and Farming Company, where he was named President of Valencia Company in 1994, and General Partner, Newhall General Partnership, in 2001. He was responsible for all aspects of residential, commercial and industrial development for the 15,000 acre “New Town” of Valencia, California. From 2008 to 2014, Tom served as staff to Congressman Buck McKeon for service academy nominations. He has also served on many business and government Boards and been recognized for extraordinary service to various community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club and College of the Canyons. In 2012, he was named Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year. Tom and his wife, Sandy, have two sons, Matt and Chris, who are married to Nicole and Allie. They have two grandchildren, Colton and Grace.


Barton L. Kaufman (SHS class of 1958)


Born in Shelbyville in 1941 Bart attended Thomas A. Hendricks Elementary School and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1958. He lettered in tennis, cross country, and baseball. He graduated with a B.S. in Business in 1962 and received his J.D. from the Indiana School of Law Bloomington in 1965. While an undergraduate he was a two-time All Big Ten baseball player and in 1961 was the second leading hitter in the Big Ten. He joined his father’s life insurance firm in Indianapolis where he remains as Chairman and CEO. Kaufman Financial Corporation provides wealth transfer strategies to wealthy families throughout the United States. He is listed in Who’s Who In the Midwest, Who’s Who In America, and Who’s Who In Finance and Industry. He is active in numerous philanthropies including the Indiana University Foundation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Congregation Beth El Zedeck. He and his wife Judy were married in 1962 and are the parents of four children and thirteen grandchildren.