A pair of Garden City High School alumni, Melinda Hitz and Alan Stoecklein, have been chosen to be the 2018 inductees into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Hitz, a 1975 graduate, and Stoecklein, a 1973 graduate, were chosen by the GCHS Hall of Fame Committee and will be inducted into the hall at a public ceremony at 7:30 p.m. May 11 in the school’s Commons Area.
Hitz, who is the current director of finance for the City of Garden City, is the in-town inductee. Stoecklein, who served 34 years on the Kansas Highway Patrol, is this year’s out-of-town inductee. They will join 64 other distinguished GCHS graduates in the Hall of Fame.
Hitz attended Fort Hays State University, where she earned her bachelor’s of science in business with an emphasis in accounting. She is a certified public accountant, has received national awards as Garden City’s director of finance and is involved in several state and local associations and organizations.
Stoecklein earned a certified public manager certificate at the University of Kansas and received Kansas police officer certification from the Kansas Law Enforcement Center. He has had long, successful career in law enforcement in Garden City, Ulysses and for the Kansas Highway Patrol. While working for the KPH, Stoecklein served as a trooper, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, acting colonel and was selected to act as interim superintendent for three months during a transition of governors. In February 2011, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel as assistant superintendent for the 800-member agency, a position he held until his retirement in 2014.
Tours of the high school will be available at 5:30 p.m. the day of the ceremony, and a buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons Area. Reservations for dinner are required and cost $12 a plate, payable in advance. For dinner reservations or more information, call Roy Cessna, Garden City Public Schools, at (620) 805-7014.