The following is exracted from a page on the SHS web site at on May 26th, 2003;

Nine Chosen to Receive Tradition of Excellence Award in 2002-2003
     Last spring, William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was the inaugural  recipient of the district's Tradition of Excellence Award. This year, the award will be given to nine former students and staff members. Current plans call for a recognition event sometime in the spring of 2003.  If anyone has stories they would like to share about any of the following people or if you are in contact with relatives of any of the deceased alumni, please send information to Karen de Hartog at 1701 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood 53211 or e-mail

Walter W. Heller (1915-1987): Economics Professor, Univ. of Minnesota, and chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, 1961-1964, during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations; SHS Class of 1931.

Georgette "Dickey" (Meyer) Chapelle (1918-1965): Photojournalist and war correspondent in World War II Hungary, Algeria, Cuba and Vietnam; SHS Class of 1935.

Robert Shaw (1918-1996): Radio and TV writer including scripts for "Dallas" and "Hawaiian Eye", provided funding for the SHS Shaw Scholarship; SHS class of 1935.

Charlotte Rae Lubotsky: actress with numerous stage and television credits including Mammy Yokum in "Li’l Abner" on Broadway and the TV series "Different Strokes" and "The Facts of Life;" SHS class of 1944.

August Backus (1931-1997): Social worker and social justice activist; along with his job at Milwaukee’s Neighborhood House, he worked to improve housing and health care in the inner city, was active in civil rights movement and the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort; SHS Class of 1949.

Les Aspin (1938-1995): U.S. Representative, 1970-1993, Secretary of Defense, 1993-1994; SHS Class of 1956.

Michael Spector: Attorney with law firm of Quarles and Brady, community activist, Shorewood Library and Village Center Campaign Co-Chr., former Shorewood Village President; SHS class of 1958.

Margaret Joseph (deceased): Mathematics teacher at SHS from 1925-1963 and author of several mathematics textbooks; Wisconsin Outstanding Mathematics Teacher in 1959; Miss Joseph was a mathematics teacher to all of the alumnae listed above.

Louis Romano: Shorewood staff member 1944 –1965 as Lake Bluff teacher, Director of Instruction and Ass’t Superintendent; Professor of Education at Michigan State where he was recognized as an expert in middle school education; Author of "Gertie the Duck" and "Exploring Wisconsin."