Lloyd Ostendorf – 1939 (Special Recognition)

Lloyd Ostendorf – 1939 (Special Recognition)

2014 Inductees
9An artist, photographer, and Lincoln historian, Lloyd Ostendorf was born in Dayton in 1921. A gifted child artist, he became fascinated with Abraham Lincoln’s face on a penny which his mother had given him. When Lloyd entered Stivers in 1935, he fell under the tutelage of an equally gifted art teacher, Martha Schauer, who helped him develop his talent. His teachers tried in vain to get Lloyd to draw subjects other than Abraham Lincoln. Many of his sketches appeared in the Stivers News during his student days. Upon graduation Lloyd attended the school of art at the Dayton Art Institute. His formal education was interrupted with service in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he took a job as a commercial artist for the Journal Herald. Along the way,…
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Martha K. Schauer  – (Special Recognition)

Martha K. Schauer – (Special Recognition)

2014 Inductees
Honored Teacher, artist, friend -- Martha was born in Troy, Ohio in 1889. She attended and graduated from Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio, Pratt Institute, Wittenburg University and completed her M.A. at the University of Dayton. After two years as an art teacher in Springfield, Illinois, Martha began her long successful tenure of teaching art at Stivers from 1912-1957, and served as an assistant principal from 1935-1957. During those years, Martha founded and directed the Saturday school at the Dayton Art Institute, teaching art classes. Martha was a renowned water colorist in her own right, emphasizing good design, drawing skills, and good color. She even had a patent on her original design drawing board. Two of Martha’s art students became famous and successful artists: Milton Caniff- ‘25, cartoonist of…
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Robert  O. Aller – 1948 (Special Recognition)

Robert O. Aller – 1948 (Special Recognition)

2014 Inductees
Bob, the son of a World War I veteran and a school teacher, grew up on Manette Place in Dayton, OH. He played on the basketball team and was the Junior Class Vice President. He excelled at math and the sciences and as a junior he received the highest grade in the state on the advanced algebra tests. He graduated with his girl friend, Nancy Rife, in 1948 and together they were elected king and queen of the High School Prom in their senior year; they later married and were blessed to celebrate their 50th anniversary together in 2003. Before his sophomore year at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, Bob was awarded an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated with honors in 1953. He entered the USAF…
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Steve A. Calondis – 1958

Steve A. Calondis – 1958

2014 Inductees
A versatile athlete playing football, basketball and running track, Steve earned six letters in his junior and senior years, two in each sport. He played quarterback and defensive safety on the football team his senior year, earning honorable mention all-city. He played guard on the basketball team, and his favorite race on the track team was the 880 yard relay. Steve was the junior class president and was on the senior council. He was a member of Ten Tigers three years, serving as president his senior year. He was selected in 1959 by the Dayton Boys Club as the Outstanding Boy Class B. Steve was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1963. While serving overseas in Korea in 1964 (HQ Co. I Corps Special Troops), Steve played on an undefeated…
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C. Robert Swaninger – 1942

C. Robert Swaninger – 1942

2014 Inductees
Bob Swaninger was born at home in Dayton, OH in 1924. He attended local schools, and at Lincoln Junior High, he started his prep school career in athletics in the eighth grade, winning the home room basketball championship. After the next two years at Steele, its students were transferred either to Stivers or to the newly opened Wilbur Wright. Luckily for him and for Stivers, Bob entered Stivers going full steam. Bob made the most of his two years at Stivers. He lettered both years in football, playing a hard-nosed center position and winning honorable mention All-City. In basketball, Bob was the starting guard noted for his steady defense. He added track / cross country his senior year, earning three varsity letters that year. Baseball was not considered a varsity…
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Jerry Kennard – 1965

Jerry Kennard – 1965

2014 Inductees
Jerry earned 6 varsity letters while at Stivers. In baseball, he was starting 2nd baseman as a freshman on the varsity team and he batted 280 for the season. Jerry moved to shortstop his sophomore and junior years, where he batted 320 as a sophomore and 335 as a junior. Jerry was starting guard on the freshman basketball team and on the reserve basketball team his sophomore year. Jerry was starting guard for the varsity team his junior year, where he averaged 14 points for the season. He was starting guard his senior year, where in the first five games of the year, Jerry was the first player since Paul Ginter to average more than 20 points a game for Stivers. Jerry had 27 points and 12 rebounds against Dunbar…
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Larry Emerick – 1954

Larry Emerick – 1954

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Larry Emerick was a versatile athlete during his Stivers years, competing in football and track four years in each sport. Larry was a consistent and reliable track competitor running the 180 Low Hurdles, the 120 High Hurdles, and the High Jump and was the Stivers number one participant in each event during his junior and senior years. It was football, however, that was Larry’s first love. He was the starting linebacker on the 1952 Public School Championship Team and earned honorable mention on the All-City Team. Larry was a two way starter as a senior playing offensive center and linebacker on the defense. His stellar “hard-nosed” play throughout the season was duly recognized when he was named first team All-City as a defensive standout. Larry attended Miami University and participated…
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Robert Mitchell – 1973

Robert Mitchell – 1973

2014 Inductees
Robert Mitchell started his freshman year at Stivers in 1969, the same year the Freedom of Enrollment Act was established. He, along with his good friends Stack and Michael, bravely crossed school districts in hope of achieving a banner year at Stivers High School. Once there, they encountered racial riots at school, but through it all he learned a life lesson: A lesson on how adversity can develop true friendships on the gridiron, the basketball court and the track field. Bob’s football nickname was “Forbidden Ground”, where he dared anyone to come on his side of the field. He was called “Promises, Promises” in basketball because of an article printed in the Dayton Daily News when they quoted his motto, “A promise made is a promise kept.” In 1973, his…
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Mike Violette – 1969

Mike Violette – 1969

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Mike Violette earned seven varsity letters at Stivers, 2 each in football and track and three in basketball. He was a very promising quarterback in football, but that career was cut short in his sophomore year because of concussions. Mike had an outstanding senior year for the Stivers Tigers basketball team, gaining All-City honors in 1969. After graduation Mike attended and played basketball for Sinclair Community College for his freshman year. He then received a scholarship to Bethel College in Tennessee where he was a three year starter in basketball, and selected as team captain his senior year. They were league champions in 1973, rated eighth nationally in the NAIA. Mike returned to Dayton after undergraduate school to teach, coach, and continue his education. He obtained his Master’s degree from…
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Richard Bacher – 1959

Richard Bacher – 1959

2014 Inductees
Dick Bacher was born in Canton, Ohio, and moved with his family to Dayton as an infant. He attended Belmont Elementary School from grades 1 - 5, then they relocated to Alexandria, Ohio, and he attended Lanier Grade School where his athletic career began. He was a member of the gymnastic team, which performed widely at special events throughout the tri-state region, including half-time performances at dozens of varsity games in Ohio. Dick participated from 9 -12 years of age. Dick earned 6 varsity letters in 3 different sports at Stivers! He played basketball as center for 3 years before an injury at mid-season -finished his game with a 12.5 points per/game average. He was a 3 year letter man in track. He was undefeated his junior and senior years…
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