In 2012, The Southern Garrett High School Alumni Association introduced the Southern Alumni Hall of Fame. Its purpose is to recognize alumni who have either made outstanding contributions to Southern, received recognition, statewide or nationwide, for excellence in a chosen field, or brought wide acclaim to Southern through a variety of endeavors.
The inductees, to date, are as follows:
2012 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
Maurice S. Brookhart
Charles W. Mason, Jr.
2014 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
Barbara L. Leighton, M.D.
Donald W. Sincell
2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
Robert W. Sharps
William G. Weissgerber
2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
Laura W. Stutzman
David K. Martin
2019 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
Robert P. Sharps
2021 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
H. Stanley Lambert
Richard E. Stuck
Nominations for the Southern Hall of Fame may be made by anyone by submitting a letter of nomination to:
Southern Garrett High School Alumni Association
345 Oakland Drive
Oakland, MD 21550
The letter should detail reasons for enshrinement. To be eligible, the nominee must have attended at least two years at Southern, and have also graduated from the school more than ten years prior to the nomination.
The Danforth Award has long been a tradition at Southern, dating back to its first years. It disappeared for a period of years (yet undetermined), but was restored by the Alumni Association in 2003.
The honor is given to one female and one male student in recognition of their academic performance, personal integrity, balanced lifestyle and leadership potential. The award had its origins in 1941 when noted author, William H. Danforth, challenged the youth of America to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service.
Three nominees of each gender are selected by a Faculty Senate Committee from a list of candidates submitted by the entire faculty. The nominees are asked to submit a writing which both catalogs their achievements and record their thoughts in the following areas:
The Committee then selects the two Recipients.
All six nominees receive a plaque at the Awards Assembly. At graduation, the two Recipients are announced, and each receives:
Set forth below is a list, albeit incomplete, of the Recipients through the years. The Alumni Association would like to fill in the many blanks, and eventually house a plaque at Southern reflecting all Recipients. If you can help by identifying past Recipients and the appropriate year, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship information is coming soon.