Hall of Fame

Inaugural Inductions 2007

Robert Boulton (1957)

Bob had a very distinguished athletic career at Parma Senior High School in baseball, basketball, football, and track. He received several awards for leadership and sportsmanship. Following a stellar baseball career at Bowling Green University, Bob served his country in the Army. He coached baseball briefly at BGSU before returning to Parma where he enjoyed a thirty-one year career from 1965-1996 as a teacher, administrator, and coach. Bob taught Physical Education and coached a variety of sports. Bob held leadership positions in several professional organizations. He was a very active Trustee on the Board of the Friends of Byers Field Foundation. The stadium of Byers Field is named in his honor for a career of great loyalty and service to the Parma City Schools.

Robert Brugge (1944)

Bob is one of Parma Senior High School’s greatest athletes. A four sport star at PSHS, Bob went on to an outstanding football career at Ohio State University, which was interrupted by two years of service in the United States Navy during World War II. He gained All-American honors as a running back in 1949 and played one year with the Cleveland Browns but suffered a career ending knee injury. Bob taught Health and PhysEd at PSHS for thirty years. He coached football for sixteen years, capturing four consecutive Lake Erie League Championships, including a twenty-five game winning streak and two undefeated seasons. He was instrumental in the construction of Byers Field. Bob developed a cutting edge program for Special Ed students, teaching them life skills. He was a founder, President, and Board member of the Parma City Employees Credit Union.

Karen Spillner Dendorfer (1957)

Karen’s extensive career with PTA began at Arlington Elementary School in 1965. She served as PTA President at Arlington, Parma Park, Crile Elementary School (twice), Pleasant Valley Jr. High, Valley Forge High School, and Parma Council of PTA’s. Her participation in district and statewide positions in PTA was rewarded with both State of Ohio and National Life Achievement Awards. In 1987 Karen was elected to the first of several terms on the Parma Schools Board of Education. She has served in a variety of statewide Education organizations and has been honored with several awards including the Ohio School Board Association Award of Achievement 2005 and 2007, as well as the OSBA Boardsmanship Award 2005. Karen has been very active with the Back the Schools Committee and Parma Schools Foundation.

Norman Shibley (1939)

Norman was exceptionally involved in school extra-curricular activities. He exhibited charisma and leadership which became hallmarks of his distinguished in law. He was a very talented musician who toured with the Ohio State University Symphonic Orchestra.  He wrote and scored the lyrics for the Parma Senior High School Alma Mater. Norman served as an Army Field Artillery Officer during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Over the course of his career, he served as President of the Ohio and Greater Cleveland Bar Associations. He also was a member of the Parma City Schools Board of Education throughout the tremendous growth years of the 1950’s and 60’s.

David Smallwood (1968)

David is a true community activist. He was recognized as the National Salesman of the Year for the Cutler Hammer Division of Eaton Corporation. He served two terms as President of the Parma School Board. As a member of the Back the Schools Committee, he supported many school levy campaigns. David served and held leadership positions on the Byers Field Foundation the Relay for Life Charity. He umpires at high school baseball and softball games and officiates volleyball games. He is actively involved with the Parma Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Guides and Princesses. He personifies the term “community Service”.