Distinguished Alumni

With the 50th Anniversary celebration of South High in 2014, DGS named its Inaugural Class of "Distinguished Alumni." The third class was named in 2018 and the next class of distinguished alumni will be honored in the fall of 2022. We are currently seeking nominations; the deadline for nominees to be considered and honored in the fall of 2022 is April 1, 2022.

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Recipients are honored at our school during homecoming; a plaque is also placed on the "Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame" wall inside the main entrance to the school.

The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni program is to recognize Downers Grove South alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at South High School. The Distinguished Alumni Award does more than honor its recipients. It also further illustrates the great value of the academic programs and student involvement at South and increases the pride all former students, current students, staff and faculty have for their High School.

Class of 2018 Distinguished Alumni

  • Maudlyne Ihejirika (Class of 1981)
  • Amy Liss (Class of 2001)
  • Dr. Robert Roose (Class of 1997)
  • Dr. Samir Soneji (Class of 1994)
  • Captain Nicholas Tilbrook (Class of 1988)

Please read more about the Class of 2018 here.

Click here to view the photos of the celebration and class presentations!

Class of 2016 Distinguished Alumni

  • Jill (Kroese) Aspegren (Class of 1983)
  • Dr. Mark Hersam (Class of 1993)
  • Emil Martinec (Class of 1976)
  • Greg Smith (Class of 1982)

Please read more about the Class of 2016 and our celebration here.

Class of 2014 Distinguished Alumni

  • Captain Daniel L. Cheever (Class of 1982)
  • Derek Lloyd Choi-Lundberg, Ph.D. (Class of 1997)
  • Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D. (Class of 1968)
  • Michael Mendoza, M.D. (Class of 1992)
  • Captain Kent A. Paro (Class of 1982)
  • Katarina J. Ruscic, M.D., Ph.D. (Class of 2002)

Please read more about the Class of 2014 and our celebration here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Martinez via email or 630-795-8518. Thank you for your interest in this wonderful tradition at South High School!