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Distinguished Alumni

Since 2014, South High School in Downers Grove has recognized outstanding alumni as they have made outstanding contributions in their field and continue to make their mark in the world.

Our Distinguished Alumni program recognizes South High alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at our school. Celebrating the history and diverse experiences of our alumni will empower current and future students to create a positive impact on the world. 

South High is now taking applications for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award program. Nominate a former classmate by March 11, 2022.

Nominate a Classmate!

With the 50th Anniversary celebration of South High in 2014, DGS named its Inaugural Class of "Distinguished Alumni."

Class of 2014 Yearbook Photos

Class of 2022 Distinguished Alumni

  • Tushar (Tony) Ambegaoker, Class of 1987
  • Dr. Alexander J. Gallan, Class of 2005
  • Heather Hathaway Miranda, Class of 1990
  • Major Matthew A. Krempel, Class of 2004
  • Mary Lou O’Grady, R.N., Class of 1972
  • John C. Robak, Class of 1985

Read more about the Class of 2022.

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.

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.

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.

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!