Valley Alumni

  • From Olympic gold medalists to award-winning authors, the West Des Moines Community Schools has a history of excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Former students such as Olympian Shawn Johnson, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” author Peter Hedges, and American Idol contestant Katelyn Epperly provide our students true success stories they can look to and know they can also reach for the stars.

    We love to stay connected with our graduates and find ways to celebrate their accomplishments long after they receive their diplomas.

    Athletic Wall of Fame

    Valley High School also has a Wall of Fame for students who have become state champions in individual events or have been named 1st Team All-State in a team sport. Teams that win a state title are recognized and placed on the Wall of Fame. Over 95 teams have won state championships at Valley High School, the most in the state of Iowa.

    The Wall of Fame is located at Valley High School. The most recent 10 years of recipients line the walls near the Fieldhouse. All other years can be viewed on a kiosk.


Hall of Honor

  • Overview

    The Valley High School Hall of Honor was established to recognize outstanding alumni, educators, and community leaders who, through achievements, endeavors, leadership, and character, are positive role models for the student body of the West Des Moines Community Schools. These individuals have specifically dedicated their time and made significant contributions to the Valley High School community.

    2021-22 Hall of Honor Nomination Period

    Nominations for the 2021-22 Hall of Honor open Friday, Oct. 1, and close Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

    Nominate online

    You can also submit a hardcopy nomination. Nominations must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2021 to be considered.

    Mail nominations to:
    Learning Resource Center
    Attn: School/Community Relations
    3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265

    Download Nomination PDF



  • Nomination Criteria

     Please note that the criteria for nominations changed, effective Oct. 1, 2021.

  • Alumni Criteria

  • Valley High School Staff Criteria

  • Volunteer Criteria

Hall of Honor FAQs


  • 2020 Inductees

  • 2019 Inductees

  • 2018 Inductees