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
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.
2022-23 Hall of Honor Nomination Period
Nominations for the 2022-23 Hall of Honor class will open in the fall of 2022.
2022 Hall of Honor Inductees
Valley High School is pleased to announce its 2022 Hall of Honor inductees. Valley honored five outstanding alumni, retirees, and volunteers with induction into the school’s Hall of Honor on April 1, 2022. The following inductees represent the fourth class of Hall of Honor award recipients.
- Tom George, '58, volunteer baseball coach
- Scott Hatfield, '68, architect
- Jim and Cindy Lamson, retired language arts teachers and drama directors
- Sam Kranovich, '73, staff member
Keep an eye out in the fall for more information about our 2023 awards!
Please note that the criteria for nominations changed, effective Oct. 1, 2021.
Hall of Honor FAQs
Nominations for the 2021-22 Hall of Honor is now closed. Nominations take place each year starting on the Friday of Homecoming and typically last one month. Individuals selected to be inducted into the 2022 Hall of Honor will be notified in December. Mark you calendars to honor inductees in April, 2022.
No. You will need to resubmit nominations each year.