2019 Hall of Honor Recipients
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.
Hall of Honor inductees are carefully selected by a committee of Valley High School and West Des Moines Community Schools staff and community members. Learn more about the selection process.
Charles Douglas “Doug” Buchanan ‘58, retired from the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) after 35 years of service. He began his career with WDMCS teaching at Stilwell Junior High in 1967, later serving in various administrator roles including principal of Clegg Park Elementary. He transitioned to the district’s Teaching and Learning Services Department in 1973, serving as director of elementary education and in other leadership roles before retiring in 2002 as associate superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services.
Le Ann Finger
Le Ann (Hiddleson) Finger ‘81, is the director of tournaments and player development for the Arizona Golf Association (AGA) where she manages operations for more than 40 association golf tournaments and championships and nearly 75,000 amateur golfers in Arizona. She is a PGA Certified Professional in Player Development and one of only 210 women nationwide who are both PGAs of America and LPGA Class A Professionals.
Gerald “Gerry” D. Page ‘68, retired from the West Des Moines Community Schools after 31 years of service. He joined WDMCS in 1974, teaching math courses at Stilwell Junior High for three years and Indian Hills Junior High for 13 years. He then served as an assistant principal at Westridge Elementary and Crossroads Park Elementary, later becoming principal of Westridge Elementary. He served as Westridge principal until his retirement in 2005.
Timothy “Tim” Miller served WDMCS for 18 years, five of those as Valley High School principal. The three cornerstones that he strived to instill in the student body of “doing the right thing, doing your best, and treating others the way you want to be treated” are still in place today. Miller retired from the district in 2018, and his contributions to both Valley and the community were reflected in his selection as West Des Moines Citizen of the Year in 2018.
Former Staff Inductee
Marjorie “Marj” Wharff-White began her WDMCS career in 1968 as a P.E. and health teacher at Hillside, a ninth-grade building. She transitioned to Valley four years later and worked there until her retirement in 2002. During her 30 years at Valley, she taught P.E. and health, coached cheerleading and volleyball, and served for one year as the activity director. She remained connected to Valley over the next decade as a substitute teacher. Valley students and staff mourned her death in 2015.