Cultural/Performing Arts – Class of 1990
Katherine Mayberry has held many roles since graduating from Grand Haven High School in 1990. She is the Executive Director and founder of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company headquartered in Grand Haven.
She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Liberal Studies from Grand Valley State University, MFA and Master of Letters degrees in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Partnership with the American Shakespeare Center, and has also studied Shakespearean acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the London Theatre Exchange.
A highly regarded actress, Mayberry specializes in Shakespeare and classical texts and is a sought- after director and dramaturg. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Theatre and English at Grand Valley State University, an instructor for the Shakespeare major at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and for the Shakespeare Bootcamp Institute at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
She frequently directs productions of Shakespearean plays for Pigeon Creek, mentors productions for regional universities and colleges such as Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College, and finds joy in bringing Shakespeare and school age children together in various workshops. She has won many awards for her acting, directing, leadership, and service.
Mayberry doesn’t keep her talents stateside. She taught a Shakespearean acting workshop in Genoa, Italy.
Athletic Achievement – Class of 2004
From 2000 to 2004, Maggie Dwyer Chaney left her mark on Grand Haven High School athletic teams.
She earned all-conference, all-area and all-state in track for four years and was state champion in discus her senior year. She also set school records in shot put, discus and 100-meter hurdles.
She also was named all-conference and all-area in basketball all four years of her high school career, as well as all-state first team her junior and senior years. She finished third in Michigan Miss Basketball voting. In 2004, she received the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.
Chaney attended Michigan State University from 2004 to 2006 where she played her freshman and sophomore years of college basketball. In her freshman year she played in the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Womens’ Basketball National Championship game. During her sophomore year, Chaney also competed on the Michigan State track and field team, throwing discus, shot put, and javelin.
After her sophomore year. Chaney transferred to Missouri State University where she played her junior and senior years of Division 1 basketball from 2007 to 2009. She was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year for the 2007-2008 season.
From 2010 to 2014 Maggie played professional basketball in Germany, where she competed in the German Bundesliga and EuroCup leagues. She was a member of the German Women’s National Basketball team from 2010 to 2012. In her final professional season she was named German Player of the Year.
Athletic Achievement, Class of 1961
A two-sport standout in basketball and baseball, Doug Vanderwall’s true passion sparkled on the baseball diamond.
Vanderwall was on the 1960-1961 baseball teams that set a consecutive game win streak of 56 games, a record that stood for 50 years and now ranks second in the state. His career won-lost record was 33-1 and his 31 consecutive wins still ranks second in the state.
Vanderwall had an earned run average of 1.19 now ranked 23rd in the state and his 369 career strikeouts still ranks him at the 30th spot. He batted .422 and drove in 40 runs in 1960 and batted .334 and drove in 35 runs in 1961.
At Central Michigan University, Vanderwall was their top pitcher for three years. Only a serious arm injury prevented him from playing professional baseball. He taught and coached at Fruitport for 30 years.
Vanderwall is still deeply involved in his home community of Grand Haven. He and his daughter, Char, keep the statistical record books for all home basketball games and unofficial score books for all away games. Vanderwall also runs the official time clock for Fruitport home football games.
Vanderwall was inducted into the GHHS Hall of Fame in 2008 with his 1960-61 baseball teammates. He and his teammates are also inductees of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Athletic Achievement – Class of 1985
In life, and in death, Michael Young inspires.
The former Rockford City Manager, who died unexpectedly on January 27, 2016 had a passion for wrestling.
He compiled an 85-14 record over four years, a winning record which still stands as 7th overall at Grand Haven. His accomplishments led to an academic/athletic scholarship at Grand Valley State University while he earned his degree in Public Administration.
Michael went on to assist with the wrestling programs at Grand Haven and Rockford and his enthusiasm and leadership helped build those programs. He was an ambassador for kids, coaches, fans, parents and officials in the sport.
He was responsible for mentoring young men and women both in sports and his chosen profession and became one of the most accomplished and dedicated wrestling referees in the State of Michigan. His selection to referee in several state tournaments is a testament to his professionalism in the sport.
He mentored many high school wrestling programs and inspired hundreds of children through programs such as the GHHS Adam Provencal Invitational and the Rockford Wrestling Club that teaches children as young as 5 years old.
Young also inspired adults. His 20-year tenure as City Manager of Rockford resulted in numerous new initiatives that made that city a better place to live.
As a husband and father, he passed along his love and passion of being the best that you can be and lived by the credo, “Do only what you believe in, and do that thing with absolute dedication and conviction.”
Career / Academic – Class of 1982
When Brad Henderson graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1982, even he could not envision how many lives he would touch, and how far away.
The GHHS honor student and three-sport athlete is now known as The Rev. Dr. Brad Henderson. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1990 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 2000.
Henderson’s passion is working with teenage kids. He is president and founder of the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, a nonprofit charity that serves children in Pittsburgh and Haiti. It is the largest youth network in any single city in the country. He became actively involved in the lives of Haitian orphans in 1990 and, through fundraising efforts, supports the daily needs of 148 children in three orphanages.
He has taught courses in Student Ministries at Geneva College and Trinity Seminary.
Henderson also serves as the volunteer chaplain for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.
Just four years after graduating from Grand Haven High School, Henderson established “Surf City,” a week-long summer camp for middle-school students along the shores of Lake Michigan. Over 18,000 children have attended the camp and he has raised over $1.1 million for scholarships.
He has received numerous awards for his volunteer efforts, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush in 2006 and the State Farm Go to Bat Award from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015.
Henderson is an avid triathlete, twice competing in and finishing the Hawaiian Ironman World Triathlon Championships. While competing in and finishing 10 Ironman Triathlons he has raised $2.9 million for orphaned kids in Haiti and needy kids in Pittsburgh.
Career / Academic – Class of 1979
David MacKenzie’s educational roots stretch back to Grand Haven High School and clearly primed him for business growth.
MacKenzie is the founder of Hortech, one of the country’s largest and most progressive wholesale ground cover nurseries. He also formed LiveRoof Global, LLC (a subsidiary to Hortech), the leading horticultural science company in the green roof industry; and LiveWall, LLC, a successful sister company that offers full vertical gardens that can be shipped anywhere in the world from headquarters on M-104 between Spring Lake and Nunica.
After graduating from GHHS in 1979, MacKenzie attended Hope College and earned a biology degree. The knowledge served him well.
The Nunica resident is recognized nationally as an expert in his field. His experience with plants and horticulture helped him to significantly improve green roofs as a key component in responsible green building design.
MacKenzie has authored four books on ground covers and has published several articles for the commercial horticulture industry and is an active photographer and lecturer. He has earned recognition as a voter favorite in Art Prize, an international art competition, and his installations have earned top 25 and top 20 finishes in two Art Prize events.
He serves on the Meijer Gardens Horticultural Committee and board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.
Career / Academic – Class of 1943
Anthony (Tony) Radspieler didn’t just do well, he did it better. The youngest son of Austrian immigrants, Tony felt driven to succeed. He graduated from 8th grade from Stone School at the age of 11 and from Grand Haven High School at the age of 16.
Too young to enroll in college, he joined the Merchant Marines as a radio officer and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After military service, he attended Michigan State University. Radspieler earned a B.A. in sociology and anthropology in 1950 and his PhD in economics, in the German language, at the University of Zurich in Switzerland in 1954.
Like much of his life, Radspieler’s first job focused on helping people. Working with the American Friends Service in Germany, he helped re-settle WWII refugees and later worked with the High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, establishing new refugee eligibility procedures in accord with the Geneva Convention.
In 1959, he was appointed to the Foreign Service staff of the State Department in Washington as an economic research adviser, and, in 1963, President John F. Kennedy appointed him as U.S. Economic Consul to Germany. He continued in the State Department as a regional and international economist and Senior Policy Analyst. He spent many years at the Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. as an economist at the Department of Policy Planning. He wrapped up 41 years of federal service working on foreign trade issues with the Census Bureau, focusing on the impact of NAFTA on the U.S. Economy.
Even though he traveled to far-away lands during his career, Radspieler never forgot his family. He would always bring special gifts upon his return home.
The gift he leaves now, is his legacy. Anthony Radspieler passed away on August 8, 2013 at the age of 87.
Service to GHAPS/Society – Class of 1962
Sharon Yonker graduated from GHHS in 1962, and she is truly a lifetime Buccaneer. Her love for others and the GHAPS community has made the Grand Haven school district a better place for all.
After graduating from Central Michigan University in 1966, Yonker taught various grade levels at a variety of schools. Her most fulfilling teaching position, however, was at Elliot School and Central High School, teaching alternative education. Yonker excelled in helping her students succeed in this setting, working tirelessly to develop unique strategies to help students learn, with the ultimate goal of helping all of “her kids” graduate.
Yonker made a tremendous impact in the lives of her students, both in and out of the classroom. If students needed help with their studies or someone to listen, Yonker was there. If they needed food, she fed them. If her students needed a ride, she made sure they arrived safely at their destination. Her commitment and dedication to her job and her students was unrivaled, and the impact she made on so many students is unparalleled.
Not content to relax after retiring in 2005, Yonker continued her passion for helping others. She continues to support, develop and contribute to GHAPS and the entire Grand Haven Community without the need for pay or recognition. Most nights during the school year, she can be found transporting sports fans in the GHAPS golf cart between the parking lot and the sports fields.
Yonker’s work is still not done, and the list of contributions she has made to the entire Grand Haven community is lengthy. She serves as the Buc Boosters Membership Committee chairperson, sells tickets at nearly every home sporting event, assists with the Buc Open fundraiser each year, and knits hats for students in need.
Perhaps Yonker’s greatest contribution is her involvement in BUCS Pride, an organization that helps local families who are affected by cancer. She is one of the founding members of BUCS Pride, and spends countless hours organizing purple shirt games at GHHS, selling t-shirts to support her cause, and doing everything she can to help those battling cancer in our community.
Honorary Award for Service to GHAPS
Although Roger Jonas never attended Grand Haven Public Schools, he bleeds Buccaneer.
Roger personifies the term “parent involvement.” His volunteer work often coincided with his daughters’ school activities.
Roger’s years of service to GHAPS launched in 1982 when his twin daughters started kindergarten at Ferrysburg Elementary School. He served as co-chair of the Ferrysburg/Lake Hills PTA for five years, then became involved with the Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination program, serving as a regional, state and world competition judge and regional tournament director for 16 years.
His history of helping includes volunteering for band and orchestra events and becoming a member of the Buc Boosters.
After supporting one of his own daughter’s Science Olympiad teams, he coached for eight years, attending all regional, state and national competitions.
Roger served on the GHAPS Board of Education from 1994-1998 and on the building committee for the present high school. He has worked on numerous school millage campaigns and as co-chair of the recent technology and energy upgrades bond proposals.
As a board member and president of the Grand Haven Schools Foundation, he helped build momentum and raise funds. He was a key cog in establishing the Hall of Fame program in 2008.
He has also worked in the Rotary Strive and College Mentoring programs.