Miedema, Jill Feyen

Career / Academic – Class of 1997

JMiedema-headshotcloseupAt GHHS, Jill Feyen was a key member of the Science Olympiad team. She also sang in the choir. She is proficient in piano, dance, flute and voice. Jill earned her B.A. in Spanish from Calvin College in 2001, where she received the Elsa Cortina Outstanding Senior Award.

In 2005, Jill earned her M.D. from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, where she received the National Health Service Corps Scholarship for Medical School. She was elected Chief Resident for the Sparrow Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and did a rotation in Ecuador, serving a hospital caring for the underserved where only Spanish was spoken. She graduated from the residency program in June, 2008.

Jill and her husband Chris welcomed their first child, Kaitrin, in July, 2008. The Miedema family lives in Minneapolis; where Jill works as a Family Practice Doctor at NorthPoint Clinic, which provides healthcare to the underserved.

Baker, John Douglas

Cultural / Performing Arts – Class of 1935

John-Douglas-BakerDoug Baker will be inducted in the Cultural/­ Performing Arts Category, but he certainly qualifies for at least two other categories.

At Grand Haven High School Doug was a member of the GHHS state championship basketball team in 1935. He was also a tennis doubles state champion that same year. He spent his college years at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and Harvard Business School. Mr. Baker served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a supply officer aboard the U.S.S. Otus. He returned home to become a third generation owner and operator of D. Baker & Son Lumber Company of Grand Haven.

He was an elder of First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven and a member of the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post #28. Doug served as a president of the Spring Lake Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Grand Haven Kiwanis Club.

An avid music lover and accomplished musician, Doug played the saxophone and clarinet with many big bands including the Bob Warnaar Band and the Frank Lockage Orchestra in West Michigan, and the TomKats in Treasure Island, Florida.



Baseball Team

Athletic Category – Male 1960 – ’61
1960-61-Baseball-Teams-2Coached by Steve Sluka, this disciplined, fiercely competitive group of ballplayers, (and a little luck) won 52 games in a row—a record that went down in Grand Haven sports history as “the streak.” The team was inducted into the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame.

Members of the team were:
Jerry Alger, Jack Braak, Ed Brown Jr., Terry Carlson, Robert Bosserdet, Steve Brown, Larry Christianson, Bill Drent, Tom De Witt, Bob Edlund, Nick Fant, Mike Fortino, Paul Fortino, Tim Fuller, Vic Geisler, Chuck Haugen, Rich Hawkins, Terry Hill, Garry Holtzclaw, Larry Kieft, Bob Kent, Dave Osbeck, George Peck, Larry Prelesnik, Jul Scheffers, Mike Secory, John Sluka, David Suchecki, Ron Tipsword, Bob Van Bemmelen, John Van Dyke, Bill Van Horssen, Doug Vander Wall, Terry VanderVeen, Floyd Whelpley, and Roger Wheeler.

Basketball Team

Athletic Category – Male 1931
1931-Basketball101Coached by Gus Cohrs, this team established a record in the State of Michigan that has never been broken. It is the only time in the history of the state that a Class B team has ever won a Class A Championship.

Members of the team were:
Capt. Edward Huttenga, Paul Boyink, Wesley Dirkse, Paul Babcock, Robert Dykhuis, Joe Weavers, John Sluka, Miles Runk, Vance Yemc, Charles Donker, and the only living member, George Nordhouse who resides in Spring Lake

Girls Basketball Team

Athletic Category – Female 1981

This team earned District and Regional Championships while setting a then-school- record 20 wins, 25 games played and 1,269 points scored in one season. Coached by Bob Eidson and assisted by Robin Bye, the team went on to the State Quarterfinals, where they did lose to the eventual State Champion, Flint Northern. All five starters—Stacy Martin, Lisa Nelson Wills, Lisa Rogers, Cathy Gutierrez Van Dyke, and Jennifer Weideman Jomard—were recognized with statewide post-season honors by the Detroit newspapers.

Members of the team were:
Seniors Lisa Rogers, Lisa Nelson, Stacy Martin, Michelle Grashuis and Kris Macleod; Juniors Jennifer Weideman, Wendy Lacy, Kim Stamm, Cathy Gutierrez, Melissa Grashuis, Lisa Purcell, Kim Urbanik and Mary Zillins; Sophomore Kathy Miller.


Conklin, Charles A

Service to GHAPS / Society – Class of 1914

Charles-Conklin-001Charles Conklin was the first Grand Haven native to make the supreme sacrifice on the battlefields of France during World War I. While serving with the 160th United States Infantry, Conklin died from wounds received in action on May 7, 1918. The Grand Haven American Legion Post 28 is named after Charles A. Conklin.

In high school, Charles was prominent in athletics, particularly baseball, and took an active role in all school affairs. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Ohio National Guard at Cincinnati, where he was employed. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Conklin.

Constant, Donald R

Service to GHAPS / Society – Class of 1944
Don-Constant006Don Constant graduated from Grand Haven’s Central High School in 1944 and served in the Army before enrolling in Western Michigan University and subsequently earning a Master’s Degree in 1951. He was a teacher of U.S. and World History in Grand Haven from 1951-1986.

Don coached football, basketball and tennis and was a line coach for the 1953 undefeated football team. He was the first GHHS coach of any sport to be inducted into the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.

Don lives in Grand Haven and remains a member of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum and is active in his church.

Jarvi, Steven C

Cultural / Performing Arts – Class of 1996

Steven-Jarvi-2-ColorAfter graduating from Grand Haven High School, Steven Jarvi enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he majored in Music and Conducting. Upon graduating in 1999, he went on to the Peabody School of Music in Baltimore; was a conductor with the Washington National Opera in the Young Artist Program (selected by Placido Domingo); a Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts (the summer home of the Boston Symphony); and Supporting Conductor at New World Symphony in Miami.

Mr. Jarvi is the Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and the Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Jarvi lives in Saint Louis with his wife, Joanne, and two children, Noah and Alice.


Robinson, David B Ph.D.

Career / Academic – Class of 1992

David-Robinson-016-w_view_of_labweb2While a GHHS student, David was a standout on the Science Olympiad teams of the early 1990s. He also ran track and played soccer. At Dartmouth College he earned a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics, graduating summa cum laude in both majors. For his thesis, David designed a phase-locked loop controller for atomic force microscope.

David then traveled to Stanford University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002. His dissertation was titled, “Kinetics of electron transfer through organic monolayers on electrodes.” While at Stanford he helped develop and understand the best known organic monolayer tunneling barrier for silicon surfaces. He also invented electrochemical nanofabrication techniques.

Today, David works for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA, where he is a Senior Member of Technical Staff and manages two laboratories. He has been the principal investigator of efforts to product optimized nanopore architectures for super capacitors, developed tough lipid vesicles for mass transport control in microfluidic devices, discovered new catalysts for controlled silica nanofabrication based on diatom biochemistry, and other important discoveries.

Rothi, Eugene A

Service to GHAPS / Society – Class of 1940
Gene-RothiGene Rothi graduated from Grand Haven’s Central High School in 1940 and entered the Army Air Corps in 1942, serving through 1945 as a pilot. He married his wife, Ruth, in 1943 and they had four children. His nomination read, “While his deeds and success as an athletic coach, teacher and counselor deserve consideration, it was the way he led his life and the positive influence he had on everyone he met that set him apart as someone very special. Simply stated, Mr. Rothi led his life by the Golden Rule.

Gene coached football (head coach of the last undefeated team in 1953) and tennis, was Grand Haven Young Man of the Year in 1956, Grand Haven Volunteer of the Year in 2002, Regional Director of the Lake Society for 23 years, Past President of the YMCA and involved in numerous other community activities.

Gene Rothi died in 2004. In 2007, the football field at Buccaneer Stadium was named in his honor.