Runk, R. Lester (Les)

Athletic Category – Class of 1935

Les Runk was a member of the 1933, 1934 and 1935 State Championship basketball teams. He was the team captain in his senior year and was known for his deadly midcourt shot in 1935 that swished the net without hitting the rim to beat Muskegon in the first overtime.

Les also captained the 1934 football team and was a member of the 1935 State Champion tennis team. He was a natural born leader who would go on to star in athletics at Western State Teachers College (now Western Michigan University). He served in the Navy from 1942-45 as a Chief Specialist Athletics and received a letter of commendation from James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy.

Les went on to teach in Tecumseh and East Grand Rapids.


Sluka, Steven

Athletic Category – Class of 1927

1927-slukaSteven Sluka, a 1928 graduate of Grand Haven’s Central High School, was selected as an outstanding athlete as well as for his diligent and successful efforts to further girls’ interscholastic sports at a time when it was not mandated and for his many coaching accomplishments.

As a football player, Steve was the best triple-threat player—running, passing, and kicking—ever to take the field for Grand Haven. He also competed in basketball, baseball, and track. His mentor was the legendary Gus Cohrs.

Steve coached the 1960-61-62 baseball teams that won 56 games in a row, a state record that stood for more than 40 years. He was also basketball coach and taught physical education. He has been named “Best of the Bucs” and has been inducted into the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame.



Timberlake, James

Career / Academic – Class of 1970

James-TimberlakeJames Timberlake is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning and internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its research, innovation and inventive design.

Mr. Timberlake received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 1982-83.

Mr. Timberlake is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, and Endowed rofessor in Sustainability at the University of ashington College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He has served as Eero Saarinen Distinguished Professor of Design at Yale University, Max Fisher Chair at the University of Michigan, and has taught at rinceton University and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions.

Timberlake and his partner, Stephen Kieran, were the inaugural recipients of the prestigious Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows. In 2008, Kieran-Timberlake received the Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed on a firm by the American Institute of Architects.

He co-authored Manual, The Architecture of Kieran-Timberlake (2002), refabricating ARCHITECTURE (2004), which examines how manufacturing methodologies are poised to transform building construction, and Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture (2008), a case study of a single building which naugurates a new, more efficient way of constructing offsite through the use of building information modeling and ntegrated component assemblies.

Recent projects include the West Campus Residential Initiative at Cornell University, the Center City uilding for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Cellophane House, an off-site fabricated dwelling commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, and a housing prototype for the Make It Right Foundation.