Campaign to name North PAC after long-time teacher a success | Arts & Culture
A committee formed earlier this year that has been raising funds to name the North High School Performing Arts Center after long-time music educator Jerry Hoover, is wrapping up its campaign on July 4.
“To date, more than $80,000 has been raised in support of Mr. Hoover and the wonderful work he has done with students throughout his music education career,” said Caren Whitehouse, chair of the campaign and a 1975 North High School graduate. Donations are still being accepted, as funding will be used not only for the naming, but also to assist deserving high school music students to be able to perform as well as to enhance their performance experience in the Center.
Hoover taught at North High School and directed the choir from 1956 to 1980 and then at Harrison High School as a counselor from 1980 to 2001. Although now retired, he is known throughout the community for leading students in developing their musical abilities and also for lending his personal talents to assist others. “We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to do this for a very special man, teacher, and mentor,” Whitehouse said recently. “Mr. Hoover defined excellence and championed the efforts of his students while serving as choral director at North, and the entire community benefitted from the musical program and productions that took place while he was at the school. We can’t think of a better way to honor Mr. Hoover than to name the new Performing Arts Center after him.” Mr. Jerry Hoover stated that he is “humbled by the efforts to name the Jerry Hoover Performing Arts Center” and “delighted to hear from so many friends, former students and colleagues from across America.”
A group of alumni from North began spreading the word earlier this year about the opportunity to name the Performing Arts Center after their mentor. Those individuals include: Whitehouse, Rev. Rick VanHoose, class of 1962; Steve Fritz, class of 1964, Don Bernhardt, class of 1974, and Ned and Marilyn Conder, friends of Hoover.
A dedication ceremony is being planned for September 14 at 4:00 p.m.at North High School with a reception scheduled afterwards. An alumni choir will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. All are invited to attend.