2012 Inductees


Howard Shuler

Mr. Howard Shuler served Auburn-Washburn schools for 19 years from 1982-2001. In 1982, Shuler accepted the Superintendent position for Auburn-Washburn. Shuler led our district during a period that included a tremendous amount of student growth. During Shuler's tenure, the staff of WRHS doubled and the teacher salaries and working conditions greatly improved, allowing the district to attract the best staff available for our students. Three bond issues were passed during Shuler's tenure, due in large part to his tireless efforts of convincing taxpayers that our students' education was an important investment.

Dr. J. Kirk Romary

Dr. John Kirk Romary graduated from WRHS in 1952. After earning his doctorate, he joined the faculty of the University of Nevada-Reno to help develop their new doctoral degree in Chemistry. After 2 years there, Romary spent 1963-1967 at Washburn University as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In retirement, he returned to Topeka and has remained supportive of both Washburn University and the Topeka community. His integral contributions include the renovations of White Concert Hall, Mulvane Art Museum and Stoffer Science Hall.

Donald E. Gifford

Mr. Don Gifford graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1973. He spent 23 years serving students at WRHS teaching AP US History, American Government, and Political Philosophy. During his tenure, he also contributed to sports and activities serving as Head baseball coach for 5 years and as both assistant football and basketball coach. Don spent all 24 educational years providing students with a spiritual outlet through his leadership in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.