August 3, 2012
Denfeld Hall of Fame inducts 20 new members
By Thomas Vaughn
Saturday, July 28, Denfeld supporters gathered
in the school auditorium to witness the induction of 20 new Hall
of Fame members. Principal Tonya Sconiers talked with inductees
and guests before the ceremony.
“Denfeld is a community. I’ve lived
here for 14 years and have met many of the inductees that will be
honored today,” she said. “These events instill a sense
of pride, and a sense of legacy regarding where the school has been
and where it’s going for the future.”
The Denfeld Alumni Association manages the selection
process. A committee of alumni association members examines an individual’s
high school service, occupational path, service to country and community
service, according to Richard Swanson, vice president of the association.
“We have about 20,000 graduates, I think
about 15,000 living graduates. We try to get people while they’re
still walking and talking,” he said.
2012 inductee Tyrone Bujold is still walking and
talking. A 1955 Denfeld graduate, he spent time looking over the
wall plaques of those who preceded him into the hall of fame. A
trial attorney in Minneapolis for 40 years, he tried cases all over
the United States. He also helped initiate a fund for the benefit
of Denfeld students who receive need-based disbursements upon recommendation
by the Denfeld faculty. Many of his classmates contributed to the
“I would think those two things called to
mind the likelihood that I should be inducted,” said Bujold.
“I came to Denfeld in my junior year, so I had only two years
to achieve fame. I was active in student government. I take great
pride in that.”
Former Budgeteer editor and publisher Dick Palmer
also joined the inductee list this year. He graduated from Denfeld
“It’s an honor. I’m somewhat
shocked, I guess. There are a lot of wonderful people in this group
that have made many contributions to the community, and I’m
glad to have been part of that.”
The span of graduation years for 2012 inductees
runs from 1924 through 1986. Four inductees, like former teacher
Petersen, did not graduate from Denfeld. They
were chosen for their significant impact on the Denfeld community.
Petersen taught physical education, retiring in 1976.
“Jan was a wonderful teacher, just great.
She liked the class of 1960,” said Leslie Peterson, who graduated
from Denfeld in 1960. “Jan was so instrumental in so many
different things. She comes to every one of our reunions. She enjoys
us as much as we enjoy her.”
Denfeld sophomore Brenna Montgomery has been helping
her mother Anna at meetings, parades and other Denfeld Alumni Association
events since the age of 8.
“I know the history [of Denfeld] and the
current [Denfeld events],” said Montgomery, who helped her
mother at the hospitality table for the induction ceremony. She
said because she’s attending Denfeld now, she knows her way
around the school and can help the inductees find the rooms they
Anna Montgomery is a member of the Class of 1979
and treasurer of the Denfeld Alumni Association.
“I get so much out of this, seeing these
families come back and participate in the pride that we all share
being Denfeld Hunters, carrying on traditions and the rich history
of West Duluth and what Denfeld stands for in our hearts and in
For more information about the Denfeld Alumni
Association, contact Tom Skull at tom.skull @ olivercos.com or at