Schlarman will induct two alumni into the Schlarman Hall of Fame, October 19, during half-time of the Hilltopper football game. 

The Schlarman Hall of Fame was founded in 1974, with the first inductee being Coach Edmund “Zeke” Bratkowski, class of 1949.  Since that time, Coach Bratkowski has been joined by 73 others, both Alumni and Honorary, who have been inducted into this prestigious hall.

The Alumni members of the Hall of Fame are honored for:

-Their accomplishments while at Schlarman;

-Their achievements in their chosen profession;

-Service or personal commitment to their community;

-And their support – voluntary, financially or both – of Schlarman.

It is with great pleasure that Schlarman announce this year’s honorees. They are Richard Pate, class of 1978 and Dr. John Shea, class of 1978.

The first inductee is Richard Pate, Schlarman High School class of 1978. Richard Pate was involved with S club, chorus, intramurals and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received his AAS from Danville Area Community College and his B.S. and a Master’s degree in History from the University of Illinois. 

Rich is a lead professor of Social Sciences at Danville Area Community College. He is the recipient of both the Dorothy Duley and A.L. Webster Endowed Chairs. He was given the “Dreams Come True” award in 2005 for his efforts to increase disability-related accessibility for DACC students and in 2018 was presented the DACC Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Richard Pate has organized yearly workshops for DACC District Social Science teachers since 1987 and since 2002 was granted “Preferred Provider” status by the State of Illinois to provide certified training and development programs for Illinois teachers.

Rich developed the first online transfer class at DACC in the fall of 1999 and has gone on to develop 8 online courses for the college.

Each year Rich provides the Vic and Pat Pate scholarship to a Schlarman student who will be attending DACC and recently he has worked with Dr. John Shea, Schlarman and DACC administrators to expand the dual enrollment program to include more on campus 

offerings at Schlarman, one of which he will personally teach.

The second inductee is Dr. John Shea.  Dr. Shea was a four-year member of the S Club, he played four years of baseball, football and basketball. He ran track for three years and in his senior year was second in the state in the 880 yard run. 

He was involved with Operetta, student council and served as a class officer. Dr. Shea received his B.S. from Bradley University and his D.M.D. from Southern Illinois University. After graduating he joined the Navy and practiced throughout the United States as well as in Japan. 

Dr. Shea served as the Associate Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland from July 2000-May 2002 and in 2010 became Assistant Clinical Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He began his tenure at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates Nashville in May 2002 where he currently practices.

Dr. Shea has made multiple mission trips to Haiti representing his parish, Our Lady of the Lake, in Hendersonville, Tennessee where he has served on a team conducting dental clinics that provide services that are currently unavailable in remote rural areas of Haiti.