Colorado at Boulder. Following college graduation, he served as an officer in the US Army. He began his 30-year career in Jefferson County Schools at Bear Creek High School where he taught speech, theatre, English, and served as the forensics and debate coach. He served as an assistant principal in several junior high and high schools and as the principal at O’Connell Junior High School and Wheat Ridge High School before serving as the Senior High School Level Consultant, responsible for all curriculum development in Jefferson County high schools. Life came full circle when he was selected to serve the last six years of his career in Jefferson County as the principal of his alma mater—Arvada West. Following his retirement from Jefferson County, Dale’s work with students and teachers continued for seven years as a staff member at Mullen High School; he taught Junior English and served as an administrator. Dale was a member of the CU Alumni Association, president of the Jefferson County Administrator’s Association, and is currently the president of the Jeffco 4-H Foundation.
RALPH W. (BILL) ASHTON (Retired Chemistry Teacher 1963-1986) a native of Arvada, graduated from CU Boulder in 1958 with a Master’s Degree in Education and Basic Science. He helped open Arvada West in 1963, and spent 23 of his 35 year teaching career there. While at Arvada West, he chartered the Honor Society and the Arvada West Interact Club, a club that initiated the Arvada Alive CPR training. In 1987, Bill received both the Arvada West Area Distinguished Teacher and Colorado Educator for Jefferson County Awards. In addition to teaching, Bill has been very active in his community. Bill was a member of Arvada Rotary from 1974-2000 serving as president from 1983-1984. He was on the Jeffco Credit Union Board from 1970-1990, and chairman during construction of the 355 Union Building. A longtime advocate of Olde Town, Bill was a charter member of the Arvada Historical Society, serving as president from 1995-1997, and chairman for the Arvada Flour Mill Annex Project. He served on committees for the Olde Town Walking Tour, Olde Town Historic Districts, McIlvoy Park and Pavillion, the Gold Strike Park Master Plan, the McIlvoy House Restoration and the Forward Arvada Building Corporation. He was treasurer of the Pro Arvada Committee in 1991 and pushed for the expansion of the Arvada Center, City Hall and Ralston Road to Sheridan. Bill was recognized by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year in 1994 and is named in Profiles of Arvada for the First 100 years published in 2004. Bill has been a member and treasurer of the Arvada West High School Foundation since its inception in 2012 and serves as chair of the Walk of the Wildcats brick project.
KENDRA BALL FLEISCHMAN (Class of 1982) graduated from Arvada West in 1982 and completed her post-secondary education at Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor Degree with a concentration in sculpture. She has over 25 years experience working with stone and cast bronze and is currently developing a multi-media based body of work that combines video and sound with
traditional sculpture techniques. Her sculptures are located in public art collections throughout the United States including "Dancing on the Stairs," a monumental bronze work located at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. In addition to her work as a professional sculptor, Kendra is an arts educator with over 18 years of experience, sharing her passion for the arts with students from kindergarten through graduation. She is a former staff member of Arvada West High School and is currently teaching 3D media at Denver School of the Arts where she has been instrumental in developing an animation and new media program.
DR. BARBARA DOROUGH GABLEHOUSE (Class of 1969) after graduating from Arvada West High School, attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating in 1973 with a B.A. in psychology and sociology. After graduation, she married Tim Gablehouse and then took a job with Jefferson County Social Services working as a caseworker with troubled teens and their families. Her children, Brian, Kristin and Andrew, arrived over the next several years, along with a vision for a different career path. Taking pre-med classes 1 or 2 at a time while her kids were young and her husband attended law school, she ultimately applied to medical school, planning a career in pediatric medicine. Barbara attended the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, earning her M.D. degree in 1987, and completed her Pediatric Residency at the same institution in 1990. Dr. Barbara Gablehouse opened her practice on the Lutheran Hospital campus on August 20, 1990. The practice, now 25 years old and known as “Peak Pediatrics,” provides care for thousands of children in the west metro area, with 3 physicians, 6 midlevel providers and a support staff of medical assistants, nurses, a social worker and a strong administrative staff. Still committed to Dr. Barb’s original vision, the office remains dedicated to the health and well-being of patients and families, without regard to insurance status.
JAYNE GIBSON McHUGH (Class of 1978) was recognized as the YWCA Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 1977 and received the Fred Steinmark Award in 1978. Jayne went on to play for University of the Pacific where she also earned her degree in education. In her senior year, when college women’s athletics first became part of the NCAA, Jayne played in the inaugural NCAA National Championships. In 1981, she was named one of the six original NCAA All-American players. Jayne was selected to play on the USA International Team where she competed from 1985-1988. She was a NORCECA Silver Medalist in 1985 and 1986 and a Pan American
Bronze Medalist in 1987. In 1988, she was chosen as a member of the Olympic Volleyball Team. Jayne remained active with the US Olympic Committee serving on their Advisory Council from 1989-1995. Jayne also played professionally for the San Jose Gold Diggers. She was hired as an assistant coach at her alma mater in 1989 where she continued coaching for 17 years, 5 of them as Head Coach. Jayne is a junior high teacher at Annunciation School and continues to give back to the game that allowed her to live her dream by coaching at both the high school and club level. For her many accomplishments, she has been inducted into numerous Hall of Fames. Today, as a breast cancer survivor, she is very active in her local American Cancer Society, raising funds annually through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Jayne and her husband, Tom, have been married for over 31 years and are very proud of their sons, Ryan and Jack.
GARY RAMSTETTER (Class of 1964) after graduating from Arvada West High School, attended and wrestled at Trinidad Junior College. Upon graduation from Trinidad, he attended and graduated from San Jose State University. At San Jose State he was captain of the wrestling team and was PCAA Champion in 1969 which qualified him for the NCAA Division 1 tournament. Gary taught at Alamosa High School for 31 years and has served as the school’s wrestling coach for more than 34 years. His teams have won ten state championships placing 2nd six times and 3rd six times. Gary was named Colorado Coach of the Year in 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2006 and National Region 6 Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2006. He is also a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Gary continues to coach wrestling at Alamosa High School. One of the most influential people in his life has been Coach Bob Leid, his high school wrestling coach for whom he has the highest regard.
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