Tradition of Excellence
Tradition of Excellence
Established by the Class of 1982, the annual Tradition of Excellence Awards recognize OPRFHS alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society through their personal and professional pursuits. Nominations may be made by using the nomination form linked below. Awards are presented annually in November. Honorees are invited to a reception and dinner with key school and community leaders, followed the next day by Honoree's presentations to students at a school-wide assembly.
Alumni who have graduated 10 years prior to the date of the current graduating year and earlier are eligible for consideration – e.g. Class of 1999 graduates and earlier would be eligible in the 2008-09 school year.
Follow this link for Nomination form and instructions. To view Past Award Recipients
Welcome, 2013 Tradition of Excellence Honorees - Nov 1, 2013
Charles M. Hoag
Charlie (aka Chuck) Hoag was a standout athlete at OPRF, lettering in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He went on to attend the University of Kansas (KU), where he lettered in football, basketball, track and played baseball. He was a member of the 1952 KU basketball team that won the NCAA championship. He also played on the U.S. Olympic basketball team that beat the Soviet Union to win the gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki games.
Chuck was captain of the 1952 KU football team and earned kickoff return leader in 1950, 1951, and 1952 and receiving leader in 1952. His current KU football records include ninth in career all-purpose yards with 3,233 and 13th in career rushing with 1,914 yards. His Big Seven conference achievements include 1952 conference leader in receptions with 16 and All Big Seven Halfback in 1951 and 1952. Though drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1953 NFL Draft in the 26th round as the 311th overall pick, he did not play professional sports because of a career-ending knee injury suffered in the 1953 KU versus KSU football game.
Chuck married Donna Carter, had four children, and worked as an insurance broker in Glenview, Illinois, and Topeka, Kansas. He later retired to Lawrence, Kansas, where he enjoyed watching his Jayhawks and nine grandchildren grow up, many of whom are carrying on his sports legacy with college scholarships in football, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and track
Major Javin C. Peterson
Major Javin C. Peterson is a senior pilot assigned to the 99th Airlift Squadron, in Andrews, Maryland. While at OPRF he was an all-conference gymnast, captain of the Boys Gymnastics team, and a member of the Senior Class Council. After graduating from OPRF, Major Peterson attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in human factors engineering and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. At the academy, he was a three-time All-American and two-time USA Gymnastics national still rings champion. He earned a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Oklahoma and a Legislative Studies certificate from Georgetown University. During his many military assignments, he was deployed to support Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Currently, Major Peterson is assigned to the distinguished 89th Air Wing as an Air Force Two pilot. He provides airlift support to the vice president of the United States, first lady, secretary of defense, secretary of state, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Major Peterson’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, five Air Medals, the Aerial Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal. Major Peterson is married to Lt. Col. Stefanie Peterson of Fairfield, California.
Kevin Biggins is a writer and comedian who grew up in Oak Park and attended Oak Park elementary schools and Oak Park and River Forest High School where he developed a strong love for writing. After graduating from OPRF, Kevin went to Drake University, where he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication. After college, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked on the films “Seabiscuit,” “Cinderella Man,” and “Million Dollar Baby” as a member of The Inflatable Crowd Company. Kevin got his break in television when he was hired as a production assistant on FOX’s hit animated series “Family Guy,” where he is now a writer/producer. His other writing credits include “Frank TV,” “Seth MacFarland’s Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy,” “Tosh. 0,” and “The Cleveland Show.” Kevin also is a stand-up comedian. In 2012, Comedy Central showcased him on “Comics to Watch,” and he performed at the channel’s New York City and South Beach comedy festivals. He and his writing partner, Travis Bowe, have created three television pilots for FOX: “Ditka,” “The Brew Crew,” and “School Of Fish,” which is in development for 2014.
Kevin lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Korbi. He loves his family, his friends, the Bears, White Sox, Bulls, and OPRF.