May 28, 2012  |  Traverse City Record Eagle
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Traverse City Central High School has announced three new members of the school’s Hall of Fame.

The class of 2012 includes Doug Stanton, Rose White Hutchinson and Parmius “Parm” Gilbert. A Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1 in the high school cafeteria; an ice cream social precedes at 6 p.m.

The Traverse City Central High School Hall of Fame recognizes student and staff members who have made an exceptional contribution to society, achieved notable success and have demonstrated outstanding integrity, as well as excellence and longevity in their field.

Since the Hall of Fame was created in 2004, a total of 38 Traverse City Central alumni and staff have been selected. Among those already inducted are Gov. William Milliken, Dr. Tom Hall, Dr. Terrie Taylor, professional basketball players Dan Majerle and Tom Kozelko, women’s college basketball coach Suzy Merchant, professional football player Mark Brammer, choral music director Mel Larimer, United States Air Force Lt. Col. (ret.) Harold Johnson, sports writer Ken Bell, volunteer Mel Gee and high school coaches Jim Ooley, Jim Anderson, Bob Lober and John Lober.

Doug Stanton
Doug Stanton gained fame as author of the New York Times best-selling book “In Harm’s Way” in 1999. Prior to his book, Stanton chronicled travel adventures and celebrity interviews as contributing editor of Esquire magazine.

Stanton attended Traverse City Area Public Schools before transferring from Central High School to the Interlochen Arts Academy midway through his junior year to focus on writing. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and writing from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

Stanton later studied poetry and fiction through the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He also taught college undergraduate composition and graduate writing workshop. After meeting his future wife, Anne, he moved back to Traverse City and became a full-time writer.

Following the release of “In Harm’s Way,” Stanton scored again in 2009 with “Horse Soldiers.” The book describes events in Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Horse Soldiers” became a New York Times best-seller, and is being adapted for film by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Stanton, along with Anne Stanton and Grant Parsons, is co-founder of the popular National Writers Series. He lives in Traverse City with his wife and their three children, John, Katie and Will.

Stanton will address the Traverse City Central Class of 2012 at graduation ceremonies Sunday, June 3, at the Interlochen Arts Academy.