Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

 

Bruce Ray

OHS Class of 1962 Bruce Ray holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and served his country until August, 1990, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He and his wife, Pam, returned to make their home near Olathe on land once owned by his grandparents. He […]

 
Janice Andrews

Janice Andrews

OHS Class of 1939 Hundreds of students who attended Junior High at Olathe Elementary feel they owe a debt of gratitude to long-time English teacher, Mrs. Janice Andrews. Born and educated in Olathe, she started her teaching career in the Montrose School District in 1941, retiring in 1976. Andrews was the second daughter born to […]

 
Rich, Mel, and Jean Smith

Rich, Mel, and Jean Smith

OHS Class of 1964 and 1970 Rich, Mel and Jean are all graduates of Olathe High School.  They grew up in Pea Green, Colorado and are children of Tom and Isabelle Smith.  Rich, Mel and Jean all left the family farm to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  After graduation from Fort Lewis, they […]

 
Richard F. Sullivan

Richard F. Sullivan

OHS Class of 1947 Richard F. (Dick) Sullivan was born December 26, 1929 in Olathe to Fred and Laura Sullivan.  His father was a farmer and Montrose County Commissioner (1938-1962); his mother was a science and math teacher at Olathe High School for many years. Growing up in a farming community, Dick’s first job experience […]

 
Roy Brent Young

Roy Brent Young

OHS Class of 1978 Roy Brent Young graduated from Olathe High School in 1978. When he served as class president, he displayed early-on his ability to establish and accomplish high goals. He has garnered many awards throughout the years, but states, “My most cherished award to this day is being named the 1978 Prof  Wilson […]

 
Matt Miles

Matt Miles

MHS Class of 1983 Matt Miles was raised in Montrose and attended Montrose schools, graduating from Montrose High School in 1983.  He is the founder and sole owner of Leadership Circle, LLC, which owns, manages and develops properties.  Miles is responsible for significantly expanding housing and retail opportunities in the Montrose area. From early on, […]

 
M. Ben Harris

M. Ben Harris

MHS Class of 1940 M. Ben Harris was born on July 8, 1922 to Ralph Dewey and Ella May Harris in Montrose, Colorado. He attended Johnson Elementary and for 7th & 8th grades attended Central School which later became Morgan Elementary. He started high school in Montrose, but attended his sophomore year at Pueblo High […]

 
Gary Krabbe

Gary Krabbe

MHS Class of 1983 Gary is a fourth generation Montrose area native.  Gary and his wife Maryann have three children and are very pleased and fortunate to have been able to raise them in Montrose.  Lauren now lives and works in Seattle WA, Ross is currently living and serving in Africa, Molly is a senior […]

 
Dr. Garret Taylor

Dr. Garret Taylor

MHS Class of 1991 Garret was the class clown and not necessarily thought of as “Most Likely to Succeed” according to his nominator.  After high school, Garret worked as an assistant manager at the local Kentucky Fried Chicken.  One year later, he enrolled at Fort Lewis College in Durango and graduated with two Bachelor of […]

 
Everett A. Gilbert

Everett A. Gilbert

MHS Class of 1938 Mr. Gilbert was Valedictorian of his class and after graduating from Colorado State University on a full scholarship, married the Salutatorian, Augusta Sheets in 1943.  After college, Mr. Gilbert was offered a position with General Electric and travelled the country as an electrical engineer.  He was part of the Manhattan Project, […]

 
Bertha Pitts Campbell

Bertha Pitts Campbell

MHS Class of 1908 Miss Pitts grew up in Montrose and was raised by her grandmother, who was an ex-slave, who knew the importance of an education. While she and Bertha returned ironing they did to support themselves, Grandma Eliza made careful mental notes of all kindergarten classes in the area. Being the only Black […]

 
Dr. Christopher Bollinger

Dr. Christopher Bollinger

OHS Class of 1988 Dr. Bollinger received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Regis University in 1992, a Masters in Science from the University of Charleston, West Virginia and earned his Doctorate from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in Communications. Dr. Bollinger is a published author and has facilitated professional training on addressing issues of […]

 
Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews

OHS Class of 1954 Robert Andrews has led a remarkable life.  After graduating in the middle of his class, he enlisted in the Air Force and upon completion of Basic Training was promoted directly to Drill Instructor—the youngest in the Air Force’s history. After serving his country, he began working in the financial industry.  Eight […]

 
Amber Sorden-Gardner

Amber Sorden-Gardner

MHS Class of 1998 Amber Gardner graduated from Mesa State College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Math and an Elementary Teaching License.  While teaching in Montrose County Schools for five years, Amber earned her Master’s in School Counseling from Adams State.  In August of 2010, she completed the requirements for a Large […]

 
Mike King

Mike King

MHS Class of 1985 Mike King, a native of Montrose and an avid hunter and angler, was reappointed for the second year to the position of Executive Director of Department of Natural Resources by Governor John Hickenlooper in January of 2011.  Prior to his employment in the Executive Director’s Office, Mike worked in the Policy […]

 
Mark Strakbein

Mark Strakbein

MHS Class of 1979 Mark Strakbein was named Colorado High School Principal of the Year for 2010.  He has served as principal at Eagle Valley High School for eight years and began his career with Eagle County Schools 17 years ago.  He’s praised for transforming the high school from a place where students struggled and […]

 
B.J. Brown

B.J. Brown

OHS Class of 1962 B.J. Brown served as a social studies and physical education teacher at Montrose Junior High School from 1973 to 1978, as Assistant Principal at Columbine Middle School in 1978 and 1979, as Principal at Columbine Middle School from 1980 to 1985, as Principal at Olathe High School from 1985-2003, and as […]

 
Marilyn Cox

Marilyn Cox

OHS Class of 1957 Marilyn Lashley Cox, the youngest of seven girls, was born to Ray and Lela Lashley on their Ash Mesa farm. Except for her first year when she went to the country school of Highland, Marilyn attended Olathe schools, graduating as co-valedictorian from Olathe High School 55 years ago, May, 1957. “I […]

 
Ross Turner

Ross Turner

MHS Class of 1979 Ross graduated from Western State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1984.  He married his college sweetheart Mary and returned to Montrose that year.  He started working in the family’s Chevrolet and Toyota dealership as a Fleet Manager. Ross attended the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Academy […]

 
Tom Dutcher

Tom Dutcher

MHS Class of 1960 For decades, Tom Dutcher showed a true commitment to see that the Montrose community thrived.  Tom worked very hard on the furtherance of air transportation for Montrose.  He served as chairman of the Montrose Airport Authority board for 16 of the 18 years he was on the board.  He was instrumental […]