James L. Burrier
After graduating from Lash High School (ZHS) in 1934 and from Muskingum College in 1938 with a promising football career, Jim turned down an opportunity from the NFL's Detroit Lions to pursue a career in teaching and coaching. So he took a job teaching English and history and also coaching basketball and baseball at Bladensburg High School.
Two years later, he returned to Zanesville to teach health and physical education at Roosevelt Junior High. Jim also coached the Rough Riders' basketball, baseball and track teams. But World War II interrupted, and he spent the next four years (1941-45) serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. After his military service, Jim was hired again by Zanesville City Schools to teach English at Grover Cleveland Junior High and health, civics and physical education at Hancock Junior High. He also served as an assistant football coach for Zanesville High School.
Jim was appointed dean of boys at Zanesville HIgh School in 1958, and was named principal three years later. He held that title until his retirement in 1979. During his tenure, ZHS was educating approximately 1,700 students per year in grades 10-12. It was also during this time that Jim established the position of director of athletics (1963). He also served two terms on the North Central Association, chairing many high school evaluations, and he was also an adjunct faculty member at both Ohio University and Muskingum College.
Jim was elected to the OHSAA's East District Board in 1967, and he also served terms on the Board of Control in 1974 and 1975. He served on the committee that revised the OHSAA's constitution and by-laws. In 1977, Jim was elected secretary-treasurer of the East District Board and he held that position until 1990. He was elected to the East District Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, and inducted into the Ohio Inter-Scholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame in 1990. A year later, Jim was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during the OHSAA Boys State Tournament.
Within the community, Jim was president of the Lions Club; established and co-chaired the West Muskingum Schools Academic Fund; served as an elder, deacon and trustee at Central Presbyterian Church; was a 60-year member of the Bladensburg Grand Lodge; and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He also maintained a lifetime membership in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association and was also a lifetime member of the ZHS Quarterback Club and ZHS Tipoff Club.
PRESENTER: Horace Hamilton
ACCEPTOR: Mrs. Liz Burrier
A Zanesville native, Wayne is a devoted and enthusiastic role model. He graduated from Zanesville High School in 1962, taught in the Zanesville City Schools for 30 years, and for more than 40 years has been instructor of the Devilettes, a unit he also originated.
After graduating ZHS, Wayne furthered his education at Ohio University, from where he graduated in 1966 with degrees in English and French. Wayne then began his teaching career as a French teacher at ZHS.
During his tenure, Wayne was the sole founder of the Devilettes dance drill team. He started the team in 1966 and is still going strong as its leader. As the instructor, he has served as both director and choreographer. Wayne staged 30 state championship shows and coordinated performances nationally in Hawaii and Orlando as well as internationally in Japan, London and Paris.
Among Wayne's accomplishments are the creation of Pro Football halftime shows for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. He has choreographed halftime shows for the Peach Bowl (1988 and 1989) and the Fiesta Bowl (1990 and 1991); the opening production number for the NBC Fiesta Bowl Parade in 1990; and the Zanesville Community Theatre producation of "A Chorus Line."
For 28 years, Wayne was active as co-owner of ShowStoppers Inc., director/instructor at ShowStoppers summer dance camps throughout the midwest (1979 to 2004), and instructor for the Statue of Liberty Drill Team in New York City (1986). He produced and directed the original Miss Southeastern Ohio Scholarship Pageant for more than 25 years, and is a Lifetime Member of Dance Drill Team Directors of America.
PRESENTER: Miss Beth Harsch
Dr. & Mrs. J. Diehl Sulsberger
The Sulsbergers were Zanesville-area residents for most of their lives. Both were members of St. James Episcopal Church and were the proud parents of one son, John D. Sulsberger.
Dr. Sulsberger practiced dentistry for more than 50 years. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Ohio State University and a masters degree in oral surgery from Northwestern University. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Bethesda Hospital and Good Samaritan Medical Center staffs, the ZHS Quarterback Club, and the Ohio University Presidents Club. Dr. Sulsberger also founded and supported the Zanesville City Schools' dental health program, which continues today.
Mrs. Elizabeth Sulsberger was born and raised in Zanesville, and graduated from Smith College in North Hampton, Mass., where she majored in music. She later studied under several noted teachers in New York. She became an accomplished pianist, but limited her performances to weddings as she preferred the role of wife and mother.
Dr. and Mrs. Sulsberger outlived their son, who lost his battle with cancer at age 18, just months after graduating from Zanesville High School in 1963. John had been awarded a football scholarship to Ohio State by legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes. John's death on December 20, 1963, left the community shocked and devastated.
In his honor, Dr. and Mrs. Sulsberger donated the funds to build what is now known as the John D. Sulsberger Memorial Stadium on the ZHS campus. Community members were also given the opportunity to contribute to the stadium funds. The facility was dedicated on November 13, 1964 – less than six months after the groundbreaking – in a game against archrival Newark to decide the Central Ohio League championship. Woody Hayes, the dedication speaker, gave an inspiring and emotional message to a capacity crowd of 8,000. The stadium continues to serve the community as an outstanding athletic complex.
PRESENTER: Don Stahl