Hall of Fame Committee
“Serving Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”
Dr. Gertrude Jackson Hill, Chairperson
Wendell Phillips Hall of Fame Committee
The idea for the Wendell Phillips Hall of Fame grew out of the (75th) Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Wendell Phillips High School, held in 1979. There, a group of thoughtful, visionary Phillipsites were inspired to create an alumni organization that could achieve two important goals: 1) present current and future students of Wendell Phillips High School with positive role models of outstanding achievement and service in their chosen professions and 2) provide scholarships to deserving Wendell Phillips High School graduates pursuing higher education.
The Hall of Fame Committee was established as a body to oversee and ensure the attainment of these goals. These volunteer Hall of Famers diligently work year-round to promulgate the goals and uphold the mission of the Hall of Fame: Serving Tomorrow’s Leaders Today. Committee members, you continue to have my deepest appreciation and gratitude for your commitment and dedication.
Over its 40-year history, more than 500 alumni have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Their photographs line the walls of Wendell Phillips Academy High School. The Hall of Fame hosts inductions and other celebratory activities, raises funds for scholarships, and mentors and counsels current students as well as Hall of Fame Scholarship recipients.
Wendell Phillips High School has the distinction of being the first predominantly Black high school in Chicago. For 114 years, it has operated to educate and serve the children of its community and beyond.
Hall of Fame Committee
Ponce de Leon Cooke, Founding Chairperson*
Loretta Martin-Muhammad (Dr.), Chairperson Emerita*
Aretha Ryan Collins, Chairperson Emerita
Gertrude Hill Jackson (Dr.), Chairperson
Hubert C. Jackson, Jr., Vice Chairperson
Barbara Miller Vines (Dr.), Recording Secretary
Sheryl Y. Brown Rivers, Financial Secretary/Treasurer
Junette A. Smith (Dr.), Corresponding Secretary
JoAnn Ries-Carter, Assistant Corresponding Secretary*
Rosetta Garrett, Parliamentarian
Joseph C. Banks
Edith Coleman Chears (Dr.)
JoAnn B. Dean
Howard L. Heath
Valerie T. Jefferies
Fannie M. McCullough (Rev.)
Joseph R. Miles
Billie L. Poe (Dr.)
Charles E. Sims
Carolyn S. Smith, LTC, USA, Ret.
Julia M. Steele
Valerie I. White
Demetrious L. Woods