First members of Alumni Hall of Fame named

September 26, 2012

Haley Hidalgo

Haley Hidalgo enrolled at Granbury ISD’s STARS Academy in 2000 at the age of 18 with no high school credits.

She had been home-schooled but did not receive credits she thought she had earned.

“Without complaint she began diligently working on coursework at her own pace,” recalls her teacher Rhonda Naylor. “We were amazed at her determination, intelligence and work ethic.”

Hidalgo mastered the state-mandated Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test and graduated fourth in her class in 2003.

While enrolled at STARS, Hidalgo participated in the Senate Scholars Program where students with exemplary academic records experience the Legislature during session. She was also involved in the Sister Cities International Program that actively engaged students from countries and cultures around the world. Her international experience includes Tunisia, Morocco, Hungary and Japan.

Hidalgo graduated with honors from the University of North Texas in 2012 with a degree in international studies. She is currently studying at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, and aspires to work for the U.S. government. Her areas of research at The American University include Middle East and North African politics, Islamist movements and ideologies, and civil-military relations in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Haley Hidalgo’s accomplishments and achievements are beyond distinguished,” Naylor praised.

Haley’s mother is Paula Quinn and stepfather is David Quinn. She has a brother, Matt Quinn.

Haley’s grandmother, Louise Hidalgo, is a retired Granbury teacher.

Dr. John Knox

Dr. John Knox is more than senior pastor of the Granbury Church of Christ.

He enjoys volunteering in the schools and community.

“Dr. Knox generously gives of himself, his time and his facilities to Granbury High School students and staff whenever asked,” said his nominator Donna Williams. “He has been a tremendous Godsend to the GHS debate team in years past.”

Knox has been coaching high school debaters on a volunteer basis since 1981. He also assists with Teen Court and serves on the Hood County Substance Abuse Council.

He is volunteer chaplain of the Granbury Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety.

Knox was raised in Lubbock where he graduated from Montery High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University and completed his master’s and doctor of ministry degrees from Abilene Christian University.

He and his wife Jan have three sons. Randall lives in Hollywood, Calif., and is a 2007 Granbury High graduate. Daniel is a student at Oklahoma Christian University and is a 2010 Granbury High grad. Mitchell is a GHS junior.

Dr. Larry Price

Family and friends know Dr. Larry Price as a compassionate and patient man.

So it stands to reason that his patients know him as a highly compassionate and patient doctor.

“What I like most about what I do is bringing good news to my patients,” said Price, a 1972 graduate of Granbury High School. “Many of our procedures have very high success rates and are often curative. There’s nothing greater than being able to tell a patient he or she can look forward to getting better.”

Price was nominated by Lilly Boulanger.

A talented cardiac electrophysiologist, Price first pursued a career as an interventional cardiologist and critical medicine specialist.

Price was drawn to electrophysiology during a critical care fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He focused the remainder of his training and his entire practice on cardiac electrophysiology.

In 1987, following post-graduate training, Price joined the senior staff at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. He served as Chief of the Section of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab and Director of the Pacemaker Clinic.

In 1997 Gov. George W. Bush appointed Price to the Texas Medical Board. In 2003 Gov. Rick Perry reappointed him to the post, and Price currently serves as the board’s vice president.

Price, an Austin resident, graduated with honors from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and interned at the Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical Center.

Larry and his wife Michelle are parents of three sons – Stephen, a geologist in Tulsa; Jason, a clinical specialist for a medical device company; and Justin, a medical student in Temple.

Emma Roberson (Posthumous)

If students didn’t learn in Emma Roberson’s Granbury High School math class, they probably weren’t paying attention.

The use of props and other innovative teaching methods made Roberson one of the best teachers in GHS history.

“Best teacher ever!” praised Sandra Godwin who nominated her mentor for the Alumni Hall of Fame. “She is the reason I am a math teacher!”

Godwin has taught math 44 years.

The Granbury school district named a school in Roberson’s honor, Emma Roberson Elementary.

Roberson, who died in 1990 at the age 84, began teaching in 1925. She taught at Edna Hill, Wilson, Alexander, Seagraves and Granbury for 45 years.

In 1936 and 1937 she taught the last two years of school held in the deCordova Bend School.

Roberson taught math 35 years. In addition to teaching in Granbury schools, she also served as principal, UIL slide rule and number sense coach and girls basketball coach.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1906, in Edna Hill (near Dublin) and married Clyde Roberson on Dec. 21, 1929. They moved to Granbury in 1942 with their daughter Winnie. Clyde was a Granbury barber; Winnie also taught in Granbury schools for several decades.

Roberson’s dedication to her students is reflected in a 1981 letter to the editor she wrote after attending a class reunion.

“My 45 years of teaching have given me a storehouse of memories that I cherish. I loved and appreciated my students while I was teaching and still do. Thanks to each of you who gave me the challenge to try to give you what you needed to succeed in all areas of life.”

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