Dr. Dennis Williams
Dr. Dennis Williams graduated from Decatur Central High School
in 1965. While attending DCHS he was a member of the National
Honor Society and was highly involved in the music
organizations. He was a member of the Concert Choir and
Goldenaires, and was accompanist
for the Girl's Glee Club. He won several awards at the Indiana
Solo and Ensemble competitions.
He then went to IU Bloomington and received a Bachelor of
Music Education with a certificate to teach K-12 in 1970. Upon
graduating, Dennis was commissioned an officer in the US Army
and served at Ft. Riley, KS,
Dennis taught music at Eastside Junior-Senior High School in
Butler, IN before accepting a position as Director of Music at
a performing arts theatre near Brussels, Belgium. He then
received a Masters degree and a
Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Dr. Williams has served on the music faculty of 6 colleges and
universities, teaching courses in Conducting, Music History,
Music Appreciation, Voice, Piano, Music Education, and
directing ensembles and musical theatre productions.
He has also served in 15 churches across the US and Europe, in
both professional and volunteer positions, as Minister of
Music, Director of Music, Organist, Pianist, or Youth Choir
Director. His diverse ministry spans Disciples of Christ,
Baptist, Independent Christian Church, Presbyterian, United
Church of Christ, Seventh-Day
Adventist, and Lutheran, as well as choir member in Methodist
and Episcopalian churches.
Dr. Williams has just written and released a book entitled Firepower
for the Church Musician. The ebook
is available now at all ebook
Firepower for the Church Musician is
an inspiring collection of essays covering a variety of issues
commonly found in the average Christian church music program,
illuminated with scripture references and illustrated with
examples from real-life people and events, all designed to get
the reader fired up about doing the work of music in the
More information is available at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DennisWilliams
Current teacher at Decatur
Central High School and a 1992 graduate,
Cim (Borud) McClelland
has many great accomplishments to share with us. Cim holds a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a
concentration in Social Studies from IU Bloomington.
has served on countless committees and continues her community
involvement: She is the current DCHS Interact Club
Sponsor, a service learning organization, and the high school
partner of Rotary Club. She is also affiliated with Interact
Club Service Projects which includes: Decatur Township Relay
for Life, DCHS recycling program, Waste Not Program – which
takes the DCHS food leftovers and transports them to the
Goodwin Center, Partnership with the Concord Center (which is
an after school program in Indianapolis), and raised money to
purchase the Hawk Mascot costume! This list is nothing
compared to what she has actually collected, donated and
helped with over the years.
has held several leadership roles and has received several
awards and honors, one of which she was the Decatur Central
Teacher of the Year in 2009!
Township is truly blessed to have Cim as a part of the staff
Thank you Cim, for sharing a little about
yourself with us.
Administrative Assistant to the Director of
Technology for Decatur Township, Shawn Tabelman graduated from
Decatur Central High School in May, 2000. While seeking a
position within education, combined with her desire to work
with people with whom she had grown close during her high
school years, Shawn began working in the Technology Department
in 2008. She likes being close to home and having flexible
hours to accommodate the schedules of her fiancé and children.
Shawn has 2 boys – Clay (6) and Cameron (2).
She is in the process of returning to school to participate in
the Transition to Teaching Program. She plans to obtain her
teaching license in Secondary Biology/Life Science and
eventually create a before-and-after school care program that
provides not only child care but also tutoring and mentoring
Shawn attended IUPUI and earned her Bachelors
Degree in Behavioral/Social Science with a minor in
When asked if she enjoys working for Decatur
Township, Shawn stated, “I enjoy it very much! All the people
I work with are extremely nice and talented.”
Class of 2009 graduate was accepted into West
Point Academy. Devon had been the High School’s
representative on the Decatur Township
Educational Foundation. He was given a going away
party at the recent Foundation meeting.
Richard "Dick" Martin Givan
Richard "Dick" Martin Givan was born June
1921 in Indianapolis. He graduated from Decatur Central High
School in Indianapolis in 1939, one of the first graduating
classes from the "new" high school. He received his law
degree from Indiana University in 1951. While at IU, he was
assistant librarian and a research assistant for the Indiana
Supreme Court. After being admitted to the bar in 1952, he
served as deputy public defender of Indiana. From 1954 to
1966, he was Assistant Attorney General of Indiana, pleading
cases before both the Indiana and U.S. Supreme Courts. He was
elected to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1968 as the 96th
Justice. He retired in 1994.
He was also chair of the board of
directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference, served on the
board of managers of the Indiana Judges Association, and
became an Indiana Judicial College graduate in 1989.
In addition to his legal career, Dick
served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War
II and was later a flight instructor with the Air Corps
Reservists. Dick was no novice to the world of law. His
great-grandfather, Noah S. Givan, was a circuit judge in
Dearborn County, Indiana before 1900. His grandfather, Martin
J. Givan, served as a Dearborn County trial lawyer. His
father, Clinton H. Givan, was a Marion County Superior Court
Judge and practiced law in Indianapolis for forty years.
Dick has also served Decatur Township
through his volunteer work with the Decatur Township Lions
Club, of which he is still a member today. Spend any time at
the 4-H Fair or other Lions Club events, and you will see Dick
working the crowd, telling the history of the club, and
recruiting new members. DCHS is proud to have Justice Richard
Martin Givan as one of its own.
Marvin “Pete” Armstrong
Marvin “Pete” Armstrong, born in the
little town of West Newton, always loved sports. He started
playing basketball in the little wooden gym at West Newton
School and from there went to play at the “Old High School” on
Mooresville Road. While at Decatur Central High School, he
played basketball and baseball all four years. He also played
football his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Pete was an
all-around athlete. He was a terrific pitcher and first
basemen. He received Mid-State Conference Honorable Mention
in 1944 for football. He also was a strong basketball player,
playing in the position of shooting guard; he made All County
and All Conference in 1946.
Off the field, he was a reporter on the
Clarion, secretary of his junior class, and was one of the
stars of the senior play.
After Decatur, Pete attended and
graduated from Franklin College, and later received his
Masters from Butler University. Pete was a member of Sigma
Alpha Epsilon, Phi Delta Kappa. He married his high school
sweetheart, Shirley Carter.
Pete worked as a teacher at Decatur
Central, eventually being promoted to Assistant Principal and
then Principal. He also served as a coach as well as the
Director of Personnel and Buildings and Grounds.
Pete also served his community. He was
former president of the Decatur Township Lions Club and the
Marion County Principals Association. He also served his
country, enlisting in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
To honor Pete and his impact on DCHS, the
sports workout building (The Armstrong Pavilion), was named in
his honor. Pete was named into the DC Athletic Hall of Fame
Much to all of our regrets, Pete has
passed away. Anyone who knew Pete will never forget him.
A 1968 graduate of Decatur Central High
School, Don Stinson returned to the township in 2000 to serve
not only his high school, but also the educational corporation
as a whole. Stinson took the position of Superintendent of
the MSD Decatur Township.
Back in the 1960s, Stinson*s family moved
here from the west side of Indianapolis. His memories of DCHS
include his involvement in the band and the staff at the
school. He credits the caring teachers, who helped get him on
the right path, as the reason he attended college. Upon
graduating from DCHS, he matriculated at Indiana University,
where he received his Bachelor of Arts in elementary
education. Later from, Indiana State University, he received
his Master of Arts in school administration.
He taught in Clayton, Indiana (Hendricks
County) for three years before becoming the youngest principal
in Indiana. Eventually he was promoted to the Mill Creek
central office; his skills advanced him to the position of
Superintendent of the Mill Creek School System. But in 2000,
he decided to return home.
Much had changed since he lived and went
to school in Decatur Township. As a child the township was
rural; in fact it had a recently constructed interstate
running through it. But over the years, it had become more
densely populated, with a more diverse community. All of
this, along with the long standing excellence in teaching, has
helped Stinson with his goals to reinvent the township's
Stinson hopes to provide options for
every student, making all DCHS graduates prepared when they
leave, no matter where their educational or occupational
desires take them. This will come to fruition when the new
high school is built with smaller learning communities.
In the five years he has led the school
corporation, there have been positive results, including the
creation of a charter school, the Challenger Learning Center,
and local business partnerships.
Stinson's work has not gone unnoticed by
the State or his peers. He received a Sagamore of the Wabash
from former Governor Frank O’Bannon and then in 2005, he was
named Indiana Superintendent of the Year.
Former Chorale Director - Betty Fields
In the fall of 1939, Betty Fields came to
Decatur Central, taking the position of choir director. She
taught at both West Newton and Decatur Central High School; as
other elementary schools were added, Betty taught there too.
By 1952, Betty went on to the
Indianapolis branch of Indiana University (now IUPUI) to teach
instructional methods, introduction to music, and piano
classes. But Betty's commitment to the township did not end
there. She created the County Music Festival, first with Ben
Davis High School, then adding other schools from the county.
She directed, for over 50 years, the annual township Easter
Pageant. The event started off with just two church choirs
coming together; it grew into a pageant of scenery, costumes,
and dozens of participants.
Betty had a deep impact on her students.
One of her former students told us of a story about school
during World War II. Nylons (pantyhose) were rationed because
of their use in parachute production. When the members of the
girls choir were preparing for an upcoming performance, the
nine girls were concerned that they would have to wear their
dresses without nylons. Betty made some calls to her friends,
and found nine pairs of new nylons from the downtown L.S.
Ayres store. While Betty does not remember this event, the
"girls" (even after 50 years) stated that this small gesture
had a lasting impact on them. Her impact on the students and
township can be seen in the award winning music department at
the school and the fond memories students have of her.
Steve Hibler is the son of Jerry and
Maryann (Edwards) Hibler (class of 1956) of Camby. He was
mobilized on January 2, 2004 and returned back on December 2,
2004. While away, he was stationed at Eagle Base, near Tuzla
(Bosnia and Herzegovina), 5000 miles from Indiana in a country
he describes as "much like the wild west."
Because of his civilian job with the
Indiana State Police, he was assigned as the Provost Marshal
(aka Police Chief), working with the police agencies in his
area. The assignment gave him the opportunity to visit
Sarajevo and Srebrenica, where some the worst war crimes were
committed. Traveling the country, Steve came across children
who had lost everything during the war. He noted to several
of his classmates, with whom he had stayed in touch, how
disheartening it was to see children who had nothing. He also
noted that soccer was the national pastime.
So, when Steve missed his 25th class
reunion because of his deployment, his classmates collected
money to purchase soccer balls for the kids. As he passed out
the balls, Steve noted there is nothing better than seeing the
smile on a child's face when given a present. His classmates
also collected money for calling cards, so he could call home.
Steve's service did not end there. He
also served in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and then in
Louisiana after Hurricane Rita.
Platoon Sergeant Dennis (Denny) Dillon
currently serves in the military, stationed in Iraq. He
travels the country delivering supplies and people. His job
is to load and secure everything for flight, compute the
weight of the aircraft, and assure it is balanced. He and his
platoon are stationed at Balad Air Base about 50 miles north
of Baghdad. The unit went in December 2005 and plans on being
home after Thanksgiving 2006. Denny flies at night, so does
most of this flying by night vision goggles. Before going to
Iraq, Denny was employed as a helicopter mechanic and served
in the Indiana National Guard.
Athletic Hall of Fame
In Service of Community and Country
Alumni of the Year