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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 stores.


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 church.


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Cim McClelland



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.


Cim 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.


Cim 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!


Decatur Township is truly blessed to have Cim as a part of the staff at DCHS. 


Thank you Cim, for sharing a little about yourself with us.


Shawn Tabelman



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 programs.


Shawn attended IUPUI and earned her Bachelors Degree in Behavioral/Social Science with a minor in Psychology.


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.”


Devon Sharp

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 in 1984.


Much to all of our regrets, Pete has passed away. Anyone who knew Pete will never forget him.


Don Stinson


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 educational system.

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


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.


Dennis Dillon

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. 


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