Who will be Ogden’s 2018 “Top Dogs”?


The Iowa: Then and Now class is continuing the tradition. The “Top Dogs” Hall of Fame, started in 2016, was established to recognize Ogden Alumni for outstanding achievement during or after Ogden High School. The hall also recognizes staff and coaches for their outstanding careers at OHS.

To be a “Top Dog”, a candidate must be nominated by the public, and chosen by a committee that will remain anonymous to the school and community. A formal induction ceremony is then held during Homecoming week. Anyone in the community will be able to nominate an applicant for the committee to choose from. Printed nomination forms will be available from June until August 1st in the OHS District Office. You can also print out, or fill out, a form online, found under Quick Links for Community at www.Ogdenschools.org. The forms must be completed and turned in to the district office at Ogden Community School District, 732 W Division Street, Ogden, IA, 50212 before July 31st.

In 2016, an induction ceremony was held during Homecoming, where the inaugural class of inductees was formally introduced and awarded. Lillian Kruse, Bob Morgan, Gary Paulsen, Gaile Carlson, Larry Tryon, and Jesse Sundell were the first of many Ogden heroes to be inducted. 


In 2017, another outstanding class was inducted: Gary Alban, Stan Friesen, Annika (Gustafson) Parker, and the 1992 State Runner-Up Football Team.  (Photo is Sharon Alban receiving the award on her husband's behalf.)

We need you to begin nominating those you feel should join the Top Dogs in our Hall of Fame.  The hall where near the East entrance of the High School by the gym.  The plaques were made by the OHS Manufacturing students, and those students are looking forward to making the plaques for the 2018 inductees.


We encourage you to be thinking of people who you believe would meet the criteria of Ogden’s Top Dogs. Nominees must be Ogden alumni or staff and 5-years removed.  To see the full listing of criteria, click on the Top Dogs tab at www.Ogdenschools.org.

The Iowa: Then and Now class thanks you for all your help and support! We are excited to induct a new group of “Top Dogs”!



  • Why are we doing this?

    • Our goal is to recognize high achieving Ogden alumni and former staff who have excelled in their various fields either during school or after. We want to celebrate the successes at Ogden and increase pride in OHS.

  • How many people can be inducted?

    • There could be anywhere from 1 to 5 inductees in the current and subsequent years.
  • When will inductees be announced?

    • Once the committee selects the inductees, the inductees will be notified. This will occur during the month of August, allowing inductees, and friends and family, to make arrangements to attend the ceremony at Homecoming later in September.

  • How will this be funded?

    • The Ogden Alumni Association has offered financial support, as well as other community groups, to help us with this project.

  • How is the committee selected?

    • The committee was chosen and approved by Mrs. Boyd and Mrs. Peter. The committee is comprised of teachers, students, and community members who are of high integrity and will remain anonymous. Some of the committee members will change each year.
  • What criteria must an applicant meet?

    • To be nominated, an applicant must be 5 years removed from the school. S/he must be a positive role model and have shown outstanding achievement in his/her area (academics, arts, athletics, sciences, military service, humanitarianism, etc.). The applicant and all inductees must maintain a clean criminal record as well.
    • A complete list of criteria will be attached to the nomination forms when they are made available in June.

  • What happens at the induction ceremony?

    • Inductees, family and friends, are all invited to celebrate and recognize the inductees. A meal will be served, and a brief program will be presented, which will include the history and achievements of the inductees. Prices will be determined closer to the event.

  • What if the applicant I submit is not chosen?

    • All applications are encouraged to be resubmitted in the following years to be reconsidered. One individual can submit more than one application. Multiple submissions does not guarantee induction as a “Top Dog”.