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BAHS Hall of Fame


Bonn American High School (BAHS), located in Bonn, Germany, was part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) system, which served American military and civilian families stationed overseas. While BAHS is no longer operational, it had a significant impact on its students. Here are some notable alumni from Bonn American High School:

Bonn American High School (BAHS) notable alumni

Bonn American High School (BAHS) has an impressive roster of notable alumni who have made significant contributions in various fields. Here are some distinguished individuals who attended BAHS:
  1. Samuel Assefa – Ambassador; Class of 1974.
  2. Michael Baker – Guitarist in the 1980s Boston band The Rings; Class of 1972.
  3. Sheri Entz Blackmon – Author; Class of 1974.
  4. Christopher Bowers – Actor and producer; Class of 1987.
  5. Lael Brainard – Economist; Board of Governors, U.S. Federal Reserve; Class of 1980.
  6. Linda Chaffee – Author; Class of 1976.
  7. Patricia Orr Duff – Activist and philanthropist; Class of 1971.
  8. Hans Klemm – Ambassador; Class of 1975.
  9. Dominic Gerald Lowery – Professional football player; Class of 1974.
  10. Charles Petrie OBE – Diplomat and banker; Class of 1977.
  11. Ron Prosor – Ambassador; Class of 1976.
  12. Ray Shindledecker – Bassist and lead singer for Breakingform; Class of 1979–81.
  13. Kantathi Suphamongkhon – Foreign Minister of Thailand; Class of 1970.
  14. Simon Ungers – Architect; Class of 1975.
  15. Natalia Paruz – Musical saw player; Class of 1977-78.
  16. Michael D. Brown – Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response.
  17. Gary Sinise – Actor known for roles in “Forrest Gump” and “CSI: NY,” and advocate for veterans.
  18. Ed Harris – Critically acclaimed actor known for roles in “Apollo 13,” “The Truman Show,” and “Westworld.”

These alumni highlight the diverse and accomplished individuals who have been part of the BAHS community, demonstrating the school’s impact on a variety of fields.

“Westworld”​ (BAHS Alumni)​​ (Wikipedia)​​ (Everything Explained Today)​.

Hall of Fame Nomination

BAHS Hall of Fame nominations can be submitted either by mail or via online form.


BAHS Hall of Fame

Bonn American High School Hall of Fame Guidelines

The Bonn American High School Hall of Fame honors alumni, staff, coaches, and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the school and beyond. Nominees are recognized for outstanding achievements in their field, leadership, the arts, sports, or community service. Individuals with notable records of achievement are eligible for induction.

Selection Criteria

  • Achievement: Alumni, staff, coaches, or volunteers who have gained notable recognition in their field at the local, national, or international level are eligible for induction.
  • Leadership: Those who have shown exceptional leadership in their field or in other areas of interest, earning recognition at the local, national, or international level, may be nominated.
  • The Arts: Individuals who have excelled in visual or performing arts at the local, national, or international level are also eligible.
  • Sports: Those who have achieved significant success in their chosen sports at any level can be nominated.
  • Volunteer/Community Service: Alumni, staff, coaches, or volunteers whose actions and achievements fall outside the categories above but still deserve special recognition are also eligible.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for induction, alumni must have graduated from the Bonn American High School at least ten years before their nomination. Staff, coaches, or volunteers must have been retired or no longer active at the school for at least five years. Deceased individuals who meet these criteria are also eligible for consideration.

When evaluating candidates, the following attributes are considered:

– Demonstrated outstanding character.
– Recognition for outstanding citizenship at the local, national, or international level.
– Leadership that inspires others to strive for excellence.
– Exceptional accomplishments or noteworthy leadership.

If a nominee is not selected, they can be re-nominated for consideration in future years.

Hall of Fame Timeline

– Nominations must be submitted by August 1st of the induction year.
– The review committee receives nominations during the first week of August.
– Inductees are chosen by September 1st.
– A minimum of one and a maximum of five nominees are inducted each year.

Review Committee

The Hall of Fame review committee consists of five to seven anonymous members representing alumni, retirees, and community members. Committee seats are filled as needed, ensuring a cross-section of the Bonn American High School community.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The induction ceremony is held at a public event and awards presentation, preferably during a high school reunion. Each inductee receives a personalized Hall of Fame award, and a permanent recognition of each Hall of Fame member is displayed on the website. The current Hall of Fame members are also introduced during the reunion.

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Hall of Fame Nomination Forms

BAHS Hall of Fame nominations can be submitted either by mail or via online form.

Mail-In Nomination Form (PDF reader required)

Online Nomination Form

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