Class of 2017
Dallas Arnold (VHS Staff) (1920-1986). BS Degree, Western Kentucky University. All Ohio Valley Conference for 3 years in football. Master’s Degree, Indiana University. Retired Lt. Colonel/USMC; served in the Battle of Okinawa (Purple Heart). As a student at Fairdale High School, he was the first player from Jefferson County to play in the Kentucky East-West All-Star Football game. As a Viking teacher, mentor, and coach, he was the head football and golf coach from 1951 to 1966. Coached the Jefferson County Football Championship teams of 1955, 1956, 1958, and 1962. Coached the KHSAA Football Championship Runner-up team in 1962. He served as the Valley High School Athletic Director from 1967 to 1979. Coach Arnold was inducted into the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association as a “Legend” in 1998.
Kim Ward Barrie (’79). System Vice President for Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing and Workforce Outreach. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), certified and licensed. Distinguished Fellow, National Academies of Practice in Nursing (FNAP). BA – Biology Transylvania Univ. Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing, Bellarmine Univ. PhD, Nursing Practice, Rush University. Registered Nurse, KY Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. 2016 Winner of Today’s Woman Magazine Most Admired Woman in Health and Healthcare. 2013 Woman of the Year River City Chapter of Business & Professional Women, Medistar Award Winner, A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education, Transylvania Univ. Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and Webster University Robert D. Hess Outstanding Faculty Award. 2002 Transylvania Univ. Pioneer Hall of Fame. 2000 Bellarmine Univ. Gallery of Distinguished Graduates. 1999 Mrs. USA and Indiana Globe Leader of Tomorrow awards and Bingham Fellow Graduate. 1997 Graduate of Leadership Louisville Class. As a Viking, she was Valley’s Outstanding Female Athlete for 1979 and Miss Valley High 1979.
Glenn Collie (VHS Staff). Graduate, Murray State. Played basketball for Holmes Jr. College and Northwestern Louisiana State. Served in the U.S. Army. Teacher and Coach for 17 years at Valley; Head Basketball Coach for 11 years, District Champions 1974, 1975, and 1977; Regional Champions 1977, and KHSAA State Championship Runner-up 1977. Kentucky High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year 1977, named head coach for Kentucky East-West All-Star Team 1977. Served as Head Coach at Seneca High School 1984-1987; District Champions 1984-1986; Louisville Invitational Tournament Champions 1985, and National Governors Cup Champions. Seneca was nationally ranked #1 in 1985. Courier Journal and Louisville Times High School Coach of the Year 1985. Asst. Coach for Sullivan Univ., National Junior College Champions 1996. 2009 Coaches Court of Honor Award at Kentucky State Basketball Tournament and inducted to the Kentucky High School Hall of Fame.
Rebecca Swindler Curry (’69). BA, DePauw University 1973; Religion Major, Alpha Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, Little Theater, NAIA Women’s Intercollegiate Volleyball. Vanderbilt University Master’s of Divinity 1976, Pastoral Care and Counseling. Ordained as United Methodist Minister 1974; served churches in the Henderson and Owensboro District. Executive Director of St. Anthony’s Hospice 1986-1999 serving Henderson, Union, and Webster counties. Helped develop “A Special Kind of Camping,” one of the first bereavement camps for children in Kentucky. Methodist Hospital Board of Directors, Henderson, KY 1986-2005. General Council on Ministries for UMC 1980-1984. United Methodist District Superintendent for Owensboro, Louisville, and Heartland Districts. United Methodist Assistant to the Bishop 2005-2017. Representative to the Kentucky Council of Churches. As a Viking, she was a member of the National Forensic League, Speech and Beta clubs, and Golf Team.
Hugh Dening (’56). BS, Mathematics Murray State University. Master’s in Guidance at Western Kentucky University. Member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves 1961-1967. Teacher at Valley High School 1963-1990 and was an Assistant Tack Coach 1965-1969, Assistant Football Coach 1967-1979, and Head Football Coach 1979-1990. Developed the first Jefferson County Public Schools’ high school weightlifting training program in 1967. Inducted to the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2007. As a Viking, he was a member of the Kentucky High School State Track Championship Team 1956.
Dr. Kenneth D. Dunn (’70). Doctor of Education, Nova Southeastern University 2008. Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy 1974; played football for Navy 1970-1973 earning his “N.” Colonel, United States Marine Corps and retired after 30 years’ service. Commanding officer 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 1993-1995. Professor of Military Strategy and Land Combat Systems, Industrial College of the Armed Forces 1996-1998. President, El Dorado Society (EDSC) of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni 2004-Current. Lifetime Achievement Award, Louisville Metro Council for work with the Montford Point Marine Association, Louisville Chapter 22 (2010). Director of Marine Corps Leadership Seminar 2012-Current. Boys and Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame member 2011. Adjunct Professor, Marine Corps University 2012-Current. Author, Camp Lejeune Command; Commander’s Notes 1992-1995, 2015. As a Viking, he played for the 1968 and 1969 football teams, West District Champions, runner-up to Jefferson County championship 1968 and was one of the Viking’s leading rushers and scorers. 3rd Team, All-State halfback 1969.
Wally English (’52). Graduate, University of Louisville 1958. On a football scholarship to UofL, he also played baseball where he had one of the lowest ERA records in UofL history with a 24-3 personal record. Head Football Coach at Bishop David High School. Head Coach at Tulane University. Offensive Coordinator at University of Kentucky, Brigham Young University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Hawaii, Virginia Tech University, University of Arkansas, and University of Nebraska. Offensive Coordinator for the National Football League teams Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins (Super Bowl Champions), and the New Orleans Saints (quarterbacks/receivers). He has coached winning teams in the Pro Bowl (NFL) Cotton Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Japan Bowl. Coached European teams in Italy (23-1), Germany (9-1), France (10-0), England (9-1), Spain (9-1), Hungary (9-1), and Serbia (8-2). All five of his sons earned major college football scholarships as quarterbacks. As a Viking, he was President of the Junior and Senior classes (1951 and 1952), baseball pitcher and quarterback 1951-1952, and was Mr. Valley High School (1951).
Ted Manahan (’65). Communications, University of Kentucky 1965-1970. Filmed coaching films for UK Basketball Coaching legend, Adolph Rupp as a student. Producer, director, and cameraman for 50 years. National Football League films cinematographer 1970-Present. Won 3 Emmy’s for cinematography, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Cameraman for 27 NFL Super Bowls. Cameraman for 22 NCAA Basketball Final Fours. Cameraman for Major League Baseball’s World Series, National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, the National Basketball Association, NASCAR, PGA Tour, Tennis, the Breeder’s Cup, and the Olympics. Systems engineer for broadcast sets MLB, NFL, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, NBC, CBS, and ABC. As a Viking, he was the 1965 Senior Class President and member of the All-State Orchestra (french horn).
Sam Upshaw Jr. (’82). BA, Photojournalism-Western Kentucky University. Interned at the Louisville Defender, the Tennessean, and Los Angels Times as a student. Joined the Courier-Journal photography staff after graduating WKU. During his 30 years—and still going—at the Courier-Journal, he has visually documented Muhammad Ali, Kentucky’s health issues, Hurricane Ivan in Florida, a young man dying of sickle-cell disease, the Orange and Sugar college football bowl games, four Final Four championships, UofL and UK athletics. Received awards from the Kentucky News Photographers Association, a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence, and shared with a team of Courier-Journal editors, reporters, and photographers a Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of the Carrollton Bus Crash tragedy and its aftermath. Works with high school students every summer in Bowling Green, KY as part of WKU’s Xposure Workshop. As a Viking, he grew up in Louisville’s West End and attended Valley.
James Vest (’59). CEO of Vest Music Group and leader of the Nashville Cats band in Nashville’s Printer’s Alley for 18+ years. Inducted into Alabama’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame 1992. Inducted into the North American Country Music Associations, International Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2014. Recipient of the “Super Picker Award” for musicians who played on million-selling records. Writer and co-writer of many award-winning song recorded by numerous top entertainers. Producer of albums and singles by well-known artists such as, Willie Nelson and Box Car Willie. Received numerous credits for television, movie, and video productions.
Wilma Wilson (VHS Staff). BA, Music Education-Berea College; Master’s in Music Education-University of Louisville. Taught music from kindergarten through college over a period of 30 years. Featured actress in “The Stephen Foster Story” for 30 years including 2 performance tours in Japan. Featured singer with the Kentucky Opera 2 years. Consultant for Macmillan/McGraw Hill Publishers 17 years. Awarded Certificate of Excellence by Jefferson County Public Schools for outstanding professional achievement. Awarded membership in the Kentucky Colonels. Costume designer for Stephen Foster Productions. Soloist and section leader at Calvary Episcopal Church, Louisville 43 years. As a teacher at Valley High School, she was head of the school’s Music Department for 9 years and developed the mixed chorus, advanced girls’ chorus, acapella choir, and spring, fall, and Christmas concerts.