Sussex Central Hall of Fame to welcome six 2018 inductees

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central High School’s Hall of Fame will welcome six inductees in November – its largest induction class ever.

In alphabetical order, 2018 Hall of fame inductees are: Jullion Cooper, Bobby Gulab, John Marvel, Linda Mitchell, Tim Slade and Bill West.

Inductees were selected by the SCHS Hall of Fame Committee. James Hudson heads the eight-person committee as chairman.

The induction ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. at Sussex Central High School.


John Marvel

A 1971 SCHS graduate, Mr. Marvel in 12 years as head softball coach at Sussex Technical High School has coached the Lady Ravens to two state softball championships.

In addition, he also started his own church and holds services at the Nutter Marvel Museum. The historic carriage museum on South Bedford Street in Georgetown was made possible by his grandfather, Nutter Marvel.

Linda Mitchell

A 1972 SCHS graduate, Ms. Mitchell has 42 years of service at East Millsboro Elementary School and Indian River School District as a teacher/reading specialist.

Now in her 43rd year, she has held a leadership role at the school and district in reading instruction, data analysis, text preparation, curriculum development, textbook adoption, student support and team leadership. She is involved in mentoring and has made consistent contribution to numerous school, national and state awards. The list includes 2017 and 2008 National Blue Ribbon School, 2016 Reward School, 2014 School of Continued Excellence and about a half dozen others.

Bill West

Mr. West, who graduated from SCHS in 1974, began a long law enforcement career as a part-time office with the town of Georgetown in 1978. He went on to a career with Delaware State Police, working in various capacities, including drug and intelligence and electronic surveillance units. He retired from state police in 2007.

Mr. West was elected to Georgetown town council in 2012 and was elected mayor in 2014 – a position he presently holds.

Mr. West was instrumental in the establishment of the free Summer Concert Series and has facilitated or helped to facilitate a series of projects, including New Year’s Eve on The Circle, lower impact fees, street rehabilitation projects and a referendum for a new administration building and restoration of the former town hall.

Mr. West remains active in many organizations. He also volunteers for CHEER’s senior home-bound delivery – Meals on Wheels.

Tim Slade

A 1989 Golden Knight graduate, Mr. Slade was a member of the 1988 state finalist Sussex Central basketball team and the 1989 state champion baseball team. He went onto play basketball at the University of Delaware, where he earned his teaching certificate.

Mr. Slade was employed in the Indian River School District as a social studies teacher (1995-2001) and administrator (2001-07). He coached SCHS basketball teams that won conference titles in 2001 and 2003.

As an administrator in the Christiana School District, Mr. Slade created an online class at Christiana High School to decrease the dropout rate for students who were unsuccessful in the comprehensive setting.

Mr. Slade recently started his new position as a vice principal in the Cape Henlopen School District.

Dr. Bobby Gulab

A 1996 SCHS graduate, Dr. Gulab was recently promoted to Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer with the Beebe Medical Group.

Dr. Gulab earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Delaware State University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Delaware.

Jullion Cooper

Mr. Cooper, a 2001 SCHS graduate, works for the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer.

Before joining the Department of State, he assisted HIV-positive incarcerated individuals in the Boston area with re-adjusting to life outside prison. During his tenure at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou he aided U.S. citizens in distress, promoted LGBT civil society and vetted prospective Chinese citizens for tourist visas.

Mr. Cooper is currently working as a program manager in the Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Agency Bureau in the Policy, Planning and Coordination shop. Over the next few years he’ll work with five international organizations to promote drug prevention and drug treatment worldwide. Mr. Cooper speaks fluent Chinese, Spanish, Catalan and Italian and is working on Hebrew and Haitian Creole proficiency.

Hall of Fame History

Established in 1990 to recognize outstanding achievements by Sussex Central High School alumni, Hall of Fame inductions ended in 2002 but were re-established in 2013.

To be nominated, an individual must have received a diploma from Sussex Central High School.  Alumni are eligible for nomination five years after graduation.

Nominations are submitted to Sussex Central High School in February. The Hall of Fame Committee then reviews nominations and recommends nominees for the Hall of Fame induction.

Honorees are judged on their professional/career achievements, service to the nation, state, and/or community, academic achievements beyond Sussex Central High School as well as other significant contributions.


(Year of SCHS graduation in parentheses)

Class 0f 2017

Dr. Victoria Godwin Fonke (Class of 1976), Phil Shultie (1971), Steven Floyd Sr. (1987).

Class of 2016

Asher Gulab (1988), Paul Eckrich (1978), John Powell (1991).

Class of 2015

Rep. Ruth Briggs King (1974), Russell McCabe (1974), Cathy Unruh (1975), Deon Jackson (1993), Markishia Wise (1995).

Class of 2014

Dr. David Carter (1997), James Hudson (1971), Todd Lawson (1993), Dr. Aimee Parker (1999), Dr. Loriann White * (1985),

Class of 2013     

Carlos Barbosa (1985), Robert Ruffin (1988), Chad Spicer (1998), Deborah Windett (1972).

Class of 2002

Mark Murray (1980).

Class of 2000

William Baxter (1970), Phillip Tonge (1972).

Class of 1998

Cathy Hudson Gorman (1972), Terry Megee (1974), Grier White (1971).

Class of 1996

Neal Hitchens (1975), John Young (1983).

Class of 1995

Charles Hudson (1971), Julie Ann Gregg McCade (1974).

Class of 1994

Kenneth Clark, Jr. (1994), Alan Ellingsworth (1972), Ivan Neal (1978).

Class of 1993

Barbara Jackson (1971), Ralph Richardson, III (1970),

Class of 1992

Mike DeLeon (1980), Kevin Short (1983).

Class of 1991

Cheryl Hedtke (1980), Lynda Johnson (1970), Ileana Smith (1970).

Class of 1990

Joseph Booth (1976), Bruce Rogers (1979).

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