The following notable people are/were affiliated with the Mount Vernon Community School District:
Gladys Rife was an outstanding high school English educator. She earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Iowa at the age of 72. Gladys devoted her life to the teaching, promotion and understanding of the American Culture. After teaching and living in Mount Vernon, she was the owner and curator of the Railroad Depot Museum in Fayette, Iowa.
James Bellamy was an outstanding high school coach of many sports, most notable as high school footbal coach. In 2003 Coach Bellamy earned his 300th victory, putting him in the category as one of the most winningest coaches in Iowa high school football history. He coached for over 44 years.
Career Football records while at Mount Vernon High School are:
Leo Beranek graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1931 and then Cornell College in 1936. He went on to earn the "National Medal of Science" award in 2003. He was instrumental in development of the radar.
The following notable people resided in Mount Vernon for a brief time:
was the Director of Health and Physical Education at Cornell College. He was a participant in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He almost broke the "four minute mile" barrier, and set the indoor mile record in 1938 at 4:04.4. Glen organized a year round camp facility for troubled children.
was a graduate of Cornell College who went on to be a NASA astronaut.
R. B. WOLFE
R.B. Wolfe was a descendent of one of the first families in the Mount Vernon area. In addition to being a member of the Iowa Legislature, he was the Mount Vernon Community School Board attorney for over 40 years. He was both a Mount Vernon High School and Cornell College graduate.
Richard was an outstanding high school Social Studies educator who earned the Iowa "Teacher of the Year" in 1986. He was also a Cornell College Professor of Education. Richard earned an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Cornell College. He was a frequent lecturer and presenter on various historical topics and events.
Richard Thomas was a Cornell College professor and College Chaplin. He was a co-author of the "History of Cornell". As an influencial local historian he wrote the "Brief History of Mount Vernon". Richard was also a United States Air Force Chaplin and Air Force Historian.
WINIFRED VAN ETTEN
Winifred Van Etten was winner of a National Book Award for her 1936 novel, "I Am The Fox".
MOUNT VERNON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME RECIPIENTS (for more info)
(YR Awarded, Class Year, Name)
2008 1989 Marcia Russell
2009 1999 Kristin Stewart
2010 1997 Elizabeth Stoner
2011 1983 Mark Benesh
2012 1962 Maggie Quinn Ellison (d)
2013 1972 William Pringle
2014 1972 Paula Holcomb
2008 1965 Gary Knutsen
2009 1980 Paul Hufford
2010 1987 Joy Jordan
2011 1961 Randy Hoidahl
2012 1975 John Hearn
2013 1964 Dennis Wolrab
2014 1982 Greg Randall
2008 1937 Jean Minish Stoner
2009 1950 Treva Moore Heiser
2010 1955 David Van Metre
2011 1947 Millicent Hoggard Zenishek
2012 1950 Dolores Staskal Hicks
2013 1951 Richard McKeen
2014 1957 Myrt Clark Bowers
2008 1947 James Croft
2009 1958 Dick Bowman
2010 1931 Leo Beranek
2011 1960 John Rife
2012 1986 Graham Harman
2013 1964 Darla Stoltz Templeton
2014 1983 Lindsey Borg
MV COMMUNITY IMPACT
2013 1957 Karen Jilovec Martin
2014 1978 Ann Koppenhaver