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21st Hall of Fame Inductee

Sandra Whipple Spanier joins an amazing lineup in the Hall of Fame

Dr. Spanier speaks at the induction ceremony September 1.

Dr. Spanier speaks at the induction ceremony September 1.

Dr. Spanier speaks at the induction ceremony September 1.

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Friday, September 1st was a memorable day – we received a new inductee into the Hoover High School Alumni Hall of Fame, Dr. Sandra Whipple Spanier. Spanier is the 21st inductee, bringing a fascinating background and experience into the Hall of Fame.


Spanier graduated in the top 1% of Hoover’s 1969 class and was the recipient of the Superintendent’s Award in English. She has received further education at respected establishments such as Iowa State University, the University of Illinois, and the Pennsylvania State University – where she earned both a Master of Arts degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1981.


Spanier is a prominent figure in the field of twentieth century American literary studies and is an expert authority on Ernest Hemingway, an acclaimed author who has won a Nobel Prize for Literature. She is the General Editor of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, leading a team of international scholars to make a comprehensive edition of thousands of Hemingway’s letters. Spanier is also a member of Pennsylvania State’s Cuba Task Force, working to establish educational exchange opportunities and travelling there more than thirty times.


“I met the lady personally and I thought she was a great woman and extremely deserving – if not over qualified. She worked her entire life to get where she is today and I feel like there’s no better match for the Hall of Fame,” junior Andy Madison said.


Not only did we get a new inductee who has a sensational story, but the person who inducted her is our new principal, Kathie Danielson. Danielson gave an introductory speech about Spanier, who then delivered a speech of her own. The event was very momentous and, witnessed by only our upperclassmen, will be a story to tell.



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