Accomplishments & The Future
During a period spanning more than 150 years,
the citizens of the Village of Odin and the surrounding rural area have
been very supportive and pro-active in relation to the needs of the
educational systems of Odin Schools. The results of their support have
paid great dividends for the students, as the school has produced
doctors and nurses, lawyers, a state senator, numerous educators, a
professional basketball player, professional baseball players, airline
pilots, and a host of others who have contributed much in various other
fields of the work force. Alumni and citizens have played an active role
in the success of Odin Schools. In fact, many of the administrators,
teachers, and non-certified staff are graduates of Odin Community High
School. Although the list of those who contributed to that success is
long, a few of these people deserve special mention.
One of those special people is Mr. Ples
Wilson, who owned Wilson Funeral Home and also Wilson & Wilson Monument
Company; he contributed much to the school as well as to the community.
Ples Wilson was a member of the board of education for many years and
did much to promote academic improvement. He was also very
progressive-minded and actively involved in the improvement of the
school building and grounds. His outstanding service was recognized by
the school and the community when the school gymnasium was named in his
honor as "Ples H. Wilson Gymnasium". Ronald Reagan, who was one of this
college classmates and President at the time of the dedication, sent a
letter congratulating him on his service to the school.
Another of those special people is Mrs. Ruth
Bartlett, who served as a cafeteria manager for a period of forty-four
years and retired in 1996. Mrs. Bartlett was honored by having the
school cafeteria dedicated to her. Outstanding service and love for
students and staff made her a very special part of Odin Schools for
almost half a century. Her picture now hangs in the school cafeteria on
the wall that bears her name "Ruth Bartlett Cafeteria."
Still another of those people is Mr. David
Frimel, who served on the Board of Education for over forty years. In
2009, he was recognized by the school and community for his long and
excellent service to Odin Schools. This span of time was recognized by
the State of Illinois as the longest period in the history of our state
ever to be served by a school board member. Mr. Frimel was also honored
by having the new 2008 addition to the building dedicated to him.
Odin Public Schools is proud of its
educational heritage. Recently, Odin Community High School was
recognized by U.S.. News and World Report magazine as one of the best
high schools in America. Being honored on a national level has
encouraged students and instilled a sense of educational pride in the
community. The future looks promising as current boards of education,
administrators, and staff strive to keep pace with the ever changing
needs of today’s world and work force. Odin Public Schools, as always,
stands as a beacon of hope for the students and citizens of our
community as they look toward the future.