Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inducted

September 23, 2019
Dave Bartholomay and the family and friends of Mark Quinlan standing on the field at the 20-yard line
Mayor Dave Bartholomay and the family of Mark Quinlan were recognized during the homecoming football game.

Centennial Schools inducted Mayor Dave Bartholomay and Mark Quinlan into the distrct's Hall of Fame on Friday, September 27. The induction coincided with various homecoming events, including a luncheon, pep fest, and homecoming football game activities. The District’s Hall of Fame recognizes its alumni and members of the community for their professional accomplishments and commitment to youth and the District’s communities.

“This year our Hall of Fame inductees represent distinguished service to our district. We are honored to include two great supporters of our schools and students, and for their work and passion for education,” said Brian Dietz, Superintendent of Centennial Schools.

Dave Bartholomay, Mayor of Circle Pines, MN, Distinguished Service, for supporting Centennial Schools since 2000. Bartholomay is honored for his belief in strong schools and their positive impact on the community, for his compassion for students and support of education, for this enthusiasm, volunteerism, and contributions to Centennial. His involvement with the schools began when his son first attended Centennial and continues today, long after his son has graduated. You can find Bartholomay reading to students, attending back-to-school events, school carnivals, in the fan stands, and often just “showing up” at events to show support for students and staff. He also lectures in the American Government class each spring, driving home the message to students about the importance of local government. Bartholomay has also represented the community by serving on several district committees. He is a founding member of the Centennial Area Education Foundation. In addition to his involvement at Centennial, Bartholomay supports organizations that are focused on building a better future. He serves in a leadership position with many community groups and has won numerous awards for his work. He has written articles and is at work on a book focusing on optimistic, everyday leadership.

Mark Quinlan, Distinguished Service (previously awarded in spring 2019), teacher and fine arts coach at Centennial High School from 1978-2019. Quinlan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in May of 2019 prior to the opening of the spring play, “Becoming Memories.” He is honored today as a member of the Class of 2019, for his long-standing commitment to the district for 38 years, retiring in 2016, and for his continued dedication to students as director of theater and head speech coach for 41 years, until 2019. Quinlan directed 39 musicals, 41 one-act plays, and coached section champs and state winners in speech and drama including the first champion from Centennial in any Minnesota State High School League activity. The school is listed in the Minnesota State High School League state record book for the most state finalists in one year: six in 1997 and five in 2000 and 2001. Quinlan was the announcer of Centennial football and basketball games for over 20 years and served on numerous school and district committees as well as at the national level. He is the recipient of an outstanding employee of the year award, coach of the year awards, Speech and Debate Association Fifth Diamond Key in 2014, and was the first inductee into the Minnesota Thespian Hall of Fame in 2019.

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