AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP — There are a few events in life that are regarded as milestones, one of them being graduating from high school. For the 2014 senior class at Grand River Academy, little else has been on their minds. With the date set for graduation May 24 is marked somewhere on a calendar, in a phone, on a desk, on the back of someone's hand. After four years, day in and day out, preparing, dreaming, hoping for that one final day of high school to come closer, suddenly you’re shaking hands with the headmaster and the dean, and then finally receiving that diploma, throwing that cap into the air with the people you have lived with for the past year.
Not everyone leaving this year is graduating. Two members of Grand River are about to reach another one of life’s biggest milestones – retirement. Larry Wilson, government and history teacher, and soccer coach for more than two decades, arrived at Alumni Hall 41 years ago after graduating from Kent State. Jed Trombley, head of the math department, and former basketball coach, served Grand River for more than 20 years.
Although they will surely be missed by all the members of the Grand River community, mementoes and reminders of their cherished service to the school will be seen. The academy plans to make additions in honor of the two. For Larry Wilson and his wife Barbara, who together served the academy for 66 years, a new faculty house will be christened “The Wilson Family House” in their honor, the house symbolizing the countless years and unmeasurable importance of their time at Grand River.
As for Jed Trombley’s tenure, a peaceful, landscaped area connecting the campus community to the faculty housing will be named “The Trombley Gardens,” the gardens just an ode to the great respect and importance of his time at Grand River.