Wall of Fame

November 18, 2019

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools will induct new members into the Wall of Fame on Nov. 18 at the 35th annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards dinner. The 2019 class will join 84 other alumni who have been inducted since the Wall of Fame was created in 1985.

Over the past 35 years, the Wall of Fame has celebrated the long, rich history of Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). It includes some of the city’s and nation’s most influential business, community and artistic leaders. The awards event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. on November 18 at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City.

To sponsor the Wall of Fame event, please contact debby@okckids.com.

2018 Honorees

Chef Rick Bayless
Mayfair Elementary School, Taft Junior High School, Northwest Classen High School


Most people know him from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Master beating out the French and Italian with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated on-going Public Television Series, Mexico—One Plate at a Time can be found on television sets coast to coast, as well as his award winning, seven cookbooks. In 2012, Chef Bayless was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Culinary Host.

His side-by-side award-winning restaurants in Chicago were founded in 1987 – the casual Frontera Grill and the 4-star Topolobampo. In 2007, Frontera Grill won for Outstanding Restaurant by the James Beard Organization. His award-winning Frontera line of salsas, grilling sauces and organic chips can be found coast to coast.

Chef Bayless has won James Beard awards for Midwest Chef of the Year, National Chef of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year. He opened his third restaurant: XOCO—a quick serve LEED certified restaurant featuring house-ground chocolate and wood grilled tortas. This year, Tortas Frontera opened at Chicago’s O’Hare airport and in downtown Chicago.

In 2016, he opened Leña Brava, a wood-fired seafood restaurant, and the adjacent Cruz Blanca Cervecería, which focuses on craft beer and Oaxacan-style tacos. Also in 2016, Chef Bayless won the prestigious Julia Child Award. In 2017, his restaurant Topolobampo won the James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurant in the nation.

Dr. Legand L. Burge, Jr.
Edwards Elementary School, Truman Elementary School, F.D. Moon Junior High School, Frederick Douglass High School

Dr. Legand L. Burge, Jr. currently serves as president, LLBurge&Associates, LLC. He brings leadership through a career of selfless service to our nation, a tenacious capture and insertion of talent through academia, and management and provision for acquisitions, contracts and grant awards for customers. He is keenly aware of the national interest in developing STEM talent for the workforce by his role in supporting a generation of underserved populations for corporate, government and academia. His breadth of experience includes planning, programming and budgeting for national and international venues. Burge is a veteran who placed his footprint on federal, state and higher education in the acquisition and management of resources.

Burge served on the Secretary of Defense and Air Staffs, Pentagon, Washington DC; Division
Chief, Information Security/Communications Security/Computer Security/Cyber Security at National Security Agency, MD; and, Operations Officer for Secretary of the Air Force Special Projects. He retired from the Air Force at the rank of colonel.

Burge is a graduate of the Class of 1967 Douglass High School. He attended Oklahoma State University where he received the BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include signal processing, coding theory, information theory, communications, engineering education, and effective leadership and management. He is a member of several prestigious fraternities and honor societies and the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

Faye Norton
Heronville Elementary School, Valley Brook Elementary School, Wheeler Elementary School, Capitol Hill Junior High School, Capitol Hill High School

Faye Norton has resided in Oklahoma City nearly her entire life. In addition to being a wife and mother of three, she joined the work force after her youngest started school. While working as a secretary at ABS Enterprises in the mid-70s, she started self-training at night to be an Architectural Hardware Consultant. In 1982, with financial assistance from her brother and others, Norton started her own business, Designer Hardware by Faye, being only the second female-owned company in her industry. She sold her lucrative business in January 2014 but still maintains strong ties to the general manager and staff.

Norton was a member of the core group of five who started the National Decorative Hardware and Plumbing Association. She served on their board for eight years and was chair of their Education Committee for seven. She was also the first woman appointed to the Council of Fellows and currently serves as secretary of the Fellow Scholarship Investment Fund. She was named to The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year, Circle of Excellence after being honored by the program as one of their 50 Making a Difference in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2014, The Journal Record named her as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs. Her personal mission is to support and encourage growth and development in Oklahoma City, pursue volunteer opportunities and travel.

2018 Wall of Fame Sponsors 

Diamond Sponsors — $10,000

  • EDGE Productions
  • Cliff and Leslie Hudson
  • Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum
  • Percy and Becky Kirk
  • The Skirvin Hilton - Oklahoma City

Platinum Sponsors — $5,000 

  • ADG, PC
  • American Fidelity Foundation
  • Claudia San Pedro
  • Inasmuch Foundation/First National Bank of Oklahoma
  • Leadership OKC Class 33 & 34
  • Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores
  • SONIC, America's Drive-In

Gold Sponsors — $3,500

  • Arvest Bank
  • Cox Communications
  • Dobson Technologies 
  • Donna & Les Brown
  • First Fidelity Bank
  • Hudson College of Public Health
  • IBC Bank
  • Jodi & Ed Sanchez
  • Leah & Dick Beale
  • OGE Energy Corp. 
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • The Center for Education Law
  • Thurman V. & Eileen White

Silver Sponsors — $1,500 

  • BancFirst
  • Bank SNB, a division of Simmons Bank
  • B.C. Clark Jewelers
  • Cemplex Group
  • Crowe & Dunlevy
  • Devon Energy
  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Guernsey – Engineers/Architects/Consultants
  • HoganTaylor LLP
  • Insight Creative Group
  • INTEGRIS Health
  • Joy & Bob LaBar
  • MassMutual Oklahoma
  • Pat & Ray Potts
  • Renate & Chuck Wiggin
  • Subha Varahan
  • The Ann Lacy Foundation
  • The Chickasaw Nation
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Verizon
  • Wheeler Community Foundation

Bronze Sponsors — $500

  • Accel Financial Staffing/Meg Salyer
  • Amanda & Nathaniel Harding
  • Arvest Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Beth & Jim Tolbert
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Brent Hensley
  • Candor
  • College of Education & Professional Studies – UCO
  • Elaine & Harrison Levy
  • Elliott + Associates Architects
  • Gooden Group
  • Harrison-Orr Air Conditioning, L.L.C.
  • Jeanne Hoffman Smith
  • Joan & Tommy Thompson
  • Kay & Richard Floyd
  • Langston University
  • Linda & Ken Howell
  • Linda & Xavier Neira
  • Linda Petree Lambert
  • Marian & Phil Horning
  • Marnie & Clayton Taylor
  • Midtown Renaissance
  • Molly & Miles Tolbert
  • Nancy & Tim Johnsen
  • Oklahoma City Community College
  • Oklahoma Natural Gas, A Division of ONE Gas
  • Senator Kay Floyd
  • Shannon & Chip Fudge
  • Shirley & Ben Shanker
  • Smith & Pickel Construction
  • TAP Architecture
  • The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City
  • The First State Bank
  • The Honorable & Mrs. Ralph G. Thompson
  • The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
  • Trochta’s Flowers
  • Valerie & Joe Couch

Through the Years: Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award Honorees

Bob Barry Sr., 2009 Wanda Jackson, 2013
Rick Bayless, 2018 Wallace Johnson, 2004
Skip Bayless, 2008 Commissioner Willa Johnson, 2015
Dr. William Lee Beasley and Sherry L. Beasley, 2017 Lou Kerr, 2001
G.T. Blankenship, 1999 Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick, 1990
Ronald E. Bogle, 2016 John Elson Kirkpatrick, 1990
Dr. Legand L. Burge Jr., 2018 Linda Lambert, 2004
Jo Carol Cameron, 2013 Mona Salyer Lambird, 1996
B.C. Clark, Jr., 1998 James Loftis, 2013
Jim C. Clark, 2010 J.W. Mashburn, 2002
Dr. Benton C. Clark III, 2015 Aubrey McClendon, 2011
Richard H. Clements, 1997 The Honorable Vicki Miles-LaGrange, 2006
Andrew M. Coats, 1998 Bobby R. Murcer, 1994
Edward H. Cook, 2014 Donna Nigh, 1997
Wayne Coyne, 2007 Mayor James H. Norick, 1992
Admiral William J. Crowe, 1987 Madalynne Norick, 1992
Edgar Cruz, 2004 Mayor Ronald J. Norick, 1995
James R. Daniel, 2009 Faye Norton, 2018
The Honorable Timothy D. DeGiusti, 2012 Paul B. Odom, Jr., 2004
Marion Briscoe DeVore, 1988 Russell M. Perry, 2000
L. Thomas Dulaney Jr., 2008 Paula B. Pretlow, 2016
Rand Elliot, 2011 Allie P. Reynolds, 1994
Dr. Robert S. Ellis, 2000 William J. Ross, 2005
Ralph W. Ellison, 1994 Thom Shanker, 2012
Harvey P. Everest, 1985 Jeanne Hoffman Smith, 2000
David G. Fitzgerald, 2014 Lee Allan Smith, 1989
Kris Frankfurt, 2007 Horace Stevenson, 2014
William Frankfurt, 2007 Lela Bennett Sullivan, 2003
Mex Rodman Frates, 1986 Kathy Taylor, 2015
Rodman Frates, 2006 The Honorable Ralph G. Thompson, 2003
Prentice Gautt, 2012 Erik Logan Toppenberg, 2011
Vince Gill, 2001 Christopher C. Turner, 2003
Alan C. Greenberg, 1993 Marylin Jones Upsher, 2006
Rubye Hibler Hall, 2002 Helen Ford Wallace, 2005
V. Burns Hargis, 2002 Larkin Warner, 2011
Edith Gaylor Harper, 1999 Anthony L. Watson, 2010
Joyce Henderson, 2012 Pete White, 2017
Dannie Bea Hightower, 2001 Thurman V. White Jr., 2017
Carolyn Hill, 2008 A. Max Weitzenhoffer, Jr., 2010
Sarah Hogan, 1999 Mason Williams, 2016
J. Clifford Hudson, 2009 Stanton L. Young, 1991
Kirk Humphreys, 2007