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Lemont High School welcomes fifth class of Alumni Hall of Fame inductees


Lemont High School Superintendent Dr. Mary Ticknor (center) presented Jim Driscoll '74 and Victoria (West) Cobbett '69 with their induction plaques.

Lemont High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame welcomed its latest class of inductees when two graduates – Victoria (West) Cobbett ‘69 and James Driscoll ‘74 – were recognized at the school’s annual Jazz Band Dinner Dance at DiNolfo’s Banquets in Homer Glen on March 2.

Each of the honorees was introduced by Lemont High School District 210 Superintendent Dr. Mary Ticknor, who presented each person with a commemorative plaque.

Alumni Hall of Fame Bios - Class of 2019

The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes graduates who have made significant contributions to society and serve as role models to Lemont High School students. This recognition is the highest honor that can be given by Lemont High School to one of its alumni. The Alumni Hall of Fame helps foster school and community pride by recognizing the achievements of those individuals who have made Lemont High School an outstanding academic institution.

All Alumni Hall of Fame honorees must be of good character, reflecting the qualities and ideals set forth by Lemont High School. Nominees are eligible for induction to the Lemont High School Alumni Hall of Fame 10 years after their graduation from the school.

Honorees are graduates who have achieved a high degree of success in their respective professional fields, committed a significant act of bravery or heroism, or dedicated their lives to community service. Honorees serve as role models for current students by demonstrating high ethical and moral standards - both as a student and an alumnus.

The Alumni Hall of Fame was spearheaded by the Lemont High School Alumni Association, which aims to foster a lifelong connection among alumni and to enhance the bond with their alma mater. The Alumni Hall of Fame is independent from the Lemont High School Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 2004. If they meet the selection criteria, Athletic Hall of Fame honorees are eligible for inclusion in the Alumni Hall of Fame as well.

Previous Alumni Hall of Fame inductees have included Joe Forzley ‘45, Patricia (Dalman) Knight ‘64 and Al Meyer ‘67 in 2015; Leo Cattoni ‘69, Terry Duffy ‘73 and Dr. Sam Forzley ‘77 in 2016; Al Albrecht ‘59, Mary Lou Carlson ‘71 and Norma (Landgren) Johnson ‘38 in 2017; and Ken Novak ‘69, George Rimbo ‘87 and Dr. Donald Weber ‘59 in 2018.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.


Victoria (West) Cobbett has committed her life to her community and her country. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps after graduation, she was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. Vicki went on to earn a degree in nursing from Lewis University and worked as a registered nurse at both Palos Community Hospital and the Lemont Family Medical Clinic. A member of the Lemont Fire District Board of Trustees since 2001, she has served as Board President since 2014. Recipient of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains and Marine of the Year awards, Vicki was elected commandant of the DuPage County Marine Corps League, as well as President of the Women Marine Association (IL-2). She has been a member of the VFW 22 Honor Post 5819 Auxiliary since 1976, and recently was elected Pound Keeper of the Military Order of the Devil Dogs Pound #12. She served as both a member of the PTA and Lemont Garden Club, and was a youth coach and girl scout troop leader.

A model of integrity and service, James Driscoll has enjoyed a 50-year relationship with Lemont High School as a student, teacher, coach and administrator. An all-conference football player, he returned to his alma mater in 1979, beginning a 37-year tenure. Jim instructed thousands of students in his career, and was crucial in implementing Professional Learning Communities, block scheduling, and a revamped teacher evaluation process. He served as an assistant principal, and for more than 20 years was the school’s Social Studies Department Chair. His innovative work in the classroom challenged students and prepared them for their roles as citizens. After a long tenure as a freshman and sophomore football coach, he led the varsity squad for five years and guided his 2000 team to a playoff appearance. Jim was tabbed with Extra Mile and Pride in Excellence awards from Lemont High School, and the 2008 Educationis Lumen Award by Lewis University.
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