Class of 1943
Jack Curtis Shader
Morrison Trophy winner, 1943
Principal, Dondero High School, Helen Keller and Clara Barton High Schools
Provided trust donation for an annual scholarship to a Royal Oak High School senior
Inductee, Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 1997
Jack Curtis Shader graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1943 and returned to the school district to serve as a teacher and an administrator. Jack loved sports and music. In high school he participated in the choir and played on the football and basketball teams. He was awarded the Morrison Trophy as the most outstanding athlete of 1943. After high school Jack served as a radioman in the United States Navy.
Although Mr. Shader worked part time at Chamberlain Real Estate, his love was in teaching and administrating the Royal Oak Schools. He was appointed the principal of Keller Junior High the year that the building first opened. He had previously held administrative positions at Addams and Barton Junior Highs. He fulfilled his dream when he became the principal of Dondero High School in 1975.
Jack Shader was proud of Royal Oak and he was active in civic affairs. He enjoyed attending the high school sports events and loved to mingle with the students in the halls. Even as principal he was known to hop up on the stage and join the alumni choir at school concerts.
The love and respect for Jack C. Shader was evident when friends and family established a memorial college scholarship fund in his name. Each year, since his death, an outstanding high school senior at Royal Oak High School receives a substantial grant from the trust fund bearing Mr. Shader's name.