Saint Ignatius High School

Alumni Awards

The best way to illustrate a Saint Ignatius education is to look towards our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni with various awards to recognize their success since graduation and honor their continued commitment to the mission of our school.
  • James D. Lentz '77

    The 2019 Founders’ Award Winner
    While raising a family and building a career, Jim’s involvement with Saint Ignatius was typical – attend an occasional football game, show up for Reunion Weekend, and make a yearly donation. That all changed with a phone call in 2006 from classmate Mike Ginley ’77, who invited Jim to attend an Alumni Executive Council (AEC) meeting.

  • Frederick R. Nance '71

    2019 Distinguished Alumnus
    In 1967 Fred entered Saint Ignatius as a freshman – and the journey got harder. The social pressures and isolation were enormous. “I was a stranger in a strange land, one of about 20 African Americans among 1,100 students. I left behind everything I knew. There weren’t a lot of social touchpoints, so sports became the great equalizer.” He walked on the football team as a sophomore, and by senior year was a varsity starter and played in two championship games.

  • Brian G. Skotko, M.D. '97

    2019 Distinguished Alumnus
    Brian entered Duke University and had an “aha moment” discovering that there were doctors who focused solely on patients with Down syndrome. “My dream job was to one day run a clinic for people with Down syndrome and do research. Many years of training later, I now have that dream job.” Educated at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School, Brian is currently a medical geneticist and the Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

  • Thomas S. Gill '01

    The 2019 Young Alumnus Award Recipient
    Feeling drawn home to Cleveland, Tom recalls, “I wanted to be in a place that mattered to me. I love Cleveland, so it wasn’t a sacrifice, and my family is here.” After a role as Executive Fellow with the Cleveland Leadership Center, in 2010 he joined the staff of Urban Community School, serving primarily low-income children from Cleveland's west side and founded by the Ursuline Sisters. Hired initially as Development Director, Tom took on various roles before becoming President of UCS in 2017.

  • Chris Dowling '67

    2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    Excelling in basketball, track & field and tennis, Chris Dowling '67 was inducted into the Saint Ignatius High School Athletic Hall of Fame on August 18, along with alumni Dean Lamirand '93 and Greg Moviel '03.

  • Dean Lamirand '93

    2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    Dean Lamirand ’93 transformed his love of sports and team loyalty into a successful life centered on family and career. He was inducted into the Saint Ignatius High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

  • Greg Moviel '03

    2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    For Greg Moviel ’03, playing sports opened doors – to a Division I college scholarship at Vanderbilt University, a Major League Baseball pitching role, and a thriving coaching and business career. He was inducted into the Saint Ignatius High School Athletic Hall of Fame on August 18, 2018.