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Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools - Press Release Detail
Honorees Naomi Fodor, Phil Koppel, Burt Reed (posthumously), and Richard Wells will be present at the meeting in Gahanna City Council Chambers, 200 South Hamilton Road, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
...The third Cornerstone honoree, Philip Koppel, received his MA in Social Studies Education from The Ohio State University in 1980 and an Education Administration degree from Ashland University in 1993.Koppel served 20 years in the Gahanna-Jefferson Schools as a teacher, coach and eventually principal of Middle School East.His
retirement in 1995 didn't last long for he
returned to teaching and the social studies department in the New Albany School System. Koppel
has received many awards that reflect on his
career as football coach of the Lincoln Lions
and as a high school teacher.Banner years for Koppel were 1987 and 1988 when he received the UPI Ohio Coach of the Year, Central District Coach of the Year, Ohio Capital Conference Coach of the Year, the Woody Hayes Award, The Columbus Dispatch Lou Berliner Award, GLHS student body "Most Dedicated Teacher" award, and the Gahanna Rotary "Service Above Self" award.
Instrumental in planning and implementing the first Advanced Placement course at Lincoln High School
said, "I am one of those lucky people who found the career for which they are best suited--I am a teacher."Koppel
went on to say that even though he
has taught for many years at several schools, his
fondest memories are of Gahanna Lincoln; it is his
wife, Carol, and he
live in Gahanna and have watched their three sons grow and graduate from Gahanna-Jefferson
.The school system and Gahanna community have prepared their sons well for the future.Koppel has been a Gahanna Lincoln Hall of Fame Board Director since 1977 and continues to be active in the community.