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Background Information

Employment History

Board Director

Gahanna Lincoln Hall of Fame

Teacher, Coach

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools


Middle School East

Football Coach

Lincoln Lions


Education Administration degree

Ashland University


Social Studies Education

The Ohio State University

Web References

Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools - Press Release Detail

www.gahannaschools.org [cached]

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, Koppel 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 home.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.

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