AHS to establish music hall of fame

Published 1:18 pm Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A hall of fame for Austin High School graduates/musicians a decade in the works will now be a reality.

The Austin School Board approved a request Monday night from former music teacher Ken Jensen to establish the Austin High School Music Hall of Fame.

Jensen said a group has been working for 10 years to bring recognition to AHS graduates who have had music careers or are involved in music in their communities.

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Past and present music educators will also be eligible. Jensen said he would like to hold an annual induction ceremony honoring alumni from each decade dating back to — hopefully — the 1930s.

Jensen said establishing the Hall of Fame is timely because next year Austin is hosting the Big 9 Music Festival, the longest running music festival of its kind in the United States.

The Hall of Fame will likely be located in a display outside Knowlton Auditorium.