Retired HSD administrator Kenneth Rupp was tragically killed in a car accident on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Ken served as a building principal from 1978 to 1994, at which time he became the execurive director of elementary schools. Though he officially retired in 1997, Ken contracted back for an additional year. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 5pm at the Claremont Clubhouse, 15800 NW Country Club Dr., Portland, OR 97229.
Vernon Wayne “Vern” Petrick Jr.
Vern Petrick was a beloved member of the Glencoe community, serving as a teacher, coach, and athletic director from the time the school opened in 1982 until complications from Parkinson’s Disease necessitated his retirement in 2006. He was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 2010. All of his children attended HSD schools, seven of his ten grandchildren currently attend HSD schools, and his son Rian and daughter-in-law Kellie both work for the District. Vern ultimately succumbed to Parkinson’s and pneumonia on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, surrounded by his devoted family. His celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Glencoe gymnasium, which bears his name. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, an organization leading the research effort on finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, or to the Glencoe High School athletic department. Additional information about Vern is here in his obituary.
Belizario “Billy” Castellano
Belizario “Billy” Castellano passed away on October 10, 2018. Billy was a long-time staff member who most recently was working as the head custodian at Evergreen Middle School. Billy was hired in 1985 for what was then the Hilhi School District and later became the Reedville School District. He worked at Butternut Creek Elementary school from 1989 through 2009 when he retired. He became a substitute after his retirement and then was rehired at Evergreen in 2015.
For those who are interested, Billy’s family has set up a GoFundMe site for assistance with medical and funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/fund-for-the-castellano-family.
Our sincerest thanks to Billy for his dedicated service to the students, staff, and families of the Hillsboro School District; and our deepest sympathies go out to families, friends, and all who knew him.
UPDATE 10/22 - Services will be held on Sunday October 28 at 1:00 pm at the Senior Center in Hillsboro.
Gene Grimes passed away on October 10, 2018. Gene had been the night custodian at R.A. Brown Middle School for the past two years. Prior to that, he had worked for 31 years as a church custodian in Indiana. He retired and moved to Oregon to live with his son and decided that he wanted to keep working, so he took the position at Brown.
Our sincerest thanks to Gene for his dedicated service to the students, staff, and families of the Hillsboro School District; and our deepest sympathies go out to families, friends, and all who knew him.