Hardin Northern Announces Hall of Distinction Recipient for 2019
Hardin Northern, Dola, and Dunkirk have many outstanding alumni who have used their education and experience to become successful, positive contributors to society. The Hardin Northern Hall of Distinction has been established to recognize and showcase outstanding graduates while giving current students solid examples of what they can accomplish in life from adults who sat in the same seats and walked the same halls as they do. This year, Lou Ann Putnam Harrold has been selected for induction into the Hall. Mrs. Harrold will be inducted as a part of the Hardin Northern Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm in the HN auditorium.
Lou Ann Putnam Harrold
Inducted – May 2019
Hardin Northern Class of 1953
Occupation: High School Home Economics Teacher
Lou Ann graduated from the first class of Hardin Northern High School, 1953. She earned a scholarship to The Ohio State University based upon her 4-H program. At OSU, she was an officer in Kappa Delta Sorority and the All-Ag Council, graduating summa cum laude, with a major in home economics education, first in her class. She began teaching at Alger High School. She left the classroom when her children were small, serving as a 4-H advisor and organizing University Club II. She returned to teaching at Kenton City Schools for 21 years. She was Ohio Home Economics Teacher of the Year in 1982, piloted a program to keep school age parents in school to graduation, and expanded curriculum offerings. While teaching full time, she began graduate courses at OSU, ultimately taking coursework at four graduate programs earning an MS in Educational Administration at University of Dayton. She held licenses or certificates for 11 areas. She served as State President of the Ohio Home Economics Association, the Ohio School Supervisors, and OSU College of Home Economics Alumni Association. She was named School Supervisor by the Hardin County Board of Education and worked with all Hardin County school districts for 9 years. In 1994, she was named Hardin County Superintendent of Schools, one of only five women in Ohio serving in this position. Under her direction, both Hardin County Online Academy and Hardin County Charter School were established to allow credit deficient students opportunities to complete coursework to graduate. She retired in 2004 and ran for the State Board of Education to represent 24 counties in west central and northwest Ohio. In the vote, she carried all counties but one. She retired in 2008, having served on multiple statewide projects and regional advisory boards. She was Chair of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and Kenton Rotary Club, and Secretary of Cessna Township Board of Zoning Appeals.