You are here

Six members inducted into the 2007 Burnsville High School Hall of Fame

Wilfred Williams
Class of 1958
  • First BHS Homecoming King; First outstanding Senior Athletic Award winner; member of football, basketball and baseball teams in 1956-58;  Taught high school math for 35 years - 32 in the St. Paul Schools.
  • Coached BAC soccer and baseball; volunteer teacher for Family to Family Class of NAMI (Alliance on Mental Illness); Founding member and on the board of Foundation 191.
  • Savage planning commission/city council- 1971-79; Board member of the Dan Patch Historical Society; Board member of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Roundtable.
  • A lifelong resident of Savage, Will is regarded as the local historian.  Spoke at the dedication of Eagle Ridge Junior High; Gives talks about Dan Patch, M.W. Savage, Camp Savage, and Port Cargill to local elementary schools, scout groups, service clubs and senior citizens. Clue master for the Dan Patch Days “Find the Horseshoe” contest.
Gary Barta
Class of 1982
  • BHS State High School Championship Football team 1981; Member of the Minnesota State High School All Star Football Team in 1982.
  • North Dakota State University 1987 graduate; Quarterback for three of the Division II NCAA National Championship football teams 1983, 1985, and 1986.
  • Over 20 years developing a successful career and reputation as a strong fund-raiser and talented athletic director at various colleges.
  • North Dakota State University 1988-90; Associate Director of Development, assisted in completion of $15 million capital campaign, raised funds for the 20,000 seat Fargo Dome.
  • University of Northern Iowa 1990-96; Director of Athletic Development and External Relations.
  • Senior Associate Athletic Director at University of Washington in Seattle 1996-2003.
  • Wyoming Athletic Director 2003-06; During his tenure, Wyoming received the NCAA Division IA Program of Excellence Award in 2006.
  • Began a five year contract as Athletic Director for University of Iowa in 2006.
Tony Ashworth
Class of 1988
  • BHS football team for three years.
  • Attended Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Started real estate career in 1997.
  • Accepted position as RHS Realty President in 2000 and grew the company from one branch and ten agents to five branches and three hundred agents; Director of Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors.
  • Strong advocate for community service by encouraging employees to get involved through projects such as food-shelf drives, adopt a family for Christmas, Hurricane Relief, Toys for Tots, etc.
  • Personally models that value through extensive personal community service activities including: Co-sponsoring the BHS 50th Anniversary Celebration; Board of Directors for HIKE Foundation; People Serving People volunteer; Volunteer of the Year 2000
Thomas B. Mraz
Retired Staff 1961-1991
  • Embodied the theatre program at BHS for many years;  Widely known for SHOWTIME, a high school touring theatre program started in 1963, which performed at State and Federal Penal Institutions in the Midwest.  
  • Recognized in segment of WCCO’s Good Neighbor and KARE 11 Stories of Inspiration.
  • Taught high school Language Arts and Acting classes for 30 years; Chairman of the Fine Arts Department; Manager of the Performing Arts Center; Director of the BHS Theatre programs and Producer of SHOWTIME; directed more than 100 plays at BHS, was the Voice of the Burnsville Braves; started the BHS Scholarship Program and raised over $10,000 annually from community donors for scholarships.
  • Upon his retirement in 1991, ISD 191 honored him by naming the theatre “The Thomas B. Mraz Center for Performing Arts.”
Bonnie (Berning) Burak
Class of 1975
  • Captain of the BHS gymnastic team; 1975 BHS Athena Award winner; First female Minneapolis Star Prep Player of the Week; 1975 Competed in the first Minnesota State High School Gymnastics Championship, placing first in every event, (vault, bars, beam, floor exercise, all-around and team) 1976 featured on the back of Wheaties box for gymnastics, fitness and work out routine.  Also competed in track and participated on the cheerleading squad.
  • Competed for three years on the University of Minnesota gymnastics team; Involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and lead Bible studies groups.
  • Joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a Christian sports ministry.
  • Graduated with degree in Physical Educations and Coaching.
  • After graduation, continued her involvement in sports as a coach for the Christian sports ministry program, Athletes in Action.
Bob Lattery
Class of 1959
  • Began high school at Shakopee High School in 1956 and transferred to BHS in fall of 1957.
  • Nine time letter winner in football, basketball and baseball 1957-59.
  • Captain of football, basketball and baseball 1958-59; All Conference Baseball 1959; Voted Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1959.
  • Retired member of Bricklayers Local #1 (39 years).
  • Lifelong resident and volunteer in the Burnsville, Savage area.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster Savage Boy Scout Troop #338 (13 Years).
  • Player/Manager Savage Pacer Amateur Baseball Team 1965-85.
  • BAC youth baseball coach for several years.
  • Assistant Coach for 1st Burnsville American Legion Baseball team 1981.
  • President BHS Wrestling Booster Club 1985-89.
  • First, 30 year member of the Savage Volunteer Fire Department 1963-93.

Posted: Monday, January 8, 2007 - 00:00