Mary (Scifres) Grabianowski
EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATOR/ COMMUNITY SERVANT
Mary grew up in Zionsville and is a graduate of Eagle Township High School now Zionsville High School in 1968 after transferring after the 8th Grade from Union Township here in Boone County. She was very involved as a leader and a member in a multitude of school activities. In 1968, Oliver Warner was Principal and Gene Cato, Vice Principal with Lester Bradley as Trustee and the enrollment of the Eagle Township High School was 536. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Zack Scifres of Union Township. He was a real estate appraiser and her mother, Janet, was a secretary and a homemaker. Mary was born in Witham Hospital, Lebanon on September 12, 1950. Mary's brother Zach graduated from Zionsville in 1963 and her sister Jean in 1964.
Mary was an involved student, teacher and community leader for many years. She served as the first female president of the IU student body. She returned to Zionsville High School in the fall of 1987 as a Government/ Economics teacher and taught for 29 years. During her teaching career, she started the Debate Team, sponsored Model UN, started and advised the Young Democrats. She was also the Sponsor of Student Counsel, and the Senior Class. For many years she took students to Washington, D.C. with the Close-Up Foundation. In 1995 she was named the Boone County Teacher of the Year. In 2002 she was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Center on Congress and received the Olin Davis Award in 2005 from the Indiana Council for Economic Education for Exemplary Teaching Economics.
Mary is married to George Grabianowski and has two children, Kate, ZHS Class of 1998, spouse Matt Lutz; and Eddie, Class of 2000, and spouse Margarita. They have several grandchildren.
She has been an involved community servant for many years. She worked for U.S. Senator Birch Bayh from 1972 to 1981. Currently she is on the Zionsville Plan Commission, the Hussey Mayfield Library Foundation Board, and is Board President of the Lebanon Community of Shalom which helps fight hunger in Boone County through the Kid's Sack Lunch program and hot meals served at the Shalom House. Mary also is involved with Habitat for Humanity, the IU Club, Boone County Democrats, volunteers at her grandchildren's school once a week and is an Elder at Zionsville Christian Church.
Mary is an avid gardener, belongs to a local book club, serves in many capacities at Zionsville Christian Church and is involved in many other activities.
Mary has deep roots in Zionsville and the school system. In her 1968 Aerie yearbook it states, "They offered us knowledge and we presented success".
She is an excellent example of a dedicated lady who passionately serves children, education and the community and will represent The Soaring Eagle Hall of Fame in the highest form!
Nominated by Sharon White DeLong, Class of 1965