Oak Grove Hall of Fame
Clark Tufte, Former Faculty & Administrator
Dr. Clark Tufte first became acquainted with Oak Grove in 1951 when as a ninth grader from Ada, MN and a member of Bethany Lutheran Free Church, he attended a youth retreat on campus. It was a high point of his adolescence to be with others in a faith event and to learn that the Lutheran Free Church had a high school like Oak Grove and a “cathedral” like Pontoppidan.
Clark earned a BA degree from Concordia College and a masters and doctorate in education at the University of North Dakota. He was a teacher in grades three through twelve for nineteen years; taught at the college level for twenty-six years, and served as a school administrator for eight years.
During the years 1978-1980, while on leave from Concordia College where he taught courses in elementary education and served as chairman of the Education Department, he was called to serve at Oak Grove. During those two years he taught in and helped organize the newly established seventh and eighth grade program. He was called back to Oak Grove in 1993 to serve as academic dean. While dean, he also served as one of the junior high teachers. He served in this position for three years.
Clark’s passion is providing education for a child where developing faith is the central core. To quote him, “Faith formation is the important alternative that we offer. It is our reason for being. Early founders did not organize Oak Grove to have better science, math or English than other schools. They wanted a faith based education for their children. That is still a parent’s reason for sending a child here and is something that should happen here. That is why we teach here.”
1982 Championship Football Team
The 1982 Championship football team, coached by Curt Hagness, ended their season with a perfect 12-0 record and in post season play, became the North Dakota Class B 11-Man State Football Champions. They were the first Oak Grove football team to earn a state championship. Coach Hagness was awarded Coach of the Year for the State of North Dakota. Six players were also named All-Conference; Brian Durkop, Kevin Hamm, Kent Hannestad, Greg Mueller, Dan Bueide and Craig Clarin.
Row 1: Jon Forkner, Tim Aronson, Greg Mueller, Brian Durkop, Kent Hannestad, Kevin Hamm, Dan Bueide, Brad Christensen, Paul Manley, Troy Sohljem.
Row 2 : Eric Sharbo, Mark Durkop, Steve Olson, Craig Clarin, Jeff Dutton, Shannon Erickson, Dave Todd, Marshall Forness, Dave Mueller.
Row 3: Dan Enebo, John Sharp, Barry Rahman, Troy Teigen, Mark Olson, Rick Klaus, Scott Scheer, Kris Gordon, Brett Morrison.
Row 4: Carter Anderson, Steve Hersrud, Dave Everson, Jay Liebert, Paul Miller, Todd Henderson, Mark Murphy, Jeff Schelinder.
Row 5 : Scott Jonas, Jim Fuglestad , Brian Berg, Clint Faust, Peter Sharbo, Bill Humphrey, Joey Solem, Brad Forness, Jeff Nichol, Dan Todd, John Blegen, Tim Murdock, Nick Christianson.
Back Row : Asst. Coach Morgan Forness, Head Coach Curt Hagness, Trainer Robert Fuglestad, Cheer leaders Kristen Murdock, Cheryl Refstal, Stacy Hersrud, Gloria Schwalm, Vicki Larson, Asst. Coach Steve Carnal, Asst. Coach John Liebert, Trainer Matt Leach. Not Pictured: Randy lwerks, Head Trainer.
Membership in the Hall of Fame is comprised of outstanding alumni, teachers, administrators and coaches who have made significant contributions to Oak Grove Lutheran School. Competition for election to the Oak Grove Hall of Fame reflects a very high standard. Those wishing to nominate individuals for induction should recognize the elite nature of this group.
The Hall of Fame will recognize those individuals who best exemplify the spirit, integrity and philosophy of Oak Grove Lutheran School. Alumni, faculty, staff, coaches and teams who have made significant contributions and have brought honor to Oak Grove Lutheran School are eligible for selection to the school’s Hall of Fame. We believe it is good and right to reaffirm Oak Grove’s mission and Christian philosophy through the recognition of these individuals.
Lindsey was an accomplished volleyball and basketball player. She played varsity volleyball for five years, was team captain for two seasons, and amassed numerous recognitions during her career including Most Valuable player, Top Defensive and Offensive player, Top Server and Most Dedicated player.
After high school, Lindsey attended college at Colorado State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Mars Hill and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision at NDSU. Lindsey credits her coaches and teachers for being instrumental in forming what she believes to be a call to work with kids.
Class of 1987
Tracy was very active in clubs while a student at Oak Grove. Including, Pep Club, Letterman’s Club, Key Club, and Choral Club. She was class Vice President her freshman year and was a member of the student council her sophomore and junior years.
Tracy was a three sport athlete and played varsity basketball her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was named All Conference three years in a row and received such honors as Top Rebounder, Most Dedicated Player and Most Valuable Player. She was named to All State Team her Senior year.
Tracy played Volleyball all four years of High School. In track, Tracy qualified for state both her junior and senior year and was named Most Valuable Player. She was the recipient of the Quanbeck Award. Tracy was named Homecoming queen in the fall of 86. Tracy currently is 3rd in single season scoring ’86, 3rd in single season field goal %, 9 in single season field goals made in basketball.
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