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Class of 1957


Tom Hayden

Activist for civil rights, social equality, animal rights, environmental issues and political reform

Co-founder to Students for a Democratic Society

California State Assemblyman and Senator

Author or editor of nineteen books including, Reunion

Inducted into Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 1996

Tom Hayden attended Dondero High School and served as the editor of the Acorn, the school newspaper. He graduated in June, 1957 and then attended the University of Michigan where he also served as editor of the school paper, and graduated with a bachelor's degree.

Mr. Hayden was one of the co-founders of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1961. As a member of the SDS he actively participated as a Freedom Rider in the South advocating political and civil rights. He also was an active opponent to the Viet Nam War and one of the Chicago Seven who were indicted for protests conducted at the 1968 Democratic Party convention.

In 1982, Tom Hayden was elected to the California state assembly, and ten years later he was elected to the California state senate. In the 18 years he served in the California state legislature Hayden introduced progressive legislation and chaired key committees on the environment, higher education and labor. His work has resulted in several awards and accolades. The Sacramento Bee described him as the "conscience of the Senate". The Nation magazine named him one of the 50 greatest progressives of the 20th century, and the New York Times called him the "single greatest figure of the 1960's student movement."

Tom Hayden has received formal recognition for his work from many organizations including the Sierra Club, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, The American Lung Association and PAW-PAC (animal welfare).

Mr. Hayden has authored or edited nineteen books including Reunion, a political autobiography.  After over fifty years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden is still a leading voice for ending war, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, protecting animal rights and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy.

In 1996, Tom Hayden was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame.

Class of 1957


David Gillanders

Graduate of Dondero High School

Record holder in swimming while in high school and college

Bronze Medal for swimming, 1960 Summer Olympics

Ph.D. from the University of Michigan

College Professor of Electrical Engineering

Inducted into Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 1996

John David (Dave) Gillanders graduated from Dondero High School in 1957. While there he eared state and national honors swimming the individual butterfly and as a member of the medley relay team. He continued his record setting pace as a student at the University of Michigan, adding NCAA championship awards to his resume.

He won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 1959 and was a member of the world record setting medley relay team at the 1960 Olympics. He also earned an individual bronze medal in the 200 meter butterfly event at the 1960 Olympics.

As a student, Dave Gillanders was also gifted in the areas of math and science. He was a member of the National Honor Society while at Dondero and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1961. In 1972 he was awarded a Ph.D. in engineering by the U of M. Dave Gillanders had a career as a college professor. He taught electrical engineering at Texas A & I University and Arkansas State.

Dave Gillanders continued his swimming throughout his adult life, and continued to set records for his age group as over the past 35 years. His records can be seen by visiting the website of the United States Masters Swimming. John David Gillanders was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 1996 and the University of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

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