WHS Greenhouse, Theater, to be named after Love, Ramsey
Two of Westminster High School’s most respected faculty members will be formally honored this spring with the addition of their names to the high school greenhouse and theater.
The Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to name the greenhouse after horticulture teacher Phil Love and the theater after instructor Joanna Ramsey, citing their significant contributions to the District and community.
Love began teaching in District 50 in 1978 and under his watch, the horticulture program became one of the best in the state. Students regularly won awards in statewide competitions and many pursued successful careers in the industry. Under his direction, the program ultimately received a $100,000 grant that helped pay for the new greenhouse at the new Westminster High School. The greenhouse was completed in June of 2012.
Chief Operating Officer James Duffy called him, “a visionary, a teacher, a servant, and organizer and idealist and a provider.” Board treasurer Ryan McCoy told Love that if it had not been for him, Westminster High School would not have a greenhouse and horticulture program.
Joanna Ramsey taught theater and drama for 37 years, the majority at Westminster High School. She oversaw close to 100 main stage productions as director and choreographer. Among the many honors she received was her induction into the Colorado Thespians Hall of Fame in 2012.
After the unanimous vote to name the theater after her, Ramsey spoke to the Board, “I am honored beyond belief and I am more than a little overwhelmed,” she said. “I was just doing my job.”
Formal ceremonies and unveiling of the names will happen in the spring.
Posted November 30, 2015