Brighton Area Schools Announce Inaugural Class of Distinguished Alumni

BRIGHTON – Brighton-area schools announced the inaugural class of its Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame on Friday, which will be presented on October 20, including Drew Henson, Dave LewAllen and Kate Lawrence.

“Schools in the Brighton area will celebrate their 132nd class in June. The Brighton Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame is a great way to share and celebrate the achievements of the long list of distinguished alumni who have passed through schools in the Brighton area,” said Superintendent Dr Matt Outlaw, in a press release.

In the spring of 2022, BAS announced the creation of the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame program. The district has begun accepting nominations from exemplary alumni.

The staff said they accepted nominations from those who have reached the highest levels of their profession, received incredible honors and served with distinction and boasted incredible professional success. There were 23 applications received and three were chosen.

This year’s winners include:

Drew Henson

Henson graduated with the class of 1998. He is considered one of the greatest high school athletes in Michigan history while at BHS. He holds national records, was named Mr. Baseball Michigan and National High School Player of the Year.

After graduating from BHS, he was the starting quarterback for the University of Michigan and also played professional baseball for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds.

Later in his career he played for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. Since then, he has been an announcer, professional scout, coach and sports agent.

Dave LewAllen

LewAllen graduated with the class of 1975. For the past 35 years, he has worked in the media as a television and radio personality. He is a news presenter for Channel 7 WXYZ and a former sports journalist.

He has won a number of Emmys and is involved in charities statewide.

Kate Lawrence

Lawrence graduated with the class of 1976. According to a press release, she had many years of distinguished service to the community, including serving as Brighton’s first female mayor. She was also a member of Brighton City Council and a county commissioner.

She owns Lawrence Auto and has volunteered throughout the community for many years. Additionally, she was honored on the Brighton Women’s Honor Roll.

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