Polk County Public Schools is proud to announce the district’s Hall of Fame inductees for 2021.
The list of inductees can be found below. Each will be honored during an invitation-only ceremony on Friday, June 4, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Auburndale Civic Center, 115 W. Park St. Members of the media are welcome to attend.
The ceremony will later be posted to the district’s YouTube channel.
The Hall of Fame began in 1985 to honor Polk County Public Schools attendees who have made significant professional contributions in the arts, business, clergy, education, entertainment, government, law, military, medicine, sports or other fields. Inductees are chosen each year from nominees submitted by the public. For more information about the PCPS Hall of Fame including bios of past inductees, visit www.polkschoolsfl.com/halloffame.
This event is sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union.
Charles Dixon “Dick” Mullenax
Mulberry High, Class of ‘65
The late Charles Dixon Mullenax began his teaching career at Denison Middle School in Winter Haven. After 14 years of teaching, he moved to the School District office and worked as a science supervisor, helping shape curriculum and building new lab facilities at high schools. He was instrumental in the creation of the Polk Education Foundation. He served two terms as a school board member. His charitable works included traveling on mission trips to build Christian schools and help people living in impoverished conditions. Click here for a complete bio.
Robert L. Trohn
Lakeland High, Class of ‘50
Robert L. Trohn began his distinguished career as a trial attorney in Lakeland and practiced for more than 50 years. He is a highly regarded lawyer in Florida and beyond, known by many Polk County physicians as the “doctor’s lawyer” for his record at winning medical malpractice defense cases. As a young man, Trohn worked in Polk County as a criminal prosecutor, assistant county solicitor and assistant Lakeland city attorney. He was the founding partner of the law firm Lane Trohn, which later merged with Gray Robinson. Trohn is also known for his philanthropy in the community. Click here for a complete bio.
Mulberry High, Class of ‘65
Howard Wiggs is the co-founder and president of Bagley Wiggs CoLab, which offers collaborative services in business, politics and life coaching. He was a vice president for commercial lending and a branch manager for Flagship Bank, and following its acquisition, a vice president of marketing for SunTrust Bank of Central Florida. Wiggs was elected to the Lakeland City Commission in 1993 and served 21 years as a commissioner before being elected mayor in 2014. He retired from public service in January 2018. Click here for a complete bio.
Union Academy, Class of ’54
Oziemar Woodard has been a lifelong advocate of education. His more than 30-year career with the Polk County school district includes serving as a teacher, supervisor of Human Relations and Compensatory Education, coordinator of Human Relations and Affirmative Action, and director of instructional personnel. Woodard also served in the military. Following his time in college, he was drafted into the U.S. armed forces and served three years of active duty. He received an honorary discharge from the military in 1964. Click here for a complete bio.