The renaming of the high school’s large media center “is indeed a high tribute,” said Holbrook to the dignitaries gathered for the unveiling ceremony, but more so an honor of Alf’s “enduring spirit.”
“It was the spirit of dedication. Dedication to the education of the students of Hamilton City Schools and also the entire Hamilton community,” he said of the former assistant superintendent.
“Tom was always a champion of students,” said Holbrook, who worked with Alf and to this day remains impressed.
He quoted U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “The Man In The Arena” speech and said the often-cited speech reminded him of Alf’s many personal sacrifices for the school system.
“Tom was in the arena,” he said, adding Alf’s decades of experiences and hard work are still benefiting students today and will into the future.
Alf’s daughter, Sara Burk, said of her father, whom she described as “amazing,” that his beloved home city of Hamilton always held a special place in his heart.
“He faithfully served and represented his hometown of Hamilton until his last day on Earth. On behalf of my family … we thank you for this generous day and this ultimate tribute for our best guy,” said Burk.
Photojournalist Nick Graham contributed to this story.