Michael T. Mullen
“Interboro Class of 1997”
Dr. Michael Mullen presented himself from his early years at the Tinicum School as an outstanding student who was bright, likeable, and hard working. He graduated first in his class from Interboro and went to the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Neuroscience graduating summa cum laude, was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society as well as winning the Elliot Stellar award for outstanding honors thesis within his major. Dr. Mullen continued at the University of Pennsylvania for medical school, graduating with honors and earning the Merck Manual Award – presented to the outstanding graduating medical student - and the Arthur K. Asbury Award for clinical excellence after completing a residency in neurology. He earned a fellowship in vascular neurology and then joined the faculty at Penn. During his first few years as a clinical instructor, he completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology. A focus for Dr. Mullen became his treatment and education of stroke victims as he continued his pursuit of the best information the field had to offer. His research led to writing and publishing more than ninety times primarily peer reviewed articles, textbook chapters, and editorials adding to the understanding of stroke prevention and treatment. Along with his teaching and publishing he developed a telemedicine stroke program and co-chaired the Stroke group within Penn Medicine’s Neuroscience Line. Recently, Dr. Mullen has assumed a new position as Director of the Stroke Program at Temple University Hospital and associate professor of neurology. Dr. Mullen continues to serve others in a most meritorious fashion and is clearly one of the most accomplished Interboro graduates in just twenty-five years after graduation.
Lewis (Lew) Garrison
“Interboro Class of 1970”
Lew began his athletic career for the Prospect Park Termites playing quarterback for Hall of Famer, Frank Witmer. Lew’s athletic career came into focus in Junior High School where he concentrated on basketball. His high school career coincided with the best three-year run in Interboro history, culminating with an upset of powerhouse Chester and a never repeated Section II basketball title in 1970 that included a trip to the district playoffs at the iconic Palestra. Lew continued his education at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades and continued playing basketball. He set a record of fifty-five points in one game and totaled 1,006 points for his career. He graduated with a Power Plant Associates Degree and matriculated to Millersville University who recruited him to play basketball. Unfortunately, a torn ACL ended his basketball career although he took advantage of the opportunity and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s in Education and Industrial Arts. These experiences created a clear career path which brought him back to his alma mater as a teacher and outstanding basketball coach. His teaching career began in the area originally known as industrial arts and culminated in computer assisted drafting at the conclusion of his career. He was able to stay abreast of an ever-changing field and provide his students with quality instruction and care. His coaching career included stints as both a head coach and assistant at the high school and collegiate level. Two stints as Interboro’s head basketball coach covered a 14-year span and culminated in an Interboro best 166 victories along with multiple league titles. Lew’s coaching was characterized by leadership and guidance to his players who genuinely understood and appreciated his commitment to them and their success as people and players. Lew Garrison is an example of someone who gave back all he could to the kids from the community where he was raised.
“Interboro Class of 1996”
Raised in a musical family, Dr. Steve Selfridge began his musical journey with an introduction to the clarinet in fifth grade. In ninth grade at Interboro High School, Steve was encouraged to play tenor sax in the jazz band by band director Mr. Dave Burkhart. It was this first experience with playing jazz under the tutelage of Mr. Burkhart, as well as playing in the IHS Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Mark Peltz, that sparked Steve's love of music, inspiring him in turn to pursue a life in music teaching. After high school Steve’s formal training included a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Jazz Performance from Temple University in 2001, Master’s in Jazz Performance from Rowan University in 2008, and a PhD from Temple in 2018. He teaches in the Garnet Valley School District where he has taught elementary band, middle school jazz band, classroom music and his present position as high school band director. Steve currently serves as the President of District 12 of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) and has presented at professional conferences on the topics of jazz improvisation and Blended Learning/Teaching Videos. Jazz is one of Steve’s particular areas of expertise, and he has directed numerous jazz ensembles and workshops, including the Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble, Interboro Jazz Workshop (1997-2003), Delco All-Star High School Big Band, Garnet Valley Middle School Jazz Band, and Garnet Valley High School Jazz Band. His love of playing includes performing in various musical ensembles and venues in the greater Philadelphia area, including performances with the John Grecia Band, the John Hoey Orchestra, and his own Steve Selfridge Jazz Quartet. In 2011, Steve performed at Carnegie Hall, NYC, as a featured soloist on stage with rock legend Steven Van Zandt and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love. In 2012, Steve played lead alto sax in a Maynard Ferguson tribute concert held at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, which featured several notable alumni of the Maynard Ferguson Big Band. Steve’s ongoing contribution to the teaching of music has led to the development of his YouTube channel “Dr. Selfridge Music” with over 250,000 subscribers.
Mr. Rob Martin attended Prospect Park Elementary School, the Tinicum 7th grade school, the Intermediate School and Interboro High School. Growing up in a tough family situation, he was moved away while in High School due to a family tragedy. Overcoming this adversity, Rob went on to serve ten years in the military where he received numerous medals and awards. Rob entered Law Enforcement, graduating valedictorian from his Police Academy class at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. His college degrees are from Valley Forge Military College, and Elizabethtown College. Rob is a graduate of the 198th session of the FBI National Academy as well as the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Through his career he has received numerous awards, to include a Medal of Valor for an extended gun battle, Medal of Heroism and Award of Bravery. Rob became a Chief of Police in 1998 and is still serving in that Position. He was recognized by the Pa Commission on Crime and Delinquency for leading his department to a reported crime reduction of over fifty percent. Rob has coached High School baseball leading his team to the State Championship in 2016, and currently volunteers as an Assistant Coach with the Interboro High School baseball team
John N. Kaelin, Jr.
Mr. John Kaelin provided tremendous support and countless hours to his community of Glenolden and the Interboro school district. John spent 28 years representing Glenolden on the Interboro School Board and was President when the high school was honored as a Blue-Ribbon High School. During those years he served as Chairman of the Curriculum Committee, Policy Committee, Superintendent Search Committee, Administrator Salary Negotiating Committee, and the Athletics Committee. He also served on the Property Committee, Teacher Salary Negotiating Committee, Finance Committee, and Principal/Assistant Principal/Assistant Superintendent Search Committee. Each of these commitments require tremendous time and attention as they shape the potential for success in a school district. John’s community volunteerism include being the founder, director and producer of the Glenolden Young People's Performing Arts Club which existed for 15 years with close to 1000 young people performing Broadway Shows as part of community theater; co-founder and 1st president of the Interboro Soccer Club; coaching baseball, basketball and soccer as part of the Glenolden Youth Club for over 20 years and 10 years as President of the Club; supported the Yacht stock River Jam which is a fundraising event designed to raise money for a local child with a debilitating disease. John Kaelin provided support to the Interboro School District and the local community which make the Interboro community a welcoming place to live and learn.
David “Dave” Hine
Interboro High School Staff Member
Mr. David Hine was an influential member of the Interboro School District faculty from 1977 – 2012. Dave began his career teaching eighth grade mathematics at the Junior High School on South Avenue until its closure. He moved to the Norwood School where he taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics before initiating a district wide K-8 computer literacy program that found him traveling between the four K-8 buildings from 1984-1986. In 1986 he moved to the high school and taught virtually every mathematics course offered for over 26 years along with students of all levels of ability and interest. Dave exhibited tremendous passion for both mathematics and teaching which was on display throughout his time as a teacher. With 35 years in the classroom there can be varied levels of commitment and enthusiasm, but not with Mr. Hine. He always brought his A game to school each day and in every class he taught. As a result, the seniors selected him to give the “charge to the class” at graduation in 2001, 2010, and 2012 and was honored as Franklin Mint Credit Union Teacher of the Year in 2010. A brief list of programs he initiated at the high school include the American Math Contest, Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, and the mathematics portion of a school-wide SAT Prep workshop. Dave also provided coaching guidance for over 20 years in football, initially at the Junior High School level before moving to the high school varsity - eventually becoming the offensive coordinator. He also coached high school girl’s lacrosse as an assistant and four years as the head coach over a ten-year period. While offering support and guidance for his students he also helped mentor faculty members along with shaping the mathematics department. Mr. Hine’s professionalism and commitment to his students are but two of his contributions. Setting an example for other faculty members - on what it is to be a successful educator - may be his most important contribution in his 35 years enriching the Interboro Community.