Sit and Remember
On Saturday, October 1, friends, family, alumni, faculty, and representatives from the district gathered on the University High School campus for a dedication ceremony to remember Gabe Zimmerman, a 1998 graduate of University High School and victim of the shootings on January 8, 2011.
Covered in foliage and vibrant tiles, the bench dedicated in honor of Gabe Zimmerman is a reminder to all the students who pass by it of the great and profound impact one can have on society in a short amount of time. The unveiling of the memorial bench–which was designed and donated by members of the 2001 graduating class, which includes Gabe’s brother Ben–took place on a beautiful Saturday in October and was attended by Zimmerman’s father, Ross Zimmerman, and Gabe Zimmerman’s fiancée Kelly O’Brien. Also, in the crowd were TUSD superintendent John Pedicone, Board member Michael Hicks, Arizona Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, survivor and staff member for Gabrielle Giffords Ron Barber, along with many friends and past teachers of Zimmerman.
After graduating University High, Zimmerman went on to finish his bachelor’s degree, graduate with a masters and land a role in Gifford’s campaign. As a result of his numerous accomplishments, he was able to affect the community in such a positive way that Dr. John Hosmer, Zimmerman’s former AP US History teacher, who spoke at the event said, “Gabe was the epitome of what we [the University High faculty and staff] hope students will become.” Following Dr. Hosmer’s speech, Ron Barber spoke representing Congresswomen Gifford’s office, noting that Gabe “was a delight to work with” and that he loved serving his community.
TUSD superintendent John Pedicone, also spoke at the event, stating “Every student who goes by this bench will know that this is Gabe.” It is clear that the reminder of Gabe along with his intelligence, drive, and ambition will serve as inspiration for all students at University High School.
More on the January 8th shooting in Tucson can be found HERE.
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