Class of 1943
Inducted in 2016
Jack Hetterich was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2016.
Jack is an award-winning artist, teacher, volunteer, inventor and patriot. He joined the Navy right after graduation, studied aeronautics at NATTC, and served on a ship in the South Pacific. After the war, he studied electroplating where he received an award for inventing a B-50 bomber engine sling. He later worked in engineering and was the owner of August Olson & Son Sheet Metal Co.
At age 50, he transitioned to a full-time, basically self-taught, art career. He has been immersed in the art world ever since. His works are in numerous prestigious locations in national and state capitols and many museums. Recently he has been teaching seniors how to paint at an Omaha senior center. He was featured on WOWT News because of his work with seniors. At age 91 he still has a class of 12 to 15 students. Jack is active in several artist associations and was active in church choirs most of his life.
His son and daughter both graduated from SHS, and he says his school courses prepared him for his Navy and civilian careers.