Robert Leonard Inducted 2020* - Assist. Principal
In 1981, it was Woodward’s good fortune when Bob arrived as one of our Assistant Principals. He was energetic, dedicated, had a great sense of humor, and made a huge impact on the staff and students. He was selfless, supportive, had a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and always saw the good in people, especially in the kids. He had a knack of communicating with kids who really needed help. He not only did his own job, but also was helpful to others in their work and always had a kind word.
Bob also served some time as Acting Principal, too. When there was a game or other school event, his wife, Darlene (Dar) and his daughters, Amanda and Jenifer, would arrive to cheer on the students and they’d enjoy it as a family! His interest in promoting the school and alumni led to his being one of the “Founding Fathers” of both the Woodward Hall of Fame and the Polar Bear 200. Bob credited his colleagues, David Yenrick and the late Bryan Reamsnyder, for having a profound impact on him.
He became Principal at Leverette in 1993, then Assistant Principal at Waite until his retirement. After that, he and his wife divided their time between Toledo and their second home in North Carolina, where he volunteered for an organization that built homes for people in need. He grew up in Alvada, Ohio, and then earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU. Bob passed away in 2002 after a short illness.
*Induction Ceremony postponed until October 2021 due to the pandemic