2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

mike lestina

  • Lestina

    A native of Long Prairie, MN. , Mike earned both a BA Degree (1966) and Master's Degree (1973) from Moorhead (MN) State University in the field of Biology.  He earned a Teaching Assistantship at MSUM for the 1966-67 school year, and taught at Barnesville (MN) High School in 1967-68, before joining the teaching staff at North High School in the fall of 1968.

    In addition to his science teaching, Mike's career included coaching the sports of basketball ,wrestling , track (12 yrs.), and football (35 yrs).  He was recognized by the ND High School Coaches' Association as State Assistant Coach of the Year (1988) and was inducted into the group's Hall of Fame (2003).  Mike and his wife, Gretchen, enjoy gardening and travelling together; and he also hunts and fishes. 

    Mike was a consummate professional as an educator, not only serving the needs and interests of his students, but of his colleagues as well through an active role in local, state, and national organizations.  From 1991 until his retirement in 2003, Mike provided leadership for the science department, serving as its Chairman.  He was North High's Teacher of the Year four times, the Fargo Teacher of the Year in 1998, and the ND Outstanding Teacher of Biology in 1979.

ronald h. mclean

  • McLean

    Ron was a 1968 graduate of North High, where he was active in student government and was a member of the National Honor Society.  He earned his BA Degree as an Honors Graduate from the University of Wisconsin in 1972; and completed his Juris Doctorate from the UND Law School in 1975.  Ron joined Fargo's Serkland Law Firm in 1975, and has been a trial lawyer with the firm ever since.

    Ron is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top one percent of trial lawyers in the U.S., as well as a member of the International Society of Barristers.  He has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the Great Plains region; and has been recognized by Law and Politics Magazine as one of the top 25 lawyers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

    He has been active throughout his career with Legal Aid of North Dakota, has worked on jury reform issues in the state, and is a frequent lecturer to lawyers on the Code of Professional Responsibility.  Ron also serves as an honorary consul for Norway.  The scope of his work has included products liability and personal injury, oil and gas along with class actions, business disputes, as well as employment and professional ethic disputes.

dave piepkorn

  • Piepkorn

    Dave is a 1979 graduate of North High, where he participated in football, basketball and track; and also represented the school  at Boys State.  As a senior, he earned All Conference recognition and was named Best Offensive Lineman for the Spartans in their second-place finish in the State play-offs.  He played in the 1979 Shrine All Star Football game.

    Dave attended NDSU, graduating in 1984.  During his collegiate years, he was an offensive lineman on the football team; and in 1983, he served as a Team Captain on the National Championship team.  His collegiate football career earned him a 5th round draft by the NFL Cleveland Browns, and a 9th round draft selection by the USFL Philadelphia Stars.

    He is a local business owner in Fargo, holding the TruGreen franchise.  Dave has been an active member of the Home Builders Association and Downtown Community Partnership.  His service to the community and its citizens has included service with the Fargodome Authority; and he is currently a member of the Fargo City Commission.  Dave is an active church member, works with a number of youth sports groups, and holds membership with the local FCA and NDSU TeamMakers.

anne (larson) rydell

  • Rydell

    Anne is a 1996 graduate of North High, where she participated in basketball and volleyball.  During her three years as a varsity basketball player, she earned All-Conference recognition 3 times, All-State honors twice, and All-Tourney recognition once.  In four years of varsity volleyball play, Anne was a part of 3 State Championships, earning All- Conference and All- State honors those same three years.  As a senior, she was selected as the Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year in North Dakota.  She was a member of the National Honor Society; and was elected Student Council President and Homecoming Queen as a senior.

    Anne attended Concordia (MN) College, where she majored in Elementary Education, graduating in 2000.  While at Concordia, she was an All-Conference and All -Academic award winner in volleyball.  She completed a Master's Degree in 2004, from St. Mary's University in Minnesota.  Anne coached volleyball at North High while in college, and was varsity assistant in 2000 and 2001.  Her first teaching assignment was at Fargo's Lincoln Elementary, followed by three years in Eagan, MN., before her return to Fargo.  Anne and her husband, Mike, currently reside in Fargo with their two daughters.

marge & frank ratti

  • Ratti

    Marge, a native of Kenmare, ND , and Frank, a native of Kearny, NJ, became two of the most loyal and enthusiastic Spartan supporters the school has known.  During the decade of the '80s they shared the North High experience with their children, Frank and Roxanne (1984), Melanie (1988) and Steven (1991).  The Ratti home became a magnet for any and all students who were a part of their own children's lives and interests.  Their enthusiastic presence was always very apparent, whether the sports events were at home or hundreds of miles away.  Music and the arts also enjoyed the support and encouragement from Marge and Frank.  The Spartan Booster Club, numerous special events, and North High's administration benefitted greatly from the energy and generosity extended by this special couple.  Their support of the school and it's mission continues to this day.

    Marge, who was trained as an RN, worked in the field from 1962 to 1972, before taking time "off" to work as a "domestic engineer" during the growing-up years of their children.  From 1988 until the present, Marge has worked in the medical field with the major provider organizations.  After a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force, Frank became a career salesman in the men's clothing industry, amassing over 40 years of service and achievement.