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Alumni Spotlight - James Cooperider

James Cooperider, Class of 1954

After graduating from Mariemont High School, I joined the Air Force and received training in electronics and worked on communications systems for fighter bombers. While serving, I pursued night school and later transferred to The Ohio State University where I graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree, being part of only 20% who completed the rigorous program.
After five years as a design engineer, I pursued an MBA at Xavier University and earned a prestigious State of the Art Award in Amateur Radio Design. Shortly thereafter, I began a 30-year career in HR management.
My accomplishments were not limited to military service, my education, or my career. In fact, my greatest achievement is marrying my high school sweetheart, Carol, and fathering our four children; we now have 13 grandchildren. I also enjoyed using my expertise to serve on various Catholic, Christian, and community boards including as President of the local school board. 

Distinctly Mariemont: Top Notch Preparation 
A great deal of usable information was put in my head at Mariemont and it showed its way out throughout my educational and professional journeys. At our 50th high school reunion, my classmates, many of whom studied in some of the finest universities in the country, generally agreed that Mr. Paul Trinkle, our History and Social Studies teacher, was the finest educator anyone had studied under at any level. It is hard to imagine other high schools were blessed with such excellence as Mr. Trinkle.