Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hamilton grieves loss of Mr. Josh Hoppe

Mr. Josh Hoppe, Hamilton social studies teacher, 2006-2013.

  • Mr. Josh Hoppe, Hamilton social studies teacher, 2006-2013.
  • Mr. Hoppe will long be remembered for his impact on students who knew him at Hamilton High School.
  • Mr. Hoppe was a mentor for hundreds of students who passed through Hamilton during the past seven years.

Hamilton, Mich. – Hamilton Community Schools has lost a fine teacher, leader, coach and gentlemen in Mr. Joshua Andrew Hoppe.  Mr. Hoppe sustained fatal injuries in a car crash on his way to school early this morning.

The school day was effectively cancelled as students, teachers, and high school staff started the grieving process.  Many former Hamilton staff members from across the west Michigan area quickly descended upon the high school to help.

A teacher of Government and AP Government, Mr. Hoppe led students in a variety of activities at Hamilton High School.

Mr. Hoppe was a three-sport coach for the Hawkeyes for many years.  Since arriving after graduating from Grand Valley State University in 2007, Mr. Hoppe coached football at both the freshmen and JV levels, girls basketball for Hamilton Middle School, and freshmen boys baseball as well.

This fall, Mr. Hoppe called the shots as head coach for the JV football team.

This fall, Mr. Hoppe called the shots as head coach for the JV football team.

Mr. Hoppe was a mentor for hundreds of students who passed through Hamilton during the past seven years.

Mr. Hoppe was a mentor for hundreds of students who passed through Hamilton during the past seven years.

He was the adviser to Close-Up, a program in which he chaperoned students on annial trips to Washington, D.C., to get an up close look at how politics work in our nation’s capitol.

According to Hamilton Vice Principal Mat Rehkopf, one of the things of which Mr. Hoppe was most proud, was that his students didn’t know his personal political affiliation.  He always taught students to research issues and decide for themselves what they believed about each topic.

An innovator in the classroom, he helped start an elective class last school year called History at the Movies, in which students critically analyzed documentary and features films and compared them to the best research on topics from World War II to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Mr. Hoppe, a 2002 graduate of Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools, often shared his recollections of where he was on 9/11 as a high school senior.

He also never failed to mention how his team, the USA Patriots, came out inspired the Saturday after the terrorist attacks and leveled Mayville 72-0.

Tributes to Mr. Hoppe have been filling the internet all day as current and former students, colleagues and friends talk about the impact he had on their lives.

Mr. Hoppe is survived by his wife Mari, his parents, his brother Ben, and his sister Ally, along with extended family, and many, many friends.

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