Rest In Peace - Mr. Dahmen
All of Madison has suffered a tragic loss with the passing of Mr. D. Our thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and the rest of the Dahmen family. We will be making a donation to the Bruce Dahmen Scholarship Fund on behalf of the JMM Class of '89. We added a donation item on our reunion registration form, to make it easy for you to contribute, if you feel so inclined.
February 11, 2014
Madison Memorial High School principal Bruce Dahmen died Tuesday while out of town to watch a former athlete, officials said.
Dahmen was in Knoxville, Tenn., to watch former Memorial basketball player Jeronne Maymon play for the University of Tennessee, according to Jeremy Schlitz, athletic director at Memorial.
“He embodied everything about this school and the community that supported Memorial,” said Schlitz, who worked 18 years with Dahmen as a coach, teacher and athletic director.
Staff gathered at school late Tuesday night to mourn the loss.
“In all honesty we have not gotten anywhere past the way we’re going to work through the day tomorrow for staff and students,” Schlitz said.
The school is making counseling services available to students and staff.
Rachel Strauch-Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Madison School District, said the district has not made decisions about who will replace Dahmen on a temporary or permanent basis.
Dahmen was hired in 2005 by then-Superintendent Art Rainwater.
Prior to being selected as principal, Dahmen worked more than two decades at Memorial, teaching marketing and business education, coaching baseball and basketball, and serving as assistant principal.
His family has close ties to Memorial. His wife, Peggi, works as secretary for an assistant principal and both of their sons, Tyler and Justin, graduated from Memorial as three-sport athletes. The Dahmen sons followed their dad’s business-minded example by opening up Dahmen’s Pizza Place on Mineral Point Road near Memorial in 2010.
Dahmen was loved by students, so much so that when the school adopted its first-ever mascot in 2006, they voted to name the mascot Bruce.
Dahmen graduated from Middleton High School in 1970 before earning his undergraduate degree at UW-Whitewater. He completed a master’s in education administration from UW-Madison.
2009 MMSD Excellence in Teaching Award
2011 JMM Teacher Flashmob (feat. the Dahmen Dougie @ 3:30 in)