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4 Distinguished Alumni to Join Highland Park Senior High School Hall of Fame

Four distinguished alumni will be inducted into the Highland Park Senior High Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 9.

Emily Larson (Class of 1991), Johnny Allen (Class of  1997),  Julia Barghini Cobbs (Class of 1981)  and Steven Greenberg (Class of 1968), will be recognized for their achievements and contributions to Highland Park, Minnesota and the global community.

Emily Larson, Mayor of Duluth, worked in the community development and served as President of the City Council of Duluth, before being elected as the first woman mayor in that city’s history in 2015.  She has also served as Commissioner of the Duluth Economic Development Authority, on the boards of a number of civic organizations, and owned a business, which boosted the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations.   

Johnny Allen is the founder of the JK Movement, a mentorship organization which provides academic tutoring and life mentoring support to student athletes in middle and high school, working in Highland Senior High School, Highland, Ramsey and Murray middle schools, and Boys Totem Town. He has worked in the Twin Cities community in various capacities, from Saint Paul Youth Service to Minnesota Vikings Player Development, to coaching football at Highland Park Senior High and Minnehaha Rec Center.

Julia Barghini Cobbs is widely known for her ‘Lori and Julia’ radio show on the myTalk107.1 FM station.  She is widely listened to, for her frank assessments of the little things in daily life, as well as her engaging humor and ability to relate to her wide audience.

Steven Greenberg is a musical composer and producer who is widely known for his hit "Funkytown," In addition to that original recording he has worked in the music industry locally -- and internationally -- arranging, producing and recording countless arrangements and compositions.  His original hit ‘Funkytown’, sold more than 2 million copies, and has since been recorded in a multitude of different arrangements and covers.