Lifetime Achievement Award – 2016
Alfred J. (A. J.) Jordak served the Cardinal School District for his entire adult life. After graduating from Maple Heights High School and Otterbein College, Mr. Jordak started his career as a teacher and coach at Parkman in 1933. He came to the Middlefield Schools in the late 1930’s, also serving as a teacher and coach, before becoming Superintendent in 1944. During Mr. Jordak’s tenure as superintendent, he supervised the creation of the Cardinal Local School District, consisting of the Parkman, Middlefield, and Huntsburg schools, during the 1950s. He also presided over the construction of the current Cardinal High School during the 1960s before retiring in 1969. A. J. Jordak Elementary School is named in his honor.