David Spraw based his career upon the same advice that he gave his students: Dare to Fail. Living his life by this mantra, he has guided and inspired countless individuals as a teacher, coach, and community volunteer and made Galion a better place for families to grow and children to learn.
A 1966 graduate of Galion High School, Dave earned his undergraduate degree in Comprehensive English from Bluffton College in 1970. That autumn, he returned to Galion and began what would be a thirty-eight year career as an English and speech teacher at his alma mater. Throughout his dynamic career, he earned his Master’s degree from Ashland University in 1985, coached back-to-back NOL title-winning baseball teams (1977-78), and became a very familiar voice as the announcer for the Galion football, basketball, and volleyball teams.
The son of Galion High School graduates, Dave married his high school sweetheart and fellow Galion alum Janet Ulmer in 1969. Together, they had a daughter, Erin, who also graduated from Galion High School in 1992. Traveling to visit Erin is one of David’s favorite past times, along with golf, bridge, movies, music, and reading. He is an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where he teaches Sunday school and participates in community outreach activities. Dave also currently serves on the Galion Community Foundation board and the Connections Weekend committee and is a former member of the Avita Foundation Board of Directors.
Dave aspires to be a life-long learner, and his list of accomplishments certainly indicates success in this pursuit. He embraces challenging tasks and never avoids an opportunity simply due to fear of failure. He truly lives the advice that he always gave his students, and the Galion community is better because of it.