On Friday, Sept. 13, Deb Tharnish will be named the sixteenth inductee into the Hoover High School Alumni Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held at halftime of the homecoming football game at McGrane Stadium.
Deb attended Hoover High School for three years, graduating in its fifth class in May 1973. While at Hoover, Deb was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including serving as an editor of the yearbook, treasurer of the Spanish Club and parliamentarian of Girls Club, and she was a member of the tennis team and student council. Deb graduated in the top 3 percent of her class and was chosen to attend the United Nations trip in her junior year. She continued her education at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa College of Law.
After law school, Deb returned to Des Moines where she began her career as a litigation attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm. Deb maintains a general litigation practice focusing on business disputes, employment law, assessment appeals and adoption.
Deb has represented the values of a Hoover High School graduate by contributing countless hours to local community organizations. Deb and her husband, Nick Roby, have a blended family of seven children, including five who have attended Hoover High School: Tom, Ted, and Annie Craig and Michael and Nathan Roby, and two who are Hoover supporters and friends, Allison Nielsen and Ben Roby . Their youngest son, Nathan Roby, is a current student and a very involved student-athlete, who is playing football this evening. Deb and the Roby family have been great supporters of Hoover High School, the Hoover-Meredith Learning Community Foundation and the Husky Alliance.