Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Warrior Nation's second Alumni Spotlight is for Dr. John Hawkins! Warrior Nation asked John a few questions about his high school experience and what he has done since.
John Hawkins, Class of 1983
1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?
Basketball and Tennis
2. What were you best known for in high school?
The Rhubarb Dance
3. What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from UW-Madison with a BS in Psychology in 1987, I went to Medical School at the Medical College of WI for years and obtained my MD in 1991. I then moved to Cincinnati to begin my training as a psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati. I have been living in Cincinnati ever since. I’ve been pretty busy work-wise, helping build, open and run a hospital for the past 10 years. I recently left that job to become a consulting psychiatrist for a local hospital that is 10 mins away from my home. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my significant other, Sara, and playing tennis. Our favorite travel destinations are Kauai and San Diego when we visit my sister (Jackie, 1987 grad) and her family and my two nephews, Jayden and Kai.
4. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?
I’ve been blessed to have a great number of professional experiences in Cincinnati that have allowed me to advocate for the needs of those suffering from mental illness and their families. I’ve served on the board of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and help raise thousands of dollars for the organization. I’ve been lucky enough to be recognized as a local top doctor for the work that I have done as well.
5. Any additional comments you would like to make to old classmates or the Warrior Nation community:
I have many great memories from my days growing up in Muskego. My folks still live in the same house on Lannon Dr that I grew up in, so I’ve been able to see how much Muskego has changed through the years. It’s been great to re-establish relationships over Facebook with many of my old friends and classmates.