Al Kleinberg left Elder High School in February of his senior year and enlisted in the United States Navy. Sixty years later, on October 25, 2018, he received his honorary diploma.
Ernie Prater, a former classmate of Al's, first contacted Elder HIgh School Principal Kurt Ruffing to inquire about honoring his friend and Vietnam War veteran with this special presentation. It was an easy "yes" for Principal Ruffing who was eager to thank Al for his military service and welcome him to the ranks of the Elder Alumni Association as an official member of the Class of 2018.
Joining Al during the presentation were former classmates and fellow honorary diploma recipients Prater and Dan Feldhaus, as well as Al's wife Laverne and his sister-in-law Elaine.