High School announces Newest Members of the Academic and Career Hall of Fame.
Princeton High School has selected Robert Mitchell Jr. and Raymond Vetter to the Academic and
Career Hall of Fame. Mr. Mitchell Jr. and Mr. Vetter will be honored on Friday, September 10th
during a ceremony in which they will address the student body.
Mr. Mitchell Jr. graduated from Princeton High School in 1972. After high school, he received
his Bachelor of Science in Social Services with minors in business, history and languages. Mr.
Mitchell Jr. has studied French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and two African languages
Lingala and Ngbaka.
Rob is currently Senior Vice President of Investments for a major national brokerage firm, where
he is the financial advisor to more than $400 million in individual and corporate assets. In May
of 2009, he was recognized by the leading magazine of his industry as being one of the Top Ten
Financial Advisors in the entire country!
In June of 2007, Rob released his book titled Castaway Kid which sold out its first print run both
nationally and internationally in just 10 days. The book has been translated into seven
languages. Rob has earned rave reviews from appearances on the Crystal Cathedral Hour of
Power, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, and Moody Bible Radio. He has been a guest on
over 200 TV and radio programs and is also often quoted in print media for his rare ability to
take us into a world few can comprehend. He has spoken from Alaska to Florida, California to
Connecticut, several South American and European nations and in 2019 the government of
China invited him to address a Chinese social workers conference on helping children who are
victims of child abuse.
Mr. Raymond Vetter graduated from Princeton High School in 1939. After high school, he
learned the sheet metal trade from a local businessman. When the United States entered into
World War II, Mr. Vetter enlisted in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, Ray was
assigned to Aviation and his unit was tasked with guarding the Florida coast from German
After he returned from the war, Ray went back to work in the sheet metal trade. He later went to
work at Harper-Wyman where he made guards and shields to protect employees. Mr. Vetter
started his own business, Vetter Sheet Metal, in the mid 1960’s. His red truck was a familiar sight
in Princeton. A true craftsman, he can still point out homes, churches, businesses in Princeton
and neighboring towns where his work endures.
Ray has been a member of the Optimist Club since 1970, serving as both president and board
member. He helped to build shelters and construct the ball diamonds at Zearing Park and City
County Park. Over the years Ray and his wife , Ruth, fostered eleven babies that were waiting
for adoption through the Covenant Children’s Home.