Carlin Nalley Foundation

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The Carlin Nalley Foundation currently funds five scholarships in the areas of theater, industrial arts, science, and male and female athletics.  Donations enable our program to grow and are 100% tax deductible. The Carlin Nalley Foundation is a 501 C3 nonprofit ( tax ID  26-1987884) and is an equal opportunity organization.

As a graduate of Lisle High School, you are part of a proud tradition of education that goes back over 60 years. The Carlin Nalley Foundation celebrates that experience by providing scholarships to Lisle students and serving as the school’s alumni association.​ ​The foundation was created in 2005 through an initial $60,000 gift from Kurt Grutzmacher, a 1976 graduate who wanted to honor the legendary teacher, coach, athletic director, and superintendent of schools, Carlin Nalley, in a significant way while offering scholarsips in Lisle. The Foundation provides academic scholarships, honoring legendary teachers, for the winners of the Thespian Award (Bev Fiore), Science Award (Dr. John Mulcare), Industrial Technology (Ralph King), Brian Piccolo and Babe Zaharias (Rick Beato/Bob Jones) awards, and the newly created Alumni Legacy Award (Grutzmacher Family). While the foundation has been very successful, we aspire to continue to develop the program.Alumni1

​In order to continue inspiring excellence in these academic programs and to help additional deserving Lisle students achieve educations beyond high school, we are constantly pursuing funding opportunities.  To do so The Foundation has connected alumni through All-Year’s Reunions, award ceremonies, golf, and social outings. We ask you to consider helping the Carlin Nalley Foundation with a financial contribution today. ​ The Carlin Nalley Foundation is a tax exempt 501-C3 charity, and any contributions you make are tax deductible.  The Foundation Board has worked hard over the years to make every dollar count.  The Board has also covered operating expenses, meaning every dollar you give ends up in a scholarship. Also, if you work for a company that provides charitable matching for your donations, your contributions to the foundation may be effectively doubled by your employer.  If you have any additional questions about how to contribute, please contact Alan Nalley at



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Carlin 'Coach' Nalley


Kurt Grutzmacher presents Carlin Nalley an Alumni Recognition Award at the Nov. 1st CNF Partners’ Dinner

Carlin and Nancy Nalley moved to Lisle in 1966 from Kansas where he taught and coached for seven years in Pomona and Council Grove High Schools.  Carlin then served Lisle for thirty years in the classroom, athletic arenas, district leadership, and as a community leader.  In 1968 Carlin accepted a leadership role as Athletic Director for Lisle schools as well as being the first Director of the newly formed Lisle Park District.  Carlin established park programs utilizing a symbiotic relationship between school and park districts, which helped launch park programs for all community members and eliminated any duplication of resources.  To his credit, the community saved money while building programs.  Numerous honors have been bestowed upon Nalley over the years. Carlin has been named the Suburban Life All Area Football Coach, 1973; Illinois Track Coaches Hall of Fame, 1982; National H.S. Athletic Director of the Year, l984; Illinois H.S. Football Coaches Hall of Fame, 1989; and Honorary Referee for the Illinois High School Association’s State Track Meet, 1997.

With Barney Neahaus

With Barney Neahaus


With Carl Lewis and John Nalley

Carlin Nalley was also a leader in state and national athletic, physical education, and coaching organizations.  He served two terms as president of the Illinois Athletic Directors, and served as president of the National High School Athletic Directors in 1986.  Carlin’s contributions where honored locally by the renaming of the Lisle Invitational Track Meet to the Carlin Nalley Track and Field Meet.  He was also honored at the Lisle Alumni All Years Reunion.  When asked about his proudest moment of his career he is quick to mention an honor given to the school system he helped build, the l995 MONEY magazine naming of Lisle School District #202 as one of the top 100 school districts in the nation!  Only five Chicago area school systems appeared on this list.  In the same year, Lisle schools won the Bright Red Apple Award. Carlin commended the school administrators, staff, Board of Education and the cooperation of the Village, Park District and overall citizens of the community.


With wife Nancy – 50th Anniversary

Upon his retirement, the local newspaper stated, “Carlin personified a quality that the Lisle School District has always shown, an ability to change with the times while still maintaining the human touch.  He was the roll-up-your sleeves-and-get-to-work, old fashioned leader who knew the most important part of any organization were the people who work for it.”

Carlin retired in l996 from the position of Superintendent of Schools.  His wife, Nancy had retired from her Kindergarten teaching position in the Woodridge Dist. #68 the year before. They continue to live in Lisle and stay very involved in their school and church activities as well as attending as many activities that their eight grandchildren are involved in.  Carlin continues to serve as an IHSA track and field official for many events in the area and assists in some of the current local programs.   When asked to leave comment for this site, Carlin stated, “The community of Lisle has been a great location for Nancy and I to raise our three children.  Their educational success in Lisle was due to the caring and active role that their instructors, coaches, and sponsors all took in their development.  Nancy and I see this same enthusiastic and caring educational experience in our grandchildren today.  We have appreciated the cooperation and support of all of the Lisle community through the years that we have been part of the community.”

​BE A LION, BE A LEADER – “True Yesterday, True Today, True in Years to Come. Thank you Lisle, You are #1, Always!”


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