Neodesha, KS Alumni is Honored

Alumni from Neodesha High School are celebrating a million dollars in donations from a former student.

A 1963 graduate from Neodesha High School, Phil Griffith was honored for donating his one millionth dollar since 1990 to graduating high school students.

Griffith was highly successful in finance and became an owner of casinos in Las Vegas, Reno and other cities.

He’s no longer in the casino business, but the owner of the world’s most southern vineyard and winery and says when he graduated high school his family was so poor he didn’t know if he would have enough money to attend college.

“You know they mention the and it was really true I had a very small scholarship when I got out of high school and I didn’t know what to do and it really did motivate me to go to independence junior college because well I had just enough money to go” says Griffith.