Dean Ferrell graduated from Shawnee Heights in 1965 and went on to earn his degree from Washburn University in 1969. While at Washburn he also quarterbacked the Ichabod football team and was later inducted into Washburn’s Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1976, Mr. Ferrell, along with business partner George Dahlstrom, started their own commercial construction company which later became Ferrell Construction of Topeka. Ferrell Construction is responsible for many Topeka landmarks including the Shawnee County Public Library and Stormont-Vail Healthcare Emergency and Trauma Center. He retired in 2014 and now serves as an owner representative consultant for all Washburn University construction projects.