Ward Kimball -
2014 Honoree

Ward Kimball, class of 1932, was an animator for the Walt Disney
Studios and was one of Walt Disney’s animators known as
Disney’s Nine Old Men. Kimball created several of the
classic Disney characters, including Tweedledee and
Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and Jiminy
Cricket from Pinocchio. Ward was a railroad enthusiast and
is credited with inspiring Walt Disney to install the Disney
Railroad. Engine No. 5 of the Disney Railroad is named
the “Ward Kimball” in his memory. Ward won an
Academy Award Oscar for his animated short, It’s Tough
To Be a Bird. He was also a jazz trombonist and led a 7-
piece Dixieland Band. Ward was a Distinguished Alumnus
in 1992 and upon receiving the honor reminisced how
SBHS had been his “haven” where he had been allowed
and encouraged to draft and cartoon. He passed away in
2002, his Wall of Fame award was given posthumously.





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