Spring 1962: Ray Ries completes secondary teachers’ Driver Education program at UWO. He is now qualified to teach Driver Ed at the high school level.
Summer 1962:Ray introduces Driver Education in Fond du Lac by teaching the first 19 students Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel at Goodrich High School.
1967:Ray begins twenty years of full-time Driver Education instruction at Goodrich High.
1968:Wisconsin passes law requiring students under 18 to take Driver Education.
1969:Ray founds Ries Driving School, teaches Classroom part-time in basement at home. Fleet for Behind-the-Wheel instruction consists of one 1969 Ford Galaxy. Family members help run home-based business as they are able.
1986:Ray’s son Joe becomes a licensed Driver Education instructor through UWO.