Jim Ryun, Steve Prefontaine, Alan Webb, Jesse Owens, Allyson Felix Among The Inaugural Inductees Into The National High School Track And Field Hall Of Fame
February 5, 2018
NEW YORK – The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF), a non-profit organization created to support and promote high school-age track and field, today announced the inaugural class of the new National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Featuring the sport’s immortal legends like Jesse Owens and Jim Ryun, to all-time greats like Steve Prefontaine and Mary Decker Slaney, to current Olympic superstar Allyson Felix — the inaugural class will feature 30 athletes, coaches and contributors spanning 11 decades of excellence in high school track and field.
“Our goal in creating a hall of fame for high school track and field is to honor the greatest athletes, coaches, innovators and contributors in high school track and field history,” said James Spier, Executive Director of the NSAF. “The inaugural class of athletes, coaches, and contributors includes icons of the sport and each of these individuals has made a lasting impact on high school track and field. Generations of athletes have been inspired by and have benefited from their historic accomplishments.”
The 2018 class will be inducted during a gala awards dinner on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the New York Athletic Club. The dinner will take place on the eve of the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championships at the Armory in New York City.
The Hall of Fame selection committee included noted track and field historians and statisticians Mark Bloom, Bob Jarvis, Dave Johnson, Mike Kennedy, Joe Lanzalotto, Marjorie Larney, Walt Murphy, Jack Pfeifer, Jack Shepard, Jim Spier and Tracy Sundlun. The Hall will honor three categories of inductees:
- Athletes: Competitors who have demonstrated exemplary athletic performance while in high school.
- Coaches: Leaders who have created excellence at the program level, achieving extraordinary results year after year.
- Contributors: Innovators and game changers. These may include administrators or media members who have elevated high school-age track and field through innovative work and tireless dedication.
The following is the complete list of inductees, including their high school, hometown and year of graduation:
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA, 1912
Rock Island HS, Rock Island, IL, 1915
Hollywood HS, Los Angeles, CA, 1924
Glendale HS, Glendale, CA, 1928
Thornton Township HS, Harvey, IL, 1929
Los Angeles HS, Los Angeles, CA, 1933
East Tech HS, Cleveland, OH, 1933
Fulton HS, Fulton, MO, 1935
Huntington Beach HS, CA, 1940
Tuskegee Prep School, Tuskegee, AL, 1942
Tulare HS, Tulare, CA, 1948
Plainfield HS, Plainfield, NJ, 1953
Broad Street HS, Shelby, MS, 1957
North Phoenix HS, Phoenix, AZ, 1958
Rogers HS, Spokane, WA, 1964
East HS, Wichita, KS, 1965
Marshfeld HS, Coos Bay, OR, 1969
Los Alamos HS, Los Alamos, NM, 1975
Orange HS, Orange, CA, 1976
Hoke County HS, Raeford, NC, 1976
Ribault HS, Jacksonville, FL, 1977
Scotch Plains HS, Scotch Plains, NJ, 1977
Jefferson HS, Dallas, TX, 1979
Upper Dublin HS, Fort Washington, PA, 1982
South Lakes HS, Reston, VA, 2001
Los Angeles Baptist HS, North Hills, CA, 2003
COACHES & CONTRIBUTORS
York High School, Elmhurst, Il
Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, CA
For more information on the High School Track and Field Hall of Fame or to view detailed biographies of the inaugural induction class, visit nationalhighschooltracka
About the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, Inc.
The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, Inc. (NASF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 c (3) organization founded in 1990 with the mission of supporting high school and junior-aged track and field athletes in the US. The NSAF conducts national high school competitions, including the New Balance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals; clinics and event-specific development projects as well as various grant programs totaling over $250,000 annually. For more information about the NSAF, please visit nationalscholastic.org.