Stephen Haag, Sr.
Inducted:  2006


     Manual's legendary football coaches - Neal Arntson, Ab Kirwan, Ray Baer, Tom Harper and Buddy Pfaadt - never achieved what Steve Haag did.  When his time came, Steve led his charges to 13 wins in 1988, most in any one season and one which officially resurrected Manual football.  Only a loss to Trinity in the 14th game kept the Crimsons from a perfect season and the State Championship.  It wasn't easy.  After coaching for 15 years at St. X, Manual and Seneca, Steve took the reins of a football program at the beginning of Manual's transition to a magnet school, and struggled to find quality players.  The '85 squad finished a perfect season:  No wins and 10 losses.  The next year was a little better and in '87 the Crimsons won half their games.  The 1988 squad became the first Manual squad since 1899 to beat Male High School twice in one season -- 28-0 in the last regular season game and 28-21 in overtime during the playoffs.  In leading the Crimsons to the Runner-up position for the 4-A State championship, he was voted Jefferson County's Coach of the Year by his peers and also by The Courier-Journal
     Active in his profession, Steve coached in the Jefferson County Football Coaches Association All-Star game three times and was president of that organization in both 1986 and '87.  He also coached baseball, tennis, softball and swimming before retiring in 2002.  He was an excellent teacher of math and computer science and now makes his living as a computer consultant.
     Steve has been married to the former Terry Brown for 33 years.  Three of their children are Manual alums - Stephen, Jr. '94, Kristi '95 and Melissa 2000.  All three were voted either Mr. or Miss Manual their senior years.

Wilbur Hackett, Jr.
Inducted: 1999

In 1966 Wilbur Hackett was All-Southern and All-State and also a Parade Magazine All-American. He played on the Crimson football team that year, and it was considered to be one of the best ever. Undefeated and untied during the regular season, they scored games over St. X, Flaget, and Trinity. They also won over Butler for the AAA State Championship. Wilbur Hackett was the star running back and line backer on defense. He was described as the finest all around player in Louisville. Wilbur then became a three year starter at linebacker at the University of Kentucky under two different coaches. In 1972, Wilbur left U of K, and married Brenda Phelps. He then went to work for the Criminal Justice Commission under Manual Hall of Famer, Ernie Allen. He styed with them until 1978, when he left to work for Sysco and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Then from 1986 until 1992 he was back working with the city again, with the Revenue Commission. Since 1992, he has been a supervior for Toyota Motor Corporation in Georgetown.

Carol Haddad 
Inducted: 1999
Currently Chairperson for the Jefferson County Board of Education, Carol Haddad has been a loyal supporter of duPont Manual High School during her School Board tenure from 1976-80 and 1992 to date. In her first term she assisted in keeping the tradition of the Male-Manual football game alive. She also provided support for the inception and continuance of Manual's magnet programs. In addition she was an active parent of two Manual students from 1975-83 supporting the PTSA as well as other school programs.




Dale Haines 
Inducted: 1996

Look in the dictionary under "loyalty" and one should find a picture of Dale Haines. A 1955 graduate, Dale served as manager of the Crimson track teams both his junior and senior years. That indomitable Manual spirit must have overtaken him while he was moving hurdles, because he has been devoted to the school ever since. At the souvenir game, Don Heavrin, Class of ’59 put the Male emblem on top and all pictures of Male were at the top of the page with Manual’s at the bottom. When the game was over, he thought he was going to have to fight Haines because he (Haines) was so angry that Male had been put on top of Manual. As it goes, Dale Haines will always call it the "Manual-Male" game as opposed to the "Male-Manual" game (a courtesy because Male is older than Manual).



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Doug Hamilton
Inducted: 1998
For a guy whose yearbook caption announced that his ambition was "to get out of school this year", Edward D. (Doug) Hamilton has done all right for himself. Doug has served as Chief of Police for the Louisville Division of Police since 1990, working his way through the ranks in traditional fashion all the way from patrolman, where he started 27 years ago fresh out of Manual as a patrolmen riding a beat car in the Fifth District. Hamilton is currently a member of 20 civic organizations.




Stratton Owen Hammon 
Inducted: 1996


Stratton Owen Hammon’s epigram in the 1922 Crimson Annual was prophetic: He is one of the greatest architects that Manual has ever produced, and he should be very successful when he gets into the "architectural world." By the time this was written, believe it or not, Hammon had already built his first house. He was only 16 when, in 1921, he constructed a $4,500 Dutch colonial home at 2024 Grasmere Drive while he worked part-time as a draftsman with the firm of M.J.Murphy. The house still stands, and he is now working on five houses.



William "Hap" Happle
Inducted:  2011

William "Hap" Happle, Class of 1942, is known as "Mr. Aviation" in Southern Indiana.  He has been manager of the Clark Regional Airport since 1981, and opened Hap's Airport, a private field in Clarksville, in 1953.  Before that he was a U.S. Naval Aviator and a veteran of World War II.  His accomplishments also include being Indiana's Aviation Person of the Year in 2008; being awarded the F.A.A. Wright Brothers Master Pilot for 50 years of continuous certification in 2007; and being awarded the F.A.A. Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for 50 years of continuous certification, also in 2007.


Tom Harper
Inducted:  2007

A native of Piqua, Ohio, Tom was an all-state performer in football and basketball at Madisonville High School and accepted a football scholarship to U of K in 1949, where he lettered at Tackle for Bear Bryant in 1951, '52 and '53. He served UK as a graduate assistant under Blanton Collier in 1954. Because of his Wildcat connections, he put together a great staff at Manual with Charlie Bentley, Jim Yarbrough, Billy Mitchell and Al Zampino. In six seasons he compiled a 44-20-3 record, behind only Neal Arntson and Ray Baer.

In 1959, his first year, his team completed a perfect season by beating Durrett for the first AAA State Championship and crushing Male 62-0, for the largest Manual victory margin in the history of the rivalry.

Harper left Manual to serve as an assistant at Eastern Kentucky University in 1965. He also served at Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Iowa State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. In 1972 he was head coach at Wake Forest, and finished his career as administrative assistant for football operations at Clemson University. He died in May of 1989 in Savannah, GA.


Donald M. Heavrin
Inducted:  2008

A 1959 graduate, Don became enamored with Manual as a youngster and remains so even after earning three college degrees, one a Juris Doctor at U of L in 1967. He has attended every Male-Manual game since 1954 and in the '70s waged a war with the Jefferson County Board of Education in a successful, but short-lived attempt to keep the contest on Thanksgiving Day. He has written several articles on the school’s history and often enjoys recounting times he has shared with Neal Arntson, Clarence Frank, Ace Hudkins, Butch Charmoli and others.

Although as a student he represented Manual in the I Speak for Democracy competition and on the Youth Speaks team, it has been as a devoted alumnus that he has been most supportive. He provided clothes and shoes for underprivileged students, helped provide band uniforms, athletic and computer equipment, bailed out The Crimson-Record and fixed the irrigation system at Manual Stadium.

On the professional side he has represented two people who were wrongly convicted of murder, obtaining new trials and winning both cases. He also took on the IRS at the U.S. Supreme Court and won, changing forever the jeopardy assessment laws of the country. In 1996 he was awarded the Frank E. Haddad, Jr. Award by the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Elmer Hennessey
Inducted: 1998
The Shamrock Athletic Club has faded into oblivion, but in the forties and early fifties it gave one of the most prestigious awards in area sporting circles. And in 1946 that award honored Elmer Hennessey as the most valuable football player in the Falls Cities area. And why not? From 1945 through 1947 he was a fleet-footed halfback nicknamed the "Irish Mail" by one sportswriter, and "Hammerhead" by coach L. J. "Butch" Charmoli. All he did his senior season was lead the Crimsons to 10 wins against only one defeat (Gadsden, Alabama).


Catharine Higgins
Inducted:  2008


“Granny” Higgins entered Louisville Girls High in 1906, graduating in 1910. In the fall she enrolled at U of L, taking every music course offered, plus private study in Voice and Piano, graduating in 1914. In 1925 she became organist-choir director at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church. In subsequent years her husband and son both died, and Granny needed work. She started in 1930 at Cochran School, transferring to Eastern Jr. High in 1931. In 1942 she moved to Halleck Hall Jr. High, which became Manual in 1950. She became the first co-ed chorus teacher at Manual from 1950 through 1960, then was named Assistant Supervisor for Music Education for the Louisville Board of Education. She retired in 1963. In 2004 Libby Chilton, ’53, began a campaign to raise money for a concrete paver in her honor at Manual Stadium. Almost twice the money needed was raised, and today accolades and shared memories keep appearing on behalf of a lady whose students came first and with whom she developed many special relationships.
Known throughout the city as "Mr. Hobby," he was born in Louisville, June 25, 1887, the son of Bruce and Jane A. (Bradley) Hoblitzell. He graduated from Manual (and from the Kentucky Military Institute in Lyndon) in 1907. He started the Bruce Hoblitzell Realtors and Insurance Agency in 1919. He served as president of the Louisville Board of Trade, the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. He also was president of both the Louisville and Kentucky real estate boards and served on the boards of the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. Elected Jefferson County Sheriff in 1953, he used his office to institute reforms in prison conditions. In November, 1957, "Mr. Hobby" was elected mayor, succeeding Andrew Broaddus, and served until December, 1961. According to the Louisville Encyclopedia, most of the impact of his administration centered on public works projects such as the installation of street lights, paying city streets and renovating substandard housing. He also acquired approximately 200 acres of parks and playgrounds for the city's park system. He was president of the Kosair Crippled Children's Hospital's Board of Governors for 30 years as well as chairman of the annual fund-raising picnic. Hoblitzell married Irene Oatey Forbes of Louisville on January 31, 1910. They had one son, Bruce, Jr., and two daughters, Jane and Margaret. He died at his home on St. James Court August 11, 1970 and is interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.
Bruce Hoblitzell
Inducted: 2003

Corwyn Hodge
Inducted: 2010

Corwyn Patrick Hodge, Jr. was born and raised in Louisville, attending Chenoweth Elementary, Noe Middle School and Manual. He started singing when he was three years old and hasn’t stopped since.  A 1990 Manual/YPAS graduate, he now is a member of the vocal group Mosaic, a six-man group creating a musical experience produced entirely by the human voice.  Of the six members Corwyn is one of the three tenors but is frequently featured as a lead singer. The bass vocalist, Josh Huslig, founded Mosaic in 2004. He recruited the other five members who were performing in various shows at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Mosaic began performing together in 2005 and quickly became a cruise ship headlining act and corporate entertainment favorite.  The now Las Vegas-based Mosaic moved rapidly from cruise ships and corporate conventions to the main opening act for legendary comedian George Wallace at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Since that time the group has opened for such superstars as Prince and Jay Leno. They have also performed with Tony Bennett, The Jonas Brothers, Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder. In October 2008, the group was crowned the winner of MTV’s “Top Pop Group.” In April 2009, Mosaic received two CARA Awards (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards) for their self-produced album, Will Sing 4 Food.  In addition to Mosaic Corwyn is currently in the Las Vegas Company of The Lion King, playing Samba. He has also played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.  While at Manual he was football homecoming king his senior year and was voted “Most Talented.” He was also part of Louisville’s Next Generation where he was vocal captain. After leaving Manual he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. Everything else is history.


Chris R. Hoehle
Inducted: 2005

As a student at Manual Chris played clarinet in Robert Griffith's famed "Marching Manual" band and was an active member of the Key Club. After graduating from Manual in 1960 he earned a B.A. in 1965 and J.D. in 1968, and served briefly in the Coast Guard before embarking on a career of public service. An FBI agent for 30 years, he won several awards of excellence for his successful dealing with bank robbers, fugitives, extortionists, illegal gamblers, civil rights violators, racketeers and kidnappers. Now retired, he serves various civic causes in his home of LaGrange including Rosehaven, the Optimist Club, the Oldham County Police Department Grants Panel, the Sheriff's Merit Board and the Triad Board of Directors.



Robert Holmes
Inducted: 2010

Robert K. Holmes, Jr. was co-captain of the baseball team his senior year (1970) and played on a Manual team that upset Male 20-6 on Thanksgiving Day, 1969, but he went on to greater things.  He was the first African-American to chair the Metro United Way Campaign in 2001. Before that he spent 16 years as Vice President of Corporate Services with Brown-Foreman Corporation. As the first African-American corporate officer, Holmes was responsible for several corporate functions world-wide, such as planning/design, facilities, security, construction and real estate. He also served nine years as manager of Facilities, Planning and Management for Louisville-based Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation prior to joining Brown-Forman.  Holmes is an honors graduate in business administration from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. He is also a graduate of Leadership Louisville and a 1997 graduate of Bingham Fellows. In addition to being a licensed realtor, he holds his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) certification, which is recognized as one of the elite real estate certifications.  Currently, Robert is President and CEO of the Louisville Real Estate Development Company, a concern that has developed some 450 single family homes over the last 10 years in the national award winning Villages of Park DuValle.  Actively involved in community affairs, he has served on several Boards including Norton’s Hospital Board of Trustees, Louisville Community Development Bank, Louisville Community Bancorp, Inc., African American Venture Capital Fund, Housing Partnership, Inc., the Louisville Orchestra, the Lincoln Foundation, African American Heritage Foundation, Ali Center Board of Directors, University of Louisville Overseers and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Amenities.


Ray Holton
Inducted:  2006

     Ray Holton's early days were spent at a beautiful little ball park known as Parkway Field where was a catcher for his hometown baseball team, the Louisville Colonels.  He earned nine letters at Manual in football, basketball and baseball.  When he turned 18, before graduation, he registered for the draft and was inducted on August 26, 1944.  After basic training he was shipped to England, then to Le Havre, France as part of the 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Division.  Two weeks before the end of WWII he was shot by the enemy in Germany, recovered and received the Purple Heart.  After his discharge in July of 1946 he returned to school, scoring two touchdowns against Male in that year's Thanksgiving game as Manual beat Male 45-7, the largest winning margin for a Manual team to that date.  He left school, again before graduation, and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.  A 14-year playing career included stints with the Colonels from 1953 to 1955, and again in 1960 when they won the Junior World Series.  He retired after that season and began a career scouting for the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves.
     Ray still lives in Louisville, is married to the former JoAnn Gatton, and has a son, Roxie -- a 1968 Manual graduate -- three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He still enjoys an occasional game of golf.

Coleman Howlett
Inducted: 2010

Coleman was one of eight children—six boys and two girls—to inhabit a small house in the South End of Louisville, and there was never enough money. His wife Linda, baseball and God—not necessarily in that order—that allowed him to see life in a positive light. He is now in his 40th year of ministry with the United Methodist Church, having served as a District Superintendent for two terms, a position he currently holds.  He fell in love with baseball at age 7 and was a star for every Little League team he played on. At Manual he was good enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Kentucky after a perfect 8-0 pitching record for the State Championship team in 1962, his senior year.  After using up his eligibility at UK in 1966, Coleman found himself without a degree though he earned tons of hours as architecture major. He had also worked part time for the Sears in Lexington and, in a stroke of fate, was made ad manager.   Sears paid him well and put him into management training, but also wanted him to travel 26 weeks out of the year. He had found religion years earlier, and after asking for divine guidance, felt called to enter the ministry. First he had to finish college, which he did in 1972. His excellent grades that last year earned yet another scholarship, this time to Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where he finished in 1975. His Recreation Degree at UK made him a very active pastor for every church he served, starting in Georgia. While serving churches back in his native Kentucky, he started youth soccer leagues in Bowling Green, Trigg County and Hopkinsville. He coached golf and baseball at Trigg County and basketball at a Bowling Green middle school.  From 1982 to 1985 he served as team chaplain for the Louisville Redbirds baseball team where he also threw batting practice frequently. In Hardin County in 1990, he began a Habitat for Humanity Affiliation. He is also an adjunct professor at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia and teaches part time at Asbury Theological Seminary.


E. F. "Ace" Hudkins
Inducted:  2016

.     As a student at Sewanee (University of the South), Edgar Fernando “Ace” Hudkins played the pipe organ in the chapel morning and evening to help earn his tuition.  The soubriquet “Ace” came about because he had been a pilot during World War I. Shortly after the Armistice he took his first teaching job at Manual Training High School. This was in the fall of 1919, the year the school regained its identity after the consolidation with Male High. 
     Though he had mastered the flying machine, he never learned to drive a car; he walked to and from Manual each day when the school was housed at Brook and Oak and hitched rides with fellow teachers—most notably with Lou Tsioropoulos--to Second and Lee. Ace became the coach of the “Scrubs” in ’19, the same year Male clobbered Manual 81-0 on Thanksgiving. (The scrubs were those boys who were not talented enough to play varsity football but were too old to play junior varsity.) Ace gained status for his scrubs by getting their team picture in the yearbook. 
     In 1949, in sympathy with the younger players, he established a trophy in his name which was given for years to the most improved junior varsity football player. For his sense of humor he was beloved by generations of students. He was also very bright; he taught three languages during his 45-year tenure at Manual—French, German and Spanish.
     In later years he had a distinct shuffle much like Tim Conway in playing the old man on the Carol Burnett Show. He would normally make an appearance at a pep rally each season and regale the student body, usually with humorous, if not disparaging, remarks about Male High. (In the victory assembly in 1962 after the Crimsons upset Male 13-0 on Turkey Day, Ace recited his original poem entitled Harper, Charmoli and Me. It was a big hit.) He had more than one reason to dislike the Brook and Breck school. After his marriage ended in divorce in 1929, his ex-wife married William Bradbury, the baseball coach at Male. 
     Ace faced the mandatory retirement rule in 1964 at the age of 70 and left Manual all but kicking and screaming. The Class of ’64 dedicated The Crimson to him in honor of his last year. Ace Hudkins left us in 1977 at the age of 84.

Jim Hudson
Inducted:  2007


Jim Hudson, '60, was considered the spiritual leader of the great 1959 Manual football team, considered by many experts the greatest high school team in state history. He was also a leader inside the building, being voted president of his senior class, "Mr. Manual" and among the very few to belong to both the Key and Mitre Clubs. Hudson earned his bachelor's degree in industrial management and an A.A.S. in industrial relations at U of L. He also attended Duke University's Fuqua School of Business Executive Development Program. He was a vice president with his last two employers. During his career he worked in grievance procedures, arbitration and labor negotiations with tremendous success with major unions. Jim's enthusiasm for working within his community has enabled him to serve on the board of directors for American Red Cross for six years and on the Homeowners Association for Suntide (Florida) for 11 years. He also once received the honor of "Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County" by the County Judge and Mayor of Louisville. Through the years Jim has been a special friend of Manual and has spent many hours dedicated to fund-raising events, the 100th Male-Manual game celebration and to the Alumni Association's Board of Directors.


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Billy Herman Hultz
Inducted: 1998

Billy’s first love was baseball. He coached the game for 48 years, from little league through high school, winning championships at every level. His intense interest in baseball was fostered by his father, Ancel "Woody" Hultz, once a semi-pro player in Louisville. Woody was teaching his son the finer points of the game in 1943, when polio struck him at the age of 13. He lost a year of school at Barret Junior High but recovered in time to make Manual an unforgettable experience. There Ralph Kimmel introduced Billy to basketball coach Ed Binford, who made him "team statician." Thus began his career in volunteerism. The next year, Kimmel made the young man his own student manager, and Billy earned his "M." Billy was a font of information on Manual history and spent much time researching people and events in the school’s past. He also promoted and supported alumni functions and helped classes to organize reunions. He was a member of the Louisville Thoroughbreds (barbershop chorus) where he has won three International Championship gold medals. Billy passed away on December 15, 2011.


Joe Hutt
Inducted: 1996

Joe Hutt was the person most responsible for reviving the old Manual spirit that made Brook and Oak a symbol of togetherness. It started in the fall of 1987 when Joe decided to peruse the phone book in an attempt to find enough graduates to have a 50-year class reunion. Out of the original 225 graduates in 1940, Hutt recruited 95 to attend the 1990 affair, an impressive percentage. So when Lou Vassie was employed as the first alumni director of the modern era, it made sense to ask Joe to serve on the first Board of Directors. Joe’s enthusiasm produced results. Since 1987 he published 34 newsletters dedicated to his class and 11 others to Brook and Oak grads in general. He also organized a "Day at the Races" at Churchill Downs twice a year and sponsored quarterly luncheons at the Hurstbourne Country Club.  Mr. Hutt was a 1940 graduate and for a time the director of the Alumni Association, having just had the Manual Stadium Home Team's quarters named after him as "Joe Hutt Fieldhouse". His untiring efforts on behalf of Manual are renowned in the area. Joe attended the University of Louisville under the V-12 Navy Program (1944); he was a Navy Veteran (1943-45) and was recognized for his many sports accomplishments (football, basketball, baseball at Manual, U of L, Victory Sweet Shoppe and others.) He also was a lifelong member of the Louisville Amateur Baseball Veterans Club, and he refereed high school basketball for KHSAA for many years. Joe passed away in 2005.


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J. G. Hunt Isert
Inducted: 1999

Hunt Isert's father and mother both died when he was in his early teens, and his sister died of diphtheria when she was only 10. At commencement in 1899, Principal H. G. Brownell made Isert a "fellow". This meant he was made a teacher at Manual for one year. After he was a teacher at Manual, he enrolled at Lehigh University, and graduated in 1905. He returned to Louisville to get a job with the Payne Company, which was a steel products firm of which he later became president and general manager. He was probably one of the best men there. He was also a three-time president of the Alumni Association. Isert was also chairman of the campaign to raise money for the construction of Manual Stadium. With a goal of $60,000 set, he gathered together 4,111 people, who raised $75,000 in only one month. Since Isert was a construction engineer by trade, he physically assisted architect Arthur Tafel in the laying out and planning of the stadium. In 1924, when it was dedicated, it was considered the finest high school stadium in the country, and remains today a monument to Manual and to the people of the city of Louisville. Mr. J. G. Hunt Isert died on June 2, 1950.

Wesley A. Jackson
Inducted:  2013

     Wesley A. Jackson was an All-District and All-State center on Manual’s winningest football team in 1988 (13-1), but perhaps more importantly he was in the first class to graduate from the school’s Media and Communications magnet.  Wes considers his experience in the magnet, along with the influence of teacher Don Good, to be the primary stepping stone toward his current position as president and publisher of The Courier-Journal, a position to which he was named in April of 2012.  He joined the newspaper in August 2011 as vice president of sales and marketing. His greatest success, however, came when he was senior vice president for Belo Corp. and president/general manager of Belo Interactive Media. In this capacity from 2000-07, he was instrumental in bringing the firm into Classified Ventures, which has developed industry-leading online classified products (including, and He took Belo’s interactive revenue from under $3 million in 1999 to over $100 million before he left.
     Before joining Belo, Wes worked in a variety of media and interactive positions including sales roles at the Lexington Herald Leader, founder and partner of, a Lexington based online directory, movie and apartment guide; Internet marketing consultant with Knight Ridder newspapers; General Manager of Interactive Media at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and Corporate Director of Product Development for Scripps. He has won numerous awards for digital models.
     After Manual he lettered three years for the University of Kentucky and was named Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1993 and played in the Peach Bowl. In 1999 Pat Forde named him as the offensive center of the 1990s All-Decade team at UK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from UK.


Irvine Jeffries
Inducted: 1998

Irvine Franklin Jeffries, class of 1926, was one of Manual’s first athletes to be nationally recognized. He was named Captain of an All-America team in basketball due primarily to the fact that he played on the 1923 state championship basketball team that made it through the third round of a national tournament at the University of Chicago. He also captained the basketball team in 1925. In football he was an All-Stater in both 1924 and 1925 and was also an All-Southern halfback in 1925. He also lettered in baseball three years.

Brad Jones
Inducted: 1999

Brad Jones was one of the greatest and most respected coaches to be at manual. Former Manual football coach and Hall of Famer, John Miehaus, admitted, "Of all the great coaching feats at Manual, Brad Jones’s 12 track titles has to be the greatest accomplishment of them all." He was a teacher of English and also coached football, basketball, baseball, and track. He moved to other schools and coached there too. He helped the schools he was at with anything he could do, including putting up bleachers, painting, and even selling hot dogs. When he died at the age of 95, L. E. "Brad" Jones was still coaching golf at Gerorgetown, no doubt the oldest active coach in the country.


Harry Jones 
Inducted: 1994
Harry graduated from Manual in 1948 after participating in football, track, and baseball. In 1961 he and his brother returned to Louisville and started Jones Plastics and Engineering Corporation, now a $150 million sales company, which manufactures plastic parts for the business machine, appliance and auto industries. He and Larry are both operating directors of Golden Foods and Golden Brands, a $100 million vegetable oil refinery operation. He is presently chairman of the Board of Directors for Republic Bank and Trust Co.


Junie Jones 
Inducted: 1995

Junie earned 10 varsity letters from 1934 to 1936. 3 each in football, basketball, and track and one for baseball his senior year. In 1937 he was presented with the Yale Cup for athletics and academics, Manual’s most coveted award in those days. He earned a football scholarship to U of K and earned three varsity letters there. He coached in Kentucky Schools for 40 years, beginning in 1945 as head football coach at Pikeville High. In 1964 Junie was voted P.E. teacher of the year in a 13 state region and was presented the award in Washington on behalf of president Lyndon Johnson. 



Larry Jones 
Inducted: 1994

Larry Jones graduated from Manual in 1948 after participating in football, baseball, and track. In 1961 he and his brother returned to Louisville and started Jones Plastics and Engineering Corporation, now a $150 million sales company, which manufactures plastic parts for the business machine, appliance and auto industries. He and Larry are both operating directors of Golden Foods and Golden Brands, a $100 million vegetable oil refinery operation. He is presently chairman of the Board of Directors for National City Bank.


Betty Greenwell Kassulke 
Inducted: 2000


Graduating in 1960, Kassulke became the longest standing female warden in the country. Before graduating from U of L in 1964, she worked as an associate with Dr. Raymond Kemper, conducting psychological testing with inmates, and she was intrigued by many personalities. Though she majored in Business Administration and Educational Psychology, she began her career as a teacher at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. She kept her job until 1999, only leaving once for a year to marry Howard Kassulke. In 1986 she served as Interim Warden of the Kentucky State Reformatory and as Interim Warden at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Through her years she was awarded with "Warden of the Year," "Outstanding Warden," "Woman of the Year" and the Governor's "Outstanding Kentuckian."



Beverly Keepers 
Inducted: 1997


Under Beverly Keepers' leadership the school has won many local, state and national awards. Redbook Magazine, for example, has rated Manual in its top 100 schools in America for the last three years. The school has produced the greatest number of National Merit Semifinalists in Kentucky, also for the last three years. Ms. Keepers has also overseen a $4 million renovation providing new cafeterias, libraries, science labs, windows, a roof and many exterior building repairs. She also supported the rebirth of the Alumni Association as a legitimate arm of the school.



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Ken Keller 
Inducted: 2002

Dr. Ken Keller’s life so inspired Byron Crawford that he devoted a column in the Courier-Journal to Keller on Father’s Day headlined "Father made his children his hobby." Ken graduated from Manual in 1939, having played halfback on that famous 1938 national championship football team. He was small and quick, nicknamed ""leaback Keller,""and earned a scholarship to the University of Louisville. He played only his freshman year before he was drafted. World War II took him to St. Lo, France only 40 days after D-Day where, as a medic, he lost his left arm to a mortar shell. Upon his discharge he returned to U of L, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1943. He was awarded a fellowship from the National Institute of Health and, while still a grad student, was hired as an instructor in the Department of Microbiology at the School of Medicine. He was named teacher of the year in 1966, and stayed in that department until retiring in 1985 as Professor Emeritus. He served as a consultant in microbiology for Jewish Hospital, Standard Oil Co. and General Electric Co. and also authored 15 articles in national journals. Ken and his wife Sue had seven children, whom he took on fishing trips, made hand-carved gifts at Christmas, taught gardening and endless lessons about life. They enjoy playing bluegrass music as a family band.

Ralph Kimmel 
Inducted: 1995

Mr. Kimmel is credited with single-handedly making baseball a major sport at Manual. In 1991 Mr. Kimmel was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame. The school’s baseball field is also named after Mr. Kimmel. Mr. Kimmel began coaching the Manual baseball team in 1932. Mr. Kimmel won five state championships. His overall record form 1932 through 1961 was 559 wins and only 131 losses. He also won 10 district and regional titles.



John King
Inducted: 2011

John graduated from Manual in 1952. He played the tuba in Mr. Robert B. Griffith’s band for three years and was Drum Major of Manual's Marching Band in 1950 and 1951. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. In the mid-1960s John worked at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama where he was a Rocket Scientist in the SATURN V First Stage Rocket Test Program. The SATURN V – “America’s Moon Rocket” – was the largest and most powerful rocket ever launched. As an Associate Research Scientist working under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun, John designed unique and innovative test systems and mechanisms employing cutting edge technology. Following successful completion of the SATURN V Test Program, John went to the U.S. Navy Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he was a Systems Test Engineer on the TARTAR Guided Missile Systems. Then he became the Technical Ordnance Engineer for all naval weapon systems on new construction TARTAR and later Standard Missile Destroyers and AEGIS Class Cruisers. John was associated with building and testing over 100 naval combatant ships involving several classes of ship design. He played in the NFL Washington
Redskins Band for eleven years (1966-1976).




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Albert Dennis Kirwin
Inducted:  2004


Ab Kirwan captained the Male High football team in 1921, a team that went undefeated and played a favored Manual team to a tie that Thanksgiving. He then went on to the University of Kentucky to star in botyh football and track. After serving one year as an assistant football coach at UK, he returned to Male as a history teacher and assistant coach in 1927. From 1927 through 1931 Male High gave up a total of 12 measly points to their rivals in five Thanksgiving Day games. Manual coach Neal Arntson resigned, and with the help of Courier-Journal sports Editor Earl Ruby, the Crimsons literally stole Kirwan from Male in 1932. During six seasons, 1932-1937, the Crimsons won half of their games with the Bulldogs. Ab was named head football coach at UK in 1938 and kept that position until 1944. He then left coaching to pursue a PhD at Duke University, which was awarded in 1947 along with his election to Phi Beta Kappa. Ab then returned to UK to begin a 34-year career, serving first as Professor of History and Dean of Men. He also served as Dean of Students and Dean of the Graduate School, and at the end of a splendid career, he served as President of the University from 1968 to 1969. At UK he received many awards, invluding a Fulbright Fellowship and a Guggenheim. Ab died of a heart attach in 1971. In addition to his wife Elizabeth Heil Kirwan and two sons Albert Dennis Kirwan, Jr. and William English Kirwan II, he was survived by four grandsons and one granddaughter.

Norman J. Klein
Inducted:  2013

   Not only did Norman Jerry Klein letter in football, basketball and track at Manual, he was on the honor roll every term and was inducted into the National Honor Society at the beginning of his junior year. At graduation he received The Yale Award, an inscribed silver plate from the Yale Alumni Association of Kentucky, recognizing the graduate with the highest record in scholarship, character, athletics and leadership.  Norm was first team All-State in football in 1943, having lettered for three years and been elected senior co-captain of a Crimson team that lost only to teams from Memphis and Birmingham in addition to Male. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Kentucky where, as a freshman, he was on the Associated Press All-SEC 3rd team and earned the first of four letters. He was chosen on Alabama’s all-opponent team and received votes for the SEC’s Most Valuable Player. Sportswriters referred to him as “The Louisville Flash.” He also played baseball for UK.
     His college career was interrupted by his enlistment in the Navy in January of 1945. He served in Japan and Okinawa and was honorably discharged with the American Area Ribbon, Victory Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Medal. He returned to a UK football team with a brand-new coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant in his first year.He finished his UK football career on offense again with the best rushing average (17.5 yards per carry) in the Wildcat backfield for the 1948 season. He was drafted by a West Coast NFL team, but chose to remain in school to complete his Master’s Degree. Norman received a Phi Beta Kappa key at UK and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry with High Distinction. He earned his Master’s in August of 1951.
   For three years he served E.I. DuPont de Nemours at Belle, West Virginia before joining Preiser Scientific Co. in nearby St. Albans. He served Preiser from 1955 to 1968, was elected Secretary and Director of Preiser Scientific of Kentucky and Director of the West Virginia plant in 1965. Sadly, his career and life was cut short August 10, 1968 when he was among 32 passengers killed in a fiery airlines crash on a foggy approach to the Charleston airport as he was returning from a company meeting. He was only 41 years old at the time.
   On April 9, 1995 Norman and seven other honorees, including Ray Baer, the revered Manual football coach, were inducted at the very first Jewish Sports Hall of Fame ceremony.

H. F. A. Kleinschmidt 

Inducted: 1997

Alfred Victor du Pont was Manual’s founder, but H.F.A was the one who whispered in the great benefactor’s ear. He was the first teacher of manual training in Louisville, having been hired in 1890 to extend tutelage to 24 freshmen boys at Male High. Before coming to Louisville from St. Louis he was principal or professor in six different schools and was a draftsman in the engineer’s office of the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. It was he who actually drew all the plans and specifications for the old building and its equipment. On April 15, 1895 he tendered his resignation.




Jack T. Kline
Inducted:  2006

     There have been only 27 directors of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band since its establishment in 1798, including march king John Phillip Sousa.  Jack Kline was its 24th, serving from Nov. 1, 1974 to May 31, 1979. 
     Following his graduation from Manual in 1939, Jack attended music school at U of L, serving as principal clarinet in the band.  His education was interrupted by WWII and he enlisted in the army and became a member of the 79th Infantry Division Band, experiencing combat in both France and Germany.  After the war Jack returned to school, and also performed with the Louisville Philharmonic Orchestra and professional dance bands.  He joined the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C. in 1947.  In 1968 he received his officer's commission and was appointed Assistant Director of the band, then Director in 1974.  In this capacity he served as musical advisor to two presidents and conducted at numerous White House and State functions.  In retirement he served as guest conductor with a select band of high school musicians on a European tour, and also played clarinet with the National Concert Band of America.  Lt. Col. Jack T. Kline died January 18, 1986 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


B. F. Kubaugh
Inducted:  2012

     Benjamin Franklin Kubaugh, who graduated in Manual's third class of 1986, invented the automatic ice machine that makes cylindrical hollow-center ice tubes when he worked for the Henry Vogt Machine Company, one of the city's most successful businesses. He went to work there as a draftsman right out of high school and became the chief engineer for the division created by his invention. His ice machine evolved over time since its inception in 1933 and Kubaugh eventually received ten patents. In a 1943 speech to the Kentucky Ice Manufacturers' Association, Kubaugh noted that the time for making commercial ice had been reduced from 48 hours to 15 minutes by his invention. This was important to the war effort because of the use of ice in the shipping of perishables to our armed forces.

     Kubaugh was a member of the National Association of Power Engineers for 25 years, a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and of the Louisville Astronomical Society. He was also a member of the Liederkranz Singing Society and of Fenner Memorial Lutheran Church. He died on Christmas Day 1959. His granddaughter Phyllis Goff taught social studies at Manual from 1974 until she retired in 2010.


Bill LaFollette
Inducted:  2009

Since the Hall of Fame began in 1994, there has never been such an outpouring of support for an inductee as what the Class of 1953 has mustered for Bill. He headed up the first ’53 reunion committee and is still dedicated to that endeavor. Due to his efforts his class has had a reunion every five years and remains the most supportive class, in terms of membership, of the alumni association. In 1994 Bill founded the Portland Area Ministries, for which he still serves as chairperson, and he has been actively involved in the restoration of the Louisville U.S. Marine Hospital. He has also served on the Portland Museum Board of Directors since 2001, and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee.

After Manual Bill earned undergraduate and graduate degbrees from U of L, then spent time in the Army and working for a railroad before starting his first teaching job in 1966 at the old Valley Elementary School. In 1970 he became a union representative for Jefferson County teachers, and went on to hold similar posts at the state level and taught adult education before taking on the job at Portland Elementary.


Herman Landau
Inducted: 2010


Fresh out of Manual Training High School with the graduating class of 1927, Landau was hired as an office boy with the local papers. He worked his way through the ranks as a reporter, copy editor and assistant Sunday editor until 1954, when he became makeup editor for The Louisville Times. He did the job extremely well and did it for 21 years.  He retired from The Times in 1975, leaving page makeup to others. In his first three years of retirement he became a real editor, claiming fame by authoring the book, Adath Louisville: The Story of a Jewish Community. Rabbi Robert Slosberg of Congregation Adath Jeshurun said of his effort in 2006, “That book is still a classic for anyone who wants to understand the Louisville Jewish community in its formative years.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Louisville.  Landau served as interim editor of The Jewish Post and Opinion and was on the publications advisory board of the Jewish Community Federation of Louisville for many years. He had also served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Community Federation, Louisville Hebrew School and Shalom Tower.  His papers are part of the Special Collections and Archives at the University of Louisville Library. Covering 8.25 linear feet, the collection includes notes made by him from 1920 to 1987, a collection that reflects his interest in journalism but concerns itself primarily with his long association with the Louisville Jewish community.  He continued to contribute book reviews and pieces on Jewish holidays to The Courier-Journal until he could no longer muster the energy. Louisville lost a true historian and a devoted scholar when he died December 28, 2006 at the age of 95.


Myrle Langley
Inducted:  2007


Following graduation from Manual in 1954, Myrle spent a year at U of K to qualify for the Aviation Cadet Program of the Air Force, which he entered at the end of the 1955 school year. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant and rated as a pilot in 1956. Subsequent active duties have included air defense alert missions and participation in the 1961-62 atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. He retired from the Air Force in November 1986 following 32-plus year of combined active and reserve duties, including serving as Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, the 104th Tactical Fighter Wing and the 131st Tactical Fighter Squadron.

In 1966 he joined American Airlines as a pilot. Between this employment and his active duty he worked toward a degree at U of L. Facing mandatory retirement from American in 1996, he returned to school full-time for five years, earning B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Virginia. He is a board member of the Charlottesville Committee of Foreign Relations, a life member of the Colonnade Club (the Faculty Club of UVA) and past president of the William A. Jones III Chapter of the Air Force Association. For fun he golfs, skis, hikes, sails, rides motorcycles and travels.


Raymond "Butch" Lehr
Inducted:  2015

For 30 years Butch, a 1966 Manual graduate, was the vice president and track superintendent under the shadow of the twin spires of Churchill Downs.
As Jennie Rees once wrote, “Most of the 140,054 folks in attendance and millions more watching the 2004 Kentucky Derby on television surely had no idea of what might have been Lehr’s crowning moment.” Two hours before the Run for the Roses, a torrential storm literally wiped out a large part of the first turn. Fans in the infield were wading first, then swimming in the aftermath.
Butch and his crew were able to fix the damage in “his most challenging day on the job.” The Derby went off as scheduled, and not one trainer complained about the track condition.
He was first employed by the track’s backside maintenance department in 1967. He was drafted in 1969 and spent two years in the Army before returning to work in carpentry with the track crew. In December 1981 he became only Churchill’s third track superintendent in the 20th Century. He kept that post until retiring in 2012 as the longest tenured Downs employee ever. During his tenure, Butch oversaw the design and construction of the track’s Matt Winn Turf Course; the conversion of the Louisville Downs harness track, and installation and updates of drainage systems for both dirt and turf courses. He also was forced to deal with the 2011 tornado and damage to seven barns, and the major flooding in 2009.
Butch worked for five track presidents at the Downs. Tom Meeker, one of those presidents, hired him to draw the plans for several outbuildings at the beginning of the ongoing expansion of the facility. “I used everything I learned at Manual from Lawrence Trautwein in mechanical drawing classes in making those blueprints,” says Lehr. “Mr. Meeker used every one of them; I saved the track a lot of money.”
Without a doubt, Butch is still America’s best-known track superintendent. A University of Maine mechanical engineering professor, regarded as perhaps the world’s foremost expert on racing surfaces and their consistency, uses Churchill Downs and Lehr’s work as his benchmark. In 1998 Butch was summoned to Dubai to advise officials on improving the surface of Nad al Sheba racetrack. The same year he was sent to Chicago as a consultant in converting Sportsman’s Park from auto to horse racing.
In 2012 Butch was honored as the recipient of the Joe Palmer Award for “career contributions to horse racing,” the first track superintendent to be honored by the turf media. Jennie Rees called it “an extraordinary testament to his life’s work.” His ideas are still being sought through his company Lehr Consulting Services.

Sherman Lewis 

Inducted: 1994
If not the greatest male athlete Manual ever produced, Sherman Lewis almost certainly stands as the fleetest. He led the 1960 track team to the KHSAA Championship. He was also the small halfback who led the Crimsons in an undefeated season and state championship. He went on to be named an All-American and finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. He coached for Manual, the Spartans, San Francisco 49ers, and currently he is the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.



Joe Liedtke 
Inducted: 1999

Joe Liedtke served as Principal from 1979 to 1991. Of the nine principals who have served Manual, his tenure of 12 years is the third longest. He was instrumental in having Manual named as a National School of Excellence and supervised the transition of Manual's moving from a regular program to a magnet school. He has served as a member of numerous committees for the Jefferson County school district and has been on several National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) committees. In 1987 he was named Kentucky's Secondary Principal of the Year, and was one of 10 finalists for the National Principal of the Year award.



Victor Longstreet 
Inducted: 1994

Victor Mendell Longstreet, Manual Class of 1925, thinks he may be the only Manualite to be graduated magna cum laude from Harvard (1930). After leaving Harvard he went on to serve as a U.S. government official under every president from Herbert Hoover through Lyndon Johnson. He is the author of Financial Control in Multi-National Companies, 1971.



Ronni Lundy
Inducted:  2014

     In school year 1966-67 Ronni Lundy was named co-editor of The Crimson-Record after serving the paper from first stepping into Manual as one of only two sophomore staff writers in the fall of 1964.
Under her leadership the paper received commendations from the Columbia School of Journalism, and Ronni earned awards for her writing from local and regional associations and a national grand prize for a traffic safety editorial from the Kemper Insurance Agency. She was voted “Most Valuable Staffer” and was a National Merit Finalist. For these and other efforts she earned a scholarship to the University of Kentucky.
     Since those days she has authored eight books, has another on the way, and has immerged as a virtual expert on traditional American foods and music. Her books include
Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken: The Heart and Soul of Southern Country Kitchens (Atlantic, 1990) which Gourmet magazine designated as one of the six essential texts about Southern food. It is still in print after almost 25 years. She also wrote Butter Beans to Blackberries: Recipes from the Southern Garden (North Point, 1999), which was a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ book award that year. She is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and in 2005 edited Cornbread Nation 3: Foods of the Mountain South. In 2009 she earned the Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award of the Southern Foodways Alliance. called her “a rock star of a scribe.”
     Before developing interest in epicurean delights, Ronni was a music critic for
The Courier-Journal in the 70s and 80s where she earned the respect of a generation of performers, including John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, the Judds and Bill Monroe. Her tenure with the Courier and Times lasted 12 years (1980-92) after which she was editor-in-chief of two publications: Louisville Magazine (1994-95) and the e-zine The (2009-13).
     In her varied career she has written about musicians, travel, small farms, community-supported agriculture, heirloom seeds, culinary traditions and the “joy of eating.” Her work has also appeared in
Esquire, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Sunset and Copia. She maintains an occasional blog at and is working on her ninth book, a new cookbook about sorghum for the University Press of Florida.