Warren Mahan
Inducted: 2005

A member of the 1948 state championship football team and of Western Kentucky University ’s first bowl team, Warren went to Naval Flight School in 1953-54 and became a battalion commandeer. As a captain he flew planes for the Marine Corps through 1958. He then accepted a job as Eastern Regional Manager of the Mengel Company, and from 1964 to 1971 he served as New England Regional Manager for W. R. Grace. In 1971 he founded and became President of Dunhill of Maine, an executive recruiting service which now has 320 offices across the country. He retired in 1999 and now lives in Maine. His hobbies are traveling and writing short stories.

ShaRae Mansfield
Inducted:  2007

 

Followers of girls' high school basketball will not soon forget the imposing presence of ShaRae, '97, one of three players among the Lady Crimsons to make the First Team All-State squad (Gina Brown and Gwen Doyle being the other two). ShaRae was also on Street and Smith's First Team All-America list in 1997 and was named Gatorade's Player of the Year in Kentucky the same year. After accepting a scholarship to Western Kentucky University her career blossomed. From 1998 to 2001, the 6-2 forward consistently led the Lady Hilltoppers in scoring and rebounding. After leading Western to the Sun Belt Championship her junior year she was chosen pre-season player of the year prior to her senior season, and that same year she was named WKU's Female Athlete of the Year. She was drafted by the WNBA Champion Houston Comets, but retired after less than one full season due to knee injuries. She was chosen on the All-Time Sun Belt Women's Team and last year was named to WKU's All-Time Centennial Team.

Bobby Marr
Inducted: 2003

When a shoulder injury ended his baseball career, Bobby came back to Louisville and completed his college at U of L, graduating in 1965. He returned to Manual and stayed for six years, teaching history and coaching cross-country, basketball and baseball. In the fall of 1971, he moved to Winter Park High School (Florida) where he has been the past 32 years. His high school baseball career boasts legendary statistics. Manual brought home state championships in both 1957 and 1959, and from '57 through '59 they won 88 games and lost only 12. After graduation from Manual, Bobby attended Indiana University where he pitched for one year, posting a record of 6 wins and 3 losses, 72 strikeouts in 66 innings and an earned run average of 1.50. In May of 1961 he signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox. In his only pro season without injuries, he had 11 wins and 5 losses, starting 20 games and completing 15. At Winter Park High School he coached six different sports. In 1974 he took the boys basketball team to the state runner-up position, and in 1987 won the state title with the girls team. He served 10 years as athletics director, during which time Winter Park was awarded Athletic Program of the Year in Florida by the state coaches association five times. Aside from being named Athletic Director of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA), he also was inducted into the FACA Hall of Fame and the Winter Park High School Hall of Fame. Although Bobby retired from his first love-athletics--in 1997, he continues to teach history at Winter Park, passing on his love of history to a new group of 17 year-olds each year. Bobby and wife, Jane, have been married 19 years and their combined families include three daughters, Pam Marr, Kristy Deaton and Heather Wilson. They also have two grandchildren-Zachary and Allison.

Veloris A. "Sonny" Marshall
Inducted:  2016

     Electronics was his first love, if not an obsession. In the 1965 Crimson, for example, Veloris “Sonny” Marshall’s ambition was to get a Ph.D. in Electronics.  In 1991 he founded Marshall Communications Corporation an $18 million company, specializing in satellite broadcast and multicast technologies to bring end-to-end turnkey solutions to customers. He is president and CEO of the company which is a systems integrator providing broadband interactive distance learning, content delivery business TV and multimedia networking (streaming video) services to both government and commercial sectors vis satellite.
     Marshall has 30 years of professional experience in the acquisition, engineering, development, implementation and operational management of Department of Defense communications systems including 25 years in satellite communications. He also has unique experience at the DOD level (Joint Staff) in policy and architecture formulation, planning, programming and budgeting.
     He also has experience as an assistant professor teaching electric engineering (satellite communications) at the graduate level at George Washington and George Mason Universities. He was an assistant professor in the Electronic Engineering Department at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from 1980-82. 
     Sonny has directed engineering projects related to Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS). He has an extensive background with NATO, Syracuse, SKYNET, Intelsat, Inmarsat, Telesat, Arabsat, Geostar, and Spacenet systems. Marshall is currently providing satellite communications services and support to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, IRS, Social Security, NASA, USDA and several DOD agencies.  Prior to founding Marshall Communications, Sonny had a distinguished 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force> he served on the Joint Staff (J6) and was Deputy Director, Satellite Communications Engineering Directorate, Defense Communications Engineering Center, Defense Communications Agency when he retired in 1991. 
     He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Bachelors in EE from the J. B. Speed School of Engineering where he currently serves on the Board of Industrial Advisors. Additionally, he serves as an associated director on the Board of AFCEA International and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Military Technical Advisory Group.
 

Benjamin Martin
Inducted: 2010

At Manual Ben lettered in track and was in the Aviation Club, the Science Club and Delta Hi-Y. After graduating in 1949, he attended U of L's Speed Scientific School on a NROTC scholarship and, upon earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, on June 7, 1954 officially became an ensign. He was a Navy pilot from 1954 to 1958 and a U. S. Air Force pilot from 1963 to 1980, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam.  In 1964 he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Southern California and completed a Rotating Internship at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and an Ophthalmology Residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center at San Antonio, where he served as Chief Resident. He served as Chief of Ophthalmology and Surgical Services at MacDill Air Force Base and as Flight Surgeon at PhuCat Air Base in Vietnam from 1965 to '68. Dr. Martin retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel in 1980. Today Dr. Martin specializes in glaucoma treatment, having treated glaucoma patients for over 30 years. In addition he has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida. He is included in “Guide to America’s Top Physicians,” produced by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and is named one of the “Top Ophthalmologists in America.”  His professional affiliations include Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology; American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; American Society of Contemporary Ophthalmology; International Glaucoma Congress, and American College of Eye Surgeons.

Boyd Martin
Inducted: 2011

Boyd Martin, Class of 1904, was known as "the dean of American motion-picture critics," and was drama and music critic for The Courier-Journal for 56 years.  He wrote for the C-J in 1910 what is believed to be the first movie criticism ever printed in an American newspaper, a review of the silent film The Great Train Robbery.  He also directed more than 400 plays at the Louisville Little Theater, and taught English at the University of Louisville for 40 years.


Ed Martin
Inducted: 2003

It is doubtful that anybody in the United States has announced high school football for 50 years-anybody other than Ed Martin that is. Ed began this avocation in the fall of 1946 at Male High's old Maxwell Field just after getting out of the Navy that spring. He was announcing all games played by Male, Flaget and, occasionally, St. X. Two weeks later, the announcer at Manual Stadium moved to Owensboro, and he was asked to do Manual's games, too, on Saturday afternoons. The rest, as they say, is history. In 50 years he announced over 1200 games. Before he retired from announcing in 1995, he had worked for five different principals and five different athletic directors. "When Bob Jacobs stepped down as A.D. in 1995, I thought it was a good time to hang up the microphone," he added. For 22 years he worked as an executive secretary to the vice president for traffic at the L & N. In 1962 he became director of special events at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, then was promoted to Director of Business Development. In 1968 he became Executive Vice President for the New Albany Area Chamber, a position he held for 16 years He is also a "tennis nut." At the age of 82, he still plays the game four days a week. The United States Tennis Association ranked him as the number one player in Kentucky (doubles) for both 1992 and '93 for players over 70. "If Manual had fielded a tennis team back in the thirties, I could have been a star," he laughed. Ed and his wife, Louise, have been married for 55 years. They have four children-daughters Janice, Vicki, Jackie and son Ed, Jr.-- seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 

 

Larry McDonald
Inducted:  2009

A 1970 graduate and captain of the football team, Larry went on to major in Business Administration at UK’s College of Business and Economics. He also holds an MBA from U of L. Today Larry is president of the Lincoln Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and development of economically disadvantaged youth.

Before joining the Foundation, he was president of a private firm engaged in asset management, and was later employed with Humana, Inc. as Corporate Director of Associate Relations and Services, Director of Employee Relations and in various Human Resources leadership roles. He has earned numerous awards and honors in his volunteer work. He was voted into the Presbyterian Community Center Hall of Fame in 2004; he was an "Outstanding Volunteer" with the Metropolitan YMCA in 1986; he received the Golden Apple Award from the Jefferson County Public Schools in 1988; was "Citizen of the Month" with the Louisville Jaycees in June 1989, was an "Honored Volunteer" for WLKY’s Spirit of Louisville Foundation in 1989 and 1996, and was a Bingham Fellow with Leadership Louisville. He has also sat on many boards: The U of L Overseers, the African American Heritage Foundation, the Community Foundation of Louisville, the Louisville Urban League, the Home of the Innocents, Spalding University and the Louisville Orchestra.

M. Wayne McDonald
Inducted:  2013

     Doo Wop captivated many a teenager’s heart and mind in the late 50s and early 60s. Having sprung from a “garage band” sound, the Louisville version of Doo Wop included a hotbed of talent which resulted in national success on Top 40 charts.  Wayne first caught the entertaining bug in front of an assembly audience when he was in the sixth grade at Hazelwood Elementary School. From there he began to sing regularly at Beechmont Methodist Church. As a student at Manual, Wayne’s fame began as lead singer for The Bitter Seeds, a local band made up of classmates— Mike Gossett, Roger Pfeiffer and Steve Yeager. The music was authentic, and soon, in Wayne’s junior year, the band began playing gigs professionally at various local musical venues. The Bitter Seeds thrilled Manual students in “Anything Goes,” the school’s excellent variety show.
     After graduating in 1962 and being voted “Best Singer” in the class, he went on to perform with other well-known local groups and cut records with groups like The Sultans, The Keyes and Soul., Inc. He and fellow inductee, Wayne Young, traveled with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars, performing alongside Bo Diddley, Paul Revere and the Raiders, We Five and The Birds. His group once opened for The Beach Boys, and he was on the same stage with Glen Campbell. Later, McDonald formed and performed in a very well-known and successful group called The Graduates that entertained audiences all over the Kentuckian area for over 20 years.
     Wayne’s biggest hit as a lead singer with The Sultans was “Mary, Mary” with “How Far Does a Friendship Go” on the flip side. This was approximately the same time the Monarchs hit the national charts with “Look Homeward, Angel” and “This Old Heart.”   When reality set in and Wayne decided he would not become a rich man due to his musical abilities, he went back to school, graduating from the University of Louisville and doing a hitch in the U.S. Army before embarking on successful careers on his “day jobs” with American Standard, Marcus Paint Co, and Kelley Technical Coating.
     Wayne still makes singing appearances from time to time in Louisville. Each year he is a part of WAKY’s Rock and roll Reunion at the zoo.

Mitch McConnell 
Inducted: 1994

 

Senator Mitch McConnell was president of the student body while at Manual, graduating in 1960. He received a B.A.  with honors from the University of Louisville, where he was also president of the student body, College of Arts and Sciences. In November, 1990, he was elected to his second term in the United States Senate, only the third Republican in Kentucky history to win a second term for statewide office. The senator was first elected in 1984, defeating two-term incumbent Walter Huddleston.

Sam McMeekin
Inducted:  2007

 

Sam McMeekin, Manual 1906, served as the first sports editor of the Courier-Journal in 1911, while still in college, and later became a well-respected expert on thoroughbred racing. He held the editorship for 11 years, except for two years in the Army in WWI. He had earned a law degree at U of L in 1912, where he also captained the track team. His love for horse racing grew steadily after 1923 when he went to work for Churchill Downs. In 1937 he was named Safety Director by Mayor Joseph Scholtz, himself a 1908 Manual alumnus. He resigned in 1941 to return to Churchill Downs where he was a placing judge and a steward. From 1941 to 1948 he was presiding judge at Keeneland and at Lincoln Fields near Chicago. He died in 1965.

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Pat McNeil
Inducted:  2001

Like so many of his fellow Manual Hall of Famers, Pat McNeil dedicated his entire career to the pursuit of excellence. He received the Kentucky School Board Association's prestigious F. L. DuPree Award as the Most Outstanding School Administrator in the state for 1981. In his Manual career, under football coach Ray Baer, as team captain he earned All-State honors and was chosen All-Southern as well. He says that he was proud to "play in the last Thanksgiving Day game, indeed in the last game and on the last Manual team coached by Ray Baer." The 1944 Turkey Day contest was a moral victory for Manual: "Male was favored by two or three touchdowns, but we played as hard as we knew how and tied them 7-7." In April of 1945 Pat joined the Navy, and was home on liberty when he graduated, receiving his diploma in full uniform. He joined the Seabees and was discharged in June of 1946. He went to UK on a football scholarship that fall, then transferred to Western Kentucky (then State College) in 1946. He earned three football letters there, and graduated in June of 1949. Pat flourished in teaching, then became a school principal and Superintendent of the Hopkins County School System. He now enjoys retirement in Madisonville, where he golfs, fly fishes and reads "a lot of best sellers."

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Paul McPherson
Inducted: 1998

Back in the late forties Army had a pair of running backs known as "Mr. Inside" and "Mr. Outside." Their real names were Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. In 1959 Manual also had a pair of backs, one an inside power runner and one an outside speedster. Sherman Lewis ran around people; Paul McPherson ran over people. If Lewis was the greyhound, McPherson was the raging bull. It’s been almost 40 years since these two backs led Manual to an undefeated, untied, 12-0 record, a state championship, and the record-breaking 62-0 licking of Male High November 26, 1959. But local sports observers still consider that team the greatest high school football team in state history.

John Meihaus 
Inducted: 1997

John owned Thanksgiving Day, 1940. In a misty rain beforea capacity crowd of 17697, he gained a record 300 yards to lead the Crimsons to a 25-10, third-straight win over Male. He was allstate in football in 1940, having led the City in scoring his senior year, was voted The Courier-Journal Oustanding Athlete for 1940-1941 and was State Champion in both the 100 yard dash in 1940 and the 220 yard dash in 1941. He won three State Championships in football at St. X and three Track. He was named football coach of the year.

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Leland Melear
Inducted:  2001

 

Leland Melear had a great career at Manual in two sports. Not only was he an All-Stater in basketball, but played on two state baseball champion teams in 1957 and 1959. He and fellow senior Bobby Marr co-captained the 1959 team. He was considered the second-best basketball player in Kentucky, behind Pat Doyle, and was chosen for the Kentucky-Indiana All Stars. His signing at Virginia Tech came due to a combination of Louisville connections. Bill "Moon" Conde, former Manual football coach, had recently taken a job at VPI as Jerry Claiborne's assistant, and he helped convince basketball coach Chuck Noe that Leland had to be in the fold. In addition, his assistant coach for the All-Star squad, Guy Strong, was hired as Joe's assistant and also influenced Noe to sign Leland. At Virginia Tech he captained both the basketball and baseball teams and received the President's Leadership Award. He was also an All-Conference performer in both sports and was elected to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. After graduating in 1963 he played pro baseball briefly in the Giants' chain, then returned to Louisville, where he worked for Ford for two years, GE for 16 years, then moved to Chicago in 1985. In 1994 he moved to Missouri where he currently is plant manager at the Manchester, MO facility of Dana Corporation.

Dennis Steve Milam
Inducted:  2012

Steve played varsity baseball for another Hall of Famer, Coach Al Pfeffer. In his senior year, 1968, he was the recipient of the Ralph Kimmel Award given to the outstanding player. He graduated from Murray University in 1972 and began his career as a teacher and assistant coach at Fairdale High and also played in the Metropolitan Amateur Baseball Association from 1969-1973. In 1977 he moved to Iroquois High and in his first year led his team to the Regional Championship. After coaching at Iroquois through 1986 Steve transferred to Butler High where he was head coach from 1989 through 1993. He guided Butler to its first-ever Regional Title in 1992. In 15 years his teams won eight District and two Regional Championships. He retired from teaching in 2004. Steve ran Philadelphia Phillies tryout camps in Louisville for eight years and scouted for the franchise for two years. He is also an advanced collector of sports memorabilia and does appraisals on sports items around the city and state. He has also been active in the Manual Alumni Association, serving as Hall of Fame chairman and master of Ceremonies from 2000 to 2007.

 

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William Scott Miller
Inducted:  2004

 

 

William Scott Miller served in the Kentucky State Senate for 16 years – 1957 to 1973. He represented the 36th District, at that time taking in all of Jefferson County outside the city from Eastwood to Valley Station. He was chief sponsor and floor manager of the legislation which put the University of Louisville into the state system. He also co-sponsored the Wild Rivers Bill. A native of Crescent Hill, Scott graduated from Manual in 1945, but left for the U.S. Navy before his graduation day. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he entered the University of Kentucky, attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague, Netherlands, and graduated from U of L Law School in 1951. He worked for the Louisville Transit Company before going into private practice with his father in 1953. He served on the Board of Governors for the old Louisville General Hospital and was on the Board of Trustees for U of L for eight years, becoming chairman in his last year. He is a lifelong environmentalist, a boater and a geography and history buff.

Anita Stith Moore
Inducted:  2015

Anita Stith Moore says her career began when she was in junior high school working weekends at the family business—Stith Tailors and Dry Cleaners. Today she is a former corporate executive with a strong background of achievement and effective leadership.
Anita attended Manual from grades 7 through 12, and her extra-curricular activities predicted that she would be successful. She participated in the orchestra, the Junior Classical League, the Future Medical Association, the Pep Club, variety shows, and, of course, was inducted into the National Honor Society. While she enjoyed all of her subjects, she has particularly fond memories of her English teachers, Miss Newberry and Mr. George, as well as her Latin and Orchestra instructors, Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Grof respectively. After graduating from Manual in 1968, she attended Spalding University and later completed the University of Michigan Business School’s Human Resource Executive Program.
After 10 years as a sales representative and branch manager for Victor Temporary Services in Louisville, she joined The Berry Company entity of BellSouth Advertising and Publishing, assuming a number of leadership-level roles - Operations Manager, Operations Sales Manager, Division Manager and Director of Training and Development - in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. In 2000, she was named Vice President of Human Resources for The Berry Company entity of AT&T in Dayton, Ohio. In this role she served on the Berry, BellSouth and AT&T Senior Leadership teams and was a member of the company’s executive committee until her retirement in 2008.
A committed community advocate and volunteer, Anita serves on the boards of County Corp, The Dayton Foundation, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board. She is the Immediate Past Chair of Miami Valley Hospital, the Dayton region’s only Level I Trauma Center, and was recently named Chairman of the Board Elect for Premier Health, a medical network of hospitals and the ninth largest employer in Ohio. She is a past recipient of the Ohio Hispanic Chamber’s Business Advocate of the Year award and was also instrumental in launching the Dayton Diversity and Inclusion Partners, a forum for best practices in diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Dayton YWCA.
Anita is a gifted speaker and has been a repeat presenter for numerous organizations including the Miami Valley Human Resource Association and the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education. She readily avails herself to mentoring, advising and counseling numerous professionals, both young and seasoned, throughout the Dayton region and across the country. In 2011, after receiving frequent requests to fulfill speaking engagements and provide human resource consulting services, she launched her own company, A. Moore Consulting.

Dr. Maureen Morehead
Inducted:  2006

 

    

In the introduction to A Sense of Time Left, a book of Maureen Morehead's most moving poetry, Kentucky's Poet Laureate Sena Jeter Naslund compares her to Emily Dickinson.  Dr. Morehead has written two other books:  In a Yellow Room, another poetry collection, and Our Brother's War (with Pat Carr) a collection of both poems and stories related to the Civil War.  She has been published in numerous literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Greensboro Review and Poetry Magazine.  She received an Al Smith Fellowship for her poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council and has been nominated twice as the state's Poet Laureate.
     She is one of the most soft-spoken faculty members at Manual, but teaches one of the most difficult classes in the curriculum -- Advanced Placement Junior English.  Dr. Morehead has taught at Manual since 1992.  She was adviser for the Crimson-Record for eight years and founded Manual's literary magazine, One Blue Wall, which has been published for 12 years.

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Lester Morrison
Inducted:  2004


Lester Morrison, another member of Tom Brokaw’s "Greatest Generation,:" worked tirelessly for Manual High School for 20 years as a leader in what was then known as the Alumni and booster Club. Lester went into the Army Air Corps in 1944 and served in the Pacific. After the army he was employed by International Harvester where he retired after 30 years. He then went back to work as a building engineer for the citizens Plaza Building until 1990. Lester also dedicated many years to the Boy Scouts, receiving the National Scout Award in 1962 and the Service award in 1963. He is also active in Masonry, a member of Sunset Lodge #915 for the last 50 years and a member of the Kosair Shrine. He is currently vice president of the Oakdale Neighborhood Association, has served on the Mayor’s Committee, and has been active as a Fraternal Order of Police Associate. In May of 2003, Class Day, Manual presented Lester with an honorary diploma in a ceremony joined by other veterans who had also dropped out of high school to join the war. Leslie and his wife Joan have a daughter, Leslie Ann, and a son, Lester, Jr., "Butch", who both graduated from Manual.

Dr. James R. Mosby, Jr.
Inducted:  2016

     To be a credit to God, my country and myself.

     That was Dr. James Mosby’s ambition as printed in the 1965 Crimson yearbook. Anyone who has known him over the years would have to agree he has achieved that goal. 
James earned eight letters in four sports at Manual—basketball, cross country, tennis and track. His favorite memory is upsetting St. X in basketball when the Tigers were ranked No. 1 in Kentucky. But he certainly did not fit the stereotype of the non-academic athlete. Besides being an honor roll student he belonged to the Good News Club, the U.N. Club and won the Berg Science Award.
     After graduation James earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry from Howard University in 1969. At Howard he served as freshman class president, student council treasurer, business manager of the school newspaper and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. In 1973 he was awarded a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University. Moving to Colorado he completed his residency in both surgery and radiology at the University of Colorado’s Health Science Center. He began his career as an emergency physician in 1976 at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. The rest of his career he has dealt specifically with trauma care in Colorado, so much so that he is considered an absolute expert in that field. In 2006 he received St. Anthony (Denver) Hospital’s Mission Award “to a member of the medical staff who best represents the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill/injured and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.” 
     In 2012 he was presented with the “Fire Starter Award” by Southern Colorado Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Council “for a Trauma Director whose teaching and leadership has improved trauma care in Southern Colorado.  In February 2010 James went on a medical mission to the Philippines where he provided medical and surgical care for the people on the island of Samar. In June of 2012, on a mission for Rockland Community Church in Genessee, Colorado, he traveled to Arusha, Tanzania to provide spiritual, financial and physical help for the young girls of Olamatonyi Girls School.
     His hobbies include studying astronomy, road biking, skiing, woodworking and flying his airplane. He has traveled to every state in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii and has climbed 25 of the 54 fourteeners (mountains in Colorado over 14,000 feet in elevation.
 

William R. Munro
Inducted:  2015

His son Winston recently spoke on behalf of his father, the late William R. Munro, saying “Dad always felt his years at Manual played an integral part of any accomplishments he had in his life. He felt the faculty in those days was second to none.”
William Munro graduated from the all-boys Manual at Brook and Oak in 1945. He lettered in basketball his junior year and was corresponding secretary for the Class of ’45. He participated two years in Delta Hi-Y and was also presented with the National Honor Society’s Merit Award. Upon graduation, like many of his classmates, he wanted to join the effort to defeat the Axis, so he enrolled in the U.S. Navy where he served until 1947.
He enrolled at the University of Kentucky on the G.I. Bill where he graduated with a degree in journalism. He worked 20 years for the Rates and Tariff Department at the L&N Railroad, but the entrepreneurial bug bit him at middle age, so he became the toughest of businessmen and bought a restaurant. For the last 48 years of his life, he was an owner/operator and franchise developer for the Bonanza/Ponderosa Corporation, having over 30 stores in West Virginia, Maryland and Florida.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Guyan Golf and Country Club and was involved with the local Boy Scouts Chapter in West Virginia.
Mr. Munro was a man of great honor and faith. He was known for his quick wit, humor and stories of his close friend and idol, Mickey Mantle, the New York Yankee slugger. He had a very special business/friendship with Mantle of which he was very proud.
He was also an avid lover of UK basketball and wrote many letters of advice to Coach John Calipari. It is not known if his advice was heeded by Coach Cal.
The love affair for UK started when he met Jean, his wife of 42 years on the Lexington campus. He was a lifetime alumni member at UK and served 12 years on the elected alumni board of directors. Both his children—Winston Munro and Heather Munro Fryman—also graduated from Kentucky. Munro was born October 22, 1927 on the Glenview Bingham estate in Louisville to the late William James Munro of Aberdeen, Scotland and Elizabeth Charlotte Kennett Munro of London.
Mr. Munro passed away September 19, 2013 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his son and daughter and four grandchildren—Conner and Corey Munro, and Haley and Hannah Fryman.
 

Rod Napier
Inducted:  2012

     William Rodney Napier has dedicated himself to the betterment of mankind since 1963 when he spent two years in Venezuela with the Peace Corps. For the last 30 years he has been involved with the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, first as a participant, then as a full-time employee. He entered their Leadership Development Program over 56 years ago and now serves as Director of Programs.
 

     At Manual he was a track standout for Coach Butch Charmoli. His success earned him a track scholarship at U. of L., where he earned his degree and teacher's certification in 1963 and was voted "Outstanding Physical Education Major in Kentucky." After the Peace Corps Rod earned a Masters in Physical Education and Recreation at Temple University in 1967. He completed doctoral course work in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Indiana University in 1971 and taught full-time for eight years at both U. of L. and U. of K. In May of 1981 he returned to the Cabbage Patch. For his dedication he recently earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Parks and Recreation Society, and is honored to have a college scholarship fund named after him at the Patch.

 

Joe Nichols
Inducted:  2014

     Manual has a pantheon of football coaches who won lots of games and State Championships—Neal Arntson, Ab Kirwan, Ray Baer, Mike Basrak, Tom Harper and Charlie Bentley—but none of those legends won as many games as Joe Nichols. From 2001 through 2009 Joe’s teams won 66 games and lost only 38 qualifying for the KHSAA playoffs every year but 2003. His first team, led by fellow Hall of Fame inductee Keenan Burton, beat Male High 20-13 ending a 13-year losing streak against the ancient rival. The 1988 Crimson squad, winner of 13 games and runners-up for the State Title, had last beat the Bulldogs that year. The victories came so far apart that no one around Manual was familiar with the old tradition of the losing team presenting the barrel at the winner’s victory assembly. With a surprise 9-2 record in 2001, Joe was named “Coach of the Year” in 4-A football.
     The following year, sporting an 8-4 record, Joe was named “Paulie Miller High School Coach of the Year.” He was named District “Coach of the Year” by the Kentucky High School Football Coaches Association in both 2004 (7-4) and 2007 (10-2). Under his tutelage played five future NCAA Division I players—Keenan Burton, Byron Tinker, Andrew Robinson, Andre Henderson and Dave Ulinski. Burton also played briefly in the NFL.
     Joe grew up in Sellersburg, IN, graduating from Providence High School. about 20 minutes away. He starred at Providence, playing both linebacker on defense and fullback on offense. 
I broke my ankle my senior year and missed 3 games,” said Joe, which hurt his chances of playing big time in college. “I had offers from the University of Evansville and a couple of other schools.” Joe enrolled at Indiana University Southeast, then transferred to Hanover where he played in J.V. games, but due to a technicality with his transfer was not allowed to play for Hanover’s varsity. Joe re-enrolled at I.U.S., but football was still in his blood. He made a return visit to Providence High only to connect with Head Coach Gene Sartini who gave him the chance to coach the freshman team for three years while he finished his degree. 
In the summer of 1995 he was hired as freshman head coach at Manual under first year coach Jerry Mayes, now Manual’s principal. Joe became a defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator before Mayes highly recommended him for the head job in 2001 when Jerry left to go to Pleasure Ridge Park High as assistant principal. The rest is history. Nichols left Manual following the 2009 season and was hired as head coach at Fern Creek High where he served the last four years recently retiring to spend more time with his children.


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John Jacob Niles
Inducted: 1998

 

John Jacob Niles, Class of 1909, was a noted composer, folk singer, and one of our country’s leading authorities on American folk music. He is probably best known for the folk song Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, although each Christmas another of his compositions, I Wonder as I Wander, becomes more popular. Niles wrote several books collecting and recording the folk songs he discovered. He died at his Boot Hill Farm near Lexington on May 1, 1980.

Jason Noble
Inducted: 2011

Jason Noble, Class of 1989, as a producer had enormous influence on independent music in Louisville, Chicago and the region.  He produced successful albums of independent music in Louisville and Chicago on Quarterstick Records.  He has been a producer of live concert broadcasts for National Public Radio, the BBC and WNYC's New Sounds program.  He collaborated and toured with the bands Rachel's and Shipping News, has been a contributor of articles on music, politics and culture for LEO and Magnet magazine, and is a composer of music for various films and television programs.  He has also served as manager and live sound engineer for ear X-tacy records.
Baseball was Donnie Noel's first love. In fact his diamond skills were good enough to grant him a shot at the pros. So it's ironic that he gained fame in college as a distance runner. As is expected of pitchers, Donnie ran to stay in shape. At the University of Louisville he became a distance runner for the same reason, but in the sport of cross country he set a record in the two-mile run that stood for 25 years. This feat ushered his way into the U of L Athletics Hall of Fame. At Manual Donnie lettered in baseball in 1944 and '45. He became one of Coach Ralph Kimmel's 66 protégés to sign a professional contract after a successful senior year when he pitched the first ever perfect game for the school, blanking Memorial High of Evansville. He was also an honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Mitre Trophy. In the spring of 1945, he, along with teammates and twins Jack and Gene West, signed with the old Baltimore team of the International League. He played with the Orioles that summer. Returning to Manual in the fall, he graduated in the class of 45 1/2. Then in February of '46, along with Hall of Famers Hal Taylor, Bill Schooley and J. W. Duke, he joined the Coast Guard. After his service stint Donnie attended U of L for two years ('47-'48 and '48-'49), played baseball for them one year and set his two-mile record in the other. He lettered in both track and cross country both years. He became a firefighter and a star in the old Louisville Amateur Baseball Federation (LABF) League before hiring on at LG&E, where he worked for 33 years, retiring in 1990. Donnie and his wife, Minnie, have three children-Linda, Michael and Gary-and four grandchildren.
 
Donnie Noel
Inducted: 2003
 

Linda Owen, Class of 1959, was a female pioneer in the funeral service industry.  She is President of Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home and Vice President of Owen Funeral Homes in Jeffersontown and on Dixie Highway.  She was awarded "Woman of the Year" by Women in Funeral Service in 2000, and began a company called "Our Little Angels" to assist families who have experienced the death of a child.  She has also taught at the Louisville Academy of Music for 10 years.

Linda Owen
Inducted: 2011

Patrick M. Payne
Inducted: 2011

Pat was a math and science teacher par excellence at Manual from 1944 to 1964, and coached basketball in 1944-45 and 1945-46.  He was the only coach in Kentucky to win State Basketball Championships with a girls' team (1930) and a boys' team (1932), both for Hazard High School.  His career basketball coaching record at Hazard and at Manual was 345 wins and only 70 losses.  Before commencing his teaching career he served his country in the Navy Medical Corps in World War I.

Jerome Perry
Inducted: 2003


Jerome Perry was a member of Western Kentucky University's greatest basketball team and, along with Hall of Famer Phillip Bond, shares the distinction of being the only Manual graduates to have been part of an NCAA Final Four team. At Manual he was a two-sport star, lettering in both football and basketball. He also briefly ran track. His exploits on the hardwood his senior year won him All-City, All-Region and All-State honors. His 1967 Crimson basketball team, coached by former UK great Lou Tsioropoulos, lost a heartbreaker in the Seventh Region Final. A missed wide open lay-up with two seconds on the clock signaled defeat for the Reds. Gene Rhodes convinced Jerome to come to Western, and he became part of a great recruiting class that included Jim McDaniels, Clarence Glover and Jim Rose. In both his sophomore and junior years ('68-'69 and '69-'70) he made the All-Ohio Valley Conference Team as a starting guard for Coach John Oldham's Hilltoppers. A knee injury in practice his senior year and two subsequent surgeries kept him out of the lineup for the team that finished third in the NCAA Championship in 1971. Western eventually had to vacate their third place position because of McDaniels' admission that he had hired a professional agent prior to finishing his senior year of eligibility. Sadly, they were forced to return the trophies and their share of the gate. With basketball now a thing of his past, Jerome hit the books. Academically named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, he graduated from WKU in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in industrial education and technology. He worked for Xerox for six years before moving to the 3M Company. He is now a regional sales manager for 3M and manages sales from Wisconsin to the Pacific Ocean. He has two daughters-Kanesha, also a Manual graduate, and Jerrika, a junior at WKU-and a four-year-old granddaughter.

Walt Perry 
Inducted: 1997

Walt Perry was the first African American to play baseball at Manual. It can be said safely 35 years later that the Crimson baseball team could not have won the 1962 Championships without Walt. It took three wins in four days to claim the title. Manual won the three games and Walt was the winning pitcher in all three. In the Championship game Perry gave up only two hits. He became only the third pitcher to win all three games in the state baseball tournament.

 

 

 

Latasha Peterson
Inducted:  2015

After her first year as a Manual basketball player, Latasha Peterson and her mother met with Mayor Jerry Abramson who gave her a donation that paid her way to a blue chip camp. Twenty-three years later she is the girls’ basketball coach at Seneca High School, Abramson’s alma mater.
. Playing center, Latasha scored over 1,000 career points for Coach Ken Smith’s Lady Crimsons, joining an elite group. She is but another of Manual’s basketball players who achieved first team All-State status.
Her playing days at Manual were from 1990 to 1994. Her senior year, aside from making All-State, she earned the prestigious title of Gatorade Player of the Year. She was also a McDonald’s all-American, represented Manual on the Kentucky All-Star team, was invited to the Nike All-American camp and was only one vote away from becoming Ms. Basketball in Kentucky.
She played briefly at the University of Kentucky, then, in her second year at Laurel, Mississippi’s, Jones Jr. College, led her team to a perfect 24-0 season. Her last two years she played at Nicholls State (Thibodaux, Louisiana) where, upon graduation, she was invited to the Houston Comets tryout camp.
From 2006 to 2009 she had her first coaching job at St. Francis High School here in Louisville, but left when they “ran out of players.” During those years she was slowed due to back surgery she had after suffering a freak injury. She was hit by a car that ran through the front of the Rainbo Bread store at 7th and Hill Streets. “I’m the reason you see those yellow poles in front of that store now,” she guarantees. “The car was going to pin me against the wall, but I saved my legs by jumping onto the hood. That’s how I hurt my back.”
In the fall of 2009 she took an assistant’s job at Shawnee High School and stayed two years before accepting the head job for the Seneca Lady Red Hawks in 2010. In her first two years there her teams qualified for the regional tournament both times. With Atherton, Sacred Heart, Waggener and Manual in her district, competition remains fierce.
Aside from her coaching duties she heads a special program at Seneca running a “Positive Action Center,” better known to the students as “The PAC Room.” To her students she is affectionately known as “Coach P.”
On December 13, 2013 at a ceremony between games of a boy-girl doubleheader with Seneca, Manual’s Alumni Association retired her jersey (Number 51) and unfurled a commemorative banner that hangs in the Charmoli Gym emblematic of her accomplishments.
She becomes the sixth Lady Crimson to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Gina Brown was the first, followed by Gwen Doyle, ShaRae Mansfield, Samantha Williams and Candyce Bingham.

 


Buddy Pfaadt
Inducted: 2000
Manual has employed many successful football coaches in the past 106 years, but who compares to Coach Buddy Pfaadt? He started as a freshman at St. X, ended up at Brook and Breck where he earned three letters in football and basketball and made All-State in both. After graduating in 1962, he played as a defensive back all four years at EKU, where he was named Little All-American. He coached at Western and in West Virginia before taking his job at Manual in 1975. His first year, the team beat Trinity, DeSales and Bishop David, although he says his best team was probably the team of '77. Like a good head coach, he gives credit for his success to many assistants, and after compiling a 46-32 won-loss record at Manual, he left coaching for 3 years, and then returned at PRP until 1987. He retired when his son Shawn began his basketball career there.

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Al Pfeffer
Inducted:  2001

Al Pfeffer taught U.S. History for 31 years in Jefferson County, but it is his life that provides the best lessons. He was the answer to an obscure trivia question that rang true for 36 years, the amount of time it took to make baseball an "official" event in the Olympics. In 1956 the Amateur Athletic Union decided to allow baseball as a demonstration sport in the Olympic Games at Melbourne, Australia. Al was in the army and was chosen as one of 24 players on the first ever United States Olympic Baseball Team. Starting at second base against an All-Australian team in front of 120,000 spectators, he hit a home run his first time at bat. His team won 12-2, and that was the only baseball game played in the Olympics until it became a recognized sport in 1992. At Manual Al played infield three years for Hall of Famer Ralph Kimmel. He got a scholarship to Georgetown College upon graduating in 1951, and earned a bachelor's degree there in 1955. He entered the service, was released in 1957, and then coached baseball at Georgetown while working on his Master's Degree at the University of Kentucky. In 1959 he began teaching at Shawnee High School, then moved to Manual in 1964, replacing Hall-of-Famer Neal Skeeters as head baseball coached. In 1972 he moved to Iroquois High School and led their basketball team, the Raiders, to their first-ever District Title in 1973. He moved to Eastern High School in 1981 to get closer to his home on Echo Trail and retired in 1988. For the last nine years he has been involved in distributing clothing and shoes to the needy of Louisville at various churches, boys' clubs and schools, with the Free Clothing Enterprise.

Gwynne Tuell Potts
Inducted:  2008

In 1966, the year she graduated from Manual, Gwynne was one of the editors of the Crimson-Record. Today she is well-respected as the co-editor (with historian Samuel W. Thomas) of George Rogers Clark and Locust Grove, a 230-page account of Virginia’s role in the Revolution and in the settling of the Bluegrass. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1970, and taught high school history from 1971 through 1983 before involving herself with the preservation of Louisville’s past. She served as the Executive Director of Historic Locust Grove from 1985 to 1994, and also directed the 1990 bicentennial celebration. From 1998 to 2004 she served as president and CEO of the Blackacre Foundation. In 2006 she co-chaired the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration. She still serves Locust Grove as member/secretary of the Board of Directors.

Michael L. Power
Inducted:  2012

In 1976 Power Graphics opened with only four employees, but thanks to the entrepreneurial talents of its founder it has blossomed into one of the region's largest advertising agencies. Mike graduated from Manual in 1961 and received a Hite Scholarship at U. of L.'s School of Fine Arts (now the Hite Art Institute) where he earned a B.A. Today Power Creative provides marketing communications support to a host of local and global clients.

Growing up near Iroquois Park, Mike always had a passion for the city's park system. In 2006 he directed a Power Creative team that supported the Olmsted Parks Conservancy's Woodlands Restoration Initiative, a project that earned the agency its first National Gold ADDY Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Advertising Federation. Mike served for 15 years on the Advisory Board of Jefferson Community and Technical College, and helped fund a state-of-the-art computer design lab at U. of L.'s art department.

Mike's personal awards include the Jericho Award from Cedar Lake Lodge, the Silver Medal Award from the Advertising Federation of Louisville, Arthritis Foundation's Man of the Year and the Frederick Law Olmsted Leadership Award.

 

Shirley Burns Powers 
Inducted: 1996

Shirley Burns Powers, Class of 1959, is the top woman health care administrator in the city of Louisville. She has dedicated herself to nursing and health care since first graduating from Norton Infirmary with her nursing diploma. Known as a tireless designer of new patient care organizational approaches, she implemented Louisville’s first continuing education program for nurses, its first transitional care center and its first intensive care center for patients.

 

 

Travis Jason Prentice
Inducted:  2012

As a running back for Miami (Ohio) University, Travis earned the nickname "Touchdown Travis." He holds the NCAA Division 1-A records for career rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and points scored in his three years with the Red Hawks. Travis graduated from Manual in 1995, where he was first team All-District in both his junior and senior years, rushing for over 1,000 yards each year. To date he played on the last Manual football team to beat St. X. In his junior year at Miami he ran for 1,787 yards and 19 touchdcowns while leading the Red Hawks to a 10-1 season. He ended his college career with 5,596 yards on 1,138 carries and set numerous school, conference and NCAA rercords. Many consider his 862 consecutive touches without a fumble to be his most impressive personal stat. Prentice was the first pick in the third round by the Cleveland Browns in the 2000 NFL draft. He spent four years with the Browns, Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals. He is now back in Louisville working on a degree in Occupational Therapy.


 

 

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Jim Proffitt
Inducted:  2001

Jim Proffitt was one of 125 freshmen who wanted to play football for Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1950. Four years later he became one of only five of that original group to graduate. At Manual he had earned three football letters and captained the team in 1949, his senior year. He was All-City and All-State, a standout performer at end, both on offense and defense. "I played on two perfect squads at Manual," he laughs, "the 0-10 team under Hilman Holley in 1947 and the 10-0 team in 1948 under Mike Basrak." The 1948 team claimed the State Championship. He also lettered in basketball and track at Manual, and was the KHSAA shot put champion in 1950 with a then-record toss of 49 feet, 10 1/2 inches. Bryant called Jim one of the best blockers in football, but his biggest thrill was leaping high in the end zone to pull down a 17-yard pass from quarterback Herbie Hunt to tie heavily-favored Tennessee in 1952. "It snowed the whole game that year," remembers Jim. "When I came down with the ball, the back of my head stuck in the snow. Sportswriter Ed Ashford said that our comeback snapped the hex Tennessee had over us. Kentucky beat them the next three years." Jim graduated in 1954 with a B.S. in commerce and coached football one season at Manual before serving as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He then attended law school at U of L and was admitted to the bar in 1962. He practiced civil law for two years, until he chose to help his ailing father in the grocery business. He bought that business, Gateway Supermarkets, and ran it for the next 28 years. He started a new career at age 61 when he graduated from the Police Academy, and has worked with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for ten years.

Arthur Raderer
Inducted:  2016

     Art and his two brothers, Rich and Herb (also Manual graduates), were brought up by a single mother after their father died. Art was only seven years old when everyone had to pitch in and work to make ends meet.  Graduating from Manual in 1935, he had to eschew extra-curricular activities because of time restraints. He delivered The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times twice per day—The Courier early in the morning and the Times in the afternoon—in his high school years.
     From 1936 until 1955 he worked at Kentucky Color and Chemical Company, first as a lab assistant, then as the Southeastern U.S. Sales Representative.
     His banking career began in 1955 when he joined Louisville Home Federal Savings and Loan Association as a loan officer. He eventually became the association’s CEO, and in 1978 became president and board chairman. On Art’s watch the company merged with three other loan associations, changing its name to Future Federal Savings and Loan where he retired in 1982. 
     He served our country in the U.S. Army with two years of active duty followed by 19 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard where he retired as a major. He has been a member for 50 years of the Masonic Order (Beuchel Lodge 896). He is also a member of the Scottish Rite and Kosair Shrine organizations and is a charter member of St. Andrews Church of Christ. 
     Art served his community as well as a member of many boards. He is most proud of his service on the Savings Associations Retirement Board for five years. The board was comprised of 12 bank presidents from all over the country, plus 12 well-known business people and heads of industry. Their meetings were at the Plaza in New York City. 
     He was also president of both the Louisville and the Kentucky Savings and Loan League and served two terms on the Cincinnati Home Loan Bank Board and was a member of boards representing the Home Builders Association of Louisville, Louisville Protestant Orphans Home and Brooklawn Childrens Home, Preservation Alliance, the Kentucky State Fair, Norton Hospital Foundation and Methodist Evangelical Hospital.

 

Richard A. Raderer
Inducted:  2015

Here was a man—Rich Raderer—who believed wholeheartedly in the value of hard work. He began a 43-year career as an errand boy at Stock Yards Bank and retired as the bank president in 1985, a graduate of the “school of hard knocks.”
Mr. Raderer grew up on Whitney Avenue in the shadow of the Churchill Downs twin spires. His father passed away when Rich was only four years old; his mother never remarried and raised three sons as a single mom.
He graduated from Manual in 1941 where he participated in the Glee Club and was inducted into the National Honor Society. His older brother, Art, Manual Class of 1935, explained, “The three of us (including baby brother Herb, Manual ’43) had to work to help make ends meet around the house. We just didn’t have time for sports, although we would have liked to participate.”
Proud of his South End background, Mr. Raderer was an unpretentious soul. His cohorts in business constantly chided him about moving to the end of town “where all the money was.” The closest he came to the East End was downsizing to the corner of Eastern Parkway and Poplar Level Road until he moved to Florida and later entered Masonic Home for assisted living. “He drove a blue Ford station wagon until the rocker panels rusted out,” cited his son, Richard, Jr.
Rich went to work at the bank shortly after returning from the service, and climbed the ladder of success, finally taking the top job in 1978. He continued to sport the same work ethic, taking occasional respites at his house on Nolin Lake.
He was a World War II veteran who left the Kentucky Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel, He was a member of the Buechel Masonic Lodge 896, the Scottish Rite, and served as Potentate of Kosair Shrine Temple in 1984. He also served on several hospital boards as well as the Methodist Foundation Board.
Mr. Raderer passed away August 14, 2012. The Kentucky House of Representatives paid a glowing tribute to him two weeks later on August 28.



Pee Wee Reese 
Inducted: 1994

 
Harold Henry Reese’s yearbook epitaph in the Crimson of ’35 reads "Everyone knows him as Pee Wee, but he is really Charley Gehringer in disguise. Watch his dust. He’ll be a big leaguer some day." This turned out to be quite an understatement. When the Brooklyn Dodgers bought Reese from the Sox for $35,000 and four players in 1940, Ebbets Field saw him step into the lineup to replace an aging Leo Durocher. He remained in the Dodger lineup, except for three seasons in the Navy, until he retired in 1958.  His statue stands now in front of Louisville's Slugger Field.

 

 

Cleves Richardson
Inducted:  2009
 

Cleves Richardson served as football physician from 1919 until his death in 1960, serving 41 of Manual’s gridiron teams. During that span it is believed he never missed a game, and he never sent a bill to the family of a Crimson athlete. A 1909 graduate, he played football and ran track alongside his twin brother Charles. After Manual, Cleves graduated from the Jefferson School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1913, interned in New York, then returned to Louisville to practice in 1916. During WWI he served as a captain in the medical corps on the front lines in France. In 1923 Dr. Richardson served on the Manual Stadium Building committee and was instrumental in raising the necessary funds to open what was the finest high school football facility in the country when it opened in 1924. He died April 20, 1960. At the visitation at Pearson’s funeral home, the entire 1959 Manual state champion football team filed in to pay their respects.

 

Don Ridge
Inducted:  2015

It was two “bears” who had the most influence on Don Ridge’s ability to lead a very successful life: Ray Baer and Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Of course there was no ursine pedigree in either man; they were both football coaches who were bigger than life—Baer who coached Ridge for three years at Manual, and Bryant, who coached him at the University of Kentucky.
Ridge was captain of Baer’s team in 1942, the fifth and last that ran off a string of consecutive victories over Male. On Thanksgiving Don led a 26-6 rout in front of 17,000 at Manual Stadium by scoring first on a 22-yard pass. As a 6-2 end Don made an easy target. Prior to coming to Manual he had been a star basketball player at Shawnee Junior High, the tallest on the team. He lettered three years for Coach Baer and was a standout student, citing as his favorite teacher, the legendary Dean Smith. He also played baseball.
Upon graduation from Manual in 1942 ˝, Don joined the war effort. He was trained to build aircraft engines in the Marine Air Corps but ended up on a night fighter squadron in the South Pacific, seeing action in places such as Saipan and Tinian.
Upon returning from overseas, Don married his first wife and used the G.I. Bill to earn a B.A. Degree in education, graduating in 1949. In the meantime he split an athletic scholarship between football and baseball. This was the football heyday at UK when Coach Bryant set standards there that have not yet been surpassed. Don played end for three years for the Wildcats, catching passes from UK great George Blanda and a young Babe Parelli. He and a lady partner also won the campus co-ed badminton championship.
He taught and coached at West Point, Eastern and St. Xavier High Schools. While an assistant at St. X. under Head Coach John Meihaus, his good friend and former teammate both at Manual and UK, he decided to go into building houses. His first two houses he physically put up himself, framing them at daybreak before reporting to his classroom at St. X. The houses still stand off Rudy Lane; he did all the work except the electrical wiring.
Building houses proved an impetus for a great career in real estate and developing. He personally developed most of Okolona and stayed at it for 55 years, at which time he was honored by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission.

Col. John E. Ridge
Inducted:  2006

     John Edward Ridge was instrumental in the founding and leadership of New Directions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing in Louisville for poor and working families.  John graduated from Manual in 1932 and from U of L in 1936.  From 1941 to 1945 he served on active duty in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of captain.  He was stationed at Fort Kamehameha on December 7, 1941 and was one of the first to fire on Japanese planes when Pearl Harbor was attached.  He served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, and fought in the battle of Monte Cassino.  He is a graduate of Command General Staff College and the Industrial War College.  He maintained his military service in the Kentucky National Guard and the Army Reserves until he retired with the rank of colonel in 1969.
     An MIA designated real estate appraiser, John worked for 25 years at the Federal Housing Administration (now HUD) before entering the private sector in 1969.  John is a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, the Retired Officers Association, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Kiwanis Club, the Louisville Boat Club and Holy Spirit Church.  He is also the recipient of the John R. Carpenter Award for his efforts to provide housing for the poor.

Don Ridge
Inducted:  2013
Don Ridge, Class of 1942-1/2, was football team captain at Manual and a standout at UK, was a builder-developer in Jefferson County for 50 years and taught and coached at St. X and Eastern High.


A.J. Ries 
Inducted: 1994
Arthur J. Ries graduated valedictorian from Manual in 1926. He became the principal at Manual in 1949. He ushered in co-education in 1950 and saw the successful move from Mr. Du Pont’s monument at Brook and Oak to Halleck Hall at Second and Lee. In the latter days of his principalship, he was faced with all the problems that go with an inner-city school.

 

 

 

Adam Robinson, Jr.
Inducted:  2009

 

He played football at Manual, and was voted best singer in the Class of 1968, but his career took a different path. In August 27, 2007 Vice Admiral Adam Robinson assumed duties as the 36th Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

He entered the naval service in 1977 and holds a Doctor of Medicine from the I.U. School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Following completion of a surgical internship at Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine, he was commissioned. In 1978 he completed a residency in General Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Subsequent duty assignments included Staff Surgeon, U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, and Ship’s Surgeon on the USS Midway. After completing a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the U of Illinois School of Medicine, Vic Adm. Robinson returned to the National Naval Medical Center as head of the Colon and Rectal Surgery division. While there he was called to temporary duty in 1987 as Ship’s Surgeon on the USS John Kennedy and the USS Coral Sea. Subsequent posts included serving as Head of General Surgery at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA, Director of Readiness at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and Principal Director, Clinical and Program Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense for Health Affairs in Sept. 2000, where he also served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

Vice Adm. Robinson holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various service and campaign awards.

 

Ashley Rowatt Karpino
Inducted:  2016

     It would be a fair statement to say that Ashley Rowatt was “Miss Everything” as a high school student at Manual where she graduated No. 1 in a class of 430 in 1999.  Not only was she the first Manual student to have science research published in a national journal, she was a finalist in the International Science Fair and was named the most outstanding MST student at her alma mater. She was also a Governor’s Scholar, not to mention an outstanding athlete.
     Through her leadership as captain of Manual’s swim team, she helped establish a squad with four relay swimmers for the first time which led to state championship participation. A Top eight finisher in multiple events, Ashley was voted Most Valuable Swimmer her senior year. She also lettered four years in cross country where she led a Regional Championship team and was chosen Most Valuable Runner as a freshman. Her talents earned her an academic scholarship to Kenyon (Ohio) College where she blossomed. She earned her bachelor’s degree in May 2003, graduating Summa Cum Laude with highest honors in molecular biology and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
     In 2013 Ashley was voted into the Kenyon College Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. After becoming the NCAA Division III Swimming National Champion (3-time individual, 2-time relay and 3-time team national champion) from 2000-2003, she became the first Division III athlete to be named NCAA “Woman of the Year” in 2003, having been chosen from the 150,000 female athletes in all divisions as the one who excelled the most in “academics, athletics leadership and service.” In four years she was named an NCAA All-American (per event) 13 times.
     Ashley entered the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the fall of 2003 where she earned her degree in medicine in May of 2007 and finished her residency and fellowship in 2014. She earned a Master of Public Health in 2013. Currently she is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Sports Medicine at the Nashville institution. At Vandy she continued to win awards. In 2007 she was chosen by the chief residents in the medical center’s post-graduate training programs as the “fourth-year medical student having contributed most toward excellent patient care as a medical student.” In 2013 she earned the “Outstanding Practicum Award” in a Master of Public Health program. In 2007 she was also admitted to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

 

Paul F. Roye
Inducted:  2008

 

A 1971 graduate, Paul was president of his senior class, vice president of the band, sports editor of The Crimson-Record, a member of the National Honor Society, the Latin Club, Future Teachers of America, the Pep Club and Junior Achievement. He won an academic scholarship to Dartmouth College, where he earned an A.B. cum laude. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Note and Comment Editor of the University’s Journal of Law Reform. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He has served the U.S. as director of the Division of Investment Management for the Securities and Exchange Commission. During his tenure he received the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an SEC staff member. He is currently a senior vice president of the Fund Business Management Group of Capital Research and Management Company, and is also director of American Funds Service Company, executive vice president and principal executive officer of The New Economy Fund and SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc., and senior vice president of AMCAP Fund, Inc. and American Mutual Fund, Inc.

Robert Royer
Inducted: 2003

Royer graduated first in the Class of 1945 ˝ at Manual and in college continued his scholarly habits. Only three years later he was graduated magna cum laude from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering as the Terre Haute school's valedictorian. In May of 1949, fresh out of college, he was hired as an engineer by the Louisville Gas and Electric Co., and, excepting two years spent in the military from 1953 to '55, spent 39 years with the company. He retired in 1990 as Chairman of the Board. At LG&E he worked his way to a vice president's chair, named to that position in September, 1964. Then in November, 1978, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer, remaining in that position until June of 1989 when he took over the Chairmanship. Over the years he has served on such distinguished boards as the J. Graham Brown Foundation (trustee, 1980), Alliant Health System (1989-'94), Broadway Renaissance Advisory Board (1988-'89) and the Kentucky Energy Resources Commission (1975-'79). In addition, he has served as a director for Citizens Fidelity Corporation, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Kentucky Science and Technology Council, the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Downtown Optimist Club, the Louisville Automobile Club, Leadership Louisville and the Executives Club of Louisville. He is, however, most proud of his affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the Old Kentucky Home Council Executive Board since 1967, acting as President from 1982 to '84 and Trustee from 1984 to '88. He also served as vice president and president of the Southeast Region's Executive Board. He has earned several awards with the Scouts, including a 40-year Veteran Award granted in July of 1995. He is also listed in Who's Who in America and in Current Affiliations. He married Carol Pierce in Terre Haute June 24, 1950. They have three children-Jenifer, Todd and Douglas-and two grandchildren.

Earl Ruby 
Inducted: 1994

Earl Ruby graduated from Manual in 1923. He served as sports editor from 1938 until 1968. His daily column, Ruby’s Report, was read by subscribers for over three decades. In 1945 he won the National Headliner Award for the nation’s best sports columns. Ruby was the co-founder of the Derby Festival and is responsible for starting the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame into which he was inducted in 1975. Ruby covered some of the biggest sports events in the country including several World Series and every Derby.