Harvey Sanders 
Inducted: 1995

Mr. Sanders was the groundskeeper at Manual Stadium for 35 years. The stadium is in his named officially changed in 1984 by the Board of Education. He always thought the biggest part of his job at the stadium was making sure everything was in order for the games including the fields, track and dressing rooms

George Sauer 
Inducted: 1996

Although a 1950 graduate of Male high, George Sauer served Manual as Principal from 1971 to 1979, a time of great change and upheaval for the school. During his tenure Manual changed its emphasis from manual arts, for which it got its distinctive name, to one with a more comprehensive focus. The YPAS (Youth Performing Arts School) was opened, the forerunner to the school becoming a "magnet," or one that has no attendance boundary. He is now married to the former Charlene Sabens. They have a son, Jeff, and a daughter, Jennie, and three grandchildren. He is the first person to be inducted to both the Male and the Manual Halls of Fame.

Martin L. Schmidt 
Inducted: 1997

Martin Schmidt played baseball four years at Manaul and captained the team his senior year in, 1909. He was also elected treasurer of his class. He worked long hours after school and he spent his summer working with his father at the Coke bottling plant. He became President of the Manual Alumni Association in 1927. He served as President of the Kentucky State Bottlers Association in 1923.

 

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Joseph D. Scholtz
Inducted:  2001

Joseph D. Scholtz was born in Louisville, graduated from duPont Manual Training High School in 1908 and quickly asserted himself as a businessman. Early in his career he was vice president of Joseph Denunzio Fruit Company, and later was president of the municipally owned Louisville Water Company and headed the city's parks department. He was elected mayor in November of 1937 and directed the city's affiars for four years. He left office a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and joined the Office of Civilian Defense, where he became regional director for nine states. In May 1943 he was commissioned a major in the Army and was sent to North Africa and Italy. He ended the war by serving as a lieutenant colonel attached to the British Eighth Army. He was discharged in 1945. In 1947 he was appointed Louisville postmaster, serving until 1959. His accomplishments as mayor included the establishing of Seneca Park, planning the building of Standiford Field, aiding in the city's switchover from streetcars to buses, and brokering equal pay for black and white teachers. Joseph passed away September 25, 1972.

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George F. Sengel
Inducted: 1998

George "Chink" Sengel is the sole member of the legendary 1938 National Championship Manual football team to make a career in the game. In fact, at 75 years of age he is still scouting part time for the Buffalo Bills, having devoted 60 years to the sport. His teammates honor him today and also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 28-20 defeat of New Britain, Conn. In the Sugar Bowl which led to the title team. Since 1968 Sengel has scouted for eight different NFL teams, the last 19 for the Buffalo Bills who one might recall participated in four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990 to ’93.

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Nancy Niles Sexton
Inducted: 1998

Nancy Niles Sexton, Class of ’52, enters the Manual Hall of Fame today along with her uncle, John Jacob Niles. She is the producing director and founder of Waldern Theater and has taught and worked with young performers for over thirty years. She holds a B.A. in English/Drama from the University of Kentucky and has done graduate study at Yale Drama School. Walden’s 22nd annual annual Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in Actors Theatre Victor Jory Theatre May 8, 9, 15and 16.

Neal Skeeters 
Inducted: 1997

Neal earned five letters in football, basketball, baseball, track, and swimming. Skeeters displayed his ability as early as 13 when he won the National Athletic Achievement score for the Louisville YMCA. As a halfback/fullback he was also co-captain of the football team. He was selected by the basketball team as MVP. In 1957 Neal signed with the Cincinnati Reds. His Manual team in a combined three years had a record of 71 to 18.
 

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Marlyn Yaden Smith
Inducted:  2001

Marlyn Yaden Smith, Class of '54, is but one more example of how hard work still pays dividends. "Dividends" couldn't be more apt since she has spent the last 46 years working for a bank. She was hired as a switchboard op0erator and typist for the old Royal Bank and Trust Company in September 1956 and worked her way up to become the first female Executive Vice President in April 1995. During that time Royal merged with the Bank of Louisville. Marlyn survived breast cancer in April, 1992 and wants everyone to know "There is life after cancer." Since being promoted, her resume reads like the civic leader she has become. She served as Kentucky Derby Festival Chairwoman in 1995, and was chairwoman for the Louisville Theatrical Association, producers of the Broadway Series, in 1996 and 1997. She served on the Board for the Association for ten years. She was in the 1981 Class of Leadership Louisville and now is a board member of that organization's alumni association. She has also served as an executive board member for the Louisville Collegiate School Parents Council and the Jefferson County Child Abuse Authority, now called "a Family Place," and was a board member of the Minority Venture Capital Corporation. Marlyn has also served on the Business Advisory Committee for Jefferson Community College, Southwest, is still with the Host Committee for Churchill Downs, and was a member of the Jefferson County Police Chief's Advisory Board in 1997 and 1998.

Gene Snyder 
Inducted: 1997

Gene Graduated from Manual 1945 1/2. He took pre-law at U of L and received his L.L.B from the old Jefferson School of Law, he was granted a juris doctorate from Louisville. He served as Jefferson City Attorney from 1953-1957 and was elected Magistrate of the first Magisterial District of Jefferson county in 1957. He was President of the First Magisterial District Republican Club, and President of the Jeffersontown Optimist Club. Later the Gene Snyder Freeway was named after him.


Ramona Boone Stenzhorn
Inducted: 2000
Ramona Boone graduated from Manual in 1960, so full of Mnual spirit and very much a aprt of the school culture. From there she entered U of L, and receieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1964. She continued her education during her career as an educator in the Virginia Beach City School system, receiving a Master's from the College of William and Mary, and also earned her Doctor of Education Degree. She began as a 6th grade teacher in Virginia Beach, and was then the youngest principal ever appointed to the system, which resulted in her being named one of the "outstanding Young Women in America. She was a principal at every level- elementary, middle and high during her career, but her longest position was the principal of Salem High School. She belonged to many organizations inclduing Business and Professional Women's Club, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Delta Kappa Pi Honor Socitey, and she was appointed to the governor's Board for Licensing of Professional Counselors. The mayor of Virginia Beach once wrote that "her warmth, charm and intellect drew people to her like 'bees to honey'. Ramona always gave credit to other rather than taking i for herself. Her sparkle, smile and flare made those who worked with her feel like winners."

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Moe Thacker
Inducted: 1998

Morris Benton "Moe" Thacker, Class of 1952, to date remains the last Manual baseball player to make the major leagues. Moe captained the 1952 baseball team to the state championship, Coach Ralph Kimmel’s second, and played on two state tournament basketball teams. After lettering in three sports-football in ’50 and ’51, basketball in ’51 and ‘52-Moe signed a contract with the New York Yankees for $18,000 immediately after graduation. He spent seven years, ’52 through ’57, in the Yankee minor league farm system with stopovers at Fond du Lac, Wis., Joplin, Mo., Norfolk, Va., Birmingham, Al., Richmond, Va. and New Orleans.

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Bill Trollinger
Inducted: 1998

William V. Trollinger, Class of 1949, is a world class geologist and an authority on the use of aerial photography and satellite imagery for the exploration of petroleum and minerals. At Manual Bill played tackle on the undefeated and untied 1948 state championship football team and was a starter in the Kentucky All-Star game in 1949. From a number of scholarship offers Bill chose Washington and Lee University where he played guard and linebacker from 1949 to 1953, including W & L’s 1950 Southern Conference Championship team that performed in the Gator Bowl. He graduated cum laude from W & L in 1953 with a BS Degree in Geology.

Lou Vassie 
Inducted: 1997

Lou led the revival of the Alumni Association in 1992, voted Baseball Team Captain and Class President - 1954, named Louisville "Amateur Baseball Player of the Year" in 1954 and played Professional Baseball for 9 years. Lou was a Professional All-Star 6 times, tied 3 Professional hitting records and the second baseman on 3 Triple-A Championship teams. He was "Louisville Pro Baseball Player of the Year for 1958", named the AAA Indianapolis Indians All-Star second baseman for the years 1956 thru 1981 and named second baseman on the Topps National All-Star Team in 1961. His autograph bat is now part of Hillerich & Bradsby Company's Wall of Autographs in their Baseball Museum.

Morton Walker 
Inducted: 1995

Mr. Walker was a teacher at Manual High School from 1937-1946 teaching English to his students. He became a Professor of English, speech, and humanities at the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School one year later in 1947. At UofL, he was the founder of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Beta Beta Chapter (1947). He served on the old Louisville Board of Education from 1948 to 1961 where he was the president for three terms ’51, ’55, and ’60. He was a public address announcer at UofL games from 1946 to 1954. 

Patricia Watson 
Inducted: 1999

Patricia Watson was the school's Executive council Sponsor from 1986-96, developing Red-White Spirit Week. She also organized Basketball homecoming during the same time. She was also the faculty's Dare to Care sponsor, receiving the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Arthur Kling Center for Senior Citizens in 1996. In 1986 she received the Hands Across America award from the Jefferson County Judge Executive. She has been the Future Homemaker's Association sponsor since 1978 and also has written and implemented a Fashion Design Curriculum for the Board, for which she earned a trip to New York for her and her students in 1989. She has also served as Senior Class Sponsor in 1981 and 1985 and been involved in the Summer Enrichment Program both in 1997 and 1998, but she maintains her first love is Girls Basketball, and she has supported the Lady Crimsons for 20 years.


Chris West
Inducted: 2000
West was the starting quarterback for the Crimsons as a sophomore, and his gridiron exploits earned him All State and honorable mention All'American accolades. In basketball he was the first man off the becnh as a freshman and earned a starting guard position for the next three years. As a senior he averaged 22 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8 assists per game. As a senior, Chris made the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Team as well as the All-State team and was voted "Mr. Manual" in 1982. Choosing basketball over football as his college sport, West signed with U of L and graduated in 1987 and spent the next three years playing basketball in Europe, Southeast Asia and South America. In 1990 he returned home to help coach at Manual. He coached one year at Fairdale, then worked two years at Boys Haven and the City of Lousiville before going to work in 1996 for Boy Scouts of America where he now holds the title of Senior District Executive. An this is not his first Hall of Fame induction. Last year in a similiar ceremony, he was recognized as one of the top five executives for the Southern Region, BSA, for 1999.


Bob Weihe
Inducted: 2000
Community Friend Award
Weihe was known as an "angel" of sorts, helping support endeavors in local schools over the years. Indeed, almost every school in Jefferson County owes Bob a debt of gratitude for his support over the years. He retired in January from Coca-Cola Bottlers of Louisville, for whom he worked since 1958. A Bellarmine graduate, he was named Youth Marketing Manager for Coke in 1984. He first served the county by coaching grade football for 20 years.  During that time he coached St. Francis of Assissi to three Toy Bowl championships, and officiated high school basketball, both boys and girls, for 25 years.his ties to Manual began with the newest era. Because of his familiarity and reputation for integrity, Bob was chosen by Principal joe Liedtke to serve on the intial screening committee to accept applicants when Manual was first made a magnet school.


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Bob White
Inducted:  2001
Community Friend Award

Bob White (Community Friend Award 2001) was hired on at The Courier-Journal in early March of 1959, when Manual's athletic program was at its zenith: In March 1959 the Manual basketball team became State Runners-up; In June the baseball team won its fifth State Chamopionship under Ralph Kimmel; in November the football team went undefeated, won the first-ever AAA State Title, and defeated Male 62-0 on Thanksgiving Day. And the track team won the State Title in June, 1960. Bob is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Sportswriters Hall of Fame, and has received numerous journalism awards. He remains one of the most respected men in Kentucky sports history. He is a trusted friend of all principals, directors of athletics, coaches and athletes involved in the business of high school sports. Three generations of high school athletes owe him respect.

Don Whitehouse
Inducted: 1999

Don Whitehouse tallied 522 points, averaging 15.8 in 33 games, to lead the city in 1950-51, a 7th Region record at the time. This earned him the coveted Hasenour Trophy. He was voted Most Valuable Player in the Louisville Invitational Tournament his senior year and was All-L.I.T. both in '50 and '51. he also made the All-State Tournament Team.

He still holds two records at Morehead: most free throws shot in a game (29), and most free throws scored in a game (21).


Vernon Wold
Inducted: 2000
Alumni Achievement Award
Wold's dedication to Manual is outdone only by the length of his tenure at the school. he is in his 24th year at Second and Lee after teaching his first nine years at Sourthen Junior High School. He teaches grafting and architecture, and while drawings are mostly computer-generated now, he also makes his students learn how to use the T-square and triangle. He is alos in charge of a technology component called "Option 2000". He has always been a good will ambassador for the school and has been eager to involve himself in most any facet of the school. He's been versatile as any coach in the annals of the school, coaching three sports for a number of years. He adds, "I have my won personal history of Manual stored in my brain. It's been a great school and a good run."

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Steve Wright
Inducted:  2001

Steve Wright began playing football when he was in the seventh grade at Barrett Junior High. Gene Fagan and Bob Milton, who coached kids at Cherokee Park on Saturday mornings, told him he had a future in football and convinced him to attend Manual. Steve lived in Atherton's district, but was allowed to enroll in Manual's pre-engineering curriculum. He became a Courier-Journal All-Stater, at 6-5 and 275 pounds, playing offensive tackle and defensive end for the Crimsons from 1957 to 1959. He finished his prep career as a member of that undefeated State Championship squad that beat Male 62-0 on Thanksgiving Day. He also lettered in track and field, winning both shot put and discus championships in city competition and the KHSAA state shot put championship for 1959. After being highly recruited, he signed with the University of Alabama and played for the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant. The Crimson Tide won a national championship in 1961, and before his college career was over, he found himself as a member of an Orange Bowl and two Sugar Bowl championship teams. Steve was drafted fifth by the Green Bay Packers, and played offensive tackle for Vince Lombardi from 1964 to 1968 and participated in the last NFL Title Game against the Browns and in the first two Super Bowls. Those historic Packer teams remain the only ones in the NFL to win three championships in a row. Steve was traded to the Giants in 1969 where he was chosen as the model for what was then the American Express Gladiator Award. This bronze sculpture is still given today as the Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award. He was traded again, this time to the Redskins, and was reunited with Lombardi, who died shortly thereafter. He also played with the Bears and Cardinals, and spent his last two years with the World Football league. In his final year in pro ball, he wrote a book of his experiences titled I'd Rather Be Wright, and also appeared on several radio and television talk shows relating his experiences in football. After his football career, he entered the veterinary pharmaceutical industry where, 25 years later, he's still actively involved as a regional manager for an animal health company. He remains an active supporter of the NFL Alumni Association and the NFL Retired Players Association.