Jack Sagabiel
Inducted:  2007

 

Jack graduated from Manual in the first co-ed class, 1950-1/2. At Western Kentucky University, where he earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees, he was vice president of the Class of 1956 and was voted "Mr. Senior." He earned an L.L.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1975. In between active duty stints with the Army Reserve from 1956-1959 he returned to Western and served there for 30 years, primarily as assistant dean of students and dean of men. Since 1986 he has been involved with Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, an honorary society established at the University of Illinois in 1923 to encourage and recognize high scholastic achievement among members of the first-year class. He earned the Association of College Honor Societies Certificate of Distinction in 2000 and as a member of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club was Kiwanian of the Year in 1965 and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He is also a life member of Sigma Chi Social Fraternity and has served as president of the Bowling Green Masonic Lodge.

 

 

Greg Sample
Inducted:  2009

 

Gregory Scott Sample is another successful YPAS story, a fellow who is rapidly becoming known as one of America’s foremost choreographers. During his high school years, he was involved in Louisville’s Next Generation all four years, numerous YPAS musicals and dance concerts, the Beta Club, the Governor’s School for the Arts, and was voted "Most Talented" in his senior class.

After leaving Manual/YPAS in 1994, Greg graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was featured dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago from 1997 to 2002. He has danced works by Lou Conte, Twyla Tharp, David Parsons and many others. In 2003 he was featured on Oprah and a New Day CBS Special with Justin Timberlake. He has also appeared on the World Music Awards (2004), the Hurricane Katrina benefit with Elton John (2006), Cirque du Soleil and more recently as a soloist in Celine Dion’s Las Vegas act. He is also widely known as a personable, accessible teacher. He has served on the faculty of UNLV Dance Department, Nevada Ballet, Le Reve, A New Day Company and Festival de Danse Encore.

 

Harvey Sanders 
Inducted: 1995

Mr. Sanders was the groundskeeper at Manual Stadium for 35 years. The stadium is in his name, 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.

 

Hugo L. Schaefer, Jr.
Inducted:  2012

As a chemical engineer Hugo L. Schaefer, Jr. provided us with an invention that has greatly aided our kitchen management, leftovers preservation and gift/potluck offerings: he invented Saran Wrap. Saran plastic was discovered by another Dow Chemical lab worker in 1933 but as originally formulated it had a greenish color and an unpleasant odor. During World War II it was used extensively as a protective outer coating primarily for the overseas shipment of machine guns. In 1941 Dow formed a Saran Development Lab and Schaefer was assigned to it. He was named Lab Director in 1948 and it was then that he engineered Saran into the odorless, transparent household staple we know today.

Schaefer was born in Louisville in 1916 and graduated from Manual in 1934 and from U. of L.'s Speed Scientific School, receiving Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chermical Engineering in 1938 and 1939. He began his career as a coating specialist for the Reilly Tar and Chemical Co. in 1939 in Indianapolis, and moved to Midland, Michigan to join the Dow Chemical Company in 1940, from which he retired in 1982. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Plastic Engineers. Mr. Schaefer passed away in 2008 at the age of 91.
 

 

Nicole Scherzinger
Inducted:  2007

Nicole, a 1996 YPAS graduate, is a singer, actress, dancer and songwriter currently best known for her work as the lead vocalist in the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum international recording group The Pussycat Dolls. Nicole was born in Honolulu but grew up in Louisville. At 14 her first professional play was at Actors Theatre of Louisville in the play La Bete. She went on to perform in the Humana Festival's The Survivor. She furthered her studies at Wright State University majoring in theatre arts, garnering the lead roles of Velma Kelly in Chicago, Miss Sara Brown in Guys and Dolls and Julie LaVern in Show Boat. In 2001 she competed on the WB's television series Popstars, where she earned a spot in the female pop group Eden's Crush. In Los Angeles she landed acting roles in feature films and television. In 2005 she was asked to front the Pussycat Dolls and to record their debut album, PCD. Aside from their multi-platinum success the group was nominated this year at the Grammys for "Best Pop Vocal," won 2006 "Best Dance Music Video" at MTV's VMAs, was nominated for three American Music Awards and Nicole was recently named Complex magazine's "Woman of the Year" for 2007. She will be debuting her first solo album entitled "Her Name Is Nicole" in late summer 2007.

 


Martin F. Schmidt
Inducted: 2005


Martin was editor-in-chief of The Crimson and graduated as valedictorian of his class in 1936. He then went to work at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the family business begun by his grandfather Frederick S. Schmidt, during summers away from Tulane University where he was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. He returned to the company in 1940 with a BBA degree and stayed through 1967, leaving only for four years in the Navy in World War II. In 1968 he moved on to the Louisville Free Public Library as head of the Kentucky Division, and in 1973 he moved to the Filson Club to replace its retiring librarian. In 1982-83 he became director of the club after serving on its board of directors for many years. The author of Kentucky Illustrated, a compilation of the earliest lithographs depicting state history, he is also on the board of directors for the Kentucky Historical Society and helped build the new history center in Frankfort and the Coca-Cola Museum in Elizabethtown.

He and his late father, below, are the only father and son combination in the Hall of Fame.

Martin L. Schmidt 

Inducted: 1997

 
Martin Schmidt played baseball four years at Manual 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 summers 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.

 

 

 

Kenny Schmied
Inducted:  2008

 

A 1928-1/2 graduate of Manual, Kenny was a member of the band, orchestra, Mitre Club and Annual staff. He entered politics relatively late in life, when in 1960 he was called upon to arrange a local rally for Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign. His performance and ability impressed party leaders, and in 1961 he was tapped as the party’s third ward alderman candidate. When Mayor William O. Cowger was elected, Schmied was chosen aldermanic president. He was elected Mayor in 1965. After leaving City Hall in 1969 he devoted much of his time to his job as president of American Home Supply Co., the family-owned business his father built, but he retained an interest in civic affairs, being chosen chairman of the Louisville Zoo’s governing commission in 1972. On April 5, 1973 he suffered a fatal heart attack. 

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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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Bill Schooley
Inducted: 2002

Bill Schooley has the distinction of earning more varsity letters (10) at Manual than any other athlete in the history of the school. Graduating in 1945-1/2, Bill earned three letters in football, four in basketball and three in baseball. Shortly after graduation he joined the U.S. Coast Guard on the “buddy system” with friends and teammates J. W. Duke and Hal Taylor. After a two-year hitch, he used the G.I. Bill and a scholarship to attend Centre College, where he again played all three sports. After two years he joined the Louisville Fire Department where he played on a very successful semi-pro baseball team along with former Manual greats Kenny Braun and Ray Holton. After seven years playing baseball for the LFD, he directed his athletic interests toward the pursuit of gold. In 1957 he became an assistant pro at the Iroquois Golf Course under the tutelage of Pete Doll. He planned, laid out and helped build Sun Valley Golf Course before becoming a full-fledged pro in Madison, Indiana. Over the next 30 years he served as resident pro at courses in Columbus, IN, Owensboro and Russellville, KY. Bill has been retired for three years but still plays golf every day. He and his wife Myrtle live at Woodson Bend Resort, a retirement community in Somerset, KY. His two sons are now golf pros.

 

Ferd Schupp
Inducted:  2011

Ferd Schupp was a Major League baseball player for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Robins and Chicago White Sox from 1913-1922.  A left-handed pitcher, he set a big league record in 1916 for the lowest season earned run average of 0.90.  Ferd won 21 games in pitching John McGraw's New York Giants to the National League pennant in 1917.  He led the National League in victories and winning percentage in 1917, finishing the season with 21 wins and only 7 losses.  He shut out the White Sox 5-0 in Game 4 of the 1917 World Series, beating future Hall of Famer Urban "Red" Faber.

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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 was 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.

 

 


Rudy Sengel
Inducted:  2006

     Rudy had an outstanding high school career in both football and track at Manual.  A 195-pound tackle, he was the heaviest of the starters on the 1938 National Champion football team as well as their place kicker.  In the National Championship Game on New Year's Eve, 1938, Rudy kicked all four extra points as the Crimsons beat a heavily-favored New Britain, Conn. team 28-20 to claim the title. 
     In track he was a State Champion shot putter three straight years -- 1937, '38 and '39, and his record throw his senior year -- 38 feet -- stood for many years.  Rudy captained the track team in 1939, and in his years of varsity participation Manual won the State Championship under Coach Brad Jones all three times.  Rudy went on to the University of Michigan on a football scholarship and earned his freshman numerals and played as a sophomore before WWII broke out.  He joined the Navy in 1942 and served throughout the war.  When he came home he married the late Mary J. Goodenough, also a Navy veteran, and took a job with International Harvester.  In 1968 they moved to Arizona and there he worked for John Deere until he retired in 1986 at age 65.

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Nancy Niles Sexton
Inducted: 1998

 

Nancy Niles Sexton, Class of ’52, enters the Manual Hall of Fame along with her uncle, John Jacob Niles. She is the producing director and founder of Walden 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.

 

 

Ray Shelton
Inducted:  2014

     Television was in its infancy when Ray Shelton was hired as the very first announcer at WHAS-TV. WHAS went on the air March 27, 1950, and Ray signed it on. He also read headlines and did 15 live commercials each week. The news came on at 10 p.m. and was over at 10:15 at which time the station signed off. For that he drew a weekly salary of $68. He stayed with WHAS until 1975 when he became a partner and an exclusive spokesman for Greater Louisville First Federal Savings and Loan.
     As Ray reminisced, “TV didn’t do much for a couple of years; getting sponsors was very difficult. Radio was a proven thing, and advertisers were reluctant to run to something so very new.”  He began his career in radio as a DJ and newscaster with WLOU before that station became exclusively African American. It was his station manager at WLOU who suggested he audition at WHAS for the television job. There were also no television networks when he began with WHAS. New York had a TV network and so did Los Angeles, but they were local in scope because there was no co-axial cable at the time, and Louisville was too far in the country’s interior to receive a picture.
    
We bought programs, but it took a while to show the ones that Louisvillians knew of.” Before video tape, programs were recorded on kinescope, a process that was both slow and bulky. “One of the earliest successful shows was Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town. It would air in New York on a Sunday night, and then the kinescope recording would be loaded on a Greyhound Bus and shipped to us. We would show it on Wednesday night.”
     Although he holds a law degree, Ray wanted to get into radio work when he was a student at Manual where he graduated in 1945 . He never took a broadcasting class in college. “I helped produce the old Manual Mirror, (a rather crude mimeographed school paper that was published bi-weekly and sold for a penny) where the sponsor, Morton Walker, took an interest in me.” Walker, who was inducted into Manual’s Hall of Fame in 1995, had a recording machine with which he could improve his students’ speech. Ray improved his voice to the point where Walker named him the announcer for a 15-minute radio show that rotated among the local high schools. “I was destined to be a good English student; one reason was that my math teacher (Grover Cleveland Newton) scared me to death.”
     Ray still speaks with reverence of the WHAS Crusade for Children which began in 1953. “Great things were done for great kids.”

Rubin Sher
Inducted: 2010

In the 1950s Manual’s music department was a source of great pride to the school. The band, orchestra and choruses competed in every important contest and won more than their share of trophies.  One of the reasons for such unprecedented success was Rubin Sher, who directed the du Pont Manual High School Orchestra from 1950 to 1957 and earned for it national recognition.  Sher’s parents were immigrants from Russia who settled in Louisville where Rubin was born in 1917. Music was a family tradition, so Rubin learned to play the violin at an early age. He earned a B. A. in music at the University of Louisville and an M.A. from Butler University and attended Juilliard on a scholarship.  Upon returning from serving in Europe in WWII, he became a staff musician at WAVE and WHAS radio. He joined the Louisville Orchestra during the second year of its existence, and in recognition of his talents, became concertmaster of the Jewish Community Center Orchestra at age 19. He began teaching at Southern Junior High School in 1947, coming to Manual in the first year of coeducation. Having taught so many young students in the Louisville schools, he was able to establish the Louisville Youth Orchestra in 1958 and was its director until 1975.  In 1963 Mr. Sher began a string program with 12 students for the New Albany-Floyd County Schools in Indiana. He also began the Southern Indiana Orchestra, a community orchestra for adults. Eventually, his Floyd County string program grew to more than 700 members, and the Floyd County Youth Symphony has performed in Europe.  After a 40-year teaching career, Mr. Sher retired in 2001. He celebrated his 93rd birthday in February 2010.

 

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Clarence Sidebottom
Inducted:  2004

 

As a halfback in 1938, Clarence led his team to the one victory that has been long celebrated as the greatest in Manual’s history. In Baton Rouge, LA he scored three touchdowns to lead the Crimsons over a highly favored team from New Britain, CT in one of only two "official" National Championship High School games ever played. The score was 28-20. Clarence grew up across from Thurston Park where he played football in the sandlots. He was recruited heavily by St. Xavier, but chose Manual instead. He played a lot as a junior, and in his senior year became a triplle-threat, running, passing and kicking. In January of 1938 he married La Von Waits, dropped out of school and went to work for American Air Filter where he retired after 45 years of service. His work career was interrupted by service in the marines during WW II. After the war he got his high school diploma. Clarence and La Von’s two children, Gary and Dianne, both graduated from Manual.


Suzanne Sidebottom
Inducted: 2005
Alumni Achievement Award
 

In 2005 Suzanne completed her twentieth year of teaching at Manual. She was the driving force behind the much-respected Visual Art Magnet. She administers the program for 200 art majors, including five art faculty members, two art galleries and seven studios. She has watched scholarships awarded to Manual art students grow from $2,000 the first year to over a million annually for the past 15 years. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Suzanne earned a M.A. at Indiana University and has served on the J.B. Speed Art Education Panel for seven years and the Conrad Caldwell House Education Panel for five years. She has garnered an impressive array of awards, including: Jefferson County Secondary Teacher of the Year, an ExCEL Teacher Award, Ashland Oil's Teacher of the Year, National Scholastics Art Educator of the Year, and Jefferson County Art Teacher of the Year. She has exhibited her own work at the St. James Art Fair for 25 years, the Louisville Visual Art Association, the Jubilee Gallery, the Speed Museum and the Norma E. Brown Gallery, among ohers.
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Ronnie Siers
Inducted: 2002

Ronnie was the leading rebounder and co-leader in scoring on one of Manual’s favorite basketball teams – the one that sustained a heartbreaking loss to North Marshall in the final game of the 1959 State Tournament. He was voted All-District, All Regional, and All-City in both his junior and senior years. In 1959 he led the Reds to an L.I.T. Championship. He was the leading scorer in the North Marshall loss and made the All-State Tournament Team and the Courier-Journal All-State Team. As a scholarship player at Memphis State he led his freshman team in both scoring and rebounding. The next year he returned to his home state, transferring to Lindsey Wilson College where he led his team once more in the same categories as well as free-throw shooting. He was named a Junior College All-American in 1961. He worked briefly for Hillerich & Bradsby, then became Sales Manager for Durkee Foods until 1982. He was National Sales Manager for Louisville Edible Oil Products before moving to Salisbury, Maryland in 1985 to become Head of Sales for the Grain and Oilseed division of Perdue Farms, a job he still holds. Feeling the need to reach out to others, and after three years of studying theology and counseling, he was ordained a minister in August of 1984. He serves St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Salisbury and is on the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Maryland selected Ronnie to represent his state at the Bush inauguration, where he was moved by the sight of Manual’s Choir performing. He and his wife June have three children and four grandchildren.


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.

 

 

"Dean" Smith
Inducted: 2010

In the early days of coeducation at Manual, an “official” dean of boys and an “official” dean of girls were part of the administrative staff. Many students, however, considered the “real” dean to be an English teacher brought over from the old school at Brook and Oak.  It is a mystery just how or why Donald Gordon Smith earned the sobriquet “Dean.” No one referred to him as Mr. Smith; it was always “Dean Smith.” And it was equally mystifying as to the subject he taught. He was supposed to teach English, but grammar, linguistics and rhetoric were all much too humdrum for him. What he taught was language as art and art as a human condition.  He began his teaching career in 1920 and ended it with galling mandatory retirement in 1964. (Cohorts Edgar Hudkins, Stanley Thorpe and Christine Hopkins met the same fate the same year, and they all went out kicking and screaming.)  Beginning with the Class of 1926 Manual became the first school in Louisville to publish a volume of poetry. The work was directed and edited by Smith, and every boy was given the chance to compose and contribute a poem. This was done each year until the Great Depression made publishing costs prohibitive. In the last 25 years of his career, he became an icon, an indelible image etched into Manual memories. He loved Manual, and Manual loved him.  Dean Smith is credited with adapting the Columbia University Fight Song, Stand Up and Cheer, for Manual. He also had a great love for Columbia, having earned his Master’s Degree there. A bachelor, Dean Smith lived most of his life in the old Puritan Hotel. Not many years after leaving Manual he was found dead in a rest room around the corner in Central Park.

 


LaVelle Smith, Jr.
Inducted:  2006

     LaVelle graduated from Manual in 1983, in the fifth year of the Youth Performing Arts School, having been voted "Most Talented" by his senior Crimson yearbook.  Today he is on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry with his award-winning dance routines for stage, television, video and film.  As a choreographer, he has created attention-grabbing steps for artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, TLC, En Vogue, Teena Marie, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Destiny's Child and Beyonce.  He has been the five-time winner of the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography -- for "My Lovin'," in 1992; for "Free Your Mind" in 1994; for "Whata Man" in 1995; for "Scream" in 1995, and for Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" in 2003.
     LaVelle has also received the Motion Picture Video Producers Award twice for Outstanding Choreography (1994 and 2004).  He is one of the youngest inductees into the Miller's Gallery of Greats and has received numerous other award nominations, including the Emmy and the Bob Fosse Award for Best Choreography.  In 1999 he was European Choreographer of the Year.
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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.
Jack Speier was a three-sport letterman at Manual and was co-captain of the 1948 football team (along with Benny Evans) that claimed the State Championship after finishing undefeated and untied (They beat Male 14-0.). He played center and linebacker. He was also a sophomore third baseman on the 1947 baseball team which won the first ever State Title sponsored by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). In 1949 he entered Centre College on a scholarship and played football and baseball. As a "Prayin' Colonel," he lettered in both sports all four years and was elected co-captain of the Centre football team in 1952 and co-captain of the baseball team in 1953. Jack was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and Omicron Delta Kappa fraternities and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business. During the summers he played professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies chain from 1951 to 1953, plying his trade in the cities of Lima, Ohio, Bradford, Pa., and in Salt Lake City. Jack served two years in the army, but mostly played baseball at Fort Knox from 1954 until he joined Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation in Louisville in 1955. He held various management positions at six different locations, and in 1973 was promoted to the home office in Toledo, Ohio, as a division manager. Retiring from Owens Corning in 1986 after 31 years of service, Jack moved from Toledo to the Tampa Bay area in 1988, then to Lakeland, Florida, in 2001. He is a member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite, Masons and is also an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland. He is also a great fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jack is married to the former Jane Edson of Martinsville, Ind. They have three grown daughters-Jackie, Jennifer and Laura-- and one grandson.

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Inducted: 2003


Ramona Boone Stenzhorn
Inducted: 2000

 
Ramona Boone graduated from Manual in 1960, so full of Manual spirit and very much a part of the school culture. From there she entered U of L, and received 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-held position was as the principal of Salem High School. She belonged to many organizations including Business and Professional Women's Club, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Delta Kappa Pi Honor Society, 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 others rather than taking it for herself. Her sparkle, smile and flare made those who worked with her feel like winners."

 

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Joan Scoggin Stewart
Inducted:  2004
Alumni Achievement Award
 

Three of Manual’s Presidential Scholars chose Joan Stewart as their "Most Influential Teacher." Joan has retired from Manual at the end of the 2003-2004 school year, having taught there since 1971, working under three principals. At one time or another she has taught every math course offered, and been involved in extracurricular activities. She was sponsor of the "Dazzlers," Manual’s dance team. She started the team in 1975 and was instrumental in changing the concept from "drill" teams to "dance" teams across Jefferson County. She coached the Dazzlers for 24 years, taking a hiatus from 1983 to 1991 when she founded and sponsored the Ladybirds dance team at the University of Louisville. And fou four years she organized and directed the State Fair competition for cheerleaders and dance teams. She has also co-written curricula for the Math/Science/Technology magnet program, has sponsored the math team, has served on the pilot teacher transfer committee and has helped develop placement tests for the MST program. She’s been nominated for Who’s Who in American Teaching many times. She currently serves as chairperson of her neighborhood association, Vice Chairman of the Louisville Neighborhood Council, and chairs the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour Committee. She also started the summer concert series in Central Park in 2003 and is an organizer for the Central Park Centennial Committee.

Joseph Stopher
Inducted: 2003

In 1997 Joseph Stopher was still snapping up honors. That year he received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award from the University of Louisville. Prior to that he was named Outstanding Lawyer of the Year in 1971 by the Louisville Bar Association and by the Kentucky Bar Association in 1987. In 1988 he received the Jeffersonian Award from the Jefferson County Public Schools, and in 1991 was given the Distinguished Service Award by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Manual he was president of his class and was a first honor graduate. All during high school Mr. Stopher worked after school and on the weekends delivering five-gallon bottles of his father's invention-Anita Spring Water. After Manual he earned a bachelor's and a law degree from U of L. He was admitted to the Bar in 1937 and was hired by a law firm fresh out of school. He is now a retired senior partner in the same law firm --Boehl, Stopher and Graves-- one he has seen grow from six to 25 partners and which now has offices in Paducah, Lexington and Southern Indiana. He still serves as President of the Gheens Foundation, a position he has held since 1982. At age 88 he spends three hours a day at the law firm and four or five at the Gheens Foundation. He was also a member of the Kentucky State Fair Board from 1968 to '96, a Trustee at Georgetown College from '69 to '73, a Trustee at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from '55 to '85 and was on the Board of Directors for Liberty-United Bancorp, Inc. from '68 to '86. He and his wife, Marie, have three children-Edward, Ann and Robert. Both sons are trial lawyers, "both better than I ever was," claims Mr. Stopher.

Edwin F. Struss
Inducted:  2008

Edwin Struss graduated from Manual in 1926, then attended U of L and earned his Master’s Degree in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. He also had a respectable academic career in football, serving on Neal Arntson’s team at Manual and lettering at U of L. After returning to Manual as a chemistry teacher, he supported the football program by working the pass gate at home games, and even did a short stint as Athletics Director, filling in for John Turner in the pre-Charmoli days. He was named “Teacher of the Year” in the Louisville Public Schools in 1972, two years before he retired. He passed away on June 27, 1985.

James W. Susemichel
Inducted:  2008

Jim Susemichel, Class of 1949, has the distinction of spending 50 years with the same company. He was hired as a salesman for a small concrete block manufacturing company on Ralph Avenue in 1956. When the original owners sold out, the five businessmen who bought it turned control over to Jim and told him to make it work. By the time he retired as CEO in 2007, he had diversified by adding a brick business and had grown the company, Modern Concrete, into five thriving locations today. It is estimated that Modern Concrete does about 70% of all residential masonry business in Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt counties. Jim is now actively involved in two favorite endeavors. He sits on the Boards of Directors of Brooklawn Children’s Home and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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Hal Taylor
Inducted: 2002

 

In 1944-45 Hal captained both the basketball and baseball teams at Manual and was co-captain of the football team. As a senior he was named to the All-State teams in both football and basketball, a rare occurrence in Kentucky. In the fall of 1945, Hal joined friends and Manual teammates Hal Phillips and Leonard "Babe" Ray in the backfield of the University of Kentucky. He joined the Coast Guard for a two-year hitch and then returned to college at Western Kentucky, where he capped his grid career by leading the OVC in touchdowns. Known as "Hustlin’ Hal," he once scored three touchdowns in a six-minute span. At Western he also captained an OVC champion baseball team and later served the school as a graduate assistant in both sports. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army upon graduation, he taught mine warfare at Fort Knox. Two years later he returned to Louisville to coach at Eastern Higfh. When Seneca High opened its doors, Hal started both its baseball and football programs and was named "Baseball Coach of the Year:" in 1965. He retired from Jeffersontown High after 30 years in education. Hal says his manual arts training at Brook and Oak served him well: He has done extensive work for Habitat for Humanity, and has built church camp cabins as well as a log addition to his home. An elder at Jeffersontown Christian Church, he has taught adult Sunday School for the past 30 years. He and his wife Tyler have three children and six grandchildren.

Michael Ray Taylor
Inducted:  2012

You didn't have to know the jersey number for Mike Taylor when he played tackle for the Manual Crimsons in 1961 and 1962. He was the only one on the team with a solid white helmet, the only one without the classic ram horn design. Coaches could not find an in-stock helmet that would fit him. Although he was only listed as a 6-3, 230-pound guard, his head was considered an "extra-large."
A native of San Francisco, Michael Ray Taylor lived with his aunt during his junior and senior years in Louisville while his immediate family remained in California. His friend Bob Moody had talked him into playing for the Cabbage Patch youth team and then for Manual. Right after the 1962 Thanksgiving game -- Manual upset Male 13-0 -- Mike moved back to San Francisco, homesick for his family, and in June of 1963 he graduated from Mission Higf School there. For two seasons he played for the City College of San Francisco where his coaches moved him to tackle after he went through a late growth spurt. His roommate there was O.J. Simpson, and the two of them transferred to the University of Southern California where they made history. In 1967 USC squeaked by previously-undefeated UCLA, their arch-rival, in an epic 21-20 battle in the Coliseum. The winning touchdown wasd scored by Simpson with Taylor throwing the key block to spring him loose on a 60-plus-yard run. The Trojans capped off the season by beating Indiana University 14-3 in the Rose Bowl to claim the National Championship.

Mike was the 10th pick in the first round of the 1968 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played six seasons in the NFL as an offensive tackle for the Steelers, the New Orleans Saints, the Washington Redskins and the St. Louis Cardinals. For the last 20 years Mike has owned and operated a restaurant and sports bar called Po-Boy'z in El Dorado Hills, California.

 


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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.

Shirley Jones Topmiller
Inducted:  2009

 

Shirley graduated from Manual in 1954, where she was on the student council, vice president of the Spanish Club and a member of the National Honor Society. She was awarded a scholarship to Ursuline College. When she retired from a 28-year career at Kentucky Fried Chicken, she had received every award given by the company for performance and achievement. She was public relations assistant to Colonel Harland Sanders. In that role she evaluated and oversaw all requests for his appearances, and planned his annual birthday celebration which included a Belle of Louisville cruise, all-day events on the Belvedere and dinner for over 1000 guests. She also served as curator of the Col. Harland Sanders Museum, gathering and protecting the history and artifacts of the early company.

After the Colonel’s death she was appointed director of the corporation’s consumer affairs department and the corporate contributions program. She pioneered an 800 customer service line, making KFC the first to provide this service. Shirley continues as a consultant and speaker for YumBrands, Inc. She also serves as Director of the Col. Sanders Charitable Foundation, is a Trustee of Kentucky Opera, has been a Metro United Way loaned executive, and is an active volunteer at Baptist Hospital East and Dare to Care.

 

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Berenice Morledge Townsend
Inducted: 2002

Berenice was graduated from Louisville Girls High School in 1943, in the midst of World War II, and seven years before it closed for good. To understand her story, first a background summary of LGHS history: "Female High School," as it was originally called, opened its doors in April 1856, almost five years before the first shots of the civil War were fired. The first class graduated nine young women. An alumnae association was formed in 1878, and in 1898 the school moved from what was actually a mansion at First and Chestnut Streets to a new home at Fifth and Hill. In 1934 the school changed sites for the last time, moving into a gorgeous new Gothic structure at Second and Lee Streets, named Reuben Post Halleck Hall. Before 1950 the first floor housed Halleck Junior High and the upper two floors belonged to Girls High. Today, of course, this building is the duPont Manual High School we all know and love. In 1950 co-education brought LGHS and duPont Manual Training School together.   In 1985 a group of LGHS graduates under the leadership of Lois Kissler Bordner reorganized the LGHS Alumnae Association, and seven years later decided to start a scholarship fund. Ms. Townsend has served as chair for this fund since its inception in 1992, and to date has administered almost $30,000 given to women graduates of Manual. Berenice is married to Jay Memory Townsend. Mem serves on Kosair Hospital's Board of Governors, and Berenice serves on the Auxiliary Board of Kosair and of King’s Daughters and Sons Nursing Home. She was elated last year when the Manual auditorium was officially named "Louisville Girls High Auditorium."

 

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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.

 

 

 

Regina Troupe
Inducted:  2016

     Born to a Baptist minister, Regina Troupe was raised in the church where she learned to play the piano at the age of seven.  A self-taught musician, she displayed talents that opened doors so she could express to the world her passion for music. A move to Atlanta offered endless opportunities to showcase her abilities.
     The first opportunity presented itself when national jazz recording artist Michael Franks invited her to sing background vocals on his Blue Pacific Tour. These performances highlighted her skills so she was invited to work with and/or tour with many recording artists such as Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion, Tevin Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Patti Austin and others.  Regina has performed on various television shows such as Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, Motown Live, The Trumpet Awards, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame and Atlanta Live. Her vocal abilities helped secure and perform national commercial jingles for Pizza Hut, Kroger’s, Coke, Checkers and music beds for radio personalities. In 2012 she was the grand prize winner in “Atlanta’s Next Best” music competition
     Exploring the creative side of her musical talents, Regina began composing original music. After playing a few songs for Peabo Bryson, he presented the opportunity for her to write on his “Unconditional Love” CD. She wrote and produced five songs on this project which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2000. This was followed by his next CD project, “Missing You,” on which she wrote and produced three songs. 
     Bryson is quick to sing her praises: “During a rehearsal she was playing piano and singing something almost as a joke, but I could tell she really had the goods…We are truly on the same page.” 

   
 She is now focusing on shaping her own musical destination with the release of her first CD “Lover 4 Life.” This musical project rose to #10 on the Top 30 Soul charts in the UK. Every song tells a story of the path that she has walked throughout her life. She looks to her musical future by embracing and capitalizing on the very essence of her musical family roots.  
     Regina graduated from Manual in 1983 where she earned a position on the All-State Chorus and was listed in the Crimson yearbook’s Hall of Fame. Her favorite memories of Manual are the Red and White pep rallies before the Male-Manual football games.


Whitney Boyles Trowbridge
Inducted:  2007

 

Whitney, a 1996 alumna, graduated in the top ten percent of her class. Majoring in Musical Theatre, she divided her time between Manual and YPAS and was a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, National Honor Society and the Student Council. She was also a member and dance captain of the YPAS tour group, "Louisville's Next Generation." It was Saundra Commons, her YPAS counselor, who introduced her to beauty pageants,. In five years of competing for the Miss Kentucky title, Whitney earned over $55,000 in scholarship money. In 2000 in her reigning year as Miss Kentucky, Whitney served as a representative for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. She went on to become fourth runner-up to Miss America and was nationally recognized for her volunteer work with AIDS awareness and the education of youth through her A.N.G.E.L. program. Locally she has worked tirelessly for the Louisville AIDS Walk and the AIDS Volunteers of Lexington. Her academic credentials include a master's degree in communication from UK in 2003. She has also performed with professional theater companies such as Derby Dinner Playhouse and Music Theatre of Louisville. She went on to the directorship of the Miss Louisville Scholarship Program at Manual for five years. She was made an honorary Kentucky Colonel and was recognized by the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana with a patch made in her honor for work with Girl Scouts throughout the state. She currently works for the corporate headquarters of Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. She, her husband Tyler and son Jackson currently live in Charlotte, NC.

Eddie Tyree
Inducted: 2011

Eddie, Class of 1954, was captain of Manual's golf team in 1953-54.  In three years he finished 3rd, 4th and 7th in the State Tournament and was Regional Medalist in 1954.  He turned professional in 1957 and has been head professional at Iroquois Golf Course from 1960-1981 and at Seneca Golf Course from 1981-1996.  Eddie has won the Kentucky P.G.A. three times, in 1960, 1962 and 1963; and won the Kentucky PGA Senior Open in 1989, 1990 and 1992.  He was inducted into Kentucky's PGA Hall of Fame in 2010.

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 was 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 autographed 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. 

 

 


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Lowry Watkins, Sr.
Inducted:  2004

 


Lowry Rush Watkins, Sr. became a millionaire before he was 35, lost it all in the Great Depression, refused to declare bankruptcy and made a million all over again. A native of Paducah, Watkins moved to Louisville at the age of three in 1900. He graduated from Manual in the class of 1914-1/2. When World War I erupted he enlisted in the Army Air corps in 1917. He was discharged in 1918 with the rank of lieutenant. From 1918 to 1922 he became the top salesman at the Peaslee-Gaulbert Paint company. In 1922 he founded the Lowry Watkins Co., which by 1930 became the largest insurance agency and second largest real estate company in Louisville. He was elected to the Louisville board of Aldermen in 1926 and served through 1928. He made his money in real estate and insurance, but his first love was horses. He was nationally known as an avid fox hunter, a renowned steeplechase rider and was one of the founderts of the Oxmoor Steeplechase in 1940. He organized Kentucky’s first polo club, the Louisville Country Club polo team, in 1923. In 1954 he founded Harmony Landing Country Club. In 1973 he was named Realtor Emeritus by the National Board of Realtors, and he retired in 1978. He married Barbara Bullitt in 1942, and they had a daughter and two sons. Watkins passed away in 1981.

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 bench 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 Louisville before going to work in 1996 for Boy Scouts of America where he now holds the title of Senior District Executive. And 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.

 

Richard T. West
Inducted:  2013

     A 1934 graduate, Richard T. West was one of nine Manual baseball players to have played in the major leagues.  Over parts of six seasons from 1938 to 1943, Dick served as a utility player and a backup catcher to the infamous Ernie Lombardi (“Lombardi’s Swoon”) for the Cincinnati Reds and was on two World Series teams in 1939 and 1940. In 1940 West was part of an “All-Kentucky Battery” for the Reds with him catching and Paul Derringer (of Springfield) handling the pitching duties.
     After starring for Coach Ralph Kimmel’s first three teams from 1932 to 1934, he played at Georgia Southwestern State University and made his major league debut on September 29, 1938. In his big league career he compiled a .221 batting average in 299 at bats with two home runs and 35 runs batted in. He both batted and threw right handed. He was at first a pitcher at Manual with Lyle Judy his catcher. But one day Judy ran with the track team and Kimmel had no other catcher, so the coach chose West. From that time on West caught, pitched and played outfield for the Crimsons. In the three seasons that Dick played, the Crimsons won 44 games and lost only 5 for a remarkable .898 percentage. All three teams claimed the City and Falls Cities Championships. The 1932 and 1933 teams claimed “mythical” State Championships and featured four of those nine players who made the big leagues. 
     West also played for the Baltimore Orioles in the old International League and for several AAA teams. After retiring from the professional ranks he moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana and continued in semi-pro ball. In 1969 he was inducted into the Fort Wayne Baseball Hall of Fame.

 



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.

 

 

Beverly Atwell Wheatley
Inducted: 2011

Beverly Wheatley, Class of 1957, served as Chairperson in the 3rd Congressional District, Republican Party of Kentucky from 1982-1988.  She was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1984.  She served as chairperson for the Metropolitan Sewer District from 2006-2010, and was a director at Republic Bank and Trust Co. from 1998-2006.  She has also been a board member for the Kentucky Small Business Administration Advisory Council, the National Small Business Administration Advisory Council, and the USDA Council on Child Nutrition, and since 1995 has served on the board of the University of Louisville Overseers.

Dr. David L. Wheeler
Inducted:  2015

David Wheeler was precocious before most of his classmates knew the meaning of the word.  There’s no doubt he knew the word, even back in school year 1958-59 when his math teacher “punished” him by making him teach the class one day after he had the obnoxious habit of correcting her mistakes on a regular basis. Not only did he teach the class, he taught it well.  It is believed that he was academically at least two years ahead of most of his classmates.
David’s ambition in the 1964 Crimson yearbook was “to prove that Baptist ministers could enjoy life.” His classmates took this lightly, but it was an omen.  In school he could have been called a lighthearted rebel; he was guilty of playing pranks on friends and teachers alike and was the editor of what is believed to be Manual’s first underground newspaper, The Fig Newton, a satirical rag in the same vein as Mad Magazine.  Principal A. J. Ries heard rumblings about the forthcoming issue and called David in for questioning with a warning. The warning was ignored, the paper was published, and Mr. Ries never knew the difference.
David also reveled in making up current events in his senior social studies class e.g., Giant fruit bats from Pago Pago were to invade California’s crops; The prime minister of Yugoslavia was assassinated by psycho Calvin Preen; Roger Maris was bitten by a rattlesnake in Yankee Stadium’s outfield. The teacher, a World War I veteran, either fell for the fakery or fell asleep.
The other side of the coin shows him to be one of six Merit Semi-Finalists in the Class of ’64, a member of the National Honor Society and a student who never missed a day of high school.  But evading authority’s grasp was a special trait for Wheeler. He entered Georgetown College in the fall of ’64, and when he was elected student council president, his first order of business was to organize the first student dance ever at the Baptist school.
He also wrote a satirical column for the college paper under the pseudonym “Bill Mingus Sez….” It wasn’t until he graduated that the administration and the student body found out that Mr. Mingus was Mr. Wheeler.
His Manual classmates never saw him as an athlete, but he was the first member of the ’64 class to earn a varsity letter; it was as a cross country runner at Georgetown.
David went on to earn a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale and a Doctor of Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. In between and since he has taken on causes that, while not mainstream, all represent the humanistic ideals of “justice, peace, fairness and interfaith collaboration.”
He has become bilingual, learning Spanish so as to teach and bring the gospel to Latin America, has sought social justice in Latino communities, has taught apologetic theology in Russia, has taught theology at Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, and has been pastor at Portola Baptist Church in San Francisco and the First Baptist Churches of Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon where he now resides with his wife, Carol.
 

Preston Whelan
Inducted:  2013

     Preston “Press” Whelan taught and coached at Manual only one year, but it was a good one. He was hired as track coach in July, 1961, fresh out of the University of Kentucky where, as a distance runner, he broke the Southeastern Conference cross country record by six minutes and won two SEC track championships (One-mile and Two miles) and was named All-American in 1959.

     He started the very first cross country team at Manual and his track team won the State Championship in Whelan’s debut year of coaching, the spring of 1962. Three of his outstanding athletes were Clint Bacon, George Moore and Dalton Mullins. In the fall of that year he returned to UK as assistant track coach and to work on his Master’s Degree.

     Press is proud of the fact that he organized the first meeting between UK athletics and Lexington’s black community and that he recruited and coached the first black track athlete in the SEC to receive a degree.

     This is his third Hall of Fame Induction. In 2006 he was inducted into the St. Joseph Prep School Hall of Fame and in 2013 into the USA Track and Field Kentucky and Cross Country Hall of Fame. To date, he says, his biggest race and victory of all was winning his battle with Stage 4 Renal Cancer in 2009.

 


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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 Championship 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).

 

 

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Ben Williams
Inducted:  2004
 

Ben Williams was one of very few three-sport stars at Manual, earning a total of seven athletic letters. He earned varsity letters in baseball in 1947, ’48 and ’49 and was the co-captain his senior year. He lettered in basketball in 1948 and ’49 and in football in ’47 and ’48. He played for Mike Basrak’s 1948 state champion football team that was undefeated and untied, and for Ralph Kimmel’s 1947 state championship baseball team. After graduating from Manual, Ben attended Centre College, where he lettered in baseball and football all four years, 1950 through 1953. He served a year as an assistant football coach at Glasgow High, and volunteered the next year for the U.S. Army draft, expecting to serve in korea. Instead he was sent to Puerto Rico to train native inductees. After his service he went to work for corning Glass Works, becoming North American Sales Manager in 1973 until his retirement in 1987. He and his wife Betty moved to Sedona, AZ in 1994. He has served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and is also a docent for the Sedona Historical Society. They have two children, Steven and Susan.

Charles Sneed Williams
Inducted:  2016

     Charles Sneed Williams, known to us as “Sneed,” was born in 1882 in Evansville, Indiana. After graduating from Manual, he studied art with Edward Biedermann (1864-1947), a prominent artist at the time in Louisville. He won a four-year scholarship to the Allan-Fraser Art College in Scotland, about sixty-five miles outside of Edinburgh, the first art college in Britain. Upon the completion of his studies, Williams returned to Louisville for the first visit of a career that spanned the next forty years. Among his first portraits are those of Barry Bingham, Sr. and the Morton children, Jane and Thruston. These commissions led to Williams's becoming a society painter of choice in Louisvile for the rest of his career. 
     Returning to Scotland, he opened a portrait studio in Glasgow, and in 1912 married Elsie Luke whose father was a wealthy shipbuilder for John Brown & Company line (Aquitania, Lusitania, Queen Mary). The couple eventually settled in London, where her fortune may have underwritten his career as an artist.
 Their children were William and Virginia. Wiliam died young, and Virginia never married.  Williams’
s most-noted English subject was Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, Queen Victoria's granddaughter.  This commission led to others, notably that of the Duchesse de Rochefoucauld, a leading suffragette in France. Soon after, he was elected to the elite Cercle de l'Union Artistique.
     A member of a number of arts groups, his work was exhibited internationally, in England, France, and Scotland, as well as in the United State. HIs portrait of Judge Robert Worth Bingham of Lousiville, United States ambassador to the United Kingdom was shown in Paris. In 1929 the Kentucky Historical Society commissioned him to paint a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. In Chicago he was represented by the Ackermann Gallery. As an itinerant artist, he shuttled between studios in London, Chicago, and Louisville.
     Williams’s paintings are in the collections of the United States Capitol, Kentucky State Capitol, the American College of Surgeons, Kentucky Historical Society, the Speed Museum, The Filson Historical Society, and Northwestern University.  Charles Sneed Williams died at the age of 82. He is buried in the Luke family plot, Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England. His obituary appeared in the Louisville Times, October 17, 1964.
 

Eustace Williams
Inducted: 2010

In 1940, at a time when the Thanksgiving battle was at its peak of popularity, Eustace Leroy Williams gifted Louisvillians with a historical treasure: That Old Rivalry, the definitive history of the Male-Manual game.  Williams was somewhat of a historical figure in and of himself. Born in Culpepper Courthouse, Va. on Sept 29, 1874, he and his family moved to Louisville, but he was already 18 years of age when duPont Manual opened its doors for the first time. He developed an early affinity for the school, however, possibly because he had attended the old Rugby School at 5th and York and had been taught the basic rudiments of the English game of football. Then again, he must have had an interest in the manual arts because he was also gifted in that area.  What he learned of rugby, he must have assumed, would qualify him to coach the American game of football, which he did as an assistant at Manual from 1898 through 1900 (He coached in four of the rivalry games.)   Most likely his first job was with The Louisville Commercial as a cub reporter in 1896. His interest in sports led him to be a sports reporter and later an editor. He joined the staff of The Courier-Journal in 1901. Between jobs he married Elizabeth Smith of Berryville, Va. in 1900.  Williams eventually became a prolific author, writing on a wide range of topics. He wrote fiction (The Substitute Quarterback, The Mutineers); history (That Kentucky Campaign, The Padre of the Strike, a deep insight on social Catholicism); politics (Wars and Longshoremen, a look at labor and its overall involvements), plus numerous treatises on the legislative front.   From 1909 to ’22 he served as Master Commissioner of Jefferson Circuit Court and was Executive Secretary of Kentucky Good Roads Association in 1923 and ’24, and was a Trustee for the Confederate Veterans Home in Pewee Valley. He also earned a law degree from the University of Louisville in 1912, and was singles tennis champion at the Anchorage Country Club from 1911 to ’21.  Williams was truly a Renaissance man, but his legacy will forever be a book devoted to the oldest football rivalry in the South. He died in 1967 in Los Angeles.

 

Samantha Williams
Inducted:  2008

Samantha was a four-year starter in varsity basketball at Manual from 1988 through 1991. She was All-District, All-Regional and in her senior year was named a Parade and Street and Smith’s High School All-American. She won a full scholarship to Auburn University where she was a four-year starter from 1992 through 1996. After college she played for the San Jose Lasers of the Women’s American Basketball League in 1996-97, and then began a coaching career. After working at Columbus State, Auburn, and DePaul University, she currently coaches the Blue Devil guards at Duke University.

Willa Fae Williams
Inducted: 2012

Manual's valedictorian for the 1953 Class of 432 students, Willa Fae saw her gifts recognized early. As a student she was the accompanist for all the choruses that Katharine "Granny" Higgins directed. Then in 1955 while a student at the University of Louisville, Willa Fae won Regional honors in a national organ-playing competition sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Graduating in 1957, she was recognized by Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.

In 1957 she began teaching math at the old Gottchalk Junior High while earning a Master of Music degree from U. of L. She studied music from 1959 to 1961 in Oxford, England on the Humphrey Scholarship, then returned to Gottschalk as the school was converted into Iroquois High in 1965. She headed the math department there until retiring from teaching in 1987. Following her retirement from Iroquois she earned a Masters of Divinity from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to go along with her Ph.D. in Music and her Masters in Education. She accepted the pastorate of the Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1997. In 2000 she was moderator of the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky; in 2005 she was presented with the Mollie Leonard Portland Community Leadership Award, and in 2011 was named a "Distinguished Alum" by the Louisville Seminary.

 


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

 

 

 



Danny Woo
Inducted:  2002

 

Dr. Danny Woo is currently one of the most respected medical doctors in town. In a special survey of the medical community in June 2001, Louisville Magazine named Woo the top nephrologist in the city. Danny graduated from Manual in 1971. Not only did he work hard at academics, but he was involved in activities and served as Student Council president his senior year. He earned a scholarship to the University of Louisville as a chemistry major, and after only three years was accepted at its Medical School in 1975. He did a two-year residency in internal medicine at University Hospital and three years on a nephrology fellowship. He then went into practice with a Louisville group and has worked for Jewish Hospital since 1980, where he has held many positions on the executive board. He continues to do television ads for Jewish. In 1985-86 he donated his time to the artificial heart program and its patients, and co-authored two medical articles about the procedure with Dr. William DeVries. Dr. Woo likes to read, attend historical lectures and travel to historical sites and museums. He is a lifetime member of both the Filson Club and the Chinese Association. He and his wife have three children, Amanda, Andy and Chris, all of whom attended Manual.

Larry Wooldridge
Inducted:  2014

     When Larry Wooldridge followed Dr. Beverly Keepers as the tenth Manual principal in 2008, someone predicted, “It’s going to be like Gene Bartow replacing John Wooden.”
The implication was that Larry would have to work in the shadow of the person who put Manual into the national spotlight, recognized by national magazines and educational polls. When Dr. Keepers moved on to Spalding University in 2008, Manual was somewhere in Newsweek’s Top 150 of “America’s Best High Schools.” When Larry retired last June 30, the magazine ranked Manual as No. 50 in a list that included public as well as private and parochial institutions.
     If one should consider Wooldridge lucky, it might be good to remember that Branch Rickey once postulated that “luck is the residue of design.” Larry, a former English teacher, basketball coach and athletics director, developed his own design. He knew the criteria for making the Newsweek list included graduation rate, percentage of graduates accepted to college, the number of Advanced Placement exams given to each student, average SAT, ACT, and AP scores and the number of students enrolled in advanced classes.  The Manual Class of 2013 boasted an average ACT score of 25.9, highest among Kentucky schools. Almost 99 percent of the grads were accepted in college, but the real qualifier had to be with Manual’s improvement in Advanced Placement classes. AP credit requires special exams. Last school year about 7,000 AP exams were given at high schools throughout the district, and over 2,000 of those were taken by Manual students. It is not unheard of for a Manual senior to graduate with more than a semester’s college requirements fulfilled—and the best part, they are earned free of charge.
     In Manual lore, Larry is also the answer to a trivia question. He is the only person to serve the school as athletics director, assistant principal, and principal. When he made the transition out of athletics and into full-time academics, he was determined to prove that Manual could be a state power in both areas. The fact that from 2002, when he came to the school as the A.D. through 2013 Manual won 34 individual or team athletic state or national championships would attest to his goal. He also likes to boast that the football team beat Male four out of five times during his time as principal.  Larry is now principal of the Middle School division of Christian Academy.
 

David Wright
Inducted:  2017

Co-founder of Old Goat Radio along with his father, John.  He does color commentary for all football and basketball broadcasts.

James R. Wright
Inducted:  2013

     James Robert Wright, Sr. was a successful entrepreneur. As a sophomore Jim was on the verge of dropping out of school due to troubles in his family; however, L. J. “Butch” Charmoli changed his mind, not only convincing him to stay in school, but to joining the football team. His junior year he started at defensive end for the 1948 State Champions and was named as an honorable mention All-State selection for 1949. At graduation in 1950 he won the prestigious Yale Award given to the graduate with the highest record in scholarship, character, athletics and leadership. He also ran track at Manual and received 13 college scholarship offers for his football talents. He was a member of the Mitre Club, the National Honor Society and was Sergeant-at-Arms for his senior class.  He was planning to attend and play football for the University of Louisville. However, while in high school, he had joined the Air force National Guard to make extra money. Two weeks before completing his Guard service his group was called to active duty.
     An entrepreneur at an early age, he learned about the business world from his father, Roy, who supervised the construction of power plants and highways. His grandfather, Robert Clements, owned an auto service garage, so Jim learned early on about cars and about working on them. This experience led him to purchase land in 1963 and start his own auto salvage business, Grade Lane Auto Parts. The auto parts business was a success and it grew and expanded. Eventually, United Parcel Service moved into the area and began developing into a major hub. Jim refused UPS initial offers, and the company finally met his asking price which made him a millionaire. 
     Having lived in Louisville all his life, he was always interested in thoroughbred horses. He became an owner and a breeder of his own horses. His wife, Grace, became his trainer, and they acquired land that they transformed into a small horse farm.  When he retired, Jim bought a home in New Port Ritchie, Florida where he spent the winters and enjoyed playing golf. The day he had a fatal stroke, March 11, 2011, he was preparing to play golf with his friends.
 

John A. Wright
Inducted:  2013

     John Wright is a unique person—a devoted fan of Manual athletics who misses very few contests and promotes every phase of the school.  In 2007 John developed Old Goat Radio, an Internet broadcasting system that gains listeners and viewers with each passing year. With John’s son, David ’81, doing play-by-play and Buz Frank ’68 doing color, every home football game and most home basketball games are on the Internet waves. “Believe it or not, we’ve had as many as 1,500 to 1,600 listeners to our Male-Manual football broadcasts,” John says proudly, “and our listening base is constantly growing.” In discovering their website one can also find a library of informative interviews with personalities connected to Manual. 
     John’s technological prowess can be traced back to 1964 when he set up the first telemarketing phone room in Louisville in his capacity as salesman and later field manager for a local magazine subscription concern. He did this kind of work for 40 years, winning a variety of sales awards. He also sold insurance for National Life for which he won the Top Hat Award, signifying over a $ million in sales. 
     From the time he was in junior high he followed Manual sports. In the early 90s he joined a group of Manual alums—football fans all—whose rather outlandish displays at the home games ruffled more than a few feathers. The group called themselves “Old Goats.” John decided to divorce himself from the rowdiness, and that’s when Old Goat Radio was born. He spent about $3,000 of his own money for equipment, and the rest is history. “We’ve sold a few ads here and there to help with expenses, but Old Goat Radio is not a moneymaker,” he is quick to say. He might have been considered a super salesman in his life’s work, but the broadcasts are strictly a labor of love. Thanks to John’s labor, Manual High School’s mission is being made known to the Internet crowd.
 

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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.


E. Wayne Young
Inducted:  2013

     Wayne started his first band in a garage in 1958. Only a few short years later he was playing lead guitar for both the popular Carnations and Trendells at a time when the Doo Wop sound was all the rage in Louisville. Soon he joined a local legendary band, Cosmo and the Counts, for which he played lead guitar and took care of the band’s business interests.  In 1964 Cosmo and the Counts appeared on the same stage at Memorial Auditorium with The Rolling Stones, and the next year Soul Inc. did two tours with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars featuring Lou Christie, The Tradewinds, Bo Diddley, Paul Revere and the Raiders and others.
     In 1968 Soul Inc. released “I Belong to Nobody,” with Wayne as lead vocalist, which was the No.2 song of the year on both local pop stations, WAKY and WKLO. In the 70s he toured nationally with the bands The Heavy Weights and Midnite Special. As late as 1992 he toured Germany with the Shufflin’ Grand Dads.
     He joined Triangle Talent as an agent/manager in 1983 and has released two solo CDs: “Charcoal Soul” in 1999 and “Ride This” in 2008. In 2010 with Soul Inc. he released a CD titled “Rock and Roll Reunion,” which spawned a nostalgic interest in music from the 60s and 70s and gave WAKY the impetus it needed to stage its “Rock and Roll Revival” at the Louisville Zoo. 
     From 1988-92 he served as president of the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund (MERF) and from 2003-09 as president of the Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation. In 2009 he received a 50-year pin from the Musicians Union, Local 11-637 of which he is very proud.