March 31, 2012
Outstanding Granbury High School athletes of yesteryear are featured high above Johnny Perkins Field in Pirate Stadium.
Perkins is one of those in black and white newsprint and photo, spread across a wall in a room behind the Pirate Stadium press box.
What about other notable former students from GHS? Ones who didn’t necessarily achieve their fame on the field or court?
They’re about to get their own “wall,” thanks to a group of interested GHS graduates and Granbury school officials.
“He doesn’t know it, but this idea was formed because of Fred Taylor,” said Roger Enlow, one of Granbury ISD Alumni Hall of Fame organizers. Fred, a Granbury resident, is a former TCU head football coach and played high school sports at Denison. “His wife Louise recently brought me a clipping from the Denison Herald Democrat about Fred being inducted into Denison’s athletic hall of fame. In the clipping was a story about Denison’s academic hall of fame. When I saw that I thought, ‘Why can’t Granbury High School have something like this?’”
Others agreed, and details were worked out.
School board member Nancy Alana, also a retired Baccus Elementary principal, leads the organizational group, which includes Granbury High School principal Jeremy Ross, GISD public information officer Jeff Meador, and GHS graduates Barbara Darr and Judy Middlebrook.
The idea has school administration and school board approval.
The public will nominate hall of fame candidates, and a selection committee (not the organizational group) will choose the honorees. Forms are available online at www.granburyisd.org/halloffame, in the superintendent’s office in the GISD administration building at the corner of Pearl and Morgan streets, and in the GHS office on West Pearl Street.
The hall of fame will include students who accomplished notable academic achievements after graduation; former teachers/staff who inspired academic achievement; or citizens/businesses who have supported academic achievement through donations, scholarships, etc.
The hall of fame honorees will be recognized at Pirate football homecoming games.
“This isn’t a one-time deal,” Enlow said. “We hope to have this every year with new honorees for many years to come.”
The hall of fame gallery is expected to be on a wall just inside the high school’s front doors.
“I think we will all be surprised at the number of alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions and deserve to be recognized by their hometown,” Alana said. “I hope everyone will look back into their memories and help us by nominating someone who is deserving of this honor. It is going to be great to see how GHS was the first step in the lives of so many people who made a difference and achieved great things.”
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