Lexington to establish Hall of Fame
Thu. March 28, 2013 at 11:53 p.m. | By Mike Duprez
Lexington Senior High School has a rich athletic history, with plenty of standouts moving on to the college and professional ranks.
Deems May played football at the University of North Carolina and later had an eight-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks. The late Carlos Terry starred at Winston-Salem State in basketball and eventually spent three seasons with the NBA’s Washington Bullets. Joe McIntosh became a running back for four years at North Carolina State. Gary Whitman coached Lexington to consecutive state championships in football in 1985-86.
But for all those achievements and many others, Lexington does not have its own Hall of Fame.
That’s about to change.
Lexington Athletic Director Ronnie Beverly announced Thursday that the school will induct its first class on Sept. 26 in a ceremony at the Lexington Municipal Club.
“Lexington didn’t have a hall of fame,” Beverly said. “The surrounding county schools and schools in neighboring cities, they have it. This is for those who paved the way for all the trophies in the showcase, all the banners that hang in the gym, for those who created a foundation for athletics here.”
Nominations will be received beginning Monday through May 10. Forms can be obtained from the school web site at www.lexcs.org, the Lexington City Schools central office, via email requests to Beverly and hard copies will be available at each city school.
Beverly, himself a star running back on the 1985 and 1986 state championship teams and at Winston-Salem State, is chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee.
The choices of who to induct will be many, since accomplishments of athletes and coaches from the former Dunbar High School will also be considered.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Beverly said. “But it’s a start. It should have been done a long time ago. I have a great support staff and we’re going to make this work.”
Deciding who is in the inaugural class could be a challenge for the committee, given the extensive history of the school and its many successes in athletics.
“Not everybody’s going to get in,” Beverly said. “But once they’re nominated, their nominations will stay in a pool for consideration.”
The induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased beginning Aug. 1. There is no junior varsity football game that night.
Inductees will then be recognized prior to the kickoff of Lexington’s game on Friday night, Sept. 27.
Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.