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Why not a THS Hall of Fame?

A friend of mine has some Thomson High football games from the 60s on video. They were transferred to VHS from film. During the holidays we had a chance to look at some pretty good teams from those days.

Watching those games made me further realize what a rich athletic heritage Thomson High School has. It also popped a question into my mind.

Why is there not a Thomson High School Hall of Fame?

THS has plenty of region and state championship teams over the past 50 years. Teams of this caliber have plenty of top-notch coaches and players. Many schools recognize outstanding former athletic participants in a Hall of Fame.

There are various criteria that could be used to select members. It might be limited to a player's performance during his high school days. It could include any college and pro accomplishments as well.

The coaches that led the more outstanding teams certainly should be included. Some schools even include boosters and administrators that have contributed to a program's development.

Schools with a Hall of Fame usually utilize a rotating board of directors to make a predetermined number of selections each year. This board is normally composed of alumni and community members familiar with the school's athletic history. Hall members are often asked to serve to offer legitimacy to the selection process.

The board may solicit someone to serve as a voluntary non-voting executive director. This person could assist the board with research and record keeping matters. An ideal candidate would have an out-of-town background and be nonpartisan toward former players and coaches.

There could be some negatives to a Hall of Fame. As with anything you do, politics will often rear its ugly head. Such an honor shouldn't be campaigned for. It should not hurt the feelings of those that may feel slighted if not selected. Board members should avoid nominating relatives and close business associates.

The local school board might wish to offer a simple resolution supporting the concept of a hall, but it would not be a necessity in order to create one.

(And I know Mirror Editor Jason Smith has talked about a similar idea in the last six months, so I'm sure the Hall of Fame would have the newspaper's support, maybe even sponsorship.)

Ideally, a local Hall of Fame would be all positive. It should not be expensive or extravagant. An annual dinner or reception prior to a designated home football game could be the topper. A lot of "old-timers" would love it.

The thought may be worth mulling over and talking about among some of you Old Dogs.

Web posted on Thursday, January 8, 2004

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