Class of 2017

A hero, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is a man of extraordinary courage, one who performs great deeds.  Dick Shea was a hero in every sense of the imagination. Portsmouth-born, Churchland High and Virginia Tech educated, and West Point trained, Dick Shea was the U.S. Military Academy’s greatest distance runner of all time.  He won nine […]

Alphonso Smith won the Boys National Singles and Doubles Tennis Titles in 1924, accomplishing the feat without losing a single set.  In 1982, Smith and partner Eddie Jacobs won the 45-and-over National Senior Doubles Championship, repeating their 1927 National Junior Doubles win and earning the pair a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records […]

Leroy Keyes was a graduate of Carver High School in Newport News where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track. Following his successful high school football career, he received offers from both the Army and Notre Dame but decided to attend Purdue University. Keyes was twice a consensus football All-American at Purdue […]

McLaughlin was an all-around athlete at John Marshall High School in Richmond, where he was an all-state selection, winning a football scholarship to Virginia for his outstanding play. McLaughlin gained fame at University of Virginia for his outstanding play as a star tackle for three years. He was All-State at John Marshall. McLaughlin was drafted […]

Hank Foiles was born in Richmond in 1929.  He moved with his family in 1933 to Norfolk where he entered Granby High School in 1944, starring in football, baseball, basketball and track. He earned 3 letters in football, 4 letters in baseball and 2 in track. Foiles was All-Foreman Field, All-Tidewater, All-State and All-Southern in […]

Born in Staunton, Virginia in 1916, Bryan received his B.S. degree from Ohio University and his Master’s from Lynchburg College.  For 25 years, Bryan served as Athletic Director at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and coached basketball at the school for 27 years. Bryan’s Glass High School teams won 4 State AAA Championships, were […]