Dr. Edgar Ablowich

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Dr. Edgar Ablowich

Inducted in 1980 - Played football and ran track graduating in the Class of 1930.  He also ran track at the University of Southern California and was a member of the United States 4x400 meter relay team that won the gold medal at the 1932 Olympic Games, setting a world record that stood for 20 years.

Mr. Marcus Freiberger

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Mr. Marcus Freiberger

Inducted in 1980 - He lettered in football and basketball and set three scoring records at the state basketball tournament graduating in the Class of 1947.  He was a member of the 1952 USA Olympic Basketball Team that defeated the Soviet Union and won the gold medal.  Was later head football coach at Tulsa University and Tulane and started a very famous football coaching clinic.

Mr. Henry Frnka

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Mr. Henry Frnka

Inducted in 1980 - Greenville High School Football Coach from 1931 to 1935.  His 1933 football team won the state championship.

Mr. Clyde Littlefield

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Mr. Clyde Littlefield

Inducted in 1980 - A former Greenville High School Athletic Director, football and track coach 1916, 1917 and 1919.  His 1919 team won an "unofficial" State Championship in football and his team lost only one game in 3 years.  He was the head track coach at the University of Texas for 47 years.  The Texas Relays in Austin are now named for him as well as a city street in Austin.

Mr. Bert Marshall

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Mr. Bert Marshall

Inducted in 1980 - The quarterback of the 1933 State Championship football team, he was selected as an all-state quarterback for three years.  He graduated in the Class of 1935.  He was also named at quarterback to the all-half century Texas high school football team as selected in 1950 by Associated Press sportswriter Harold V. Ratliff.  Still holds the Lions' school record for the longest punt in a game (80 yards).  Marshall was also an ace fighter pilot in World War II.

Mr. John Mason, Sr.

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Mr. John Mason, Sr.

Inducted in 1980 - He played football, basketball, baseball and ran track at Carver High School.  He was an All-State Quarterback.  After graduating in the Class of 1956, he played professional baseball from 1959-1972.  He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, the St. Louis Cardinals organization and the Baltimore Orioles organization.  He played for these minor league baseball teams: Roswell (1959), Wytheville (1959), Keokuk (1960), Lancaster (1961), Winnipeg (1961), Portsmouth (1962), Aberdeen (1962), Elmira (1963, 1964, 1968), Rochester (1965-68) and Oklahoma City (1969).  He ranked sixth in batting average in the Northern League in 1960 (.308), eighth in the Northern League in 1961 (.301) and ninth in the International League in 1966 (.298).  He had 1,176 hits in professional baseball for a batting average of .276.  He was a three-sport star for George Washington Carver High School in Greenville, quarterbacking his team to the state finals. 

Mr. Joe Coomer

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Mr. Joe Coomer

Inducted in 1981 - Lettered 3 years in football graduating in the Class of 1937.  He played football for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals.  He was all-pro tackle in 1941.

Mr. Byron Faulkner

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Mr. Byron Faulkner

Inducted in 1981 - He was a member of the "unofficial" State Championship Team of 1919 and graduated in the Class of 1919.  He later played on the Burleson College championship team and played for the Centenary Gentlemen League in 1924 and 1925

Mr. Max Mainord

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Mr. Max Mainord

Inducted in 1981 - He was a basketball, baseball and track star graduating in the Class of 1964.  He was All-District in basketball for 3 years, All-State two years, and All-American 1 year.  In track, he won the district high jump 3 years, was the regional champ one year and won the state championship his senior year.  He was chosen /All-State track star in 1964.

Mr. F.G. "Hip" Steen

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Mr. F.G. "Hip" Steen

Inducted in 1981 - He was all-state quarter back on the 1932 football team.  He was voted the Most Valuable Player in 1932.  He was captain of the basketball team and graduated in the Class of 1932. 

Mr. Bill Engle

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Mr. Bill Engle

Inducted in 1982 - Played football from 1941 thru 1944.  Graduated in January of 1945, but stayed and played 2 extra years.  He played the positions of running back, guard, center, and fullback.  All-District 1943 and 1944.  All-State 1944.  Captain in 1948 East Texas team.  Started for 3 years and also coached.  He was also a basketball player and went to Texas A&M on a football scholarship and transferred to East Texas State College.  He was also a member of the Lions' unofficial state football championship team of 1919 that was undefeated and unscored upon.

Mr. Robert Neyland

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Mr. Robert Neyland

Inducted in 1982 - He was a talented baseball player at Greenville High School graduating in the Class of 1909.  He played baseball and football at Burleson College before transferring to Texas A&M, where he was a star pitcher.  He was then selected to West Point, where he was named the top cadet athlete his senior year.  He served in WWI and WWII, achieving the rank of brigadier general.  He was also a highly successful head coach, leading the Tennessee Volunteers to success.  The Tennessee Stadium bears his name.

Mr. Bill Walters

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Mr. Bill Walters

Inducted in 1982 - A former principal of Greenville High School he coached track during the 1960's winning district championships for five straight years.  He coached three individual state champions in track

Ms. Gussie Nell Davis

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Ms. Gussie Nell Davis

Inducted in 1982 - She is designated "honorary" because she was not directly involved with Greenville High School sports, but contributed significantly with the spirit generated by the Flaming Flashes, the drill team she originated at GHS in the 1930's.  The Flashes are believed to be the first organization of its kind.  Miss Davis left Greenville in 1940 to establish the world famous Kilgore Rangerettes.

Dr. Robert Mason

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Dr. Robert Mason

Inducted in 1983 - He was a 1948 graduate who lettered in both football and basketball, was selected All-District basketball in 1947 and also played in the State Basketball Tournament in 1947.  At Austin College he lettered in basketball 3 years, was selected as Most Valuable Player for 2 years, and was co-captain of the 1951 Texas Conference Champions.  He was head basketball coach and Athletic Director at Austin College where he was selected to the Austin College Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame. 

Mr. Jimmy Thomas

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Mr. Jimmy Thomas

Inducted in 1983 - A 1965 Carver High School graduate, he was selected All-District and Most Valuable Player in football his senior year.  He attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he was a receiver.  At UTA, he set eight records, five of which still stood at the time of his induction.  He was also selected as an Honorable Mention Associated Press Little All-Americans.  He earned All-Southland Conference honors, he was first team All-Texas and was chosen Most Valuable Player by his teammates in 1968.  Jimmy played at Texas-Arlington.  After college, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers where he played pro-football for five years.

Mr. Joe Williams

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Mr. Joe Williams

Inducted in 1983 - A 1953 Greenville High School graduate who participated in football, basketball and ran track.  He lettered 3 years in football and was selected both All-District and All-State in 1951 and 1952.  After high school graduation, he received a 4 year football scholarship to Texas Christian University where he lettered 3 years and was selected Captain his senior year.  He was selected to the Dallas Morning News All-Conference team, was an Academic All-American and participated in the 1957 Senior Bowl.  He was a member of the Greenville ISD School Board at the time of his induction.

Mr. George Maddox

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Mr. George Maddox

Inducted in 1984 - He was a three year football letterman and graduated from Greenville High School in 1930.  He was a member of the 1928 and 1930 District Championship teams.  He played football at Kansas State University where he served as team captain his senior year.  In 1934, he was selected All-American, becoming the first person from Greenville to receive this honor.  He served as captain of the All-American Team and later played with the Green Bay Packers.

Mr. James "Rip" Ripley

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Mr. James "Rip" Ripley

Inducted in 1984 - He Graduated from Greenville High School in 1945.  He earned four letters in basketball, serving three years as team captain and was a two year letterman in track and football.  He was a member of the District Championship Football Team of 1944 and a member of the 1945 basketball team that won the first District Championship in Greenville's history and finished fourth in the State Tournament.  Served on the Board of Trustees of Abilene Christian University during the 1980's.

Mr. A.C. Williams

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Mr. A.C. Williams

 Inducted in 1984 - Coached track, basketball and football at Booker T. Washington High School from 1939 until 1942.  His 1940 "Golden Tigers" football team was the Co-Champion of the Northeast Texas Conference and won the Championship outright in 1941.  He was selected All-Conference Coach in 1941.  He retired after serving 44 years in public education.  In 1981, Commerce recognized his distinguished career by naming a new school in his honor

Ms. Elaine Harwell Baker

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Ms. Elaine Harwell Baker

Inducted in 1985 - She graduated from Greenville High School in 1949.  She became the first female Athletic Director in the State of Texas in 1985.  An employee of Garland ISD for 34 years, she came to the office of Athletic Director after serving on the administrative staff at Bullock Elementary School for 6 years.  As Garland grew from one high school to five, with corresponding increases in the middle schools and their own athletic programs, Elaine also worked on ticket sales, program advertising sales and the athletic budget.  When Title IX was enacted as federal law, she became responsible for initiating girl’s athletic programs in volleyball, basketball, track and field, soccer, swimming, gymnastics, and golf. 

Mr. W.A. McElreath

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Mr. W.A. McElreath

Inducted in 1985 - A 1936 graduate of Greenville High School, he was a two-time all-state football player.  He played under Coach Frnka and followed him to Vanderbilt University where he was on the All-Southern and honorable mention All-America teams.  He coached at Trinity University and in 1954 was selected the Texas Senior Coach of the Year.  He retired as Director of the Office of Development at Trinity in San Antonio. 

Mr. W.B. "Dub" Williams

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Mr. W.B. "Dub" Williams

Inducted in 1985 - He was a four sport letterman during the 1920's excelling in football (serving as co-captain), in track (220 hurdles), basketball and baseball.  He was also president of his 1928 senior class and the valedictorian.  After graduation, he quarterbacked for Wesley College to a state junior college championship and later played for Texas A&M.  He also served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Kenneth Gibson

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Mr. Kenneth Gibson

Inducted in 1986 - Coached junior varsity at Greenville High School for five years and worked for eight years with the junior high program never having a losing season with either.  His coaching career began in 1955 and lasted through 1967.  Several of his athletes became successful coaches later in life.  His junior high football and basketball teams won 80 percent of their games.  He was a 1947 graduate and outstanding basketball player from Burkburnett High School.  He lettered in football, basketball and tennis at Tarleton State.  He served as an Assistant Principal at Greenville Junior High beginning in 1967 and moved to the High School in 1971. 

Ms. Ruby East

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Ms. Ruby East

Inducted in 1986 - She is a graduate of Greenville High School and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1923 and earning her Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1927.  In college she participated in basketball and field hockey.  She became an associate professor in physical education at Indiana State University in 1927.  She was devoted to archery and is an Honorary Life Member of the National Archery Association and the Hoosier State Archery Association.  She traveled to Europe in 1952 and in 1967 promoting and covering archery competitions.  She was recognized for her work in the sport at the First National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, Co.

Mr. Mike Thomas

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Mr. Mike Thomas

Inducted in 1987 - A 1971 graduate of Greenville High School and was a four sport letterman.  He won the Rodney J. Kidd Award as the outstanding high school football player in Texas in 1970 and made the All-District, All-Greater Dallas and All-America Teams.  He signed with the Oklahoma Sooners and played in the 1972 Rose Bowl victory over Penn State.  He later earned Little All-America honors as the nation's top collegiate rusher at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, as well as the NFC Rookie of the Year award in 1975 after rushing for 919 yards with the Washington Redskins.

Mr. Merlin Eck

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Mr. Merlin Eck

Inducted in 1987 - He excelled at football and track at Greenville High School graduating in the Class of 1966.  He won individual state championships in the 100 and 220 yard dash in 1966.  In football he rushed for 569 yards on 77 carries averaging 7.4 yards per carry, and caught 31 passes for another 507 yards (17-yard average).  He was selected to All-District in football and was selected to the Coaches and Athletes Magazine All-American Prep football team.  He was a member of the National Honor Society and earned a track scholarship to Southern Methodist University.  He graduated from the Baylor School of Medicine and is a practicing dentist in Dallas.

 

Mr. Carlos Mainord

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Mr. Carlos Mainord

Inducted in 1987 - He graduated from Greenville High School in the Class of 1962 and was a three year letterman and captain of the football team.  He earned All-District, All-State and All-America recognition for his line backing work on the 1961 team that won the bi-district championship.  He was awarded a football scholarship to Navarro Jr. College where he was captain of the team, won all-conference honors and led the team to a junior college bowl game.  He then went to McMurry College where the coaches named him outstanding player three games during his first season.  He made NAIA All-America first team and all the All-Texas college teams of the Dallas Morning News and the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.  He became a full time coach at Texas Tech in 1968 and became head coach at Ranger Jr. College in 1972.  He went to Rice University as defensive coordinator in 1978 and then re-joined the staff at Texas Tech as the secondary coach in 1983.   

Mr. Jay Arnold

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Mr. Jay Arnold

Inducted in 2009 - He was an all-state football player for the Greenville Lions in 1931, helping them go 9-1-2 and reaching the state semifinals.  Arnold scored four touchdowns during the Lions' state quarterfinal victory over Fort Worth Central in 1931.  He also lettered as a football player for the University of Texas in 1933 and in 1935 and 1936.  Arnold scored on a pass reception in Clyde Littlefield's last game as head football coach of the Texas Longhorns, a 10-10 tie with Texas A&M in 1933.  Littlefield was inducted into the Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.  Arnold played in the National Football League from 1937-40 with the Philadelphia Eagles and from 1941 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He caught 35 passes for 573 yards and three touchdowns in his NFL career, rushed for 43 yards on 37 carries, returning interception and a fumble for touchdowns, was 3 of 3 on extra-point kicks, made a field goal and punted once for 42 yards.  Arnold died in 1982.   

Mr. T.A. "Cotton" Ford

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Mr. T.A. "Cotton" Ford

Inducted in 2009 - He was an assistant football coach and head track and field coach for the Greenville Lions in the 1970's and 1980's and was considered an expert in his specialty: track and field.  He coached numerous Lions to appearances in the state track and field meet and directed the Lions to district track and field team titles in 1972, 1973 and 1981.  He taught at Greenville High School for 25 years.  After stepping down as head track and field coach, Ford stayed on to serve as assistant athletic director for the Greenville Independent School District until 1993.  He remained as an avid follower of the Lions up until his death.  There are many things that his peers have quoted about Mr. Ford saying how professional he was and he always helped your personally.  "He was so many things to so many people."  "He was always doing something for somebody."   "He just cared about people and cared about kids."  "He more than did his share and had a great sense of humor."   "He made the kids feel very special and was always there for them."  "He was a great motivator to young people" and the list goes on.  Ford was born on May 15, 1932 in Rosebud, Texas and grew up in Carthage.  He received his bachelor's degree in science from Stephen F. Austin State University and his masters from East Texas State.  He was also a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.  He and his wife Lillian were married on May 30, 1957 in Lufkin and had 3-sons and 1-daughter.  T. A. "Cotton" Ford Stadium, the Lions' home field, is named for the late Ford. 

Ms. Meshell Graham

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Ms. Meshell Graham

Inducted in 2009 - Graham played basketball from 1984-1988 at Texas A&M University in Commerce, scoring 1,600 points for her career to rank second on the Lions' all-time career list.  She also held the Lions' single-game scoring record for 19 years after pumping in 43 points against Eastern New Mexico in 1988. She still holds the Lady Lions' school record in the shot put (42 feet, 2 inches).

Mr. Nathaniel Mason

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Mr. Nathaniel Mason

Inducted in 2009 - Mason was an all-district football and basketball player for the Greenville Lions in 1976-1979.  He quarterbacked the Greenville Lions to a 9-1 district co-championship season in 1978.  Mason went on to play quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1980-1983, helping the Huskers to three Big Eight titles and three appearances in the Orange Bowl.  He also had a stint with the Dallas Cowboys before returning to his hometown to work with the local Boys & Girls Club and coach at his alma mater.  Mason died in 2004.  Mason’s father - John Mason, Sr., was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980 and his son, N.J. Mason was a starting running back on the Lions' football team and also played baseball.  The Lions baseball field is named for John Mason, Sr.

Mr. Earl Thomas

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Mr. Earl Thomas

Inducted in 2009 - Mr. Thomas is one of the three Greenville brothers who went on the play in the NFL.  His brothers Mike Thomas (1987) and Jimmy Thomas (1983) are already in the Greenville Hall of Fame.  Earl was a 6-3, 215 lb. receiver for the Houston Cougars in the late 1960's and 1970's turning in a series of big plays during the 1970 season that included a 62-yard touchdown run against Syracuse, a 65-yard touchdown pass reception against Wyoming, a 47-yard touchdown pass reception against Wake Forest and a 47-yard touchdown pass to Elmo Wright against the Miami Hurricanes.  Thomas played six seasons in the NFL, from 1971-73 with the Chicago Bears, from 1974-75 with the St. Louis Cardinals and in 1976 with the Houston Oilers.  He caught 106 passes in his NFL career for 1,651 yards and 14 TD's, plus rushed for 18 yards on six carries and returned on kickoff 82 years for a touchdown. 

Mr. Keith Bonham

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Mr. Keith Bonham

Inducted in 2010 - Mr. Bonham graduated from Greenville High School in 1961.  He was the quarterback for the 1960 Lion team that went 9-2-1 and captured the 6-3A championship as well as winning the Bi-District title that year.  He was an all-district player in football.  Mr. Bonham also was a member of the Lion's District Championship basketball team in 1961.  Mr. Bonham went on to attend East Texas State University and served in the US Army making the US Army Rifle Team.  Mr. Bonham served his country in the Vietnam War and has worked the past 44 years for L-3 Communications.  He has teamed with Jerry Jolley, (fellow Hall of Fame inductee) to win the championship flight at several golf tournaments at Oak Creek Country Club. 

Mr. Jerry Jolley

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Mr. Jerry Jolley

Inducted in 2010 - Mr. Jolly graduated from Greenville High School in 1961.  He was the running back for the 1960 Lion team that went 9-2-1 and captured the 6-3A championship as well as winning the Bi-District title that year.  In football, Mr. Jolley was all district player his junior and senior years in high school.  He was also a member of the Lions’ District Championship basketball team in 1961.  Mr. Jolley was an all-district player in basketball and voted Mr. Athlete of the senior class.  He lettered all three years in high school in football, basketball, and track.  Mr. Jolley went on to play football at East Texas State University.  After college, he signed a free agent contract with the Houston Oilers in 1966.  Mr. Jolley became Recreation Director for the City of Sherman and later became a golf professional.  He's also spent 26 years in the insurance business.  He's been club champion at both Sand Hills Country Club and at Oak Creek and has won numerous titles with Keith Bonham (fellow Hall of Fame inductee) as his partner. 

Mr. Pittman Keen

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Mr. Pittman Keen

Inducted in 2010 - Coach Keen was the Lions' Head Football Coach and Athletic Director from 1974-1983 guiding them to a 9-1 District Co-Championship season in 1978 and an undefeated season in 1980.  The Lions won all 10 of their games during 1980 season.  Keen also served as defensive coordinator under head coach Larry Hogue, who guided the 1970 Lions to a district co-championship.  Mike Thomas, a 1966 Hall of Fame inductee and of the 1970 Lions, went on to earn Little All-America honors at Nevada-Las Vegas and captured the NFL Rookie of the Year award with the Washington Redskins in 1975.  Keen also coached players who were starters at Nebraska, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, North Texas and various other colleges and universities.  Coach Keen's knowledge of defenses has also made him a trusted advisor too many head coaches in the Northeast Texas area.  Many of Coach Keen's former players have gone on to coach at the high school and collegiate level.  Not only has Coach Keen been a great football coach to our students, he has been a positive influence to many student athletes at Greenville High School. Coach Keen resides in Greenville and is a frequent visitor to Greenville High School Athletic Department.

Mr. Harry Bond

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Mr. Harry Bond

Inducted in 2011 - Mr. Bond was a member of the Lions' 1960 District and Bi-District Champion football team.  That was the only Lion football team to make the state playoffs for 35 years.  Mr. Bond was a three year letterman in football and in basketball and was a key member of the Lions' 1960-61 District Championship basketball team.  Mr. Bond lettered three years in track and field and attended Arlington State.  He worked for Kraft Foods for 45 years and now owns his own business. 

Mr. Doug Hooten

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Mr. Doug Hooten

Inducted in 2011 - Mr. Hooten was also a member of the Lions' 1960 District and Bi-District Champion football team.  That was the only Lion football team to make the state playoffs for 35 years.  Mr. Hooten was an All-District running back for the Lions and a three-year letterman.  He lettered two seasons in basketball and two in track and field.  He attended college at Oklahoma State, Texarkana Junior College and East Texas State.  Mr. Hooten also served in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. 

Mr. Henry Neal

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Mr. Henry Neal

Inducted in 2011 - Mr. Neal still holds the national high school record in the 100-meter dash (10.15 seconds, set in 1990).  He also held the national junior college record in the 100-meter dash (10.09 seconds set in 1992) for nearly 20 years.  Mr. Neal won 4 UIL Class 5A state track and field titles.  He won 7 national junior college track and field titles while competing for Blinn College.  Mr. Neal helped Blinn College win 4 national team titles as well as the Outstanding Team Award at the Texas Relays in 1992.  Other Track and Field accomplishments include: 2 U.S. Olympic Festival Track and Field titles in 1990, 8 Indoor Mobil Grand Prix Sprint titles, finished 3rd Place in U.S. Indoor Nationals in the 60-Meter Dash in 1994, competed in the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.  In 1996, Mr. Neal signed with the Miami Dolphins.  As a wide receiver for the Greenville Lions' football team, Mr. Neal averaged 32.9 yards per catch in 1989. Mr. Neal earned the Most Valuable Player for the Greenville Lions Basketball Tournament in 1989.  Mr. Neal still holds four Greenville High School records in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, triple jump and sprint medley relay and was the first Texas High School athlete to jump more than 50 feet in the triple jump.  During the 1990 track season, Mr. Neal won 44 track and field events. 

Ms. Leigh Dickson- McCullar

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Ms. Leigh Dickson- McCullar

Inducted in 2012 - Ms. Dickson was a member of the Greenville Lady Lion track team from 1988-1992.  She was a key member of the regional and district track championship teams during this time.  Individually, Ms. Dickson was a six time district champion in various events during her career.  She was the Region II-4A record holder for many years in the 800 meter dash and also the state champion in the 800 her junior year.  She was also a member of the state champion 4x4m relay team.  She continues to own the school record in the 800 m dash at 2:12.17.  Ms. Dickson went on to the University of North Carolina on a four year athletic scholarship.  She ran on the 4x100 meter relay, 4.400 m relay, and the 400m hurdles.  She was a NCAA All-American as a member of the 4x400m relay in 1996.  She was also UNC Women's Track Captain from 1996-1997.

Mr. Richard Murray

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Mr. Richard Murray

Inducted in 2013 - Mr. Murray was a track and football star at Greenville High School from 1971-1974.  He was an All-District and All Greater Dallas selection in football.  Mr. Murray was also selected to play in the Texas All Star game as well as the Oil Bowl All Star game.  Mr. Murray continues to own the Greenville High School Shot Put record with a throw of (59' 11 3/4").  He was a two time district champ in the shot put; the regional champion and the runner up in the state meet his senior.  Mr. Murray received a football scholarship to University of Oklahoma.  He played in three national championship games and helped the Sooners win two of those national championships.  Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1978 he went on to play for the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football league for three years.  Mr. Murray played for the New Jersey Generals and with the Washington Federals in the United States Football League for three more years. 

Mr. Clell Davidson

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Mr. Clell Davidson

Inducted in 2013; Mr. Davidson was born in 1921 in Homer, Louisiana but moved to Greenville at a young age.  He was at standout athlete at Booker T. Washington High School in Greenville but preferred the sport of football.  Mr. Davidson was a defensive lineman on two national championship football teams at Wiley College.  He served his country in World War II before returning to his hometown to teach history and coach football, basketball and track and field for 19-years at Carver High School in Greenville.  He coached the Carver Tigers to the 1954 Prairie View Interscholastic League state football finals where they lost to an Orange Wallace team that included 6-foot-9 Ernie Ladd, later to become one of the tallest and biggest players in National Football League history.  Davidson coached two players who later played in the NFL, brothers Earl and Jimmy Thomas and John Mason Sr., who played professional baseball.  He and his wife Willard raised a family that includes a daughter - Denise and a son - Dwight.  Mr. Davidson currently resides in Greenville. 

Mr. Joseph Hamrick

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Mr. Joseph Hamrick

Inducted in 2013, Mr. Hamrick was an offensive lineman and captain of the 1933 state championship Greenville Lions football team.  He also played on the Lions 1931 state semifinalist team and 1932 state quarterfinals team.  Mr. Hamrick was also a blocking back on the Northwestern football team that reached No. 1 in the national college rankings in 1936.  Upon graduation from Northwestern, Mr. Hamrick became a head football coach at Winnsboro High School, Donna High School and Harlingen High School, earning Coach of the Decade, honors for the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  He also served his country in World War II.  He was a high school principal and served as pastor of the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church for more than 20-years.  His grandson - Joseph Hamrick III, works at the Greenville Herald Banner and has collected much information on his grandfather.  Mr. Hamrick died in 1987 but has family living in this area. 

 1954 Golden Tigers

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1954 Golden Tigers

The 1954 Golden Tigers were coached by legendary Coach Clell Davidson and assistant coaches James Griffen and Vernon Coleman.  Coach Davidson was inducted in the Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Honor in 2013.  Sixty years ago, the Carver Golden Tigers played Orange Wallace in the 1954 Prairie View state football finals.  The Golden Tigers had a record of 13-1. The 1954 Golden Tigers class included Bennie Barrett, Thurman Brigham, Scottie Burnett, Perry Mathis, Buster McClemore and Curtis Williams.  Other team members include Oliver Brown, Phillip Brown, Raymond Brown Jr. Herbie Buckhame, Eddie Davis, Gus H. Davis, Reecy Davis, James Green, William Green, Charles Griffin, Willie Haggerty, Noble Hawkins, Travis Houston, Robert Jackson, Billy Jeffery, Sammy Johnson, James Mason, John Mason, Bubba Matthews, Arthur Mitchell, John Moreland, Tom Parson, Jimmy Polk, Jimmy Randolf, Don Sauls, James Sauls, Douglas Simms, Robert Sims, Phillip Wallick, Charles Wilkerson, and Claude Williams.

Mr. David Claybourn

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Mr. David Claybourn

Inducted in 2015 - Mr. Claybourn has covered Greenville High School sports for over 36 years.  He has been a very big part in the coverage of sports for not only this area but all of Texas in covering Greenville athletics.  Mr. Claybourn has covered many sporting events through the years and his knowledge of the history of Greenville sports is outstanding.  We appreciate his many years of service to Greenville High School and we are proud to have him in the GHS Hall of Fame.

Mr. Phil Blue

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Mr. Phil Blue

Inducted in 2016 - Phil Blue, a 1981 graduate of GHS, lettered in football and basketball for the Lions.  He quarterbacked the 1980 Lions that went undefeated in 10 football games but missed out on making the playoffs after forfeiting five games due to an ineligible player.  Among those 10 victories was a 10-7 win over No. 2 state-ranked Plano where Blue was selected as the Class 4-A AP "Player of the Week."  Blue was an all-district QB and team captain.  Blue was selected to the Greenville Lions "All Decade Football Team" as Quarterback.  He was a 3-year starter in basketball and was an all-district guard.  Blue scored over 1000 points in his basketball career.  He was also selected as an "Outstanding Senior" by the GHS faculty.   Blue played quarterback at the University of Texas at Arlington.  He was awarded 3 letters as a UTA quarterback.  He led the team in total offense in 1984.  Blue won the UTA Unsung Hero Award in 1984 and the UTA Ex-Letterman award in 1985.  After college graduation, Blue went into the coaching field, where he now has more than 30 years’ experience and won over 100 games as a head football coach.  He has been a head football coach at Farmersville, Quinlan, Celeste, Mineral Wells, Texas Christian Academy and Georgetown High School, plus was an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Abilene.  Blue has been Coach of the year on three different occasions and won a TAPPS State Football Championship in 1986.  In 1996, he was selected to coach the Oil Bowl All-Star game.  He was also the athletic director at Georgetown High School from 2006-14, the executive athletic director at Grapevine-Colleyville and is now the athletic director for the Abilene Independent School District.  

Mr. Junior Mason

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Mr. Junior Mason

Inducted in 2016 - Mason graduated from GHS in 1980 after lettering in football, baseball and basketball.  He was a starting defensive back on the Lions' 9-1 District 13-4A co-championship team in 1978.  Junior Mason quarterbacked the 1979 Lions to a 6-3-1 record.  Mason was all-district in football and baseball.  Mason was a standout outfielder for the lions in baseball and attended the University of Nebraska, where he played two seasons of baseball.  Mason lettered in baseball 2 years while at the University of Nebraska and was 25 of 25 in stolen bases as a freshman.  He was then drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays.  Mason played four seasons of minor league baseball, including a stint with the Blue Jays' minor league team in Medicine Hat, Canada.  Mason was selected to play in the World Port Tournament in Holland, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.  From newspaper reports, Mason scored from first base on a single.  Fans started calling him "the Carl Lewis in baseball shoes."  His rookie year with the Blue Jays, the team was the first team in the Blue Jays organization to win a championship.  After his baseball career, Mason taught baseball skills at Steve Adair in Carrollton and Addison, Texas.  He also worked at the Hunt County Boys and Girls Club for several years with recreational sports.  Mason continues his volunteering/mentoring to the youth in Greenville, Texas.  In 1999, he established the M&M Track Club which is a summer track and field program that is open to youth ages 6 through 18, which is still serving the youth of Greenville, Texas today.  After receiving several request from the community, Mason searched several youth football leagues before joining the Northeast Texas Pee-Wee Football League where he is currently the commissioner of youth football for Greenville.  This organization for youth tackle football was established in 2013 serving the youth of Greenville for grades 1 through 6.  The sole purpose for Mason starting this organization was to better prepare the youth entering the 7th grade with a desire to play football with the Greenville Lions.  Junior Mason joins his father, John, Sr. and brother, Nate, in the GHS Hall of Fame.

Mr. Ricky Simmons

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Mr. Ricky Simmons

Inducted 2016 - Simmons is a 1979 GHS graduate who lettered in football and track and field for the Lions.  He was the top running back for the Lions 1978 district co-championship football team that went 9-1, earning all-district and all greater Dallas honors and was the top sprinter for the Lions' track and field team.  He still holds the school record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.3 seconds and held the Jesuit meet record for many years in the 200 meters at 21.5.  Simmons went on to play four seasons of college football for Nebraska at wingback and split end, helping the Cornhuskers win three Big Eight championships from 1981-83.  He was a starting split end for the Cornhuskers' 1983 team that went 12-0 in the regular season and rose to No. 1 in the national rankings.  Simmons was Nebraska's second-leading receiver during the 1983 regular season with 13 catches for 137 yards and also rushed once for 12 yards. He also caught two passes for 34 yards during Nebraska's 31-30 loss to Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl.  Simmons was drafted by the Washington Federals in the United State Football League, catching 33 passes for 455 yards and four touchdowns for the Federals during the 1984 season.  He also played the next season for the Orlando Renegades in the USFL.  Simmons spent one season as a member of the Atlanta Falcons in 1986.  Simmons is now a substance abuse counselor and motivational speaker, based in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He owns the Simmons & Associates which is a Motivational/Inspirational Speaking Business & RCS Triumph Foundation.  Simmons travels the United States educating youth and adults about the dangers of Drugs & Alcohol Abuse.  For more information, please see his website:  rickycsimmons.org.