Each Hall of Fame inductee will be presented with a memento and his/her name will be permanently displayed in the main gym lobby. Biographies and other information will be available at roswellhighhalloffame.com
“The inspiration for the Hall of Fame came from conversations I’ve had with former athletic director Ray Manus about how we should honor the tradition of our athletics,” said athletic director John Coen, who is an alumnus of Roswell and has worked on the athletic staff since 1977. “Roswell High has been around since 1949 and I felt it was my responsibility as the AD to highlight all of the accomplishments we’ve had here.”
The considered honorees will be within four categories: student-athletes who are an alumnus/a of Roswell High School and graduated a minimum of 10 years prior to nomination, a retired coach or administrator who served RHS for at least five years, a community contributor to athletics and a posthumous nomination from any category that may be made anytime.
The school currently has a 12-person in-house steering committee for promotion. Nominations for the Hall of Fame will be accepted through June when a selection committee, working under confidentiality, will review all nominations forwarded to it and determine the number of inductees in each class based on numerous guidelines including athletic achievement, honors, leadership, citizenship/sportsmanship and community involvement.
“Since the announcement of the Hall of Fame in December 2012, we’ve received a tremendous amount of support from the entire Roswell community,” said Coen. “Contributors to this project such as David Sonenberg, Jim Broadway, Fred Williams and of course coach Manus have been of great assistance.”
Roswell has a strong athletic tradition and has won multiple state championships in baseball, football, girls’ gymnastics, boys’ golf, boys’ track and field, boys’ golf, boys’ basketball, softball, boys’ cross country and girls’ tennis.
Numerous professional athletes have matriculated through the school, including National Football League players such as Chris Reis and Jermaine Phillips, along with baseball standouts like Mike Ramsey, Tony Phillips, Ken Ray and Jimmy Barthmaier.
The inaugural class of the Hall of Fame will be announced by the Roswell High School administration in early August.