HP Central Hall of Fame goes first class

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 11:14 PM

For over a century, High Point Central has cultivated a rich athletic history. And many of the high school’s best have long been part of its lore.

On Thursday evening at Wesley Memorial, Central inducted 15 former athletes, coaches and administrators as its first class in the school’s athletic hall of fame.

“This is long overdue,” said Mike Cook, the school’s athletic director. “We’ve been a school since 1897. And me being the Central nerd I’ve been my entire life, one of the things I wanted to do when I got this job seven years ago was to do this — and to do it right.”

The inaugural inductees were Marcus Aderholdt, James Atkinson, Andrea Cozart, Richard Crowder, Richard Culler, John Evans, Pat Hester, Cornell Johnson, Bud Kivett, Linda Lee, Richard Meisky, A.J. Simeon, Kathy Spaugh, Harry Williamson and Ken Yarborough.

Fourteen inductees were represented (missing only Williamson), including six living inductees. Each was given a shadow box featuring the current Central letter and pins from all sports, plus a lifetime pass to all athletic events, and were asked about their experience or their family member.

“This is what you live for if you’re a sports nerd and a history teacher like I am,” said Cook, who was a student-athlete himself at Central. “To get everyone in the same building to celebrate this is a huge deal.”

The event, from inception to culmination, was about two and a half years in the making, Cook said, and is expected to become an annual event honoring the school’s past.

“When you look back in the history books of High Point High School and High Point Central, it’s impossible — we missed so many people I’m sure,” Cook said. “We’re very genuine about doing this, we did this with the best intent. So, people should just nominate, nominate, nominate.”

The class will be honored at tonight’s Central-West Forsyth football game at Simeon Stadium.