With the cooperation and support of Superintendent Jeffrey Ferguson and business director Steve Wood, the Tallmadge Athletic Department and athletic director Don Seeker recently announced the dedication of a new Athletic Hall of Fame Case at Tallmadge High School.
The maple cases were constructed and completed earlier this school year by 1976 Tallmadge graduate and athlete, Joe Harrison. The cases, measuring 56 by 118 inches, will hold 45 Athletic Hall of Fame members in each case. Former Athletic Director Jeff Moore and community members inducted classes in 2001 and 2002. There are currently 15 members that have been inducted into the THS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Seeker and the Tallmadge Athletic Department have partnered with "School Pride," a company out of Columbus that specializes in records boards and facility graphics.
"When we moved to the new school, many of the old HOF pictures had deteriorated and suffered from water damage," Seeker said. "School Pride has been wonderful to work with and we are very excited in working with them to come up with a first class way to recognize our Athletic Hall of Fame members.
"We are hoping that the new cases will increase the interest and lead to more involvement from the community regarding future HOF classes and inductees. "Jeff Ferguson and I have been talking about this for a few years and I am very grateful that he and Steve Wood backed this project financially and made the new cases become a reality.
"I also can't thank Joe Harrison enough for the work that he put in to making the cases look as beautiful as they do."
As for the HOF plaques, Seeker also wanted to thank 1972 Tallmadge graduate Jim Hindel for volunteering to serve as a liaison between School Pride and the athletic department to help make the new project go so smoothly.
"We decided to go with black and white Senior Pictures from the HOF member's class yearbooks," Seeker said. "Jim has spent a lot of time coordinating picture and bios for School Pride. They are producing two copies of each HOF plaque, one for our case and one for each inductee.
The HOF inductees were recognized with plaques during halftime of the last home boys' basketball game Feb. 22.
Seeker said athletic records boards will be next addition. Seeker also announced that with the cooperation and financial support of the Tallmadge Athletic Booster Club, School Pride also will be producing records boards for each and every athletic sports team at the high school.
"This has been a long time coming as well," said Seeker. "Tallmadge High School has a very rich tradition in athletics. Our athletic history is something that is very important and should be preserved. Individual records are a big part of that history."
Unfortunately, lack of records makes some of this project a little more tedious. The Tallmadge Athletic office and coaches will be collecting historical information regarding individual accomplishments throughout Tallmadge's athletic history.
"We hope to provide accurate individual athletic records and accomplishments from the past," Seeker said. "We are hoping that community involvement will help us in accumulating this kind of information,."
If anyone has copies of any seasonal or individual athletic accomplishments from the past, forward them to Seeker in the Tallmadge Athletic office. Forward them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 330-475-0559.