Cleveland High School recently announced the 15 Hall of Fame inductees for the second year of the alumni honor.
The anonymous committee made up of educators, former educators and community members chose the alumni from a pool of 50 nominations.
Principal Autumn O’Bryan praised the committee for its selection.
“One thing we really want is a balance of diversity. When we say diversity, we are not just talking about race,” she said. “We are talking about gender. We are talking about graduation years. We are talking about their experiences.”
O’Bryan added, “We want to make sure we don’t have 100 doctors.”
The committee must have had similar thoughts as this year’s inductees come from a variety of backgrounds: military, engineer, Special Olympian, pastor, educator and radio personality to name a few.
- John David Beckler, class of 1967, retired senior vice president of TVA;
- Ray Kimsey, class of 1969, president of Niles Bolton Associates;
- Jim Gibson, class of 1972, co-pastor of First Baptist Church;
- William Scott Hicks, class of 1977, deceased co-owner of Universal Assemblies;
- Scott “String” Kress, class of 1977, implementation manager at UNUM;
- Bill Crum, class of 1984, captain in the U.S. Navy;
- Adonia (Johnson) Latham, class of 1984, vice president of the First Tennessee Bank & Trust financial center;
- Curt Prichard, class of 1989, colonel in the Air Force;
- Brad Greene, class of 1990, engineer and principal owner of Gridwell;
- Karen (Seago) Hall, class of 1990, teacher at Stuart Elementary;
- Traci (Dunn) Fant, class of 1991, attorney at McCoy Management;
- Gregory Scott Prichard, class of 1991, design and analysis engineer at NASA;
- Steve Hartline, class of 1996, owner and station manager of WCLE;
- Brenda Holder, class of 1996, Special Olympics champion;
- Melissa (Wagner) Turner, class of 2000, radio personality on US 101.
“We are really proud of this group,” O’Bryan said. “We think they will really give a good message to our students. ... We are excited to have them back on campus.”
Inductees will be honored in a special ceremony on Sept. 5 at the high school. O’Bryan assured the event will be open to the public. The inductees will also be recognized at a Cleveland High football game on Sept. 5.
“It is exciting to think about the potential of our current students,” she said. “And just to see what is possible. The sky is certainly the limit when it comes to their futures. We feel like we have a really good product and we prepare them for whatever they want. [The Alumni Hall of Fame] is an indication of that.”