Most high schools probably don’t need an athletics hall of fame. They may have had a handful of national-caliber athletes, but not enough to create a need for bronze busts and a new wing off the gymnasium.
East High is Kansas’ top exception.
The school will induct seven former Blue Aces at halftime of the Feb. 25 boys basketball game. When you go through this list, realize these guys didn’t make the cut in the school’s first five induction classes:
Johnny Stevens (’60), state champion golfer who was a two-time MVC golf champ at Wichita State and also spent two years on the PGA Tour.
Jim Waskiewicz (’62), an Eagle Top 11 football player who was also a state wrestling champ. He played four years in the NFL.
Brad Speer (’84), who 26 years later still holds the state high-jump mark at 7 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Adrian Griffin (’92), an All-State basketball player who led the Aces to the state title as a senior. Also played nine NBA seasons after playing collegiately at Seton Hall.
Stub Mayo, coached East football from 1940-52 and was 92-21-4.
Allan Frame (’52), a state cross country champ who won eight conference titles in track and cross country while at Kansas.
Richard Quick (’57), a high school All-America swimmer who has coached NCAA championship teams 12 times. He’s been the U.S. Olympic swim coach six times.
Not bad for one high school’s sixth induction class.