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The Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations through September 1, 2017, for its second induction class.
The Hall of Fame, created in April 2017, seeks to recognize former student athletes, coaches and friends of the program who have contributed to the school’s athletic program as well as embodied or supported the school district’s vision of uniquely accomplished students prepared to serve, lead and succeed.
The first inductee was legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, a member of the class of 1957 who excelled at not only golf but also basketball while attending Upper Arlington High School.
“It was a short conversation about who our first inductee should be,” said Upper Arlington High School Athletic Director Tony Pusateri. “We are really looking forward to working with the Upper Arlington community to recognize students, coaches and volunteers who have played such an important role in shaping the impressive legacy of our athletic program.”
Potential inductees include former student athletes who graduated 10 years or more prior to their nomination and former coaches who have been retired for five years or more and are not currently coaching for an Upper Arlington Schools team. Also eligible are staff members, volunteers and others who have provided support to the athletic program for a minimum of five years prior to their nomination.
The 141 state championship teams in Upper Arlington High School’s impressive athletic history will automatically be entered into the Upper Arlington Athletic Hall of Champions within the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. These state championship teams will be recognized over the next several years, beginning with the state championship teams from the 1930s through 1969.
A selection committee made up of administrators, coaches and former student athletes representing six decades of athletics at Upper Arlington High School will review and vote on the submitted nominations during the month of September.
The second induction class for the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be announced during the varsity football game on October 6, 2017, at Marv Moorehead Stadium. The inductees will be introduced on January 5, 2018, at the home basketball game versus Marysville, and a ceremony and reception will follow on January 6, 2018.
To learn about the nominations process and to submit a nomination, please visit the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame page.