Six athletics and two citation honorees will be inducted at the 24th Annual Beach High Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Economic Opportunity Authority new banquet room at 1120 May Street on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 6:00 pm with an admission price of $25.00 per ticket.
The first citation will be awarded to Lawrence Hutchins, who graduated in 1959 and participated in the marching and concert bands. Hutchins was selected to t~ Beach High Yearbook Hall of Fame and was selected to play in the state’s clinic band in Fort Valley and the All State Band in Macon, Georgia. He served as Band Director for over twenty four years and during those years he reinstated the flag corps and the drill team auxiliaries to the marching band.
Another citation awardee, Walter Bogan, who was known for his benevolent acts of kindness throughout the city and especially at Beach High will be honored posthumously. During his 40 years at the Savannah News Press, Bogan was a mentor to many young men that he helped and inspired to pursue higher education. In a recent article on Bogan, his daughter, Mary Ward, reflected, “He was very instrumental in helping high school and college students further their education”. Ward went on to say, “He was able to hire so many of them and help them financially to go on to college.”
Being honored posthumously, Farley was often considered as one of the best all around backs in Beach’s history. Gifted with speed and good size, Farley could run, pass kick, block and catch. Against Ballard Hudson with a 5-1 record, Farley scored two touchdowns and kicked two extra points to lead the Bulldogs to a 24-12 Homecoming win.
Running back Ernest Brunson combined with quarterback Gus Cooper and another honoree for this year, Nathaniel Farley, to lead Beach High to a successful 1958 season and to become one of the most explosive backs in the state. In the city championship of 1958, Brunson scored two touchdowns and caught two passes.
Johnny Parker was “Mr. Football” at Beach High for three years. Additionally, Parker was an outstanding track star and played semipro baseball during his high school days. Although Parker was a starting quarterback, he punted, was a running back and a wide receiver. He was named team captain by Coach Joe Greene in his senior year and was also named the team’s most valuable player. Locally, he was a pitcher, outfielder and played shortstop for the Savannah Bears before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians.
Other inductees in the 2010 class will include: basketball star Keith Coney, and stellar football and track and field athletes Alonza Pickett and Robert Cummings.
For ticket information and additional information on the Athletic Hall of Fame contact: Bobby Adams at 912.398.2671, Johnny Brown at 912-231-0921 or Rossie Caldwell at 912-631-5536.