By Tommie Kendall
The fourth class of the Eminence High School Hall of Fame will be honored this weekend, which includes two current EHS football coaches, two former superintendents, a librarian, a school board member, a golfer, and a former teacher and coach. The inductees will officially join the first three classes with a dinner this Saturday night inside the high school’s cafeteria at 7 o’clock. Also, they will be recognized during halftime of Eminence’s football game against Evangel Christian the night before.
Headlining this year’s class will be Steve Frommeyer, who is currently the high school principal and has been coaching the football team since the 1984 season. He celebrated his 200th victory on the football field a few weeks ago, has led the Warriors to numerous winning seasons, numerous 8-man state titles, a pair of national 8-man crowns, and was instrumental in getting the Hall of Fame started three years ago.
Also, assistant football coach Buddy Berry will be inducted. Berry was a standout on the football field during the early 1990s when he set numerous school records as a middle linebacker. He later played football for the University of Kentucky and became a head high school football coach in Kentucky before coming back to Eminence as an assistant.
Joining Frommeyer and Berry will be former superintendents Jim Edwards and David Baird, former librarian Mary Land, former student-athlete and school board member Ben Coomes, golfer Carolyn Adcock and former teacher and coach Andy Johnson. The Hall of Fame is not just for athletes, but for those that contributed the most to make EHS what it is today.
“This year’s class is an exciting class,” said Jim McAlister, the EHS Hall of Fame Chairman and a former student. “We are honoring more individuals on the academic, administration side than the athletic side.”
This year’s inductees will join the first three classes. The inaugural class included Eric Bachelor, Claude “Skip” Berry, Troy Cook, Levi Gordon, Jim Green, Ray Henderson, Harold Lindsey, Chrissy Roberts, J.T. Stinson, Mark McCoy Tarry and Martha Tarry. The second class included Brad Bates, Woody Joe Barwick, Claude Berry, Eddie Gordon, Jack Johnson, Joe Rucker, Joyce Winburn, Donnie Young, Mont Sleets, Jackie Purvis and Greg Lawson. And the third class included J.S. Robertson, Harvey Marcum, Wallace Lowrey, Harold Frazier, Daisy Stinson-Sneed, Wayne Gunnell, Don VanMeter, Gino Kirchner, Vance Blade, Jim Willhite and Keith Blackburn.
For more information about the EHS Hall of Fame, including this weekend’s ceremonies and ways to nominate future possible inductees, contact Eminence High School at (502)845-5427.
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