The fourth class of the Eminence High School Hall of Fame was recognized at halftime of the high school football game Friday night and officially inducted the following day. It includes two current EHS football coaches, two former superintendents, a librarian, a school board member, a golfer, and a former teacher and coach.
The eight members of this year’s class are Carolyn Adcock, David Baird, Buddy Berry, Ben Coomes, Jim Edwards, Steve Frommeyer, Andy Johnson and Mary Land. 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.
Carolyn Adcock graduated from Eminence High School in 1984, where she was active in band, choir and played on the basketball team for six years. After graduation, she attended Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation with a minor in business. She has made her name as one of the top golfers in Kentucky. She now lives in Pleasureville and is the owner of Deli Plus in Eminence.
David Baird was Eminence’s principal for 10 years before taking over as the superintendent for the next 16 years. He took the position as Associate Executive Director with the Kentucky School Boards in 2005. In 2005, he was named the Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, and was selected as one of the nation’s Top 100 Educators in America by Executive Educator and the featured school administrator in District Administrator Magazine.
Buddy Berry is a 1994 graduate of EHS, where he was involved in civic, club and school activities but is most remembered for his play on the football field. He broke the school record for tackles in a season with 197 and tackles in a career with 407. He was the first Eminence football player named to the All-State Team, which led to jersey No. 75 being retired. Berry later played football for the University of Kentucky, then joined the coaching staff as the graduate assistant. After a few high school head coaching jobs around Kentucky, Berry is now the assistant football coach at EHS.
Ben Coomes is a former student-athlete, and a long-time member of the Eminence school board. “He is one that should have been put in the Hall of Fame a couple of years ago,” McAlister said.
Jim Edwards was a superintendent for Eminence schools before Baird took over.
Steve Frommeyer 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.
Andy Johnson retired from EHS in 1980, after 22 years of teaching and administrative work. For several years he served as the Head Start Director. He had a passion for helping young students get a successful start in their school careers, and could often be seen visiting the student’s homes to encourage parents to be involved in their children’s educational experience. During his years as the principal of the elementary school, he made a practice of visiting every kindergarten student’s home before the child entered school.
Mary Land was the school librarian for many years. She took the library from a small classroom to a large, new facility in the early 1970s. A graduate of Campbellsburg High School in 1947 and Western Kentucky University, where she got her Rank 1 certification, she began her career as a sixth-grade teacher and then became librarian.
For more information about the Hall of Fame, contact EHS at (502)845-5427. The fifth class will be inducted next fall.
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