History of the Hall of Fame
The Oak Ridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame was created in the Spring of 2013 when 18 athletes and 2 coaches were recognized by the school at an afternoon student assembly, and in their honor banners of each individual were hung in the gymnasium hallway. In the spring of 2014, an additional 10 individuals including 7 athletes, 2 contributors and 1 coach were inducted and honored at a school assembly followed by a banquet that evening. The inductees received a plaque, a commemorative medallion and a Hall of Fame logo polo shirt. At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, several individuals including past coaches, teachers and former athletes became involved with the school’s administration.
As a result, a Hall of Fame Board of Directors was established and immediately began preparing for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction. In 2016, the Board of Directors applied for and received 501c3 status (Not for Profit). It was at this point that the Board redefined the eligibility criteria and established a nomination, screening, validation and selection process.
In addition, the Hall of Fame added a Members’ Brunch to honor the new inductees and unveiled the permanent Hall of Fame display located in the hallway of William Spoone Gymnasium. The brunch and the unveiling of the permanent display for the new inductees has been add to the Hall of Fame Alumni Weekend list of events. One other additional event will be the naming of the Hall of Fame Student-Athlete Award recipient who will be recognized and honored at the Brunch, School Assembly and at the Induction Banquet.