Robert Cassius Payne  1928

Robert Cassius Payne 1928

2011 Inductees
Bob Payne was born in 1910 in New Castle, IN and moved to Dayton, OH with his family at the age of 6.  He started his much heralded athletic career at Central Elementary in the 6th grade, excelling in both baseball and basketball. After spending his freshman year at Parker High, he enrolled at Stivers High School, where he began etching out athletic history in football, basketball and baseball. As a three-year starter in Football as a tight end, he earned 3 varsity letters, capping his career by being named in the Ohio All-Star team and earning 1st Team Dayton Daily News All-City honors. Bob was recognized throughout the state as a prolific shooting guard on a Stivers basketball team that won both the City League and the State Championship…
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Charles Klee  1918

Charles Klee 1918

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Charles"Chuck"Klee spent almost a lifetime in the halls of Stivers High School. He was an outstanding student and athlete at Stivers participating in track, football and baseball. Following college at the American College of Physical Education in Chicago, he returned to Stivers in September 1921 and served as a teacher of physical education and geography for 44 years retiring in 1965. Chuck was an excellent track athlete running the 100 and 200 yard dashes in record times and represented Stivers in the State Finals. He also went over 21 feet 4 inches in the broad jump and competed in the pole vault. Chuck played quarterback on the football team and led the 1917 team to an undefeated season, the first undefeated team in Stivers history. Although small of stature, Chuck…
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Richard Hartle  1956

Richard Hartle 1956

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Dick was an excellent all-around athlete at Stivers in football, track and baseball. He also found time to play the trumpet in the Stivers band and orchestra for 4 years. Dick was the highest scoring end in the 1954 Dayton City League. He was an important player in Stivers defeating Chaminade 27 to 13 ending their 49 game winning streak in football against city schools. Dick was also selected and played in the Dayton Senior All Star game in 1955. Hartle was the number one hurdler on the track team. He tied Stivers records in the high hurdles at 15.5 seconds and broke Stivers record in the low hurdles at 20.6 seconds. In the city track meet he had 4 first places and 2 second place finishes. In the 1955…
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Jack Harner  1954

Jack Harner 1954

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An outstanding All-City performer, Jack played on Stivers basketball teams that were ranked among Ohio's best. A six-foot-three, left handed forward who excelled at rebounding and scoring, Harner's tough play personified what made Stivers basketball of the 50's so highly acclaimed. During his four years, Stivers won two city championships and one district title, and were city runners-up twice. At Wilmington College, Jack set sixteen school records and was the greatest basketball player in Quaker history. There he started every game for four years, scoring 1775 points, and was team MVP three years. He was All Mid-Ohio three years, All Ohio, and Honorable Mention Little All-American. His four-year numbers were 21.9 points per game, 15.8 rebounds per game and 79% free throw average. His incredible numbers and play led to…
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Jack Dempsey Hall  1967

Jack Dempsey Hall 1967

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When you are named after the greatest heavy weight boxing champion, you have to be tough. At 6'4'; 220Ibs Jack was big and tough. Jack grew up attending Emerson Elementary and Stivers High School. He was a varsity letter winner in football, basketball and baseball. He was 1st team All City in baseball as a junior and 1st team All City as a defensive tackle and 2nd team as an offensive tackle his senior year. He was also 1st team All Greater Dayton on defense and Honorable Mention All Southwestern Ohio on defense that same year. Jack was a promising pitcher as a sophomore before injuring his arm. In one game against Kiser he struck out 17 batters. Dayton baseball was particularly good with the likes of future major leaguers,…
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August George  1933

August George 1933

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In Stivers lore few names are more prominent than Augie George. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes to wear the orange and black. At 6'4" and 210 pounds, he was an unusually big man for the early 1930s. A two-sport star on Stivers teams that were among Ohio's very best, he played end in football and center in basketball, and was All-City in both sports in 1932 and 1933. In football Stivers lost just three games in that two year period and was clearly one of the states best teams. The Tiger basketballers were city champions both of those years, losing to Columbus North 31-29 in the 1932 state championship finals. As a senior, Augie led the city in scoring by 70 points over his nearest rivals. In…
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Elden Harry Fenner 1924

Elden Harry Fenner 1924

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Harry Fenner followed his older brother, Lee, who had played on two Stivers city championship football teams in 1913 and 1914. Harry was an end, both offensively and defensively on the 1923 National Championship team. According to the Dayton Daily News, he played a great game receiving several passes to beat Maury High School of Norfolk, Virginia 10-0 for a national title. In addition, he also played a great game of defense which held this southern power house powerless. Harry played guard on the 1923-1924 basketball team. He also was the team captain and leading scorer on this team that won the City and State Championship. In a critical game against Greenfield High School, Harry outscored the opposition with 14 points in a 36-13 win. According to the Dayton Daily…
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Doug Dowler 1955

Doug Dowler 1955

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"Cool" Doug Dowler led Stivers to its first city football championship for the school in 17 years. Coach Jim Hanby was quoted in the Dayton Daily News"Dowler is the coolest player I've seen in a long time" after Dowler directed the Stivers team to the city league championship. The 1954 Stivers team had a record of 7 wins and 2 losses with much of the teams success due to Doug's calm attitude and ability as a quarterback. For his play throughout the season, Doug was named 1st Team quarterback on the Dayton Daily News-Coaches All-City Team. Dowler was selected as "Player of the Week" by the Dayton Daily News for his play in the victory over Kiser to claim the 1954 City Championship. He was an excellent passer and had…
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Emmett Tidd  1925

Emmett Tidd 1925

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Emmett"Pete"Tidd was another one of those outstanding athletes of the 1920's that brought glory to Stivers High School. Pete was a tough running back on the 1923 and 1924 city championship football teams. These teams were also recognized as Ohio state champions in 1923 and 1924 and national champs in 1924. Pete's teammates included Stivers Hall of Fame members Fuzzy Evans, Kick Ramby, Harry Fenner, Ken Stiles, Horace 'Hawk" English and Ray Otto. Pete and Fuzzy were the leading ball carriers while Pete performed also as the team kicker and punter. Most notable, according to the Dayton Journal Herald, Pete Tidd and Fuzzy Evans accounted for 4 touchdowns between them to defeat Detroit S.W. High School 41-7. Pete played 9 years of semi-pro football following his Stivers career. Pete's teams…
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Jack Brown  1946

Jack Brown 1946

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Jack "J Willie" Brown was one of Stivers most versatile athletes in the 1940's. He received varsity letters in baseball, basketball, football and track, which is an unusual feat. According to his teammates, J. Willie excelled in each of these sports. He was a strong competitor, gave 110% effort, and demonstrated an unselfish attitude and enthusiam in every game he played. These qualities gained him the tremendous respect of his teammates. Jack played 3rd base in baseball on the Stivers Summer League team that won the County/City championship in 1946. He played forward in basketball and was an outstanding rebounder and defender. On the football team J. Willie was an end on both sides of the ball -- offensively and defensively. Jack also found time in the Spring to run…
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