Joe Cox – 1925

Joe Cox – 1925

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2062,2063"] Joseph Edward Cox was a stellar athlete at Stivers, playing in an era of multiple championships. Under the leadership of their new coach, Harry Wilhelm, the 1923 football team was undefeated except for a scoreless tie with Hamilton. Stivers traveled to the East Coast, defeating a strong Norfolk team which held the championship of three states. This victory allowed Stivers to claim the football national title in 1923 and again in 1924. Not to be outdone, the basketball team, also coached by Mr. Wilhelm, followed this feat by winning the basketball state championship in 1924 and the city title in 1925. A tall, sturdy person, Joe used his height and stature to play tackle on the football varsity in 1923-24 and guard on the basketball team, garnering a…
Read More
Gary E. Tanner – 1957

Gary E. Tanner – 1957

2013 Inductees
  [gallery ids="2066,2186"] Gary Tanner earned 4 varsity letters at Stivers with 2 each in football and track. Gary was a starting defensive halfback in his junior year and earned honorable mention on the All-City team. Coach Hanby moved Gary to quarterback as a senior where he excelled as a running back and a passer. He was selected as First Team All-City at quarterback on both the Dayton Daily News and the Journal Herald. In the Chaminade game Gary threw two touchdown passes to Ora Rolfe; one for 63 yds. and another for 49 yds. Gary also had a 50 yd. touchdown pass to Rolfe in the Beavercreek game. He was versatile as a running back with 3 touchdowns in the Dunbar game against the league’s strongest team. Coach Hanby…
Read More
Bobby Wolfe – 1942

Bobby Wolfe – 1942

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2069,2070"] Bobby Wolfe, the stocky, diminutive athlete known as phenom, dominated Stivers sports in the 1940s.. He received honorable mention on the 1940-41 city championship basketball team and All City the next year for both his ball-hawking and defensive play as well as scoring at least 10 points each game in those two years on the Horace English coached teams. His senior year he was also All City on the football team, where he was known for his speed and aggressive defensive play. In addition he was on the bowling team. Bobby the Giant stood 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 135 pounds during those years at Stivers, but what he lacked in stature, he made up for in character, power and determination to be the best. Not…
Read More
Jessica Swope – 2007

Jessica Swope – 2007

2013 Inductees
  [gallery ids="2125,2126,2127"] Jessica is one of the most outstanding students and three sport athletes to graduate from Stivers School for the Arts. She was an honor student with a grade point average of 4.24 and was the Salutatorian of the 2007 Class. She is also a promising modern and classical pianist. Jessica was the captain and most valuable player of the Stivers soccer, swimming and softball teams in her senior year. She earned 1st place in the sectional swimming competition and 5th place in the district level to qualify for the state meet. Most notably, Jessica was the rst Dayton Public Schools swimmer to qualify for the Ohio State Swim Meet where she nished 16th in the 100 meter breast stroke. Jessica earned several awards for her great success…
Read More
Ray Lamb – 1951

Ray Lamb – 1951

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2090"] Ray’s first involvement in organized sports was playing basketball and softball at the Lutheran Innermission just down the street from Stivers. After a growth spurt during his freshman year at Stivers, like many scholastic athletes of his time, played three sports, earning six varsity letters. A team leader, he played first team in basketball, baseball, and cross country. His strong personal traits were apparent in his athletic performance. Steady, strong, condent, and well prepared fundamentally, he was one of the most outstanding athletes at Stivers and in southern Ohio in all three sports. As a senior his Stivers basketball team won the city and district championships. The cross country team also won city and district championships. After high school, Ray was employed by NCR and played DIAA basketball…
Read More
John Moore – 1955

John Moore – 1955

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2094,2095,2096"] John was born in Huntington, West Virginia, and his family moved to east Dayton when he was 4 years old. He attended Cleveland Elementary School and then entered Stivers High where he immersed himself in athletics. As a freshman he played basketball, but joined the football team his sophomore year, only to retire from that sport with a knee injury. He also played baseball for Stivers in the summer league which at that time was underwritten by various businesses and industries. His concentration became basketball, which he played for three years, lettering for two years at center and forward. John was the second leading scorer and the top rebounder on an unusually small, but talented, Stivers basketball team which was among the region’s best during those years. He…
Read More
John E. Blesi – 1938

John E. Blesi – 1938

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2098,2099"] While at Stivers, John participated on the school’s golf teams. In 1938 he was the No. 1 player and the golf team captain. He also participated in Stivers basketball and found time to join the drama club. John brought further glory to Stivers and its golf program due to his long career in golf which included:     *1945 Walnut Grove Golf Club Champion     *1947 Miami District Golf Title     *1947 & 49 Medalist DAGA Championship    *1956 Dayton Amateur Golf Association’s City Champion     *1958 Quarter Finalist at the National Championship in FL     * 1966 District Quali-er for US Open sectionals     * Four time club champion at NCR Country Club John played against several golf pros in exhibition matches, including Sam Snead 1958 and Byron…
Read More
Gary Butts – 1956

Gary Butts – 1956

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2101,2102"] At Stivers, Gary Butts played three years varsity football and was starting tackle on the 1955 City Champions. Gary also participated on the track and golf teams. He graduated in 1956. Gary was the first alternate in the State of Ohio to go to Annapolis Naval Academy. This was quite an honor as only two students in the state of Ohio qualied. Gary attended University of Cincinnati on a football scholarship. He played one year before his acceptance in their work/ school program with the Sheffield Corporation. While at UC, Gary joined the Naval Reserves as he planned to make the Navy his career after graduation. He continued his involvement in athletics at UC by becoming a tutor in the UC basketball program and was the tutor for…
Read More
Eric K. Sutton – 1975

Eric K. Sutton – 1975

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2104,2105,2106"] Eric Sutton was an outstanding point guard for Stivers during the 1971-1975 years. He and Frankie Sanders, also a Stivers Hall of Fame member, led the Tigers to the Ohio State Finals during their senior year. That team was a fun group to watch but unfortunately lost the championship in a double overtime. Eric averaged 21.1 points per game in his senior year. He was selected All-City, All-District and All-Area which recognized his abilities as a solid team player and a competitor. He was selected to play in the Dayton All-Stars game and the Ohio All-Star game. Coach Earl Johnson said, “Eric is the heart of this team. His ability to see teammates from outside and throw a perfect pass leads to easy baskets underneath.” Sutton was also…
Read More
Nathan Albert Tyree Davis – 2009

Nathan Albert Tyree Davis – 2009

2013 Inductees
[gallery ids="2108,2109,2111,2112,2113"] Nathan Davis distinguished himself as an outstanding two sport athlete at Stivers School for the Arts. He earned 8 letters, 4 in basketball and 4 in track. Nate was the basketball team captain in both his junior and senior years while attaining 1st team All-City and District 15 team recognition as a senior. Nate excelled in track and was the Ohio State High Jump Champion in Division II with a high jump of 6 feet, 7 inches. Nate was extremely happy to bring a state championship trophy to Stivers School for the Arts. Nate accepted a scholarship to Heidelberg University following high school, and while there he won numerous awards in basketball and track. He was an NCAA All-American in track in 2010-2011 and named Ohio Valley Conference…
Read More