Jerry Puckett – 1968

Jerry Puckett – 1968

2015 Inductees
Jerry Puckett was a typical multi-sport athlete, playing football-basketball-track at Stivers in the 60’s. Jerry was a three year starter in football at running back. He played on the ‘66 team that had a winning record of 5-4. Also in ‘66 he received honorable mention all city recognition. In his senior year he was tri-captain of the team. Jerry played wing back as a sophomore and halfback as a junior and senior. Jerry was also a 4 year letterman in track, where he was a sprinter running the 100 & 220 yard dashes. He was a two time qualifier in the final runs of the 100 yd dash in the City League finals, the first time a Stivers runner had accomplished this since Jim Lord in 1955. Jerry went to…
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Ben Garlikov – 1926  (Special Recognition)

Ben Garlikov – 1926 (Special Recognition)

2015 Inductees
Ben Garlikov distinguished himself as one of the nation’s leading golf writers during his 45 years as Assistant Sports Editor at the Dayton Daily News. Ben started his career as a sports writer while a student at Stivers, becoming the Sports Editor of the Stivers News. Ben was fortunate to be able to cover the championship Stivers basketball and football teams of that era. He turned this beginning of sports writing for the Stivers News into a long and rich career at the Dayton Daily News. As a newspaper man, he searched for the facts; and then sought the story behind the facts. Ben covered all sports, but his eventual specialties were golf and pro football. “Ben was a friend and classmate at Emerson Grade School and Stivers High School”,…
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Larry Harris – 1965

Larry Harris – 1965

2015 Inductees
Larry Harris was an outstanding athlete in the 60’s. He earned 9 varsity letters, 4 in football, 3 in basketball, 1 in baseball and 1 in track. He was a fierce competitor for Coach Dick Landis’ football team. With a good ground game from the Frederick brothers and Mike Cutshaw, the team did not pass very often. Larry still finished fourth out of ten city league teams in passing yards his senior year. He was named to the All-City second team at quarterback and defensive halfback. One very funny story is derived from Larry’s football career. After one particularly hard hit to the head, Larry was dazed to the point that he went to the opposition’s bench and sat down. Coaches had to cross the field to retrieve him. Larry…
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Steve Frederick – 1965

Steve Frederick – 1965

2015 Inductees
Steve Frederick was one of the Tigers best athletes in the 60’s, a decade that produced a great many college and professional athletes from the Dayton Public League. Steve earned a total of 10 varsity letters, 4 in football, 2 for baseball, 2 in basketball and 1 for track. He earned All-City Honorable Mention his junior year in football and was Second Team All-City at fullback and linebacker his senior year. In the win against Kiser, Steve scored 3 touchdowns in 94 seconds and was named “Player of the Week” by the Dayton Daily News on Sept.16, 1964, for his outstanding game in the win over Kiser. He was a starter at forward his junior and senior basketball seasons. The Tigers finished 3rd in the city his senior year, beating…
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Robert Andrews – 1931

Robert Andrews – 1931

2015 Inductees
Bob Andrews was a part of the generation known as the “Greatest Generation”. He was born in Dayton, the second of seven children (5 boys and 2 girls). His father was a plumber. The family lived in east Dayton where Bobby grew to love all sports. When the boys of the neighborhood met for the semifinals of the playground baseball championship at Riverview park, you could be sure Bobby was there. Bob attended Emerson School for the 9th grade and then he went to Stivers as a sophomore when the “Tigers were roaring”. In 1930, the Tigers basketball team took the State Title at the Columbus fairgrounds coliseum. He was a 5’8” junior when he worked his way into a starting position under Coach Vi Harper. The Orange courtsters defeated…
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Donald E. Reed – 1952

Donald E. Reed – 1952

2015 Inductees
Don Reid was born in Old North Dayton, growing up there in a family which included an older sister and two brothers. He attended Allen Elementary School The family moved to Patterson Village, and Don enrolled at Belmont for the ninth grade. There he played on the basketball team. He then enrolled at Stivers for the rest of his high school years. Don was a talented and versatile athlete, who played both football and basketball at Stivers. He was a two year starter at quarterback, leading the Tigers to their first winning season in several years. Don was an excellent passer and could also run the football when necessary. He was a starter at defensive halfback for two years and handled punting duties in his senior year. Don was selected…
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Terry Kenney – 1953

Terry Kenney – 1953

2015 Inductees
Terry was a 4 year competitor in both football and track during his years at Stivers. He had the privilege of playing football with his older brother, Jack, in both his sophomore and junior years. The brothers were starting ends on the 1951 team.  Jack earned 2nd team all-city while Terry was recognized as Honorable Mention.  He was a two way starter as a senior and led a strong Stivers defense that was second in the city league in fewest points scored. That team permitted only 66 points during the season for an 8.3 point per game average. Terry was recognized on the first team All-City for his strong play at defensive end. Terry competed all 4 years in track, running as a sprinter on the relay team and as a pole…
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Ronald Music – 1967

Ronald Music – 1967

2015 Inductees
Ron Music was a six time letter winner at Stivers High School. In his senior year in 1967, he was named to the All-City First Team in baseball as an outfielder. He batted .368 that year and stole 20 bases out of 21 attempts. That was a very talented All-City team. Steve Yeager who caught for the L.A. Dodgers for 12 years was on that team, and Mike Schmidt only made Honorable Mention! After high school Ron played baseball at Findlay College for one year. He decided to enter the work field and got married to his high school sweetheart, Laura Tipton. He later attended and graduated from Wright State University where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education and Counseling. Ron taught math for many years and…
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Ova Duane Rudd – 1973

Ova Duane Rudd – 1973

2015 Inductees
Ova Duane Rudd was born in Marion, Ohio, in 1954. The fifth of nine siblings, Duane later moved with his family to Dayton where he attended Ruskin Elementary and Stivers High. At Stivers he earned seven varsity letters and was valedictorian of Stivers Class of 1973. He was a four year varsity starter as an outfielder in baseball and a three year starter as an offensive back and a linebacker in football. Duane was named First Team All-City in both football and baseball his senior year. Throughout his years at Stivers, Duane also participated in freshman basketball and football, and was a member of the Student Council and The National Honor Honor Society. While gifted with athletic talent, Duane’s greatest strengths have always been his dedication, determination and discipline, as…
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Rosamond McPherson Young – Teacher (Special Recognition)

Rosamond McPherson Young – Teacher (Special Recognition)

2015 Inductees
Rosamond McPherson Young, Dayton educator, historian and journalist, was fondly known to her students in her 20 years at Stivers as “Ms. Mac.” She had a second career as a columnist at the Dayton Daily News and Journal Herald. In addition, Roz was an author, writing textbooks and biographies of Dayton’s great men and women and of her regal cat, Edith. Her Saturday columns appeared opposite the editorial page at a time when women writers were usually relegated to the Women’s Page. Born October 1912 to Dayton artist Harry McPherson and wife Isabelle, Roz graduated from Steele H.S. in 1930, completed her bachelor’s degree in 1934 and her master’s from Oberlin College in 1936. For the next 25 years she cared for her bedridden mother, taught full time and wrote…
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