Curtis Russell – 1974

Curtis Russell – 1974

2016 Inductees
Curtis Russell was a two year starter on the 1972 -73 and the 1973-1974 basketball teams after having played freshman and reserve ball. The Stivers program during the early and mid ‘70s had good success and Curtis played a signicant role as a scorer and defensive player during those years. He was a teammate of HOF Bobby Mitchell on the ’72-’73 team and he averaged 19 points per game. As a senior Curtis was team co-captain and teamed up with HOF members Frankie Sanders and Eric Sutton. He averaged 19.6 points per game in the City League and 20 points per in all games. The ‘73-’74 team had a good run in the AA Tournament and ended as District Runner-up. Curtis attributed much of his success on the basketball court…
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Joyce Lee Dickson – 1963

Joyce Lee Dickson – 1963

2016 Inductees
Joyce Lee moved from Centerville to Dayton when she was 9 years old. She began her fourth grade at Ruskin Elementary School. Her high school years were spent at Stivers. Joyce joined the Stivers Flying Tigers team as a freshman in ‘59/’60. Early in the spring of 1960 her coach, Joe Sullivan picked Joyce and Jake Dailey to travel to Earlham College in Indiana, to perform a 2 “man” trampoline demonstration to the assembly of students. This was the beginning of four exciting years as a gymnast! There were many meets in which she shared gold, silver and bronze medals over the years. The events included trampoline, tumbling, floor, vault and uneven bars over the last two years. Joyce, as an individual and as a part of the team, performed…
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Robert Zimmerman – 1938

Robert Zimmerman – 1938

2016 Inductees
Bob was the second oldest of 14 children. He was interested in sports at a young age. At Stivers he played football and participated in track. He was a quarterback and the team captain his senior year. When he was a junior he was part of the “Zimmerman” play. Norb Zimmerman centered to Bob, the quarterback, who then threw to their brother, Bill. In his senior year Bob made the “All City” team. After Stivers, Bob went to the University of Dayton, seeking his degree in Electrical Engineering. He was also a member of the R.O.T.C. Pershing Ries drill squad. On the day of his graduation from UD, May 10, 1942, he was sworn into the Army in the morning, graduated in the afternoon and left for Fort Monmouth, N.J.…
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Russ Willoughby  1943  Special Recognition

Russ Willoughby 1943 Special Recognition

2016 Inductees
Russ Willoughby graduated with honors with the class of 1943. He says that one of his proudest achievements, inspired by Miss Millonig, was an Honorable Mention in the national essay contest about the League of Nations. Mr. Willoughby had jobs with the Dayton Daily News and Western Union while attending Stivers. Russ played softball in Dayton area leagues for sixty years from 1942 to 2005 and he is a member of the Dayton Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. He served on the Dayton Softball Commission from 1968 until 2003, including two years as its President. After Russ’s graduation from U.D. in 1953, he founded Willoughby Realty and was in business for over sixty years on Wyoming Street. He also served on the Dayton Area Board of Realtors for fifty-six…
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Janet Mikesell Nicely – Teacher 1959-1966 Special Recognition

Janet Mikesell Nicely – Teacher 1959-1966 Special Recognition

2016 Inductees
Janet Nicely attended Westwood Elementary and Roosevelt High School, graduating in 1955. In high school she was named the “Best All Around Girl Athlete for 1955” and was called the “Babe Zaharius” of Roosevelt by Mr. Eidemiller.  At Roosevelt she was very active in the Girls Athletic Association and due to the strong influence of Jean Booker decided to be come a physical education teacher. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1959 with a B.S. in education, she was hired by the Dayton Board of Education to teach physical ed at Stivers. She also worked during the summer for Montgomery County at Townview Elementary, coaching girls softball and as a playground leader. At Stivers, Janet not only taught physical ed but also coached girls volleyball and served as…
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Russell H. Nicely 1949  Teacher 1956-1982  Special Recognition

Russell H. Nicely 1949 Teacher 1956-1982 Special Recognition

2016 Inductees
Russell Nicely was a teacher and advisor at Stivers for 26 years from 1956 to 1982. He had graduated from Stivers with the class of 1949. After graduation he was undecided on a career, but after assembling wheel cylinders at Delco Moraine, decided to continue his education at U.D. Russell credits Dr. Louis J. Farber at U.D. for mentoring his education, completing his B.S. in education in 3 1/2 years while continuing to work second shift. He paid all costs for tuition and books for himself. He later completed his Master’s in Education at U.D. Mr. Nicely was happy to get his student teacher assignment at Stivers with Horace English as his critic teacher. “His influence and advice was invaluable.” He started his career, teaching 8th grade English, then Consumer…
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