Former NBA point guard Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway headlines this year's list of 12 individuals who will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations National High School Hall of Fame, according to a press release
Hardaway, who is still heavily involved in the high school basketball scene as a coach and founder of AAU squad Team Penny, was a standout at Treadwell (Memphis, Tenn.)
. He finished his career with 3,039 points, setting a Tennessee single-season record for total points as a junior and averaging 36.3 per game as a senior.
"We are extremely happy for Penny and his family," stated Bernard Childress
, executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. "He is one of the best athletes in Tennessee high school history, and we are honored to have him represent our state as the first athlete inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame."
Other athletes joining Hardaway in the 2014 class, which will be inducted on July 2 in Boston, are Pro Football Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome of Colbert County (Leighton, Ala.)
, former major league baseball players Casey Blake of Indianola (Iowa)
and Mike Devereaux of Walsh (Casper, Wyo.)
and Olympian Suzy Powell of Downey (Modesto, Calif.)
Joining the athletes are coaches Bob McDonald of Chisholm (Minn.)
, Morgan Gilbert of Tuckerman (Ark.)
, Katie Horstman of Minster (Ohio)
and Frank Pecora of Northfield (Northfield, Vt.)
Also going into the Hall of Fame are administrator Sheryl Solberg, a 34-year assistant to the executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association, George Demetriou, who has officiated high school baseball and football in Colorado for 25 years and Randy Pierce, who worked for 40 years at Pattonville (Maryland Heights, Mo.)
while also doing work with the Missouri State High School Activities Association, the NFHS and the National Debate Topic Selection Committee.
The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, performing arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and activity programs. This year’s class increases the number of people in the Hall of Fame to 423.
The 12 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.