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KC Hall of Fame, Honor 2018 Inductees

KC Inducts Members into the Hall of Honor, Athletic Hall of Fame

Earlier this year, Kalamazoo Central High School inducted several new members into the school’s Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor in a ceremony held at Western Michigan University Bernhard Center.

Joe Mitchell served as the emcee for the event, while KC Principal Valerie Boggan offered opening and closing remarks. The event is supported by the Kalamazoo Central Maroon Foundation.

The Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were:

Charles C. Hall, Class of 1896 – Hall assisted in the formation of the Athletic Association at Kalamazoo Central and was the first coach-player at Kalamazoo Central and Kalamazoo College.

Robert Lake, Class of 1956 – Lake won three state champion titles in cross country in 1955 and in the 880 yards in track and field in 1955 and 1956. He was ranked 25th in the world by Track & Field News in 1959 while running at Michigan State University.

Jim Short, Class of 1966 – Short is known around the school community as the “unofficial historian” of Kalamazoo Central and has served in numerous roles in the KPS community, including 24 seasons – and counting — as a member of Kalamazoo Central Football Team’s “Chain Gang.”

Kay Barstow-Clark, Class of 1976 – In 1977, Barstow-Clark was the first female athlete to receive a full athletic scholarship to Western Michigan University, where she is also a member of the Hall of Fame. Barstow-Clark set an indoor high jump record at WMU of 5 feet 9 inches in 1979 and is the first Bronco to earn All-American Honors, with a fifth-place finish in the high jump at the 1979 AIAW National Championships.

Jimmy Ross, Class of 1978 – Ross attended the University of Michigan on a track and field scholarship. While there, he was three-time Big Ten long jump champion, All-Big Ten track and field team honoree, and track and field All-American in the long jump. Ross was an Olympic trials long jump finalist in 1980 and is a 2011 U of M Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.

James Thomas Long – Long has served as Kalamazoo Central’s head football coach for 14 seasons, the men’s track and field coach for 31 seasons, the women’s track and field coach for 20 seasons, and the men’s and women’s cross country coach for 20 seasons. He is a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Honor inductees for 2018 were:

Mikell Thurston Griffith – Mock Trial team founder and coach emerita, Griffith helped lead the team to 11 state championships and three national second place finishes.

Among her many honors are State Bar of Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1992, National High School Mock Trial Tournament Golden Gavel Award Recipient in 2008, and YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in 2011.

1996 Mock Trial team – To date, this is the only Kalamazoo Central Mock Trial team to become National Mock Trial Champions. Team members and coaches are:

Dr. Aash Bhatt – Partner in Nephrology Center PC

Sonya Datta-Sandhu – Certified Nurse-Midwife with Bronson Women’s Services

Nick Dybek – Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, Fiction, Oregon State University

Linnaea Eberts Thomas – Former elementary teacher and school administrator with Teach for America

Dr. Andrew Fink – Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University

Aida Levy-Hussen – Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan

Jordan Klepper – Host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper”

Dr. Ursula McTaggart – Associate Professor of English at Wilmington College

Joelle Renstrom – Writing Instructor at Boston University

Ghislaine Storr Burks – Partner at Gardner & Burks, P.C., in Spotsylvania, Virginia

Kurt McCammann, coach – Lawyer with Miller, Canfield, Paddock, Stone PLC

Annette Nickel, coach – Prosecutor/presenting officer for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Keith Platte, coach – Retention manager at Kalamazoo Covenant Academy

Sherry Ransford-Ramsdell, coach – Former teacher and Kalamazoo Education Association Teacher of the Year honoree

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