Restore the Roar: McClatchy High School seeks to establish ‘Athletic Hall of Fame’

Special to Valley Community Newspapers

Efforts are underway to establish a McClatchy High School Athletic Hall of Fame honoring the best of the student-athletes since the school was founded in 1937.

RESTORE THE ROAR is a group of C.K. McClatchy High School alumni which seeks to establish an “Athletic Hall of Fame.” The organization seeks to acknowledge alum athletes from the school’s proud 75-year history. / Valley Community Newspapers file photo, Susan Laird

RESTORE THE ROAR is a group of C.K. McClatchy High School alumni which seeks to establish an “Athletic Hall of Fame.” The organization seeks to acknowledge alum athletes from the school’s proud 75-year history. / Valley Community Newspapers file photo, Susan Laird

The effort coincides with the school’s 75th anniversary and is being headed up by Restore the Roar, a booster group of alumni, parents and friends of McClatchy sports.

The organization is seeking nominations for the initial hall of fame class from all interested parties. More information is available on the organization’s website at http://www.Restoretheroar.org. The site includes student-athletes and coaches already nominated and information on how to submit additional nominations.

Identifying the best athletes during the school’s seventy-five years of existence is proving to be an immense challenge, according to the Website.

The core committee has researched Sacramento Bee files, California Interscholastic Federation-Sac-Joaquin Section historical data and input from veteran McClatchy observers to come up with a list of nominations. There is a link to view nominations on the site.

“It is envisioned that the first class honored will be comprised of about 40 of the top tier athletes and coaches that have represented McClatchy over the past seventy-five years,” the Website states. “This will mean that many fine student-athletes and coaches will have to wait for induction into the Hall of Fame in subsequent years. Subsequent classes of inductees would be fifteen to twenty inductees annually.”

The core committee that is compiling the list of nominees was Jim Coombs (’57 and faculty member), Mike Nishio (’63 and faculty member), Bob Sertich (’67) and Jan Olmstead (faculty member).

Restore the Roar is asking for alumni help with additional nominees and information, as well as their help in arriving at the final selections and making the Hall of Fame a reality.

  • Alumni can provide any information about the nominees that alums think the committee should consider in making its final determinations.
  • Alumni can nominate additional student athletes for consideration in the final hall of fame selections.
  • Alumni can provide personal information that they have about any of the nominees so that committee may contact them if proposed for induction.

Restore the Roar needs other help to make the Athletic Hall of Fame a reality.

First, help is needed with filling out the selection committee. The committee will meet in March 2012 to make the final decision on the 2012 inductees after it receives the final nominations and information on the nominees. Alumni can volunteer to be on the final selection committee or suggest people they believe would be good additions to the committee.

Help is also needed to coordinate the dinner event that will be held in May or June 2012.

Finally, Restore the Roar can always use sponsorships to help make this effort a super success.

To help with any of these things, e-mail golions@restoretheroar.org.

Restore the Roar hopes to have final selection made from among the nominations by late March 2012. There are still opportunities to serve on the selection committee or to assist with the initial Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony later in the spring.

Restore the Roar was established in 2007 by a group of alumni supporting McClatchy athletics. In 2009, it was incorporated and received official non-profit status from the Federal IRS and the California FTB. Since it began, the organization has helped support recognition activities for student athletes, secured cash and in-kind donations in support of McClatchy’s sports teams and supported the student study hall at the school. The organization is currently working to broaden its participation by including the parents and friends of student athletes. More information about the organization and its activities can be viewed at www.restoretheroar.org.

Questions about the Hall of fame or Restore the Roar by e-mail at: golions@restoretheroar.org or by calling Bob Sertich at (916) 441-0657.

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