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Quincy Hall of Fame to honor former students

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/13/2010

Quincy High School principal Sue Segura is brainstorming again. A whirlwind of ideas flies around the room. The most recent project to emerge is the Hall of Fame.

The high school has a long and rich history, said Segura. "It's so important that we honor our tradition."

Segura put together a committee, consisting of Paul Whiting, former QHS student, class of 1950, and coach from 1964 - 93; Don Ray, teacher and coach, 1961 - 98; Jeff Ray, class of 1975, coach and current vice principal; and Segura, self-billed "newcomer" and principal since 2009.

The evolving concept behind the Hall of Fame is it will honor a different person or group of people each year. Beginning this school year, there will be a nomination process, open to the public for the 2011 - 12 year.

Nominees should have made a significant contribution to QHS while a student - either athletically or academically. The nominees also should have gone on to make some significant contribution in their communities.

Segura said there would be a glass case in the hallway to houses plaques with Hall of Fame recipients' names, as well as other memorabilia. In fact, the inspiration behind the first group of inductees is an old and unassuming leather football, signed by the members of the 1948 - 49 team.

After Whiting called their attention to that football, the Hall of Fame committee members decided the first inductees should be members of the 1948 - 49 varsity six-man football team.

The varsity squad not only won its league - the Plumas Lassen Sierra League - but also, with its seven wins and no losses, an impressive 357 points for the season and only 36 points scored against it, the team was the highest scoring team of its kind in the nation that year. It scored an average 51 points per game.

Of the 12 boys on the squad, Whiting said the committee has managed to track down all but two: Mal Hartwig and Bill Moore. The committee is asking the community's help in locating the men. Information regarding their whereabouts may be sent to Whiting at P-whiting@sbcglobal.net.

Of the other 10, four have died: Bob Dellinger, Alan Warren, Melvin Wright and Bill Wright.

Larry Bashaw and Louis Brown live in Crescent City, Ore. Dick Bigby, Dean Dixon, Gene Parker and Jimmy Warren all live in Northern California.

The group will be invited to spend the day on campus Nov. 5, for QHS "Hall of Fame Day." There will be a luncheon for team members and their families. They will also be honored at an afternoon reception on the Trojan Terrance and at a formal induction ceremony during halftime at the Quincy-Portola football game that evening.
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