The following Withrow Alumni were recently inducted into the 2016 class of the Cincinnati Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. For a full listing of the CPS Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees, click HERE.
Following graduation from the University of Cincinnati in 1942, and after a stint in the service with the Navy, where he served as a Lieutenant from 1942-46, John Huheey joined the teaching staff at Withrow in 1947. While at UC, he lettered in Basketball, Baseball and Track and Field and captained the Basketball team in 1941. He coached Basketball at Withrow High School from 1949-1965 and 1967. His Basketball teams won 239 games and lost 139 earning five Public High School Championships. Coach Huheey’s 1952 team made it to the Ohio State Final Four where they lost in the semifinals to eventual State Champion Middletown H.S. coached by the legendary Paul Walker. His 239 career wins at Withrow is the second highest total in school history. John also coached Withrow’s baseball team from 1949-1956 and 1960-61. His career record was 121 wins, 68 losses with five Public High School League Championships. His 1950 team won the Ohio High School Baseball State Championship defeating Galion H.S. 6-4 in 9 innings. His emphasis on the values of sportsmanship and service to others were not lost on his players, many of whom such as Dick Ernst, Harry Andreadis, Dave Plunkett and Joby Haynes have been previously inducted into the CPS Athletic Hall of Fame. Sadly, his short but prolific teaching and coaching career was cut short following a valiant but unsuccessful battle against cancer in 1967 at the age of 50. In 2005, the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame named him as “High School Coach of the Decade for the 1960’s.” He is survived by his sons John and Michael and his daughter Sabrina.
As a student at Withrow, in 1973, George Jackson lettered in Basketball in 1973 and was Team Captain in 1974. He went on to coach Varsity Boys Basketball at Withrow from 1981-2001 His teams won 298 games, lost 152, and had the most wins in school history. Coach Jackson’s teams won 13 League Championships in 20 seasons and made two Division 1 Final Four appearances in 1994 and 1998.The season before he took over the program in 1981, the team he inherited was 5-14. His teams in his first four years as coach of the Tigers produced a 33-47 won-lost record and 1 League Championship. For the next 16 seasons, his team amassed a record of 265 wins against 105 losses, a winning percentage of .716. Coach Jackson’s teams won 12 League Championships to go along with two Ohio State Final Four appearances where Withrow lost to the eventual State Champions both times. His 1994 team lost to Westerville North in the Division 1 State Final game by two points in overtime. His 1998 team lost to Lakewood St. Edward in the semifinal game. Widely known as a dedicated, demanding and demonstrative coach and role model, his Withrow teams played with discipline and determination while overcoming the disadvantage of never playing a home game on the Withrow campus because the court dimensions were not regulation size and the court was surrounded by an overhead track that impeded three point shots from the corners. Coach Jackson sent over 70 young men on to college with basketball scholarships. Three of his players, fellow Hall of Famer Ricky Calloway ’85, Tyrone Hill ’86 and Brandon Hunter ’99 went on to play in the NBA. He resides in West Orange N.J. with Melanie, his wife of more than 30 years. He is in his second season as Head Coach at Middlesex County College in Edison. NJ.
Dick Bray, East High School Class of 1922
Dick Bray was an outstanding three sports athlete at old East High School which was renamed Withrow High School in 1924. As a Football quarterback, Dick was named to the Cincinnati Post All-City Football Teams in 1919 and in 1920, his sophomore and junior years. East High won the League Championship in 1920 with a 5-0-1 record. A broken leg prevented him from playing Football his senior year. Dick was a Guard on the Basketball Team and a Second Baseman on the Baseball Team. In 1919, as a Freshman at East High, he scored the school’s first touchdown and made the first basket in Basketball. At the age of 16, he won the Cincinnati Boy’s Tennis title and competed in the National Boy’s Championship at Forest Hills N.Y. He lettered in three sports at Xavier University and was inducted into the Xavier University Basketball Hall of Fame. He went on to become a top flight football and basketball official and later became a well-known sports broadcaster. He broadcasted Cincinnati Reds games for 10 years and originated the “Fans in the Stands” program interviewing more than 35,000 fans during that time. He broadcasted Johnny VanderMeer’s first no-hit game. He was inducted into the LaRosa’s Hall of Fame in 1978. He passed away in January. 1986.
Bill Chambers lettered four years in Tennis and captained the team his senior year. Playing both Singles and Doubles, he led the Tigers to PHSL Tennis Championships in 1930 and 1931. In 1930, he became the first Withrow Tiger tennis player to go to Columbus for the State Tournament. In 1931, he returned to Columbus and won the State Singles Championship and then teamed with Dick Meyers to win the State Doubles Championship. In the summer after graduation from Withrow and before entering the Ohio State University, he won a total of six major tournaments: the Junior Singles Tennis Championships at the Cincinnati Tennis Club, the Tri-State Tournament, the Buckeye State Tournament in Cleveland, the Columbus City Tournament where he won the Junior Doubles Championship, the Central Ohio Tournament and the Singles Championship in the Greater Cincinnati Tournament in Bellevue, KY. He went on to play Tennis at Ohio State and captained the team his Junior and Senior years. He went to work for his fraternity brother Roger Drackett’s family business that produced and sold many well-known household products such as Windex and Drano. He retired in 1985 as a company Vice President. He passed away in February, 1991. He is survived by his son Frank and grandchildren, Will and Sara.