Mark your calendars for the Centennial edition of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday evening, January 18, 2018 at half-time of the Withrow–Turpin varsity boys’ basketball game. Game time is 7:00 P.M. The following five athletes comprise the eighth class to be inducted:
Dick Bray – Class of 1922: Dick Bray scored the first touchdown in the school’s history in 1919. He was selected the Cincinnati Post’s All-City quarterback in 1919 and 1920, and led the Tigers to a league championship in 1920 with a 5-0-1 record. He was also a three-year basketball player, who scored the first basket in school’s history in 1920, and a three-year starting second baseman on the baseball team. Dick continued his athletic successes at Xavier University, lettering in three sports and being selected to Xavier’s Basketball Hall of Fame. He was selected to the LaRosa’s Hall of Fame in 1978, recognized as a top-flight football and basketball official and later a well-known sports broadcaster. Dick was inducted into the Cincinnati Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2016.
Gary Cobb – Class of 1956: Gary Cobb was a four-year letterman in football and track. He was named captain of the football team in his senior year and was named All City and All State center. In his senior year, the team was named City Champions. Gary went on to play football at Miami University; he was a center and nose guard for three seasons and earned All MAC recognition. In his senior year, he was named to the Little All American team. Gary holds the distinction of being the first Tiger to be on a football card after joining the newly-formed Buffalo Bills professional team. After his years in the AFL, Gary returned to Cincinnati, where he served as an assistant coach at Walnut Hills and head coach at Western Hills.
Norman Hatchet – Class of 1972: Norman Hatchet was a three-year varsity wrestler. His junior year, he was Enquirer Honorable Mention All City at 119 lbs. His senior year he was Enquirer First Team and Post All City at 119 lbs., Enquirer Wrestler of the Year, and State Champion Class AAA at 119 lbs. with a 32-0 record and 20 pins. Norman received a wrestling scholarship to the University of Oklahoma and wrestled at both 118 and 126 pounds, while being a member of the Oklahoma 1974 NCAA National Championship Wrestling Team. He transferred to the University of Arizona and continued wrestling until his 1978
Aaron Kinebrew – Class of 1987: Aaron was an outstanding running back and track sprinter. In his junior and senior years, he was All Eastern Metro League and All City, and was All State as a senior. When he graduated, he had the most career rushing yards, most career kick-off return yards, and the most kick-off returns for touchdowns in Withrow’s history. He played in the Southwest Ohio All Star games as a senior. In track he would run in four events, including the 100M, 200M, and sprint relays. He ran a 10.8 in the 100M and was captain his senior year. He accepted a full scholarship to Kent State University, where he played running back and returned kicks for four years. He was one of the top Division I kick-off returners in the country. When he graduated, he held Kent State’s record for most kick-off return yards in a season and most kickoff return yards in a career.
Jonnique Lawrence – Class of 2009: Jonnique Lawrence was a sprinter for the Lady Tigers track team. She was an integral member of the 2009 relay team, which currently holds four Cincinnati high school area records in the 4 x 100M, 4 x 200M, 4 x 400M and 800 sprint medley. She is a four time All American, three-year varsity letter winner, three-time Division I Cincinnati All Star, three-time All Conference, three-time All District, threetime All Region, three-time All State, and one-time team State runner-up. Jonnique placed in the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2008 and 2009 in the 800 sprint medley, 4 x 100M, 4 x 200M and 4 x 400M. She was named the CMAC League Most Outstanding Runner in 2008 and 2009. Jonnique continued her track success at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013 she was the Big East Indoor Track and Field women’s 200M dash champion. She placed third in the 60M dash, and in Outdoor Track and Field, she placed second in the 200M dash. That year she was also a Big East Scholar Athlete award recipient, a USTFCCA All Academic recipient, and a part of the Scholar Athlete All Academic Team. She is the University of Pittsburgh’s current record holder in the indoor 300M dash, 4 x 200M relay, and 4 x 400M relay, and in the outdoor 4 x 200M relay.
Congratulations to these five outstanding athletes who will join the 41 current Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame (WAHOF) members. Nomination Forms for the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame may be obtained by clicking HERE.
There are costs associated with maintaining a strong Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame. It took too long to establish the WAHOF, especially for a school that has a strong athletic history dating from 1919. We want to ensure it continues so that we can honor those athletes, who walked the halls all of us did, for years to come. Donations may be made online by clicking HERE or by a check made payable to “WAI” with “WAHOF” written in the memo line. Please mail the check to Withrow Alumni Inc., P.O. Box 8186, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. We do need, and thank you for, your support.