FEBRUARY 2011 – Dick Ernst ’50 and Dave Plunkett ’52 are members of the second class of inductees into the Cincinnati Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction into the CPS Hall of Fame is based solely on High School athletic accomplishments in sports officially recognized by the Ohio State Athletic Association.
Dick Ernst, Withrow High School Class of 1950
One of Cincinnati’s best all-around athletes, Dick Ernst won 12 Varsity letters while participating in football, basketball, baseball and track. He earned the nickname of the “Flying Dutchman” while leading the city in rushing yards per carry (12.6) and scoring with 92 points as a junior; and as a senior, once again led the city in yards per carry (11.2) finishing second in scoring with 96 points. As a junior, he was voted Honorary Captain of the All City Football Team and Honorable Mention All-State for the 1948-49 season. As a senior he was once again voted First Team All City for the 1949-50 season. As Team Captain and catcher who hit .435, he helped Withrow capture the Ohio High School AA Baseball Championship in 1950. In Track, Dick was City Champion in the 220 Yard Dash and a member of the 1948 and 1949 Summer Junior Olympic Teams that won the National Championship both years winning the 220 Yard Dash and running the anchor leg on the first place 880 Yard Relay Team. In 1950, Dick was honored as Athlete of the Year at Withrow. After graduating from high school, he played baseball and football at The Ohio State University. He played for Woody Hayes in his first season as Head Coach in 1951 behind two future Heisman Trophy winners, Vic Janowitz and “Hopalong” Cassidy. As Captain of the baseball team, Dick was the second leading hitter in the Big Ten. After college he served as a U.S. Naval Officer and played one summer in professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians organization. In 1956, he began a thirty year career as teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator in the Oak Hills School District. Dick was inducted into the Buddy LaRosa Hall of Fame in 1996. He resides in Dillsboro, IN and remains active in senior softball and tennis.
David L. Plunkett, Withrow High School Class of 1952
Dave Plunkett was a two year Varsity letterman in Football and three year Varsity letter winner in Basketball while at Withrow High School. He was voted Second Team Cincinnati Post and Cincinnati Times-Star All City in Basketball in 1951, led the Tigers to the PHSL Championship and voted First Team Cincinnati Post and Cincinnati Times-Star All City in Basketball in 1952. Dave led the PHSL in scoring as a junior and finished third in 1952. As a senior, he helped the Tigers defeat the Hamilton, “Big Blue”, the State’s #1 team, in the District Tournament before advancing to Ohio’s “Final Four”, where they lost in the semifinals to Middletown. He was voted to the All State Tournament First Team as well as to the Ohio All Star Team, and he was voted First Team All-PHSL for Basketball by the Cincinnati Times-Star in 1951 and 1952. Dave was selected seventh on the list of Hamilton County’s Top 20 Players as a junior and third among the Top 20 as a senior. He played on the Varsity football team that won the PHSL Championship in 1951. He was voted to the Cincinnati Post and Cincinnati Times-Star All Star Second Team as an end his senior year. Dave was recognized as an Honorable Mention selection to the Ail-American Football Team for the 1951 season. He also lettered two years in Track & Field. Dave received 52 college scholarship offers for both basketball and football. He played basketball for four years at the University of Cincinnati and was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks. He ended his playing career on the National AAU Champion Peoria Caterpillars in 1960 and was inducted into the Peoria Hall of Fame. Dave was selected to play in the 1958 NIBL All Star Game and was selected as an alternate for the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team. Dave and his wife Liz raised six children and live in Pleasant Ridge.
Joel (Joby) Haynes, Withrow High School Class of 1960
Joby Haynes was voted to First Team Enquirer and Post All City Basketball Teams in 1959 and 1960 and named Player of the Year both years. He was ranked #1 on the list of Hamilton County’s Top 20 Basketball Players in 1959 and 1960. He averaged 16.5 points per game as a sophomore, 22.9 points per game as a junior and 25.9 points per game as a senior. At the time of his graduation, Joby held the career scoring record for most points at Withrow High School and the career scoring record for most points in the city of Cincinnati – 1,365 points. He also held the record for the most points scored in a single game – 65 against Walnut Hills High School exceeding the old record of 56 points held by Robin Freeman of Hughes. On three occasions, Joby made 20 or more free throws in a single game. He is ranked 58th on the Cincinnati Enquirer Top 100 All Time Boys H.S. Basketball list. He also played football and baseball at Withrow H.S. Joby attended The Ohio State University on a basketball scholarship and has had a successful career as a university professor. He resides in Atlanta, GA.