Hall of Fame

 
The Avon High School Hall of Fame began as a project by the 2002 senior government classes under the leadership of teacher Jon Acton. All of our inductees are recognized through a short ceremony here on campus in which each honoree receives a plaque commemorating their achievements. A duplicate plaque also is on display in the Hall of Fame section in the commons area. Inductees are selected through nominations that can be submitted by alumni, parents, current Avon students, faculty and staff members, or Avon residents. Nominations may be submitted by mail or delivered to the main office at the High School. Here below are included short biograhies of our current Hall of Fame members.
 

Inductees

  • Fall 2009

    1942 graduate Paul Bradford was an accomplished athlete in basketball, baseball and track while at Avon, then spent 45 years in a remarkable career in education. He coached basketball at Summitville HS, Hancock Central HS, and Anderson Madison Heights (1956-1962). He also became the Athletic Director there in 1956, and held that job for 34 years before retiring in 1990. Voted Athletic Director of the Year in 1978-1979 by the National Council of Secondary School Athletic Directors, Paul also coached baseball for 34 years. 

     A legendary teacher and coach, 1923 graduate Arthur “Feeney “ Davis began his career in West Virginia before returning to Avon as head basketball coach in 1928. He was a stern task master, a disciplinarian and an innovator during his 19-year basketball tenure at Avon. His teams were one of the first to use a zone defense, were always well-conditioned and were masters of the old stall game. Before retiring in 1966, he also coached baseball and track, and was the first driver’s education instructor in Hendricks County.
     
    One of the most accomplished athletes of his era, Joe Dickey led his class of 1952 to successful records in both basketball and baseball. A starting catcher for the Orioles, he was a big contributor to Avon’s County Tourney Basketball champions in both 1951 and 1952. Joe worked for many years as an outstanding IHSAA official in both football and basketball, and has served as president of the Speedway Golf Course, and as property and renovation manager of the Speedway Christian Church.
     
    Among the many standout performers for basketball coach Steve Binkley, 1988 graduate Travis Inman left his mark both on Oriole fans as well as the school record book. A gifted athlete with a deft shooting touch, during his three years as a starter he established four records for scoring that still stand. A two-time MVP for Avon, he finished second in the first Indiana All-Star 3-point shooting contest before enjoying a successful basketball career at Indiana State University.  His career path has led him to the ministry, and Travis now serves as a pastor at the First Church of God in Bedford, Indiana.
     
    For 37 years, Pam Lyons pursued her passion to help others succeed by teaching them to speak and perform confidently in public. A fixture in the Avon High School English department (1975-2007), Pam received awards for excellence in teaching that spanned four decades. She was a leader in providing many extracurricular activities and opportunities for Oriole students interested in speech, drama, and public relations. She started the Avon Speech Team, coaching them to several state championship performances, and served as National Honor Society coordinator as well as director of the School and Community Ambassador Program.
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  • Winter 2009

    A standout swimmer for Bill Roach in the early 1980's, Barbara Gable Allen went on to the Air Force Academy, then served in the Air Force until attending medical school at the University of South Carolina. She has maintained a busy family practice while also serving in leadership roles in her profession. Dr Gable is CEO and Chief Physician of the Fairmont Medical Center-Mayo Health System in Minnesota. She was awarded the MacMillan Scholarship for outstanding physician leadership in the Mayo Clinic in 2007.

    One of Avon's all-time premier scholar-athletes, Andrew Danielson was a three-sport star who was an all-conference performer in football, basketball and baseball. He was also near the top of his class academically, and was recruited by Harvard and other Ivy League schools before deciding to play football and baseball at Amherst College. He was working as a branch office administrator with UBS in Boston when he tragically passed away from heart complications in the fall of 2005. Andrew's special qualities, his grace under pressure and his tremendous leadership skills will be remembered by all of those who knew him.

    For many years the voice of the Avon Alumni Association has belonged to 1956 graduate Rex McClain. A three-sport letterman at AHS, he is a member of one of the first families to settle here in Avon. Rex has devoted countless hours to serving in various leadership roles in the community. A Chrysler employee for over 30 years, he has been an officer and board member at Bartlett Chapel United Methodist Church, is a charter member of the Avon Optimist Club, coached baseball and softball youth teams, and has served on the board of the Avon-Washington Township Library for nearly three decades.

    Richard "Dan" McClain devoted over 40 years of his life to a career in education, both here in Indiana and internationally. A 1956 graduate, he was a teacher and coach at Clayton, Roachdale, and Danville, and served as a principal at Pioneer HS (1975-1978), and at Western Boone HS (1978-1991). He received numerous certificates of merit from the US State Department for his work as headmaster at the Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan, and at the Collegio Internacional in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela from 1991 through 2003.

    Ray Muston (class of 1957) lettered in basketball, baseball and track, and won All-State honors in both vocal and instrumental music at Avon. He earned three degrees from Indiana University and served in the US Army. He was professor and administrator at the University of Louisville, and for three decades at the University of Iowa. In 1984, he became the first president of the Iowa City Area Development Group, a regional economic development organization. As governor of Rotary International, he participated in humanitarian projects to India and Mexico, and supported projects for schools and children in the Czech Republic, Africa and Guatemala. 
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  • Winter 2008

    Jim Acton graduated from Avon in 1957 with 16 other senior classmates. His career in education spanned over thirty years at Brownsburg High School, where he enjoyed a successful tenure as a teacher, administrator, and coach in cross country, basketball and track. A capable mentor for both athletes and coaches, he went on to serve as Athletic Director, and helped usher in a period where Bulldog sports rose to statewide prominence.

    One of Avon’s most celebrated athletes, Stoney Burke (1989) led the football team as captain his junior and senior year, and was named the 1989 Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year. An 8th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, Stoney went on to a successful collegiate baseball career at Indiana State, earning All Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1993. He played professionally in the minor leagues for affiliates of the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Ron Leaf  was a role model for so many colleagues during his 34-year teaching career at Avon. His coaching resume included assisting Ray McKibbin during Avon’s early years in football, as well as varsity head basketball and cross country coach. He served as advisor to many AHS student groups, including the Letterman’s Club, the Student Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He provided steady leadership as Science Department chair for over 20 years before his retirement in 1999.

    Jim Miller (1954) earned legendary status as a successful high school head basketball coach for 37 seasons. In 1966, he took tiny Cloverdale to the Final Four at Butler Fieldhouse, and followed twenty-eight years later with New Albany High School at the RCA Dome. Jim also took his basketball expertise overseas, where he helped conduct basketball clinics and exchanges in Africa and Australia. With a career record of 607-251, he ranks in the top ten for all-time career victories, and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

    A successful area businessman and active Hendricks County politician, Harold “Eddie” Schrier has been responsible for building over 170 homes since he graduated from Avon in 1954. Ed’s long list of accomplishments include his service on the Brownsburg Town Council, and his current ownership and development of Quail Creek Golf Community. He has also held the Ed Schrier Organ Transplant Benefit for the past ten years, an event which helps secure funding for future organ recipients.

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  • Winter 2006

     
    A standout prep star at Avon, Chet Francis went on to play for Branch McCracken at Indiana University, and was a member of the 1940 NCAA basketball champions. A veteran of WWII, he was the head basketball coach at Vincennes High School from 1947 to 1957 where his teams won 6 Sectional and 2 Regional titles.  A 1936 Avon graduate, he also played minor league baseball, and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

    An All-State running back for Avon from 1991 to 1994, and a state qualifer in track, Gary Isza went on to set numerous records as an All-American wide reciever for the University of Indianapolis. He also appeared in the Arena Football League Super Bowl for the champion Grand Rapids Rampage in 2001. A member of the Avon Fire Department, he was one of the fastest athletes to ever compete at Avon.

    After graduating from Avon in 1955, Charles Muston attended college on the first tennis scholarship ever offered by Indiana State. He went on to serve as a teacher, coach and adminstrator for 25 years at three different schools. He was a charter member of the Avon Optimist Club, and a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award. For two decades he was the Athletic Director at Plainfield High School, and was instrumental in bringing IHSAA sanction to high school tennis in our state.

    Jim Newcomer was a veteran of the Korean War, a graduate of Ball State University and Indiana University, and served as principal at Dowagiac High School in Michigan. He came to Avon in 1976 and served as principal at Avon High School for 18 years before retiring in 1994. He was an innovator who put in place a variety of programs to help Avon students that are still in use today. He was a very strong supporter of all of our extra-cirricular programs which flourished under his leadership.

    Jim Quearry graduated from Avon in 1963, then earned collegiate degrees from both Indiana State (criminology) and Central Michigan (M.S. in public administration). He pursued a career in law enforcement, serving as a federal agent for 26 years with both the US Treasury Department and the Secret Service. Jim's duties with the Secret Service include providing security for both presidents and presidential cadidates. He was elected sheriff of Hendricks County in 2002.

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  • Fall 2006

    Lloyd Acton
    Lloyd Acton graduated from Avon in 1959, after winning 8 varsity letters in three sports. He is currently serving in his 26th year as a member of the Avon Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees. An employee at Lilly's for 40 years, he has received numerous awards for service to his community, and has had a scholarship established in his name for Avon graduates seeking to pursue careers in education.
     
    Bob Etienne
    For over 29 years, Bob Etienne was the face of Avon athletics. As Athletic Director, he oversaw the growth of Avon's varsity programs from a total of four in 1967, to 20 sport offerings when he retired in 1995. The last five years of his tenure culminated in numerous championship seasons for both girls and boys teams, as Avon was making the transition toward the top statewide classifications in enrollment.
     
    Ray McKibbin
    Ray McKibbin inherited a fledging varsity football program at Avon in 1966. The sport had struggled during its first five years, but McKibbin brought on a winning tradition with a 7-2 squard that year that defeated Brownsburg for the first time. He established both the wrestling and FCA programs during a short but memorable tenure that ended with his passing in the fall of 1973.
     
    Bob Row
    Bob Row came to Avon in 1973, and began to instill energy and vitality into the Avon music program. By 1980, Avon had 602 students, 302 of which were under Row's direction as Band Director. They won many statewide and national competitions, and received numerous awards over the years. After stepping down as director in 1990, he continued as Music Chairman of Avon Schools until retiring in 1998.
     
    George Theofanis
    Many will remember George Theofanis as the highly successful coach at Shortridge High School. His 1968 team, led by Oscar Evans and George Pillow, defeated George McGiniis and the Washington Continentals on the way to a state runnerup finish. George had begun his teaching and coaching career at Avon in 1957. He succeeded Tony Hinkle as head basketball coach at Butler University in 1970. A legend in Indiana basketball circles, he is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

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