Hall of Fame
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.
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.
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.