Editorial: Enshrining greatness
Gloucester High School has recognized its outstanding athletes of bygone classes in a Hall of Fame.
For a number of years, a half dozen or so of its former students who stood out on the playing fields and courts have been enshrined, and their glorious deeds and contributions repeated for a modern generation to admire. The latest stars took their place in the pantheon over the weekend.
This is a great idea. Great for the present student athletes, giving them a sense of continuity in the long endeavor of sports. Great for past student athletes, whose playing days are long over but whose achievements will live forever. And great for the community at large, which learns more about the honorable forebears who walked earlier GHS halls and gave their all for their alma mater.
This is a great idea for other schools as well. We wonder if Mathews High School has considered emulating its larger neighbor; we feel certain a future MHS Hall of Fame would be well received. For such a small school, a number of former pro athletes immediately come to mind—Keith Atherton, Stuart Anderson and Mark Royals, just to name a few. A Hall of Fame would also serve to highlight the less-famous athletes, coaches and others who still made an indelible impression on the school and community.
This is also a good idea for endeavors other than schools. Both Gloucester and Mathews counties have produced citizens who worked tirelessly for the betterment of their communities and who have also taken a place alongside state and national leaders. They deserve a place of honor. Some few, it is true, are featured on courthouse walls and portfolios, though their deeds are dusty now and nearly forgotten.
But we stray from our main point. We approve of the GHS Hall of Fame and recommend it to MHS. Let that develop, and other great things could also come to life.