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TPS Inducts 14 at January Hall of Fame Event

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A class of 14 was enshrined in the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame in January at the Marriott Southern Hills. All nine TPS high schools were represented, as has been the case in each of the previous six induction ceremonies. The honorees have left their footprints in the TPS athletics landscape either as a student-athlete or as a coach-administrator. Their names have become synonymous with success in fields as diverse as rodeo and golf, tennis and track. A father-son tandem is being honored along with a coach who taught thousands of Tulsans to swim over more than a half-century. Hall of Fame honorees are selected by a committee, chaired by TPS Director of Athletics Gil Cloud. Committee members include past Hall of Fame inductees, retired coaches and administrators, and representatives of the Tulsa media. Plaques of all honorees are permanently displayed in the Athletics Department Hall of Fame gallery, Education Service Center, 3027 S. New Haven Ave. The 2019 inductees (* denotes posthumous honorees)

Ken Bays,* longtime TPS administrator and one-time coach. Principal at Memorial and assistant superintendent in two administrations. Bays is a 1968 Memorial grad who earned eight varsity letters in three sports before becoming a three-year starter at the Air Force Academy and an Air Force pilot for eight years.

Janice Burba Gibson, 1979 Nathan Hale grad who played on the boys golf team, won a Big Eight Conference title at Oklahoma State and competed for 13 years on the LPGA Tour.

Dan Crookham,* 1967 East Central grad who garnered 11 varsity letters in four sports and coached football and wrestling and was director of athletics at Will Rogers and Thomas Edison. Organized Sooner Stampede football trips to Europe, Australia, Russia. Member of Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Tommy Evans,* 1949 Will Rogers grad and two-time state wrestling champion who became two-time NCAA champ and Olympic silver medalist (1952). Coached University of Oklahoma to two national titles. Served in Air Force and Army as pilot. Member of National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

John Jackson, 1988 Booker T. Washington grad was two-time conference champion and record-holder in high jump and long jump. Set University of Oklahoma record in triple jump.

Bill Lantz,* most successful coach in TPS history, winning 19 cross country and five track state championships during 38-year career at Central. Member of Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame. Tulsa’s William C. “Bill” Lantz Park, 4902 E. Independence St., named in his honor.

Ulysses S. Mitchell,* 1921 Booker T. Washington grad and all-around athlete. Returned to Washington in 1931 as assistant coach. Following service in World War II, came back as football coach, basketball coach, director of athletics until retirement in 1963. Member of Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Larry Miller, head football coach at Nathan Hale in 1960s, assistant football coach and assistant principal at Booker T. Washington in 1960s and ’70s. Launched Miller Swim School in 1960.

John Phillips, 1965 McLain grad who lettered in three sports and spent 45 years as basketball coach, notably at Thomas Edison and McLain, and University of Tulsa. Won state championship at Broken Arrow. Member of Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Gary Roberts, 1985 East Central grad who became NCAA wrestling All-American at University of New Mexico. Returned to East Central to coach wrestling and serve as athletics director, now in his 25th year.

Terry Scott spent 30 years as head coach in TPS, four at Booker T. Washington (cross country, track) and 26 at Central (basketball and director of athletics). Won three state championships at Central with career record of 456-208.

Jim Shoulders,* 1946 East Central grad who became a rodeo legend, often referred to as the Babe Ruth of rodeo. He won 16 world championships. Charter member of the ProRodeo Hall of Champions and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee.

Don Undernehr, 1965 Daniel Webster grad who earned All-City and All-State football honors before a 35-year career in education, all with TPS. Coached football at McLain and served as director of athletics and assistant principal. Principal at Webster for 10 years, retired as TPS Director of Community Education.

Updated 01-17-2019

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