Dixon High Alumni filled Madden Hall on Saturday evening for the sold out 2nd Annual Dixon High School Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony.
Lights and green glamour covered the normally barn-like building, creating an upscale, formal event in honor of persons who have excelled in high school athletic programs, as well as coaches and special contributors to the programs.
The DHAA accepts nominations and examines school record holders striving each year to find an inductee from every decade, who have exemplified the highest of standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and moral character.
“Thank you for supporting our school,” opened Nick Girimonte, Interim DHS Principal, “I know what sports means to our school. I am proud to be a Dixon High graduate, Class of ‘97. We have great kids that deserve to be supported.”
Girimonte thanked the Association for the efforts in bringing back the alumni spirit, purchasing the new, full volleyball system for DHS, and the two defibrillators for the campus.
The atmosphere was nostalgic and proud, with many honorees traveling thousands of miles to attend.
Honorees chosen this year included:
- Hans Rohwer, Class of 1907,
- Claude Rohwer, Class of 1914
- Sterling Hammock, Class of 1925
- Otto Bruhn, Class of 1939
- Maxine Hopkins Bowman, Class of 1944
- Ray Crawford, Class of 1957
- Mark Granucci, Class of 1969
- Robby Robben, Class of 1973
- Brian Jones, Class of 1983
- Melissa Ferguson, Class of 1999
- The 1966 Boys Basketball Team, with Coach Chuck Ary
- Coach Edward Kay, 1945-1952
- William Hodge for his Special Contributions from 1947-1975
Basketball team member, Floyd Holmes, made the trip back to his hometown from Kansas City, MO with his son Jackson.
“We had a great team, we got along really well,” said Holmes, “It’s nice to come back and be able to show my son my hometown where I grew up, on his first trip to California,” also noting that he was very impressed with the new Dixon High School campus.
Dixon business owner, Robby Robben, was in attendance with his wife Susie, and daughters, Sarah and Joanna. Known for holding the record for most rushing yards from 1973-1998, Robben credits hard work and dedication for his sports success.
“What you put in is what you get out, nothing comes easy,” expressed Robben, who says he enjoyed wrestling, basketball, and baseball along with football.
Swim star, Brian Jones, was in attendance traveling from Gig Harbor, WA with his wife, Kim, to accept his induction. “My Dixon swim team was small, and since there are no size divisions for swimming, we would compete against huge schools that had never heard of our small town. It was always exciting to go to a championship, win big, and hear people say, ‘Where the heck is Dixon, who are they?’.”
The DHAA announced the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament will be held at El Macero Golf Course on June 21, 2013 and space will be extremely limited so register early. Visit DixonHighHallofFame.com for more details and to view biographies of each Inductee.