2015-2016 Inductions

~ Dr. Layton “Tony” Beverage

Dr. Layton “Tony” Beverage was a caring and enthusiastic person who left a lasting impression on many.  Dr. Beverage was devoted to the education system in many capacities for 26 years. He began at Smithfield High School in 1984 where he taught U.S. History and was head football coach. He also worked with the baseball program and the yearbook. Over the years he was also Assistant Principal at Forest Middle School, Principal at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Nelson County. Dr. Beverage spent an influential nine years at Gloucester High School, from 2005 until his retirement in May 2014. Dr. Beverage was extremely supportive of athletics and activities at GHS; he always had a smiling face in the crowd at many events. During his tenure he was voted Outstanding Principal by UVA School of Education in 2010 and in 2009 received Gloucester Youth Advocate Award. Dr. Beverage played basketball growing up and also had a talent with instruments, teaching himself to play many.  Several at GHS would say he was tremendously supportive of staff and students; he was always there to listen or lend a helping hand.  He was honored by the accomplishments of the students and would like to make sure they were recognized.  He was a true leader. Dr. Beverage passed away September 1, 2014 but his memory will live on in the success of his former students and staff.

 ~ Russell Brown

Russell Brown was part of the outstanding boys’ basketball team that ruled the court from 1988 to 1990. He was a three-year varsity starter and Co-Captain his senior year. Russell was part of a team that in 1988 and 1990 placed second in the regional tournament and advanced to the state tournament both years, making it to the semi-final round in 1990.  The team also won the York River District Regular season and Tournament Championships that year. He was named to the All District and All Regional teams.  Russell was stated as being a tremendous defensive player and great rebounder.  He also showed his offensive talent by scoring over 1000 career points. Russell was part of the 1989 Fort Eustis Christmas Tournament championship team and was named Co-MVP with fellow inductee and cousin Aaron Burrell. Russell and Aaron were a powerhouse duo on the court during their high school career.

~Aaron Burrell

During his basketball playing career at Gloucester High School Aaron Burrell achieved a goal that is not met by many, he scored over 1000 career points.  Before his graduation in 1990 Aaron had spent four years playing JV and varsity basketball.  He was part of the 1989 Fort Eustis Christmas Tournament championship team and was named Co-MVP with fellow inductee and cousin Russell Brown.  Aaron was part of a team that in 1988 and 1990 placed second in the regional and advanced to the state tournament both years.  In 1990 the team won the York River District regular season and tournament championships and he was on the All District team.  After high school Aaron went on to pursue a career in the US Army were he has worked as a combat medic, and also an LPN in pediatric and ICU units.  From 1994-1995 he was part of the Vilseck Army Base basketball team that won the US Army Europe Basketball Championship, beating every base in Germany and Italy.  Aaron has served deployments in seven different countries as well as being stationed in Germany and Hawaii.  After 23 years in the service he is retiring in November where he will then take a job at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.

~ Jon W. Hatch

His name is known to many after 37 years in public education and the list of accomplishments precedes him. Jon Hatch spent ten years at Mathews High School teaching and coaching boy’s middle school, jv and then varsity basketball as well as being an assistant on the football staff.  Switching over to Gloucester High School in 1986 is when his achievements really started to pile up between girls and boy’s basketball and girl’s tennis. Coach Hatch spent his first four years at GHS coaching both girls’ basketball (fall sport) and boys’ basketball (winter sport). In 1988 he coached the boys to York River District runner-up, regional runner-up and going to the state semifinal round.  In 1990 the team followed close to the same path as District champions, regional runner-up and going to the state quarter final round.  During that time, he also coached the girl’s team to York River District regular season and tournament championships in 1988 and 1989.  They were also regional champions in 1989 and qualified for AA regionals three other times.  Coach Hatch would spend the next ten years expanding the girl’s record.  In 1998 & 1999 his teams were Peninsula District Champions and in 1998 advanced to the second round of regionals. Coach Hatch ended with 271 wins. Over his career he spent approximately fourteen years also coaching girl’s tennis, achieving PD championship in 1992 and Coach of the Year honors. He took teams to four appearances in the regional tournaments.  Coach Hatch is also known throughout the state as the GHS Athletic Director from 1996-2013. He was awarded the Peninsula Sports Club “Milestone Award” in 2013. After retiring in 2013 he took one year off and then was quickly back to coaching boys’ basketball at Middlesex High School where in 2015 he was named Conference 42 and Tidewater District Boys Basketball Coach of the year.

 ~ Arthur “Leon” Palmer

 Arthur “Leon” Palmer started teaching in Gloucester County in 1970 and after a very dedicated forty years he retired in 2010. He was coaching teams every step of the way.  While at GHS Leon was a head baseball coach from 1970 to 1985.  He was also an assistant football coach for those fifteen years.  Leon moved over to Page Middle School coaching football from 1986 until the middle school program ended in the early 90’s. He spent from 1986 until his retirement coaching basketball and softball at Page.  His other adventures included being the Page Activities Director at times and every summer teaching driver’s education at GHS. Leon graduated from Norfolk State University earning a degree in Health, Physical Education and Drivers Education while participating in football and baseball. During his years in Gloucester he also received the Gloucester Youth Advocate Award. Leon has been enjoying retirement and still keeps up an active lifestyle.


~ Deb Riley

Deb Riley received the Miss GHS Athlete Award her senior year; it was truly deserved and she has lived up to it in the years following. While at Gloucester Deb excelled in basketball and softball and earned four-year varsity letters in both sports. Also for both Deb’s junior and senior years she was MVP and made All-district teams. She ended her career with 500 rebounds and 524 points all during a time when a season had eight to ten games. She was part of the 1977 GHS team that was the first ever to advance to regionals; they repeated that feat in 1978. Deb’s softball accolades include starting catcher for four years, All District teams in 1977 & 1978. She had a .478 batting average, including 14 homeruns and 66 RBI’s.  Deb undoubtedly took to form the term “student athlete” as she was part of the band, chorus, yearbook, and newspaper staff as well. She went on to play at Virginia Intermont College where she was a four-year starter for basketball, and an All-Conference selection her sophomore and junior years. Deb excelled again in multiple sports by participating in three years of volleyball and four years of softball. When Deb retuned to GHS in 2002 as a teacher she continued to give back to the athletes through coaching. She coached varsity girls’ basketball from 2002-2008 then as a volunteer, and middle school or jv coach from 2010-2014. She also coached JV softball through those years, with a record of 175-5. Coach Riley now continues her teaching and coaching career in New Hampshire. 

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