2016-2017 Inductions

Christopher B. Clifford

Christopher Clifford has lived a life dedicated to serving Gloucester community’s extracurricular activities, from coaching to the hands on production of parks.  Chris has put countless hours into helping improve playing fields from one end of the county to the other.  He has created or help upgrade 7 fields at Bethel and Peasley, adding lacrosse at Abingdon, field hockey at Ark Park, and was extremely involved in the creation of Woodville Park.  Chris also helped with the Day for Jarrett playground at Beaver Dam.  His work has impacted children of all ages for decades. 

Chris has also coached soccer for Gloucester Parks and Rec, the BayStars programs as well as JV Girls and Boys soccer programs at Gloucester High School. Being an athlete himself his wealth of knowledge and dedication to these programs is impeccable. 

Chris has been recognized for his efforts as the recipient of numerous awards including Volunteer of the Year from Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, the Cox Conserves Hero Award, and the National Humanitarian of the Year Award from the National Recreation and Park Association. He was locally recognized by the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.

Chris still continues work around the county and can’t be thanked enough.


Deanna Hogge Haywood & Dianna Hogge Cookson

Deanna Hogge Haywood & Dianna Hogge Cookson or Dee and Di as they are more commonly known, are twin sisters that were a dynamic duo for Gloucester athletics.  They are part of the Class of 1995 and played all of their high school sports together.  Di says “Being a twin is a blessing because we always have each other to communicate with, and we’re both very competitive”. They started out playing JV girls basketball for the Dukes in 8th grade.  With their talents it easily lead the way to four years on the varsity girls basketball squad.  Girls Basketball Head Coach Jon Hatch said “Dee and Di brought energy to the game, and played as hard as anyone I’ve ever had. They were fearless and nonstop.”

Their athletic ability radiated on the court and the field. The girls also excelled at softball where they played four years on the varsity team.  Dee and Di’s senior year was Coach Red Lindsay’s first year as head coach. He still recalls saying “I am big on education, and boy did I get one. There was never a dull moment with them. I truly enjoyed coaching Dee and Di and still remain close to both of them.”

Di says “when looking back, all the time spent playing sports, the lifetime friendships made and the awesome memories are priceless treasures.”

They both continue to live in Gloucester with their families continuing on the GHS traditions.


David Woodson

David Woodson is a graduate of Gloucester High School Class of 2005.  While at GHS David, known to most as “Woody”, participated in Cross Country and the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field programs.  During this time, he received ten varsity letters, was named to five All-District teams and was also a District Champion.  He was a four-time All-Region member and qualified for States four times.

David went on to pursue his running career at the collegiate level and spent four years competing for Christopher Newport University.  While at CNU his accolades continued.  He tallied 12 varsity letters, four each for Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track.  He made the All-Conference selection team 15 times, and was twice selected Conference Runner of the Year. On five occasions David was a Conference Champion.  He was also successful at the Regional level with two All-Region qualifications, one runner-up posting, and four times qualified for Nationals.  He was recognized as an Academic All-American showing his strengths in academics as well.

In 2014 David completed his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and is currently finishing up Sports Medicine clinical rotations.


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