2006-2007 Inductions

2006-2007 Hall of Fame Inductions

Frank Haywood, Jr.
This 1971graduate of GHS showed a toughness and resilience that carried him through his high school playing days to an opportunity to play in the NFL.
As a member of the Dukes football team under coach Don Mullins, what Mr. Haywood lacked in weight at the time was more than made up by his desire.
Recruited by numerous Division I colleges, Mr. Haywood opted to attend Ferrum Junior College where he played for the legendary Hank Norton. As an All Conference performer, he gained the attention of North Carolina State and another coaching legend, Lou Holtz. While at State, Mr. Haywood was a starting defensive tackle for the nationally ranked Wolfpack that made appearances in the Blue Bonnet and Liberty Bowl. In 1975 Mr. Haywood was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and played for a brief stint for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League. Mr. Haywood is a contractor in Gloucester County

George Rhodes
Described as “incomparable”, “brilliant”, and “effortless”, George Rhodes completely dominated the state Group Two (AA) track scene for four years. State record holder in the 440, and champion in the 220 and 100 yard sprints, Mr. Rhodes was the states top Group Two track draw. His efforts in 1966 single-handily captured the State Championship for the Dukes.

While state competition drew out his best, Mr. Rhodes added to his notoriety at the invitationals. Competing in the Dogwood Invitational in Charlottesville, he anchored all three winning relay teams, twice coming from behind to win. In the meets final relay, the mile, he came from 10 yards back to pass the leader for the win. His performance that day earned him recognition as the “Outstanding Meet Performer.” Mr. Rhodes was also a four year member of the football team. In his own words a “can run but can’t catch” player. Owner of Gloucester Office Supply, Mr. Rhodes was honored by having his spikes retired to the GHS trophy case at the conclusion of his senior year.

Kisha Redcross
With three Regional and one State appearance, Kisha Redcross lead the Lady Dukes to some of their most memorable basketball years.  Bringing a combination of speed, strength and agility to the court, she became one of the most dominating post players in the York River and then Peninsula Districts.  Kisha had an immediate impact as a starter her freshman year earning 2nd team all district.  Her sophomore year culminated in a trip to the state quarter finals where she scored a personal high of 30 points in the win.  That year saw her selected 1st Team All District and All Regional.

Serving as Captain her final two years, Ms. Redcross culminated her senior year being selected captain to the Peninsula District All Tournament Team and the Fort Eustis Christmas Tournament All Star Team.  She finished out her senior year scoring over 1000 career pints.  During her high school career she also served as an SCA officer for four years, and was a Peer Counselor during grades 10 thru 12.   Kisha was a member of the D’Otis Singers, being selected as Miss D’Otis among the choir and participated in the Minority Leadership workshop.

Kisha was awarded a scholarship to East Carolina University before transferring to Hampton University where she continued on scholarship.

Larry Johnson
Teacher, coach, administrator, he has done them all with distinction. Before coming to Gloucester in 1973, Mr. Johnson taught and coached at Patrick Henry of Roanoke and Dinwiddie High Schools. But for the next 12 years at GHS he coached football, basketball, tennis and baseball. While serving as for 10 years as Athletic Director. Coach Johnson oversaw the creation of the wrestling and soccer programs as well as starting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Athletic Boosters Club.

From 1985 to 2003 Mr. Johnson served as the assistant director of athletics for the Virginia High School League (VHSL). Over the next 18 years he was a driving force during a time of tremendous growth. He was instrumental in creating the six division football playoff system and the current championship doubleheader format at college sites. Larry also supervised the VHSL official’s program and was key player in developing and implementing Virginia’s wrestling weight management program which has become a model for other states.

Presented the Colon E. Baker Distinguished Service Award for lifetime service to amateur wresting in Virginia, Mr. Johnson has the honor of having been named, and being the first recipient, of the Larry Johnson Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Award. Mr. Johnson is also an inductee of the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame.

J. Turnley Todd
For seventeen years coach Turnley Todd shared his knowledge and life experiences to teach more than football to the young men at Gloucester High School.

A first team high school All State selection at Orange County, coach Todd was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Virginia. Starting offensively at center and linebacker defensively for the Cavaliers, “T” was team captain and All ACC as well as All ACC Academic in 1963. Drafted by Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in “64”, coach Todd later saw action with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

Called into service as a second Lieutenant in the Army during the Viet Nam conflict, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor. Following his military tour, coach Todd began his collegiate coaching career at the U.S. Naval Academy. He later served on the staff at Davidson College before returning to his alma mater University of Virginia for four years. Coming to Gloucester in 1976, coach Todd lead the Dukes to two district championships and four regional appearances. He continues to teach at GHS in the physical education department.

Yvonne Brickhouse Smith
Amassing nine district and four regional championships over 16 seasons, Yvonne Brickhouse Smith left a legacy that is the foundation of the famed Gloucester field hockey program. Starting in 1973, four of her squads went undefeated through the regular and post seasons. Unfortunately, there was no level beyond regional leaving us only to guess how far her teams would have gone.

But it was not the on-field success that stands out for those who knew her. She is well remembered for her emphasis on developing academically as well as athletically sound students. Known for reviewing individually each team member’s report card, coach Smith would have them “explain” a grade below a B. She partnered with teachers to arrange tutoring, not allowing players to return to the field until grade improvement was shown.

A graduate and member of the field hockey team at Norfolk State University, the tradition of success on and off the field that coach Smith started continues today as we honor her memory.
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