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10 to be inducted at inaugural West Hall of Fame ceremony

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West High School, in its 50th year of operation, will induct 10 into its inaugural hall of fame, which will hold its induction ceremony on Feb. 27 at Msgr. Leddy Hall at Garces High School.

The inductees are:

• The late Booker Kilgore, a longtime athletic trainer and equipment manager for the Vikings who received numerous honors and awards. West’s stadium was renamed Booker Kilgore Stadium in 2010.

• Thomas Andrews (class of 1973), considered the most successful track and field athlete to graduate from West. He later was an outstanding track athlete at USC.

• David K. Cohn (class of 1968), the managing partner of the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain, Cohn and Stiles. He has been named “Super Lawyer” in Southern California and “Best Lawyer” in the 2015 Bakersfield Californian Reader’s Choice Poll.

• Dallas Grider, a former teacher and coach who joined the West faculty in 1969 and became the varsity football head coach in 1977. The Vikings went 77-7-2 in his tenure with three Valley championships.

• Jeff Garnett (class of 1971), an outstanding athlete who played football, basketball and baseball at West who was also an exceptional athlete at Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield. He led CSUB in scoring and rebounding for two seasons.

• Fred Laningham III (class of 1982), an outstanding scholar-athlete who played football, basketball and baseball and was valedictorian. He earned his medical degree, served as a flight surgeon with the U.S. Navy and is now a specialist in pediatric MRI and Chief of Staff at Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno.

• David Manning (class of 1969), an outstanding lineman for West’s football team who played at BC and was a junior college All-American. He also played for Utah State and in the World Football League He’s now a Bakersfield businessman.

• Brock Marion (class of 1987) was a standout football player and also lettered in basketball and track. He had a 12-year NFL career, mainly as a free safety, playing for the Cowboys, Dolphins and Lions.

• John Mears (class of 1967), an outstanding football and basketball player who was an all-state high school basketball player and was a first-team all-state player at BC.

• Bruce Scurlock (class of 1978) was a three-sport, much-honored athlete who won the Tyack Award for outstanding Kern County senior athlete. He earned his medical degree at Loyola University and is now a Bakersfield anesthesiologist.

Tickets are $100 each and the deadline to reserve seating is Feb. 5. Call West High School (661-832-2822), Jim Wren (661-364-8282), Warren Hall (661-809-7277) or Garrett Ming (661-332-3600) for more information.

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