Hopedale High looks to start hall of fame

                                     Jacob Belcher for Daily News and Wicked Local
    A new sports hall of fame wall will be added this spring to the many state championship trophies
    and accolades from Hopedale athletics programs that line the Hopedale Junior-Senior High School
                                                            By Joe O'Connell/Daily News staff

    HOPEDALE — The names and faces that brought athletic success to Hopedale Junior-Senior High
    School over the years may soon have their own place of recognition. Athletic Director Kelley Butler
    announced during the School Committee meeting Tuesday that a committee is being put together to
    create the Hopedale Hall of Fame.

    "It's in the very early stages, but we are excited," Butler said. "This is kind of a dream come true for

    The idea for an athletic hall of fame has been discussed since the 1990s, but Butler recently brought
    the dream to fruition.

    The plan is to recognize individuals and teams from Hopedale athletic lore, placing items related to
    the hall across from the high school auditorium.

    "I thought it was time to get this done," Butler said. "It is a small community, and we have a lot of
    things to celebrate."

    The six members making up the inaugural committee are all Hopedale High School alumni. They
    represent every decade from the 1950s through the 2000s.

    The committee's first charter will be to develop the protocol for selecting potential hall of famers,
    such as how many years out of high school students must be before they are inducted. The
    committee will also be charged with planning the hall's dedication ceremony, which could come as
    early as this May.

    One of the committee members is Ruth Kimball, a member of the Class of 1954. Kimball's
    classmates made a donation to the high school so it could have the hall of fame. She will be serving
    as her class's representative on the committee.

    "We wanted to give a gift of appreciation for our years at Hopedale and all that it meant to us," said
    Kimball, who played field hockey. "And we felt this was an appropriate way to make a difference."

    Although the hall is not complete, it already has its first inductee: Don Klocek, a former coach and
    athletic director. Butler made the announcement during a basketball reunion in February.

    "It was really special," Butler said. "Don, to us, is the epitome of Raider pride. He is everything a
    Raider should be, and that is why he was chosen to be the model."

    The hall of fame could possibly be expanded in the future to include Hopedale alumni who make an
    impact socially or civilly.

    Butler said she is looking for few more volunteers for the committee, and anyone interested can call
    her at 508-634-2217. Milford Daily News, January 16, 2011.

Hopedale High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Thanks to Bob Holmes for suggesting
this page and for sending the program.

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    The photo above shows some of the folks in attendance at the Hall of Fame
    dedication. Thanks to Bob Holmes for the picture and the identifications.