Three of Eaton High School’s finest athletes, along with one of its best teams, were honored with enshrinement into the Eaton Community Schools Athletic Hall of Fame in December of last year.
Now in its second year, the event was held at the Eaton High School Café and Performing Arts Center.
“Dixon-Israel and Eaton High Schools were blessed with talented individuals who were willing to sacrifice for excellence in athletics, we honor those individuals,” said Mark Silvers, who served at the event’s emcee.
This year’s inductees were Ramon Dunlope, Class of 1952; Lowell Spencer, Class of 1954 and Chuck Izor, Class of 1959. The undefeated 1958 football was also recognized. Team members included: Bill Ross, Jerry Claxton, Don Coleman, Bill Steele, Duane Bennett, Jim Brown, Tom Ashworth, Larry Oldfather, Doyle Lincoln, Pat Banis, Keith Fudge, Mike Randall, Jim Thompson, Phil Sherer, Rusty Mann, Dick Gephart, Dave Railsback, Bill Clayton, John Hayes, Bill Watts, Jerry Burnett, Allen Parks, Bill Brower, Jim Frantz, Ron Dowlar, Chuck Izor, Toddy Richardson, Ernest Campbell, Larry Miller, Darrell Campbell, Sam Kinner; managers: Don Hawley, Wayne Stamm, Frank Schwarb; coaches: Tom Stephenson, Clint Bostick, and Jack Jones.
According to Shari McKinney, Chairman of ECSAHOF, the committee uses the bylaws in place to recognize the most outstanding athletes, coaches and teams who have performed at the varsity level for Eaton High School or Dixon-Israel High School. Any high schools that consolidated to form Eaton High School or Dixon-Israel High School are also part of the consideration process.
Each individual inductee had a brush of athletic competition at the state or college level, with two of those individuals winning state championships, one of which is a multiple year state champion. The team inducted never had an opportunity to play for a state championship since football playoffs didn’t begin until 1972.
“Sports helps students form a bond,” Silvers said. “Not only with each other but with their school. This bond bled into the community and the results was a wide-spread, deeply felt since of pride in our schools. This bond and pride continues today.”
Dunlope won multiple state championships in track, including anchoring the 4x440 relay team, to a perfect season his senior year. He was part of three consecutive state championships in the 4x400 relay team, which never lost a race during his three seasons. Dunlope also competed in basketball and football.
Spencer has the distinction of being Eaton High School’s first-ever individual state champion by winning the Class B title in the 440-yard dash in 51.5 seconds. He held the school record for more than 30 years.
Spencer also lettered in football and baseball.
Izor compiled a list of notable accomplishments, which included being named as an Honorable Mention All-Ohio selection for football in 1958. He was a member of the 1958 football team which went undefeated at 9-0. He was also an outstanding player in basketball.
The 1958 football team may have been the best-ever to come out of Eaton. The team, which claimed the Southwestern Buckeye League championship, produced multiple collegiate athletes.
Nominations for future induction classes are being accepted. Entry forms are available on Eaton Community School’s website at www.eaton.k12.oh.us. To download the form, point to “Athletics” on the left side of the page, and click the link labeled “Eaton Athletic Hall of Fame.”