Red Elephants News · Submit your nominations for the GAC Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Gainesville Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Submit your nominations by filling out this Hall of Fame Nomination Form and clicking “Submit;” or by printing, filling out, and submitting in person or online (to this GHS Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

The 2021 class will be the third group inducted, and the first to be a part of a double induction ceremony, one that will include the 2020 class. Amid Covid-19 concerns, the ceremony to honor the class of 2020 that was scheduled for April, was cancelled.

The 2020 induction class includes Billy Lothridge; Tommy Valentine; Patrick Hamilton; Stephanie (Yarem) Ransom; Dr. Tim Fulenwider; and the back-to-back-to-back state championship baseball teams from 1996, 1997, and 1998.

The inaugural class into the Gainesville Athletics Hall of Fame – inducted in April of 2019 – included Tommy Aaron, Tommy West, Cris Carpenter, Micah Owings, Tom Paris Sr., Tasha Humphrey, coach Bobby Gruhn, and the 1956 and 1957 Fair Street Tigers football teams.

The designed intention of the Gainesville Athletics Hall of Fame is to further accentuate the outstanding contributions of the many gifted and dedicated athletes and teams not just fro Gainesville High, but also the former E.E. Butler and Fair Street high schools. Another aim of the hall of fame is to aid in the support and constant growth of athletics in the City of Gainesville.

Any former student who participated in at least one year of varsity competition, and graduated from a Gainesville City high school no fewer than 10 years ago, is eligible to be selected into the Hall of Fame. All athletes considered must have made significant contributions while representing their school in varsity competition.

A second category will allow for the election of an individual who has given outstanding service to athletics in Gainesville. A third category will be for individual teams that have achieved and performed at the highest level of competition.

Each inductee class will be comprised of one team, an athlete that graduated in the last 10-25 years, an athlete that graduated in the last 26-50 years, an athlete that graduated in the last 50 or more years, an athletic supporter (i.e. coaching staff or administrative staff, media member, supporters or sponsors, volunteers, etc.).