Published: Mar 25, 2012 02:00 PM
Modified: Mar 25, 2012 01:37 PM
CHAPEL HILL - Six athletes and one former coach have been selected for induction this spring into the Chapel Hill - Lincoln High School Hall of Fame.
The hall’s Class of 2012 include CHHS swimming All-American James Jamerson (CHHS 1959) and five team-sport stars – Glenn Blackburn (CHHS ’64) football, basketball and baseball; Jared Campbell (CHHS 2003) wrestling and football; Charles Farrington Sr, (Lincoln / CHHS ’67) baseball, basketball, football; Eugene Hines (Lincoln ’56) football and basketball; Caleb Kimbrough (CHHS 2004) basketball, tennis and football. They’ll be joined by Nick Walker, a CHHS teacher and coach of the school’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams, 1991-2011.
The induction banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. April 14 in the Chapel Hill High School cafeteria.
Tickets will be $25 each and can be ordered through the CHHS athletics office or directly from athletics director Tod Morgan at 919-929-2106, ext. 42108.
• Blackburn was the Most Valuable Player and captain of the Chapel Hill Senior football team in 1964, helping the then-Wildcats to a 7-3 record and a runnerup finish in NCHSAA District III. After earning a combined seven letters as a starter in football, basketball and baseball, he was named the school’s Most Outstanding Overall Athlete and winner of the Jackie Hunt Memorial Sportsmanship trophy. Blackburn went onto the University of North Carolina to play football and baseball. After graduation from UNC, he entered the U.S. Army, served with the 101st Airborne and became a Green Beret serving in Vietnam. Awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, he retired as a colonel in 1994.
• Campbell played football and wrestled at CHHS, in 2003 becoming the first Tiger to win a state championship as a heavyweight in the NCHSAA wrestling tournament. Ranked No. 4 in the state as a junior and No. 1 his senior year, he rose to No. 7 in the nation and earned All-American honors. He went on to wrestle for Appalachian State University, graduated, and now teaches and serves as the most successful wrestling coach ever at East Chapel Hill High School.
• Hines is one of the finest, and few, athletes who starred in the legendary Lincoln athletics program and at Chapel Hill High School, which merged with Lincoln in the mid-60s and adopted the LHS Tiger mascot as its own. He was an all-conference football player every year in high school, and was a starting end and linebacker on the golden 1962 Lincoln team that was undefeated, untied and unscored upon as it rolled to its last state championship. After the schools merged, Hines played offensive and defensive end on the Chapel Hill team that reached the NCHSAA regional championship. He graduated from UNC with a degree in public health, later earning a master’s degree, and worked as a health official in N.C. towns like Roxboro, Sanford and Fayetteville.
• Farrington also represents a bridge from Merritt Mill to Chapel Hill High School Road. Farrington lettered in baseball and basketball at Lincoln his sophomore year, and joined the football team after moving into CHHS, where he lettered in all three sports. After helping CHHS to a second consecutive playoff spot in football his senior year, he earned all-conference honors and later won the Frank Weaver Award as the school’s best all-around athlete. He joined the Chapel Hill Police Department and served 30 years before retiring in 2001.
• Kimbrough played football, basketball and tennis four years at Chapel Hill High, earning all-state honors in tennis his senior season. In basketball, he helped CHHS reach the third round of the 2004 state tournament. He matriculated at Guilford College, where he played tennis and was a star on a record-setting basketball team alongside fellow CHHS alum Ben Strong. Kimbrough played in 108 games as the Quakers’ point guard, finishing in the school’s top five all-time in both assists (358) and steals (108). As a team captain his last two years, he helped Guilford win the Old Dominion Athletics Conference championship and advance to the NCAA tournament two years running. He later signed to play professionally with the Washington Generals, best known as the foil to the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, and after that has served as assistant basketball coach at Guilford.
• Jamerson, as a Chapel Hill Senior High School junior set the state high school mark in the 200-yard Freestyle and his senior year broke his own record by more than a second. A National Honors Society student at Chapel Hill, he later graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and had a 35-year career in the armed forces, winning a Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Promoted to full general in 1994, he retired in 1998 as the Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. European Command.
• Walker, affectionately called "Nicky," coached varsity tennis for 35 years, the last 20 of his career at Chapel Hill, compiling a total of 730 wins — 346 with the boys and 609 with the girls. In one stretch, he had the Tigers on a 29-match winning streak, winning 141 straight against conference opponents. He helped CHHS players win eight individual state championships and led the teams to NCHSAA championships in 1993 and 1997. Overall, he led the teams to five state finals, eight regional championships and 20 conference championships. Walker has been named a coach-of-the-year 18 times.