STAUNTON — Five new members will be added to the Staunton/Booker T. Washington/Robert E. Lee high school hall of fame in 2022. All five are former athletes, although one has also coached at the school.
The Staunton High School Athletic Booster Club will be hosting the 10th annual hall-of-fame ceremony Friday Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Staunton High School cafeteria. The class members will also be honored at halftime of the Staunton home football game with Rockbridge that evening.
The Class of 2022 includes:
A 1977 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Crawford lettered in basketball and baseball for two years. He was first team all-district and all-region in basketball. He also played a year of football.
After high school, Crawford attended Eastern Mennonite University and still holds many of their basketball records. He was inducted in the EMU hall of fame. As a high school basketball coach Crawford served as an assistant under the legendary Paul Hatcher. He was part of two state championships and one state runner-up, and was part of an amazing 85-game win streak that is still a record in Virginia. Crawford also coached at Mary Baldwin University for five years.
He spent his entire career with Staunton City Schools as a teacher, coach and administrator. Crawford still is helping coach basketball and works part-time as a sub administrator at Staunton High School.
Athlete Class of 1967
Dodge was a letter winner in basketball, being named first team all-district, all-region and all-state his senior year. He led the Leemen to the 1967 state championship as their leading scorer and best player. After graduating high school, Dodge accepted a full scholarship to play basketball at the College of William & Mary. In college, Dodge led the team in scoring and still holds some of their records today.
After graduating college, Dodge pursued his love of basketball in Europe as part of the International Basketball Association where he played professionally for three years in Belgium and France. He has been nominated to be posthumously inducted into the Virginia Interscholastic Association Hall of Fame later this year.
Dodge died from cancer in May, 2022.
Athlete Class of 2007
A 2007 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Nicholson was a three-year letter winner in football. He received all-district and all-region honors his junior and senior years and was also all-state his final year in high school. His senior year he finished with 1,532 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns. For his career, Nicholson rushed for 2,600 yards, 7.3 yards per carry and 34 touchdowns, among the best in school history. He played on three playoff teams with a combined record of 26-9.
Nicholson also lettered in track for three years, winning all-district, all-region and all-state honors his junior and senior years in the 100-meter and 400-meter relays. He was part of the 400-relay team that currently holds the school record of 43.14.
Nicholson died in a shooting in 2008.
Athlete Class of 1995
Simmons played basketball all four years of high school. Her senior year she led the team to the 1994-95 state championship, helping the team go undefeated. She was first team all-district, all-region and all-state her senior year. Simmons set and still holds records in rebounds and field goal percentage. She also played four years of softball.
Athlete Class of 1987
Simmons was all-district, all-region and all-state in football his senior year at Lee High. In track and field he holds the school and district record in the long jump. He won the district in the 110 hurdles and 1600 relay and was second in the 300 hurdles. He was regional champion in the long jump and 110 hurdles and second in the triple jump and all-state in the long and triple jumps. He was named team MVP in the field events. After high school, Simmons accepted a scholarship from James Madison University where played football and ran track.
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