DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
June 1, 2013
The last ties to Williamson High School, the Hall of Fame (HOF) plaques, were packed up on Friday and moved out of the cafeteria.
That building has been serving as the middle school, but this will be the last week for students there. Next August the middle school will move to West Williamson and be combined with Riverside to form Williamson Pre-K 8.
However, the WHS HOF plaques have been hanging on the walls of the old high school cafeteria, even after WHS was consolidated with other schools to form Mingo Central.
Members of the HOF committee led by Cecil Hatfield and Curt Phillips took the plaques off the walls, wrapped them in bubble wrap and carefully placed them in boxes. They were sealed up and taken to the Williamson Fieldhouse for storage.
The goal of the HOF committee is to build a new, refurbished hospitality room at the historic fieldhouse.
Hatfield, a former coach and principal at WHS, and Phillips, who is on the Williamson Park Board, hope to raise money from Wolfpack alumni and other sources to build the new hospitality room. Then the plaques will hang on the walls there for future generations to see. The WHS HOF committee can also hold events there.
The plans are in the infant stages, but Hatfield, Phillips and others are confident enough money can be raised to enlarge the hospitality room and to make it attractive and feasible.
HOF member Ronnie Ferrell and mayor Darrin McCormick also helped move the plaques.
Hatfield also hopes to get some of the old trophies from past Wolfpack state championship teams moved to the Williamson Fieldhouse. The trophies are currently in cases at Mingo Central, along with trophies from Matewan, Burch and Gilbert.