Since it inducted its first class in 2008, the Burbank High Athletic Hall of Fame has had a long and illustrious group of former athletes, coaches, teams and administrators to choose from.
"At Burbank High we have an advantage that many schools don't have given the fact that we've been around for more than 100 years," said Hall of Fame organizer Fred Cook, who is also the school's athletic director. "We have been lucky to have some very good athletes come through Burbank High over the years."
In the first three classes, the school inducted its share of outstanding individuals that included Olympic gold medal winners, world record holders, national champions, NCAA champions, Major League Baseball All-Stars, a National League batting champion and collegiate All-Americans, to name a few.
The school is poised to induct its fourth Hall of Fame class next month.
"This is a great class we're inducting," Cook said. "Among the group we have six CIF champions, two high school All-Americans who were three-time All-Americans, we have a three-time CIF state contestant, coaches who have won over 20 league championships and one CIF championship … and five of the athletes went on to play at PAC-12 schools.
"And there are great athletes that we still haven't put in that we will be inducting in the next one. I have a long list of people that we can still choose from and a lot of them have done great things. We have CIF champion individuals and a team that we have yet to put in."
A group of 14 former Bulldogs standouts will take their places in the hall in a ceremony on Sept. 27 in the school's auditorium. There will be a meet-and-greet at 3 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 4.
"We like to make it a real special event," said Cook, who adds to the Hall of Fame every two years.
This year's list of honorees will be:
Coach and administrator who coached basketball, football and track and field. His 1926 Bulldogs football team advanced to the CIF semifinals and his teams won league championships in all three sports.
Longtime baseball coach and athletic director. Also coached lower level sports along with varsity. He coached more All-CIF players than any coach in school history.
Longtime coach and administrator who instituted the first code of ethics for sports at Burbank. He coached football for seven seasons.
Was a boys' golf coach and teacher who had 18 winning seasons in a row for the Bulldogs. He also had three undefeated seasons in a row and coached six All-CIF players.
He earned nine letters in five sports (track and field, basketball, baseball, golf and football). Went on to run track at UCLA.