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Alumni Sports Hall of Fame

​​​​Previous Inductees...

Legacy Inductees were posthumously inducted


George Pfeifer, '44
Lavern Bush, '47


Leonard Kroll, '47
James Mitchell, '47
Charles “Deacon” Jones, '54
Wilburn Hollis, '58


Ed Novotny, '43
Tom Carodine, '48
David Nelson, '51
Bill Maddux, '53


Larry Kennedy, '37
Nicholas Loncarich, '40
Jerrod “Jake” Williams, '49
James Cook, '55


Charles Mitchell, '43
Kenneth Morris, '46
Frank Kerns, '48
Robert Hicks, '54


Leo Magers, '48
Robert Mitchell,  '48
John Medlock, '54
Robert Maddux, '56


Jim Swaim, '55
Glen Hepburn, '56
John Sterner, '57
Robert Cross, '58


Edward Twohey, '43
Cecil Schirtzinger, '50
Michael Sterner, '57
Duane McAndrews, '62


Robert Rose, '49
Donald King, '50
John Wreath, '53
Eugene Becker, '53


Richard Thomas, '45
Ernest Keahy, '54
Bill Grill, '54
Curtis Devers, '60


Harold Popp, '47
Joseph Grabowski, '48
Jim Tucker, '50
Manny Fierro, '61


Albert M. “Bo” Rhudy, '60
George L. Buckler, '64
Kenneth L. Geddes, '66
Robert S. Schmit, '69 


Marlyn “Whitey” Myers, '52
Raymond G. Broy, '54
Roy Burns, '61
James A. Johnson, '61


John Slobodnik, '59
Melvin Hamilton, '65


Thomas E. Render, '54
Robert D. Rutledge, '55
Larry M. Watt, '55
David H. Dirkx, '63


Patrick L. Fitzgerald, '56
Kenneth B. Gilchrist, '65


John F. Curry, '55
Richard Badillo, '56
Richard J. Girouard, '56
Gerald T. Schulte, '60


Dean Ward, '50
Cornelius Arnold, '61


John Brogan, D '45
William Eichelberger, '61
John Chesire, '62
Byron McCane, '64


Ronald White, '66
Nathaniel L. McKinney, '68


Thomas Robbins, '64
David McGuire, '65
Percy Kight, '68


James R. Rhudy, '6661
David Aaron, '68


Raymond L. Keele, ‘59
James F. McGovern, ‘59
Gary G. Hodge, ‘61


Daniel Chesire, ‘65
Terrance Costello, ‘69


Arnold Johnston, ‘65
Clarence Jones, ‘66​

Four Inducted in 2022 Class

This year's 2022 Boys Town Alumni Sports Hall of Fame class has four new members. Three are living inductees, while one in the Legacy class is being honored posthumously.

The four will be inducted into the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame at the annual Booster Banquet on April 26, 2022. Their exploits on the field of play at Boys Town have earned them the honor of joining a long list of athletes from the school's storied athletic teams. Sports have always been a major part of the program of opportunity for Boys Town youth and these inductees represent the best of the best.​

Living Inductees


Phillip Whitworth, Class of 1970, came to Boys Town in 1965 from Elyria, Ohio, part of the greater suburban metropolitan Cleveland area. He graduated from Boys Town in 1970. He studied academics, machine shop and HVAC. He was well-liked by his peers, serving as class president his freshman and sophomore year and also enjoyed a very successful athletic career. He was an all-around athlete earning a total of nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.

Whitworth excelled at football. Because of his size, speed and athleticism he became an accomplished tight end on Boys Town's successful football teams during an era of very notable Class A teams. He won several honors at Boys Town, including winning the coveted Ike Mahoney Football Award and being selected Athlete of the Year.

He was offered several athletic scholarships, but decided to attend Fairbury Junior College in Fairbury, Nebraska, where he started at tight-end for two years, earning All-Conference honors both years and, more importantly, earning an Associate's Degree in Physical Education. He went on to Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Whitworth enjoyed a notable two years playing football there and was able to earn dual B.A./B.S. degrees and earn a teaching certificate.

After graduation, he taught one year at St. Michael Elementary School in Grand Forks, N.D., then returned home to Elyria, where he spent the remainder of his teaching career. In 1977, he taught at Elyria High School, then spent 1978 at the local junior high, before teaching at several grade schools in the community from 1979 to 2007.

He and his wife, Katherine, had two children, Patrick and Marie. Whitworth served a year as junior high basketball head coach and a year as assistant football coach. Between family, children and school, he also found time to volunteer in his community for worthy projects during the summers such as College for Kids.

Whitworth is a well-known visitor at the local nursing homes where he visits with the elderly in an effort to spread cheer. Whitworth retired after 30 years of teaching in 2007.

In his spare time, he enjoys movies, walking around the local lake, attending high school ball games and working out at the local stadium. Phil is a Lifetime Member of the Boys Town National Alumni Association®.


Joe Ortiz, Class of 1969, and his brother, Paul, arrived in June of 1961 from Kansas City. It was one of the best things to ever happen to Ortiz as Boys Town provided him the tools and environment to excel in many areas.

Joe's peers looked up to him and he was considered a role model by staff and teachers. He was a cottage commissioner his junior and senior year, served as the class secretary his sophomore year, and was active in the Boys Town Choir the duration of his eight years at the Home and traveled with the Concert Choir for three years. When he wasn't participating in sports he was supporting the Cowboys as a cheerleader his senior year and was also active in Drama Club. In 1969, he was selected for the Outstanding Vocational Student Award, given in recognition of his dedication and abilities in the vocational trades.

Joe won seven varsity letters in various sports, including track his sophomore year, cross country his junior and senior years, and tennis his senior year. But it was in wrestling that he excelled. He earned trips to the state tournament as a sophomore, junior and senior, earning varsity letters all three years. He won the Nebraska Class A 133-pound state championship in 1968. He also won the Blake Memorial Award as the Outstanding Wrestler in 1969. He was offered a wrestling scholarship to what was then known as Omaha College (now the University of Nebraska at Omaha) and he wrestled one season.

Ortiz joined the army in 1970 and was honorably discharged after two years. Afterwards he tried several professions, worked in various management positions and even labored in the oil industry. He has been an active participant in his community, including volunteering to coach Junior Olympics while living in St. Louis, and coaching wrestling in the Kansas City area. Ortiz was married, has one daughter, and continues to live in the Kansas City area. He worked in the transportation industry for 40 years, 15 of those years as owner of BT Limo Express. He is now retired and a lifetime member of the Boys Town National Alumni Association and served a term as president of the Kansas City Chapter. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, fishing and reading.

keele-for-website Bernard Jackson, Class of 1969, arrived at Boys Town from Chicago in 1965 with his younger brother, Walter. Boys Town would provide the environment, teachers, counselors and coaches that built a profile of an achiever.

He was well-liked by peers, and staff and was eager to explore the full range of opportunities Boys Town provided. He performed well academically and was viewed by many as a role model. He became a cottage commissioner, councilman, and was elected City Clerk his senior year

Jackson was a standout athlete earning seven varsity letters in three sports. He lettered in football and basketball in his junior and senior year, but it was as a hurdler in track that he excelled. He earned varsity letters as a sophomore, junior and senior. He won numerous regular season events. He was the District champion in the low hurdles and finished second in the high hurdles.  At the 1969 Nebraska State Track Meet, he placed fourth in the low hurdles and third in the high hurdles. Jackson was offered a full academic scholarship to Iowa State University.  He attended for two years before deciding to move on to new challenges.

Jackson decided to enlist in the Navy in 1975. He served as a Hospital Corpsman in the Fleet Marine Force serving with the Marine Corps. He was stationed in numerous duty stations stateside and abroad with the Navy and Marine Corps over his 28 years of Honorable service. He retired from the Navy in 2003 at an impressive rank of Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman. While in the Navy, he attained his bachelor's degree in business administration from Campbell University. He was hired as a civil service employee for the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, NC, for 13 years and retired in 2020. He accumulated 41 years total federal service.

Jackson lives in Jacksonville, NC, with his wife Sheila, married for 41 years, and has a set of twin sons and six grandsons. He enjoys reading, riding his motorcycle and bicycle, and going to the gym.

Legacy Inductees (Posthumous)

mcgovern-for-websiteOmaha native Ray Williams, Class of 1954, came to Boys Town in 1948 with his brother, Billy. He studied several trades, was well-known and was viewed as a leader. He served as a cottage commissioner his junior and senior year.

Williams enjoyed many sports but excelled in track. His impact is a matter of record. He was the standout leader of Boys Town's first State Championship track team in 1954. He was a remarkable runner. Boys Town had never had a four gold medal state champion in track before Williams.

At the Nebraska state meet, Williams tied a 26-year-old record of 9.9 seconds in the 100-yard dash, achieving the notoriety of being only the second high schooler in Nebraska history to break 10 seconds in the 100. He subsequently followed this feat by winning and setting a new state record in the 220-yard dash. He then anchored Boys Town's first place 880-yard relay team, also in record time. He competed in and won the 440-yard race, but not in record time. Four events, three state records, and four gold medals, a remarkable feat that still stands today. Williams passed away in 2011 in Los Angeles, California.