The Baton Rouge High School Hall of Fame
The original BRHS Hall of fame originated in the mid-1970’s, just after BRHS transformed into a magnet high school. According to an archive Advocate newspaper article, the founding members of the HOF committee included Lee Lockwood, President; Otis Haymon, President-elect; Charles Dubois, and Edwina Prescott, Secretary-Treasurer. Hall of Fame honorees were inducted with some regularity until sometime in in the later 1980’s. We don’t have much in the way of historical data about the HOF until the Alumni Association was established in 1995.
When the Alumni Association was established, the new Board of Directors took on the task of reinstituting the original Hall of Fame. With the transformation of the Alumni Association into the Baton Rouge High School Foundation in December of 2010, the BRHS Hall of Fame was established as a formal program administered by the newly formed Alumni Committee of the Foundation. The Hall of Fame mission and a formal set of nomination guidelines were written and adopted to ensure the HOF’s provenance, ceremony and integrity are maintained and documented for history.
It is our goal, now and for the future, that the BRHS Hall of Fame reflect the wide diversity of the graduates of Baton Rouge High school throughout the decades. The Hall Of Fame belongs to you, the alumni of BRHS. It is incumbent upon alumni and friends to nominate graduates and faculty they believe meet the qualifications established for consideration and selection. Members serving on the Board of Directors and staff are prohibited from submitting candidates for consideration.
How do I submit a person for consideration into the Hall of Fame?
There is a nomination packet in a pdf. format on the Hall of Fame page. Please read the entire instructions carefully as some requirements have changed. Your submitted nomination packet must include all of the support documents for your nominee, i.e. photos, news items (clippings or website screenshots), testimonial letters, etc.
Can more than one person participate in preparing a nomination?
Yes, however all of the supporting documents must be included in the single nomination packet. Do not have others send letters, emails, media or testimonials intended for your nominee to our office, either by email of direct mail. They will not be acknowledged and will be discarded. Please do not include originals of any of the items in your packets. The nomination packets will not be returned to the nominating parties. NOTE: The final nomination packet must be signed by one of the sponsoring participants. Additional sponsors may sign, if they wish.
How much time/effort goes into a quality nomination submission?
It’s hard to say, but those who have been selected for induction were nominated by individuals who did their due diligence and clearly devoted their time to the nomination. Those nominations provided the committee a thorough case, with many details and ample supporting documents. The committee members had a real sense of who this person is (was) and how their life, achievements and citizenship exemplified the standards for induction.
Does the BRHS Foundation staff offer any help with the process?
In a very limited capacity. We have a yearbook library that you are more than welcome to use, by scheduling a time to visit our office. Copies of pages can be made in the BRHS Library for a small fee. We cannot do research for you or provide you with member information that is not considered ‘public domain.’ The EBR Parish Library has a wonderful online digital archive service that we have found very useful.
Finally, the nomination period begins December 15, 2018 and the deadline for receiving nominations to our office is 3 pm March 15, 2019
To download the Nomination Pack, click here: BRHS Hall of Fame Nomination Packet