The most recognizable names in Lebanon High School’s history took the stage at the Lebanon Elks Lodge on May 18 to share their success stories and claim their “bragging rights forever.”
That’s at least how Lebanon resident Jim McDaniel described the school’s “long overdue” inaugural Hall of Fame banquet before introducing Dorothy Page as the event’s first honored guest.
Including the seven first-ballot inductees, Page opened the event by speaking on behalf of her late husband Bud, and how the two were so proud to be a part of the city and school.
Dorothy noted Bud’s favorite time (before retirement in 1980) came in the 10 years he coached three sports and headed the LUHS athletic department. With the Page name already represented at the school’s activities center, Dorothy felt added sentiment with the Hall of Fame event forever being named in their honor.
From former band director Gladys Stone Wright to a pair of McQuistans, Nancy Bauer chronologically introduced each of the new Hall members.
Following Stone Wright, a 1943 LUHS graduate and the first woman elected to the American Bandmasters Association, Dr. Carl Morris (1984) took the stage to speak of his post-football days of racking up college diplomas.
Artist Michael Orwick (1990), whose work is displayed in the Lebanon Library, shared free prints of his artwork with the crowd before sharing his personal journey of finding his life’s passion.
John Langford (1993) was in attendance to speak of his first trial experiments, while fellow research scientist Matthew Daniels (1996) made a brief appearance through Skype to update the crowd of his life since the scholar earned three Master’s degrees and a Doctorate in physics in Wisconsin.
Capping the evening were brothers Pat and Paul McQuistan.
Each of the 2001 graduates, current NFL offensive linemen and Lebanon residents of the offseason, opened their speeches with stories of their respective first professional coaches.
That all tied into their hometown roots, where they have lived since they were 8 years old.
“A lot of great people have been through here and done a lot of good things, so I’m just honored to be a part of this,” said Paul McQuistan — the Seattle Seahawks guard who brought 4-month-old twin sons Shawn and Shane to the event.
Pat McQuistan didn’t have any trouble making his way up the steps before his brother for the penultimate speech.
Pat has been enjoying his time in Lebanon this spring, chasing his two sons — Zachary, 3, and Lucas, 1 — and “getting there” in his recovery from a broken ankle suffered late last season with the Arizona Cardinals.
“We grew up just down the street, so it was great watching a lot of great athletes that came before us,” said Pat. “Now I drive by the Heath Stadium field, look up and see where that’s where I came from too.”