About the Hall of Fame

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame was born out of an idea from the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. Under the direction of North Hardin High School's Men's Head Basketball Coach Ron Bevars, the project began in October 2009 with the stated purpose of recognizing and protecting the heritage of Kentucky High School Basketball. The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the culture, tradition and rich heritage of Kentucky High School Basketball. It will honor and provide a fitting tribute to former players and coaches while preserving and displaying historical information and memorabilia associated with the game.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky serves as the permanent home of The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Headquartered in the center of the Commonwealth's Heartland, the Hall's new home provides the public convenient access to all the organization's activities and functions.

2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of High School Basketball in Kentucky. This milestone will also see the first 100 Inductees into the Hall of Fame. The first group of this Centennial Class is:

  • "King" Kelly Coleman - Wayland HS
  • Wes Unseld - Seneca HS
  • Jim McDaniels - Allen County HS
  • Darrell Griffith - Male HS
  • Geri Grigsby - McDowell HS
  • Clemette Haskins - Warren Central HS
  • Rex Chapman - Owensboro Apollo HS
  • Richie Farmer - Clay County HS
  • Coach Bobby Keith - Clay County HS
  • Coach Roy Bowling - Laurel County HS
  • Coach S. T. Roach - Dunbar HS
  • Coach Ralph Carlisle - Lafayette HS
  • Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones - Harlan HS
  • Ralph Beard - Male HS
  • Cliff Hagan - Owensboro HS
  • Clem Haskins - Taylor County HS

The "Essence of the Game" is the rich heritage and invaluable life lessons taught through the experience of playing basketball. These treasures that players and coaches take with them, long after the competition stops, are the real rewards that change lives. Hard work, respect for authority, the value of teamwork, personal responsibility and the importance of tradition are just a few elements that make up the "Essence of the Game."