Russell County High School
Ralph averaged 34 points, 20 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots a game during his senior season in 1958. He started his career as a tall, thin, awkward young player, but would become a high school all-American. He was selected to the all-state teams in 1957 and 1958 as well as the all-state tournament team in 1958. He would become Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball along with Harry Todd in the state’s only tie for this honor.