Six to be inducted into Richland One Hall of Fame
Richland One will induct six new members into the school district’s Hall of Fame in January, district officials announced at an October 3 news conference.
The Richland One Hall of Fame was created to recognize graduates of Richland One schools and other persons throughout the district’s history who have made significant contributions to Richland One, their communities, their professions and society as a whole.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals by the Richland One Board of School Commissioners. Seventy men and women have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004.
The 13th Annual Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala will be held the evening of Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Additional information about the gala will be announced later.
The six members of the 2016 Richland One Hall of Fame induction class are:
William B. “Bill” Dukes, a 1960 graduate of Dreher High School who is the owner of Blue Marlin Restaurant and Signature Catering in Columbia and founder and chairman of the Honor Flight of South Carolina Benjamin B. Dunlap, a 1955 graduate of Columbia High School who served as president of Wofford College in Spartanburg for 13 years Don Frierson, a 1969 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School who is the host of “The Urban Scene” on WGCV 620 AM, South Carolina’s longest-running talk and information forum for the African-American community
Thomas Sinkler Martin, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School who was an educator and advocate for physical education and recreational programs for Columbia youth; Mr. Martin passed away in 1993. Craig Melvin, a 1997 graduate of Columbia High School and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who is co-anchor of the Weekend Today show on NBC, an MSNBC anchor and an NBC News correspondent Ronald L. Rhames, a 1973 graduate of W.J. Keenan High School who is president of Midlands Technical College in Columbia and is the first technical college graduate and the first African-American to hold that position
For more information about the Richland One Hall of Fame, go to www.richlandone.org or contact Karen York in the Richland One Office of Communications at (803) 231-7504.