Gary Wetherill

Gary Wetherill, a 1967 graduate, earned three varsity football letters, was co-captain and won a slew of postseason awards including the Southwestern Conference MVP and Running Back of the Year for 1966. He was named the Plain Dealer's Player of the Week for the first week of the 1966 season.

"In that era, he was just a very throwback, hard-nosed player," said Danny Houdeshell, who nominated Wetherill. "He went both ways, played defense and offense."

Wetherill lettered in baseball for two years, track for three years, wrestling for two years and was named the ALHS Senior Athlete of the Year for 1967. Gary earned a scholarship to Miami of Ohio and played his freshman year, then transferred to Baldwin Wallace where he lettered in football for two more years.

Following college, Gary joined the U.S. Marines rising to the rank of captain and served as a platoon commander in Vietnam. After his military days were over, he went on to work for 34 years in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal and co-founder of a charter school in Venice, Florida, where he lives today.

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