Wayne High School inducts Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023-24

December 7, 2023

Wayne High School Athletic Hall of Fame Announces the 2023-24 Class

Wayne Hall of Fame

Fort Wayne, Indiana - Wayne High School announces the Wayne Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023-24 to honor former student athletes, coaches, contributors and teams who helped build a tradition of athletic and academic excellence that continues at Wayne High School today. The 2023-24 class includes:



· Henry Hall 1988 graduate (Football, Track)



· Brian Tun 2002 graduate (Wrestling, Football, Track )



· Virgil Tharp 1995 graduate (Football, Track)




· Don Merkler- Head Tennis coach 1988-2002- Wayne Tennis Courts are named after Don Merkler




  • Alan/Rosie Hernly - Rosie was an FWCS employee for over 30 years and Alan has been an athletic worker for 30 plus years.


  • Wyss Family Theresa Wyss, Kathrine Keil, Kristina Wyss – Athletic workers- Statisticians, score board operators and book keepers. Theresa for 28 years, Katie for 13 years and Kristina for 17 years.



  • 1992/93 Baseball team\
    • Coaches- Dave Fireoved
    • ‚ÄčCaptains-Dave Kolpein, Matt Jacobs, David Dohrman

Sponsored by the Wayne Athletic Department, the Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of outstanding achievements by student athletes and adults in athletics at Wayne High School. Student athletes are eligible for consideration five years after completion of their high school careers while coaches are eligible for consideration five years after they retire from coaching. Contributors are individuals who over many years worked as an employee of Wayne High School or significantly contributed time or resources, in each case to the betterment of the Wayne High School athletic programs. Nominations can be made for individuals for future consideration by completing the nomination form found at www.waynegenerals.org

The Hall of Fame Induction took place on Friday, January 19, 2024.

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