Georgia Tech Football Legends Inducted into High School Hall of Fame

The prestige of Georgia Tech football is once again in the spotlight as eight former Yellow Jackets have been heralded for their exceptional high school football careers with induction into the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame in 2024. This accolade not only celebrates their outstanding performances at the high school level but also highlights the significant contributions they have made to football throughout their careers, culminating in this distinguished honor.

Among those selected are legendary figures such as Everett Strupper, who distinguished himself on the field as early as 1913, and Frank Broyles, whose prowess was undisputed at Decatur High School back in 1941. The list of inductees spans several generations, showcasing the timeless talent that has emerged from Georgia high schools, with Kent Hill (Americus H.S. – 1974) and Robert Lavette (Cartersville H.S. – 1980) also making the cut. The tradition of excellence continues with Jerry Mays (Thomson H.S. – 1984), Joe Burns (Thomas County Central H.S. – 1997), Demaryius Thomas (West Laurens H.S. – 2005), and Jonathan Dwyer (Kell H.S. – 2006), each leaving an indelible mark on their respective teams and communities.

This group of inductees contributes to a growing list of Georgia Tech affiliates recognized by the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame, with a total of 22 former Yellow Jackets honored since the establishment of the Hall of Fame in 2022. The selection of these athletes underscores the historical and ongoing connection between Georgia high school football and Georgia Tech’s storied program.

The induction ceremony set for October 26 at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta promises to be a memorable event, situated less than a mile from Tech’s Midtown campus, offering a symbolic homecoming for these celebrated athletes.

In addition to the anticipation of the upcoming induction ceremony, excitement is building for the 2024 Georgia Tech football season. With season tickets now on sale, fans are eager to secure the best seats for a six-game home slate that includes pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference showdowns and a highly anticipated match-up with Notre Dame. This upcoming season offers an opportunity for fans to witness the next generation of Yellow Jacket legends in the making.

Behind this thriving athletic program is the support of the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, a crucial backbone for Georgia Tech athletics. Through scholarships, operations, and facilities support, the Fund plays a pivotal role in nurturing the academic and athletic excellence of over 400 student-athletes at Georgia Tech. This community support is essential in sustaining the legacy and competitive edge of the Yellow Jackets.

As the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame prepares to welcome its latest class of inductees, the connection between Georgia Tech football and the state’s high school talent pool has never been more evident. This symbiotic relationship continues to enrich both the collegiate and high school football landscapes in Georgia, fostering a community that celebrates excellence on the field and beyond.