1. Everett Strupper, a 1914 graduate of Riverside Military Academy, scored eight touchdowns and converted one point after attempt in Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumberland College. In that game, Strupper was the leading scorer and rusher for a Tech team that didn’t attempt even one pass over the course of the game. Strupper, a halfback, ran 60 yards from scrimmage for his third score of the game and returned two punts of 45 and 55 yards for touchdowns as well. At Tech, Strupper was an All-Southern Conference selection in 1916 and and both All-Southern and first-team All-American in 1917. Strupper, who lettered in track and baseball as well, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972.
2. Jim Lofton, former head football coach at East Hall and North Hall, roomed with famed college football coach Vince Dooley while in college at Auburn.
3. Mike "Moonpie" Wilson, a 1972 graduate of Johnson High School, is a 12-year veteran of the NFL where he played with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was drafted by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft and, as a starting offensive lineman, helped lead Cincinnati to an AFC Championship in 1981 and second place Super Bowl XVI finish. While at the University of Georgia, Wilson earned All-SEC honors and, in 1976, was the named Preseason National Lineman of the Year by the Southeastern Football Magazine. At Johnson, he lettered in track and football and earned the Offensive Lineman of the Year Award in both 1971 and 1972. His No. 77 jersey was retired by the Knights in 1991.
4. Gainesville High graduate Preston Ridlehuber scored the final touchdown in the 1968 game between the Raiders and the Jets now known as the "Heidi" game. With 65 seconds remaining and the Jets leading 35-29, NBC pre-empted the game’s broadcast for a pre-scheduled airing of a new made-for-TV version of "Heidi." The Raiders scored 14 unanswered points with the world not watching in the final minute of the game to beat the Jets. Ridlehuber, who was a three-year starting quarterback at the University of Georgia, recovered an Earl Christy fumble at the two-yard line and took it in for a touchdown with 33 seconds left in the game and the Raiders up 36-32.
5. Jody Davis made his Major League debut on April 21, 1981, with the Chicago Cubs and ended his career in 1990 with the Braves. The North Hall graduate had a career high 94 RBIs in 1984 and earned his first All-Star selection. That same year, the Cubs won the National League’s Eastern Division title, their first title of any kind since 1945. In 1986, Davis won his first and only Gold Glove Award and made his second All-Star appearance.
6. The Lake Lanier Olympic Center on Clarks Bridge Road was the site of the rowing and canoeing events for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Representatives from 34 countries, including Belarus, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Latvia, China and Poland converged for the games. In fact, during the canoeing events, Viktor Reneysky and Nicolae Juravschi of Moldova won their country’s first Olympic medal. Overall, Australia netted the most medals in rowing with six, and Germany had the most medals in the canoeing events with nine.
7. Former East Hall High football coach Ken Davis played college football at the University of Georgia. As a sophomore and in his first game for the Bulldogs, a 1963 loss to Alabama, Davis recovered three fumbles and intercepted a Joe Namath pass. Davis was a member of Vince Dooley’s first Georgia team in 1964 and was an alternate captain for the Bulldogs in his senior year.
8. Cris Carpenter was a three-sport star at Gainesville High School who helped lead the Red Elephants’ basketball team to back-to-back state titles. He played both baseball and football at the University of Georgia and made his Major League debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1988. Carpenter spent four years with the Cardinals and, after a trade, was a pitcher on the first Florida Marlins team in 1993.
9. Stephanie Yarem, a 1995 graduate of Gainesville High School, played soccer at the University of Georgia. She was an All-SEC performer and an All-American in 1998. She also was voted one of UGA’s top 100 athletes of the century. Yarem, a Canadien citizen, played with the Canadien National Team during World Cup pool play in 1999.