COOLIDGE — Since launching in 2012, the annual Coolidge High School Hall of Fame ceremony has become an evening that is highly anticipated by alumni, staff and community members alike.
The event, now in its eighth year, honors CHS alumni, former teachers and integral members of the Coolidge community who have accomplished some notable feats in their lifetimes.
Friday evening, four individuals — Ricky LaPaglia, Robert “Bob” Hendrie, Bill Morgan and David Anderson — were inducted into the Hall of Fame during a reception that recognized their achievements before a gathering of friends, family and community.
A longtime Coolidge resident, LaPaglia was recognized for the success he has achieved in his career as the community services director for the city of Coolidge, overseeing the operations of the Coolidge Parks and Recreation Department.
Morgan received the honor in recognition of his success as a coach at schools throughout Arizona, and specifically the significant number of football state championships he has managed to help schools win.
In addition, Hendrie, the former owner of the Hendrie Buick Pontiac & GMC dealership, was nominated for his work in business over the years and the impact on the local community.
Although he was unable to attend the ceremony, Anderson was acknowledged for accomplishments he has had as a professor at Texas A&M University.
All four inductees were also publicly recognized during halftime at Friday’s CHS football game, where the Coolidge Bears played against Benjamin Franklin.