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Class of 2001

Clarence “Perk” Binney

He is a posthumous inductee for his efforts in basketball, football and baseball, while at Reynoldsville High School in the early 1930’s. He attended Penn State where he lettered in both basketball and track. He was a social studies teacher and boys’ basketball coach for 7 seasons at PAHS. In the 1951-52 season, his team won 20 straight games and was the only unbeaten regular season record in school history, before bowing to Westinghouse 47-45 in the Western semi-finals. As a pioneer coach, Binney was one of the first to use movies and a tape recorder to iron out mistakes.

 

William Heckendorn

He is a posthumous inductee and a 1946 graduate of PAHS. He was a three-sport athlete, earning three letters in track and field, two in football and one in basketball. Bill joined the Navy, where he served for 20 years with the Sea Bees as a Chief Petty Officer. After his discharge in 1976, he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1996. He had a love for bowling.

 

Rebecca Kaza Kimmerle

She is a 1994 graduate of PAHS and the third female to become a member of the Hall of Fame. Her achievements were in the sports of track and field and cross-country. She was a three-year District IX champion in the long jump and was part of the two-year district champion 1600 relay team as well as winning a District IX championship in the triple jump. She also competed as a member of two-district championship teams in cross-country. She earned four state medals in indoor track as a high jumper. During the outdoor track season, she finished 4th at the state meet during her sophomore and junior years and became the first Punxsutawney female to win a gold medal at the state meet during her senior season with a jump of 5’ 7”. She accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Iowa and participated in the Iowa women’s track and field team and as a freshman, set the high jump record there with a leap of 5’ 9 ¾”. She is a Physical Education, Health and Sports Medicine teacher in West Virginia.

 

Bernard “Bernie” McQuown

He is a 1954 graduate of PAHS and earned three varsity letters as a member of the Chucks football squad and earned All-District and All-County honors as a guard. He also participated on the track and field team. He went to Juniata College and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. He earned Little All-American Honors and an All-East Selection during his senior year at Juniata. He began his football- coaching career as an assistant coach with the Chucks in 1958. Followed by head coaching jobs at East Brady, Kane and Indiana High Schools. He served as the linebackers and special teams coach at IUP. He has been active in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association for many years. He was selected at the 1980 Pennsylvania AAA Coach of the Year and was elected to the Pennsylvania State High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993. He was also selected to the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame.

 

James “Jim” McQuown

He is a 1962 graduate of PAHS and was a two-year letterman for the Chucks. He was a first team selection to both the District IX team as well as the Skyline Conference first team. He was named the District IX player of the year in his senior year, earned the Joe Harrick Foundation Award as his teams’ MVP, and was selected to the United Press Internationals All-State team. He attended Southwestern College in Kansas, where he played football and was the defensive player of the year in both his junior and seniors years as a linebacker and was an All-KCAC Selection. He was also an All-CIC Defensive Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons. He was the 3rd Southwestern player to earn All American status and was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame at Southwestern. He taught at PAHS as a Physical Education teacher for over 35 years and was voted the Teacher of the Year. He coached track and field and football.

 

Richard “Dick” Robinson

He is a 1949 graduate of PAHS and was the first player in the history of PAHS to earn a spot on the Associated Press All State football team. In 1948 he was the only unanimous selection on all ballots by coaches, sports writers, and officials in voting for the All District team. As a guard he lettered in three seasons and was named captain of the South Squad in the All Northwestern Pennsylvania Game. He was also a three-year letter winner in track and field. He joined the United States Air Force and served as an Aerial Gunner 121 combat missions over North Korea during the Korean conflict. He was awarded the Air Medal and Korean Campaign Medal. Dick attended Clarion State College and earned his teaching certification in Social Studies. He taught for 26 years in the Big Spring and Cumberland Valley School Districts, where he coached football for several years.

 

Dale Stuby

He is a 1964 graduate of PAHS and was a three-year letterman and two year starter for the Chucks football squad. He helped lead the 1963 team to a perfect 10-0 record, while earning All Skyline Conference and All District Honors. He was also named to the Associated Press All State second team. He was also a three-year starter as an offensive tackle for Colorado State University, and signed as a free agent with Calgary of the Canadian Football League in 1968. Following his playing days, he started his coaching career, beginning at the junior high level and as varsity assistant, including three seasons with the Chucks football program. He then became a head coach at Midland High School and Beaver Local High School in Ohio. He was named Beaver County Coach of the Year.