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Fairborn Athletic Hall of Fame


Fairborn High School and the Fairborn Athletic Department are proud to announce the formation of the Fairborn High School Hall of Fame. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant athletic contributions to Fairborn City Schools. The Fairborn Athletic Hall of Fame will also serve to heighten school pride and reinforce what it means to be a Fairborn Skyhawk. The members of the 4th Inaugural class are:


JOHN BURNS – Class of 1959 - Varsity Football- 4 years, Varsity Track – 4 years. 

John was a fullback and defensive tackle in football and was a 3 year all league player. In track, his events were the discus and shot put. He was first in the league in discus for 3 straight years and a state finalist all 4 years winning the state in the discus in 1958 and setting the school record for that time. John went on to play football and track at Miami University at Oxford. John returned to his alma mater to teach and retired as a principal. John retired to Florida and is now deceased.


JERRY DAVISClass of 1963 - Varsity Football- 2 years, Varsity Track – 2 years. 

Jerry transferred to FHS for his final 2 years of high school and excelled in football and track. Jerry was an outstanding running back and defensive back earning all-league, all greater Dayton area honors. He was the football MVP in 1962 and 1963 as well as leading scorer both years. In track, Jerry set school records in the sprints- the 100, 220, 440 and 440 relays including a league record and placing 3rd in the state in the 440. He earned the teams track MVP both years. For these outstanding accomplishments, he was honored as the 1962 Dayton Daily news Athlete of the Year. He was honored as the Bob Hagen award winner for leadership and scholarship his senior year. Jerry went on to play football at the University of Kentucky earning All-SEC awards and AP All-American 2nd team in 1966 as a defensive back. Jerry pursued an Air Force career and served his country as a pilot in Vietnam. Jerry is retired and resides in California. 


LAURA MAYER-CONNOR – Class of 1996 - Varsity volleyball- 3 years, Varsity cheerleading – 3 years. 

Laura was an outstanding volleyball player at FHS as a 3 year starter earning all-league honors and was first team all-league and District all-area. She was a Dayton Daily News athlete of the week and team MVP. She was a leader in the Dayton area for blocks and for kills in 1995. She also won the cheerleading award for leadership. Laura helped lead the volleyball team to the WOL championship, Sectional champions, and District finalists. She went on to play volleyball at nationally ranked Wittenberg University becoming a 4 year starter and setting individual records. She was on the All-Conference teams for 2 years. Laura continued her athletic accomplishment in her career becoming the Varsity coach at Oakwood High School and voted League Coach of the Year in 2004. She continued on at Oakwood HS as one of the few lady Athletic Directors in the area. Laura resides in Kettering.


ROBERT A. MARTIN – Was a Long time Osborn-Fairborn coach and principal. Martin became Osborn-Bath football coach in 1938 and remained in that position until 1956. He had no assistant coaches from 1938-1950. He compiled an overall record of 82-53-3, a 60% winning percentage. His teams won back to back Little Six League Championships in 1947 (8-1) and 1948 (6-0-1). During the back to back championship seasons the team ran off 13 consecutive victories and one tie. “Coach Martin” is truly the patriarch of Fairborn City Schools football. He also had stints coaching baseball and golf. He was revered by his former players, students and colleagues. In the classroom he taught history and government, instilling in students and players how to handle victory and defeat, as well as giving them a positive value system. He retired from coaching to become the principal of Central Jr. High in 1957 and remained there until his retirement in 1976.


Fairborn High School 1967 Western Ohio League Basketball Champions -

The 1966-67 FHS Flyers basketball team was crowned Western Ohio League champions with a victory at Xenia 61-60. The team compiled a regular season record of 16-1, a school record for most wins in a regular season that still stands today. Finishing the season with a record of 17-2 and state ranked 20th by the UPI, 2nd Dayton Journal Herald and first by the Miami Valley Sports Editors. During the season the team had 13 consecutive victories. The team was coached by Jack Gayheart and was led by seniors; Wayne Barnett, Barry Howard, Vic Kratzer, Rob Starrett and Dan Williamson. Team juniors were; Jim Anderson, Brad Davies, Mark Greene, Mike Herr, Gary Huls, Arnie Penix, and Greg Schively. 


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