Booker Kilgore was athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager for over 30 years. Kilgore will be inducted posthumously, having passed away in 1999 after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer. Throughout his career, Kilgore received numerous honors and awards, including having the West High stadium named Booker Kilgore Stadium in 2010.
Thomas Andrews (1973) is probably the most successful track and field athlete to graduate from West High. After his record-setting success at West, he received a full scholarship to USC and became one of its finest athletes, earning All-American honors.
David K. Cohn (1968) is the managing partner of the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain, Cohn, and Stiles. Cohn is highly regarded in his field, being named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” and “Best Lawyer” in the 2015 Californian Reader’s Choice Poll.
Dallas Grider began teaching and coaching at West in 1969 and became head football coach in 1977. His football program had a 77-7-2 record and included 3 Valley championships.
Jeff Garnett (1971) was an exceptional athlete who played football, basketball, and baseball. He won numerous awards at West, Bakersfield College, and at CSUB. At CSUB, he led the basketball team in scoring and rebounds for two years.
Fred Laningham III (1982) was an outstanding scholar athlete--valedictorian and football, basketball, and baseball player. After obtaining his medical degree, he served as a Flight Surgeon with the U. S. Navy. He is a specialist in Pediatric MRI and Chief of Staff at Valley Children’s Hospital in the Fresno area.
David Manning (1969) was an outstanding lineman for the Vikings. After playing at Bakersfield College, where he was named a Junior College All-American, he played at Utah State and in the World Football League. He is now a businessman in Bakersfield.
Brock Marion (1987) was a standout football player, also lettering in basketball and track. Marion’s talent led to a career in the NFL, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Detroit Lions.
John Mears (1967) was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball. His numerous honors included first-team All-State High School Basketball Player and 1st Team All-State at Bakersfield College.
Bruce Scurlock (1978) was a three-sport, much-honored athlete. He was awarded the Tyack Award for Student/Athlete. He received a medical degree from Loyola University and is now a practicing anesthesiologist in Bakersfield.