The Naples High School Athletic Hall of FameThe original Naples High School Athletic Hall of Fame was built in 1988 using funds raised exclusively by the Naples High School Senior Class of that year. It was dedicated to the memory of their classmate Rob Neinas who passed away when he was a sophomore. The building itself (and the trophy cases contained therein) were built onto the exterior front of the original NHS gymnasium and served as a gym entry-way and lobby. The current gymnasium which opened in August of 2009 (dedicated on October 19, 2009) was designed to include an expanded Hall of Fame and features a much larger front entry way and lobby which extensively and vividly showcases the history of Naples High School athletic achievement over many years.
The Hall of Fame entry way contains a magnificent cast-bronze Golden Eagle sculpture which is mounted on a tiled-marble pedestal. Just below the cast-bronze eagle and on the front of the pedestal is an engraved bronze plaque which reads in part: Naples High School Hall of Fame – In Memoriam – Charles Lykins – Class of 1977. Mr. Lykins was killed in a commuter plane crash in Kentucky in 2008. His widow Karen contributed generously (in his name) to provide NHS with upgrades during the new gym’s construction. Behind the bronze plaque is a Time Capsule which is scheduled to be opened on October 19, 2034.
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES: Displayed in fifteen (15) large Illuminated Display Cases (located along most of the eastern wall of the Hall of Fame) are FHSAA State Series Team Championship awards including but not limited to District, Region Runner Up, Region, State-Runner Up and State Championship trophies, Academic Team Championship Awards, and Collier County Athletic Conference Championship awards. (There are no District Runner-Up or below awards or any Invitational awards exhibited in the HOF.)
NHS - WINGED-FOOT SCHOLAR ATHLETES: Also in the entry way/lobby area, is a display case which provides recognition (in the form of pictures in shadow box display frames) for all of Naples High School’s Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete nominees and winners.The Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award was designed to recognize the top Scholar-Athletes in all Collier County high schools, both public and private. The program pays tribute to one senior “Finalist” nominated by each high school in Collier County. Each finalist receives a $5,000 scholarship and is invited to attend an awards ceremony where a nationally prominent sports figure announces the overall Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Winner. The Winner receives a $10,000 scholarship and an elegant miniature Winged-Foot Trophy.
THE W. A. R. EAGLE CLUB: The Naples High School Wall of Athletic Recognition (W.A.R) is designed to recognize the achievements of those Golden Eagle student-athletes who played a sport(s) at the collegiate level. Engraved acrylic plaques mounted onto a canvas of NHS athletes in action are located all along the west wall of the Hall of Fame. The Naples High School Athletic Department sponsors the Wall of Athletic Recognition (W.A.R). The qualification for inclusion into this exclusive club is simple: a minimum of one full season of participation in a varsity sport at the collegiate level.
JOHN R. WOODRUFF and GEORGE B. PITTMAN AWARDS: Each year from 1973 until 1988, the John R. Woodruff Award was presented to an outstanding male or female athlete at Naples High School. Since 1989, The Woodruff Award has been given to a male athlete and an equivalent honor, the George B. Pittman Award, has been presented to a female athlete. The Woodruff and Pittman Awards are designed to recognize and honor two students who have made outstanding contributions to Naples High School in the area of athletics. Academic and leadership achievements are additional important qualifications for each award. The pictures and nameplates of every Woodruff and Pittman Award winner are displayed in the Hall of Fame.
FHSAA Hall of Fame and Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Hall of Fame Coaches’ Awards are exhibited.
An Olympic Bronze Medal Winner alumnus and a Wimbledon Champion are both recognized in the HOF.
National Football League: NHS graduates who play or have played in the National Football League have their framed jerseys exhibited in the HOF.The Joe Klimas Coconut Bowl Trophy which is awarded annually to the winner of the varsity football game between Naples and Lely High Schools. The Coconut Bowl football game is the third oldest high school football rivalry in the State of Florida.
The Cross Town Showdown Trophy which is awarded annually to the winner of the varsity football game between Naples and Barron Collier High School.
NATIONAL and State Championship Banners hanging from the rafters in the Hall of Fame are banners celebrating our two national championship teams (baseball in 2009 and softball in 1998) and our 2009 All-Sports School Athletic Program State Championship.