Hall of Fame Inductees, by Year . Search by Name

Duane Mendlik-Wisner-Pilger

Jack McCartney-North Platte

Rik Bonness-Bellevue

Alex Gordon-Lincoln southeast

Tom Heller-Kearney

Christina Houghtelling Hudson-Cambridge

Trevor Johnson-Lincoln Northeast

Keith Jones-Omaha Central

Janet Kruse Sellon-Blair

Danis Richards Willet-Benkelman

Katie Robinette Kock-South Sioux City

Max Kurz-Millard West

Russ Ninemire-Sandy Creek

Rochelle Rohlfs-Omaha Marian

Diane Rouzee-Grand Island Northwest

Bob Whitehouse-Omaha

Ben Plunknett-Beatrice


Dick Morrissey- Omaha


Kearney High (Class of 1967)

Tom Heller was the epitome of the natural athlete. Name the sport, Heller, the 1967 Athlete of the Year, excelled. Bob Devaney once said he could have played all 22 positions at college football’s highest level. Heller was the first Kearney High football player to rush for 1,000 yards, earning all-state honors while leading the Bearcats to a 10-1 record. He also earned all-state honors in basketball and qualified for the state track meet in the hurdles. At Nebraska, he was a part-time starter as a defensive back and kick returner before leaving after his sophomore year to join the Navy. After his military service, he went on to coach in Colorado where he was a positive influence on many young athletes