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LAUSD honors its first class of Hall of Famers

June 6, 2011 |  1:20 pm

The inaugural class of 55 inductees selected for the Los Angeles Unified School District's High School Sports Hall of Fame was honored on Sunday at USC during a dinner and ceremony.

Honorees and their representatives were recognized in a gathering that featured several emotional speeches.

Ann Meyers Drysdale, the wife of the late Don Drysdale, accepted his award, with three of their children in attendance. Drysdale played baseball at Van Nuys High and was a Hall of Fame pitcher with the Dodgers.

Former Crenshaw Coach Willie West, who won 16 City Section championships in basketball and eight state titles, traveled from Arizona to accept his honor.

Sammy Lee, the 91-year-old gold medalist in diving at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games and a 1939 Franklin High grad, made a gracious speech. Here's a link to the list of inductees.

Here’s video from Sunday’s festivities.

-- Eric Sondheimer