Topeka West High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, the school inducted the first class of the newly formed Topeka West Graduate Hall of Fame. Inducted in ceremonies held at the school on October 16 were:
Bob Davis (class of 1962). Bob Davis does the play by play for the University of Kansas football and basketball games. He also broadcasts for the Kansas City Royals. He has won numerous awards during his sports broadcasting career.
Duane Fager (class of 1964). Duane Fager is a respected member of the Topeka business community and the president and CEO of Core First Bank and Trust. Core First employees over 400 people and has over $1.2 billion in assets.
Rev. Barry Feaker (class of 1974). The Reverend Barry Feaker has been the executive director of the Topeka Rescue Mission since 1986. He has presided over several expansions of the mission facilities and has been instrumental in providing the necessities of life for thousands of individuals and families in the Topeka area.
Members of the rock band Kansas: The four listed below are original members of the band. The group recorded its first album in 1974 and subsequently recorded eight gold albums, three sextuple platinum albums and such hits as Dust in the Wind, Point of No Return and Carry on My Wayward Son.
Kerry Livgren (class of 1967)
Phil Ehart (class of 1968)
Dave Hope (class of 1968)
Richard Williams (class of 1968)
Dr Owen Henson, the first principal at Topeka West High School, was inducted as the first recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award named in his honor. The award was presented to him by his son, Scott Henson, who is principal at Sheldon Child Development Center.