Hall of Fame

In 2013, the Rockford School District launched the RPS Champions Ball and Hall of Fame to honor the many outstanding athletes and people associated with District 205 sports over the decades. The annual event, which takes place in late February or early March, also serves as a fundraiser for the Rockford Sports Coalition.

2013 Inaugeral Champions Ball video

2013 Inductees:
1954-1955 and 1955-1956 West state-champion basketball teams
Jerry Latin, East football star who made it to the NFL
Genelle Samuelson, community service
Alex Saudargas, West basketball coach

2014 Inductees: 
1939 Rockford boys basketball team
Donna Cargill, East multiple state-champion track star
Ernie Kent, West basketball player
Jim Laude, Rockford and Rockford East basketball coach
Brad Muzzarelli, East basketball and football manager for nearly 40 years

2015 Inductees:
1975 West girls field hockey team. Video
1985 East football team. Video
Gene Cassioppi and Don May, Guilford swimming. Video
Albert “Ab” Nicholas, West basketball player. Video
Carlos Polk, Guilford star to NFL staple. Video

2016 Inductees:
1982 Guilford football team. Video
1997 East girls bowling team. Video
Bruce Beling, “The Voice” of Jefferson. Video
Kenny Gould, Auburn’s bronze medalist. Video
Janet Lynn, Guilford’s bronze medalist. Video
Ron Merriott, West’s bronze medalist. Video

2017 Inductees:
1992-1993 Guilford boys basketball team. Video
Leonard Bell, who went from Jefferson to the NFL. Video
Hal Carlson, major league baseball pitcher. Video
Roger Lindeman, Guilford golf coach. Video
Diane Peterson, first female athletic director for District 205. Video
Carrie Zarse, Auburn’s first state champion. Video

Vertical timeline with funding highlights