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Burroughs names hall of fame class

Group of four inductees, three with ties to the NFL, to be inducted next month in a ceremony at Memorial Field.

September 24, 2010|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURROUGHS HIGH — Burroughs High Athletic Director Marty Garrison gets a kick out of looking for former athletes to induct into the school's hall of fame.

Scanning through years of information and a large group of deserving individuals, Garrison and others make sure that each year the Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame is well represented by former Indians standouts.

Throughout the years, Garrison said he is continually surprised at the response he gets when he tells a former athlete about his or her induction.

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"It's unbelievable at how honored they are to be going into the hall of fame," said Garrison, a Burroughs graduate himself. "They are always appreciative and they try and do all they can to come back to the school for their ceremony.

"We had one former all member, Bill Flora. They even mentioned that he was a member of the John Burroughs hall of fame in his obituary. That's how much it meant to him."

Burroughs will be honoring its 2010 hall of fame class Oct. 15 prior to the Pacific League game against Arcadia. The ceremony will take place at approximately 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Field.

The inductees will also meet in the school's gym prior to being led out to Memorial Field, and they will be treated to dinner adjacent to the field.

One of this year's inductees, Mike Sheppard, is taking time off from his duties as a receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals to attend the ceremony. The Bengals have a bye the following Sunday.

A 1968 graduate, Sheppard was a three-sport standout at Burroughs, excelling in football, baseball, and basketball. He went on to enjoy success at football and baseball at California Lutheran University.

In baseball, Sheppard was selected to the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics District 3 team two straight years for the Kingsmen. He went on to play minor league baseball.

Along with coaching at the collegiate level in football, he has been an assistant in the NFL for 17 years. He was the head coach at Long Beach State and New Mexico, as well as serving as an offensive coordinator in the NFL at San Diego (1997-98), Buffalo (2001) and New Orleans (2005).

Also being inducted is Elvin "Hutch" Hutchison, who was Burroughs' first head football and boys' basketball coach.

He enjoyed a football career at Whittier College, graduating in 1937. Playing football, baseball and running track, he was inducted into the Whittier College Athletics Hall of Fame.

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