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Latest group of Bulldogs inducted at school's second Burbank High Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony.

November 12, 2010|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK HIGH — They were award-winning athletes, successful coaches and revered administrators.

In their tenure at Burbank High, a special group of individuals helped put the school on the athletic map, helped bring pride to the city and made names for themselves in the process.

That group was honored Friday at the second induction of the Burbank High Athletic Hall of Fame, held at the school.

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Organized by Burbank Athletic Director Fred Cook, the event brought back former Bulldogs athletes and coaches from a number of decades.

"I am just so honored and so humbled to be inducted with such a great group of individuals," said Dave Kemp, who coached a number of sports and is a former athletic director at the school. "I am just so lucky to be associated with such a great group of people while I was at Burbank High."

Kemp was inducted alongside his lifelong friend, Frank Kallem. Coaching a variety of sports, the two helped teams win many league and CIF championships, including boys' cross-country crowns in 1964 and 1970. In addition, both served as athletic directors at the school. Kallem was at the school from 1962-2000 and Kemp coached from 1966-2000.

Fellow inductee Ralph Botting was a baseball standout who earned CIF Southern Section 3-A Player of the Year honors in 1974. He went on to play Major League Baseball. He said he was surprised when he was first told of his hall of fame induction.

"This is just so special for me," Botting said. "This is just an honor, to be remembered after all these years."

Botting, class of 1974, was a standout pitcher for the Bulldogs' baseball program. He helped Burbank reach the playoff semifinals the same year. The left-hander was drafted by the California Angels in the seventh round of the 1974 amateur draft and played for the team in 1979 and 1980.

After a meet-and-greet Friday, the inductees took the stage for an awards ceremony.

"It's a proud moment for me to be here," said Christy Calderon, a softball and basketball star who went on to softball success at the University of California. "This is just amazing. It's been a great experience thinking back to my old times at Burbank."

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