After reading several criticisms of your York High top 10 athletes, I felt it necessary, as coordinator of the York High Alumni Association, to offer my kudos to you for publishing the broad array of alumni athletes you honored - more than 100.

Of course, there will always be criticisms to such a subjective list, but the point should be made to York Countians, especially some of your younger readers, that the city high school has a rich tradition of producing high-quality athletes who additionally do well beyond their high school experience.

To the young man who commented that he felt swimming wasn't such a big sport, we remind him that long before he was born, York High was not only the best swimming program in Pennsylvania, but won numerous Eastern United States Prep School championships in the 1940s and '50s.

It should be noted that the great history of swimming success at York Suburban had its roots at York High, and was transferred to Suburban, beginning in the '60s.

No one disputes the legacy of our long history of producing great basketball teams and players. I remember as a grade-schooler the thrill of watching Lou Brown and later Hal Brown play in the always jam-packed "cheesebox" gym and, as a junior at York High, cheering our undefeated team, led by all-stater Ron Warner, as it reached the eastern finals in the Penn Palestra, only to be upset by eventual state champion Haverford.

Each of the other starters on that 1958 team - Gene Becker, Teddy and Bobby Holmes, and Lonnie Bones - might have made your list somewhere, had they played in any other year.


As a senior in 1959, I had the thrill of witnessing the first ever game played at the State Farm Arena against Steel-High in an interleague playoff game, as Charlie Sexton sank a half-court shot to win the game as the buzzer sounded. (I would be remiss to not mention my good buddy Bob Smith, who fed Sexton a perfect bounce pass-assist.)

Perhaps more noteworthy to that game was that it was played in front of some 9,000 fans, by far the majority of whom were from York - a testimonial to the great community participation in those days. Crowds that size were typical when we played at the Farm Show Arena, Hershey Sports Arena and the Palestra.

The point is that I am sure many York Countians have their favorite York High list and that each are as subjective as yours, and each are as luminous as yours.

The fact that you would publish the criticisms is a credit to you. We also thank you for publishing such a large diversified list of athletes paying tribute to the great tradition of excellence, athletic and beyond, at our beloved Old York High.

Gary E. Kraybill, a 1959 graduate of William Penn High School, is the coordinator of the York High Alumni Association.