Athletic Hall of Fame

Stratford Athletic Hall of Fame

Formally established in 2010, the Stratford Athletic Hall of Fame strives to maintain the rich heritage and tradition of the successful athletic programs of Stratford Academy. It serves as a means of recognizing, preserving and honoring the athletes, coaches, teams and individuals who have made significant contributions to the school’s athletic programs. The Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of these individuals and teams who are worthy of recognition and serve as examples for others to emulate.

On Oct. 2, 2020, Stratford Academy will induct its 11th Athletic Hall of Fame class. This year's honorees are: Rusty Hilburn '79 (athlete), Whitney Christie Mantooth '00 (athlete), and Charlie Cantrell (supporter). 

As a student-athlete, Hilburn was a three-year starter and letterman in football, basketball, and baseball from 1977 to 1979. He played both offense and defense on the football team. On the basketball court, he is one of Stratford's 1,000+ career points earners and was recognized on the All-State team in 1979. Rusty was also named to the 1979 All-State baseball team. Following graduation from Stratford, Rusty attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1983 with a degree from the Terry College of Business. He started his career in the insurance business 36 years ago, and today he is a partner with Tidwell & Hilburn Insurance. Rusty is a past Georgia chairman of SecureRisk and currently serves as a board member for the four-state organization. He and his wife, Laurie, live in Macon and are the parents to five children.  

Mantooth was a trailblazer for females on the youth golf circuit. She began playing golf competitively when she was seven years old and competed in countless events for the  Southeastern Junior Tour, American Junior Tour, Georgia State Golf Association, and United States Golf Association every season for more than 10 years. In eighth grade, Whitney began playing for the Stratford golf team and was a five-year letterman. During her junior year, the golf team won the state championship title, and she won the state low medalist honor in co-ed combined competition. After graduation from Stratford, Whitney played for the University of Georgia women's golf team. In 2001, the team won the SEC championship and NCAA championship. In 2004, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development and began working as a child development specialist with the Early Head Start program. Today, Whitney lives in Watkinsville, Georgia, with her husband, Jon, and their two daughters.

Charlie Cantrell has been a supporter of Stratford athletics since his oldest child enrolled at Stratford in the late 1980s. As the parent of four Stratford Eaglette athletes, he and his wife, Tammy, spent countless hours at soccer, basketball, softball, track, and cheerleading events until their youngest graduated in 2007. Today, he is the grandparent of seven Stratford students. Charlie and his business, Five Star Automotive, have been one of the school's largest supporters of the annual Booster Club Jeep raffle event for the last 19 years. He has also provided the school with lead gifts for the Cantrell Lower School capital campaign, the Cantrell Scholarship, the Cantrell Football Stadium (to be completed fall 2020), and the naming of the Jett Science Center.

To nominate an individual or team for the Hall of Fame, please click the Nominate an Athlete button below. Nominations are due by February 15th of each induction year.



Stratford Retired Jerseys

Athlete
Sport
Year of
Graduation



Lee BarfieldBasketball1964
Betsy LonginottiBasketball1970
Anna NewtonBasketball1970
David Jones Basketball 1970
Joey ClaxtonBasketball1972
Bruce Bishop Football1973
Jaime KaplanTennis1979
Peter PersonsGolf1981
John HilburnBasketball1985
Jay BerknerBaseball1986
Brett HendleyBaseball1986
Zane VanceBasketball1987
Jay CranfordBaseball1989
Camille LoweBasketball1989
Miriam LoweBasketball1989
Joey CranfordFootball, Basketball, Baseball1994
Ryan DehnadTrack1994
Jason RussellSoccer 1995
William Wilkins Football1995
LeKevin Smith Football, Track 2001
Kate Appleton Soccer 2003
Russell HenleyGolf2007

Upcoming Athletic Events

Russell Henley '07 HOF Jersey Retirement and Gaddy Gym Dedication

 
Congratulations to our 2019 inductees who were recognized at a ceremony on September 20, 2019.

Jeff Avant '84
Grady Smith
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 Girls Track Teams

Athletic Hall of Fame Previous Inductees

2019 Inductees:
Jeff Avant '84
Grady Smith
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 Girls Track Teams

 

2018 Inductees:
Sylvia Haynie
Laura Voss
Danny Skinner '75
 
 
2017 Inductees:
Jeff Battcher '79
Coach David Bailey
1972, 1973, 1974 Baseball Teams

 

2016 Inductees:
Duncan Walker '77
Coach John Paul Gaddy* '85
1996 Girls Soccer Team

 


2015 Inductees:
Coach Rodney Collins
Ruby Jo Argo*
Helen Walker*
Bill Meeks '76
1977-78 Boys' Basketball Team

 


2014 Inductees:
Coach M.L. Clark
Katie Jones '98
Per Linde '87
Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Smisson
1988 Softball Team

 


2013 Inductees:
Coach Bobby Hendley
Carter Kelly Monroe '96
Kyle Johnston '02
Robbie Sovie '02
Henry Tift*
1994 Baseball Team

 


2012 Inductees:
1970-71 Boys' Basketball Team
1997 Boys' Soccer Team
Mr. Marsh Butler '89
Dr. Joe B. Hill*
Mrs. Christy Cantrell Johnston '01
Mr. David Kempa '76

 


2011 Inductees:
Coach Elton (Bubber) Adams
Ms. Laine Lasseter Bolton '78
Dr. Antonio Fernandez
Mr. Charles Jay
Mr. Frank Morrison '73



2010 Inductees:
1970, 1971, 1972 Football Teams
1976, 1977, 1978 Girls’ Basketball Teams
1964 Golf Team
Coach Bobby Brown*
Mr. Tim Clifton
Mr. Mark Farriba
Dr. John Paul Jones, Sr.*
Mrs. Susan Peake Jones
Mrs. Jan Jones Marsh*
Mrs. Summer Smisson Neel*
Dr. William Shirley, Sr.*
*Deceased