Hall Of Fame Write Up's

Dr. James Deetz – Class of 1948

Dr. James Deetz was the world’s leading historical archaeologist. His academic career began at Harvard University where he was awarded three degrees, including his Ph. D. in 1960. He continued his academic and field work through a number of prestigious institutions that included the University of California, Brown, William and Mary, UCLA, and the University of Virginia.

James Deetz
In 1967, Dr. Deetz published a book called Invitation to Archaeology. This book had more of an impact than any other general book on the field of archaeology. Dr. Deetz is credited for being an outstanding teacher who inspired a generation of outstanding archaeologist in America and many Third World countries. Dr. Deetz died in 2000 and is buried in Westernport, Maryland.




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Mr. Mark Manges – Class of 1974

While at Fort Hill, Mark excelled in football, basketball, and track. He was honored as an All-State and All-American player in both football and basketball. Mark’s football jersey, number 45, and basketball jersey, number 43, were retired by Fort Hill High School at his graduation. He was also a member of the National Honor Society during his junior and senior years at Fort Hill.

Mark Manges

Mark was a three year starter and four year letter winner in football at the University of Maryland. He was named 1st Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback as a junior. To this day, he is the last University of Maryland quarterback to receive 1st Team honors in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 1976, Mark was honored with the Dapper Dan’s top award and also was honored on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Magazine. In addition, Mark was named 3rd Team All-American during his junior year at the University of Maryland. Mark was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and played for the Saint Louis Cardinals in the National Football League.



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Mr. Charles Lattimer – Class of 1949

While at Fort Hill, Mr. Lattimer excelled while playing football, baseball, and basketball. He went on to the University of Maryland where he played basketball for 1 year and football for 4 years. He played in 2 bowl games for the University of Maryland and was a member of the last National Championship Team at Maryland in 1953. He was honored by being a member of the 1954 college All-Star Team. Mr. Lattimer was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the conclusion of his playing career at the University of Maryland.
Returning to Fort Hill, Mr. Lattimer, better known to most as “Coach Lattimer”, coached the Fort Hill football team for 20 years, compiling a 157-40-4 record. He led the Sentinels to the 1975 State Championship. Coach Lattimer was also honored by being voted the Maryland High School Coach of the Year. Additionally, Coach Lattimer coached the Track and Field Team for about 15 years at Fort Hill.
After retiring from coaching football, Mr. Lattimer served as Vice-Principal and Interim Principal here at Fort Hill.  He served as the Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletics for the Allegany County School System and eventually served on the elected Allegany County School Board. Additionally, Mr. Lattimer served as a board member for the Cumberland Parks and Recreation and as a board member for the Allegany Community College Foundation. Mr. Lattimer was also a member of the United States Air Force.



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Dr. James Heavner, DVM, Ph.D. – Class of 1962

Dr James Heavner is Professor Emeritus, Departments of Anesthesiology, Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysic  and Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas. He is one of 13 children of Douglas and Grace Heavner, all of whom graduated from Fort Hill. At least one of the 13 attended Fort Hill from 1948 through 1972, except for school year 1968 – 1969.  Thirty- seven other immediate family members have also graduated from Fort Hill. While at Fort Hill, Dr. Heavner was active in various school activities and in 4-H. He was a 4-H All Star.
After graduating from Fort Hill, he did Pre Veterinary Medicine studies at the University Maryland and took summer courses at Frostburg State Teachers College. He obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Georgia and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. While in Veterinary School, he became active in biomedical research, spending time at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Veterinary Pathology section. He was elected to various honorary societies while a university student and was president of his class during his senior year of Veterinary School.
James Heavner
In addition to a more than a 29 year career as a faculty member at Texas Tech, he was a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine and had research positions at the University of Edinburgh,Scotland, Helsinki Central University, Finland, Virginia Tech University, to name a few. He was a Brach Chief at the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Heavner is known worldwide for his work in the field of pain control and the pharmacology of local anesthetics. He has visited and lectured in many countries. He has published many research manuscripts and medical reference books in his field of study. He is active in many professional organizations and is on the editorial board of several professional journals. The Texas Pain Society named a lectureship for Dr. Heavner in recognition of his enduring contributions.



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Mr. Steve Trimble – Class of 1976

At Fort Hill High School, Steve excelled in football, track, and basketball. Steve was honored as the football Player of the Year and was named to the Maryland All-State Football Team in 1975. While participating in Track and Field, Steve was a state champion in the 120yd high hurdles and in the 330yd intermediate hurdles. He holds several records in track and field at Fort Hill. Steve’s football jersey, number 44, was retired by Fort Hill High School in 1992. Steve was also a member of the National Honor Society during high school.

Steve Trimble
Steve Trimble
Steve Trimble

After leaving Fort Hill, Steve accepted a football scholarship to attend the University of Maryland. After success at the University of Maryland, Steve played free safety for the NFL Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears, the USFL Denver Gold and the Denver Dynamite of the Arena Football League. He was on the coaching staffs of the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and the Detroit Drive of the Arena League. Steve also coached at the University of Colorado, Howard University, New Mexico Highlands University, and DaMatha Catholic High School. In 2000, He was hired as assistant football coach at Bishop O’Connell High School. In 2002, he was named varsity head coach. In 2008, Steve was honored as the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Shortly before his death, Steve was promoted to Assistant Dean of Discipline at the school.



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Captain Russell L. Poling, Jr. – Class of 1954

While attending Fort Hill High School, Captain Poling ran track and played football. Most notably, he scored the only touchdown for Fort Hill in the 1953 Turkey Day Game against Allegany resulting in a 7 – 7 tie.
After graduation in 1954, he entered the United States Marine Corps and within four years, he was promoted to Sergeant. Captain Poling then pursued higher education earning a BS and MS from West Virginia University in Civil engineering majoring in Sanitary Engineering. He continued his military career by joining the US Navy Reserve, Civil Engineering Corps and was a member of the Construction Battalion known as the “Fighting Seabees”. Due to his exceptional leadership, Captain Poling was selected to command two separate CB battalions and was later given the rarer opportunity to command a Reserve SeaBee Regiment. After 24 years with the United States Navy and the opportunity to serve with multiple command positions, Captain Poling stated that he was, “Lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity to be around so many other Patriots.”
Russell L. Poling
As a Civil Engineer, Captain Poling lead and managed numerous multi-million dollar projects across the US and other countries. He managed the largest sanitary engineering project ever under taken by the country of Egypt. One of Captain Poling’s proudest accomplishments was when all of his training and passions were combined as he and the CB’s built the full-scaled C&O Canal boat that is now a tribute to Cumberland’s history as the Queen City and a rallying point for tourism and local events.
Additionally, Captain Poling coached the Cumberland Colts Football Team, taught Engineering at Allegany Community College, and served as the Cumberland City Engineer.



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Dr. Edward L. Root – Class of 1958

After graduating from Fort Hill High School in 1958, Dr. Root attended Frostburg State College for his undergraduate studies and then received his Doctorate of Education from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Root has held the positions of Professor of Education and the Dean for the School of Education at Frostburg State University. He was a member of the Maryland State Board of Education from 1999 – 2003 and the President of the Maryland State Board of Education from    2003 – 2007.
Edward Root
Additional honors that Dr. Root has received include:       
* National Association of State Boards of Education - 2007
* Maryland Educational Leader of the Year – 2003
* Maryland Association of Teacher Educators – Outstanding Teacher Educator Award

* Frostburg State University awards include:
*Distinguished Alumni Award
*Outstanding Mentor Award
*And the University Service Award
Additionally, Dr. Root was a member of:
* Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
* Mensa



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Mr. Elwood “Woody” Norris – Class of 1956

Woody Norris was involved in many plays and was the lead character in play productions. He also won the best actor award during his senior year at Fort Hill. Additionally, he was a member of the Thespians, the Fort Hill Player, and the Student Council.
After graduating from Fort Hill in 1956, Woody joined the U. S. Air Force and was trained as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist. He was honorably discharged in early 1959 when his step-father became a missing person. Upon returning home, he helped raise his 3 sisters and a brother. He quickly got a job at the University of Washington in Seattle and took classes off and on during the 11 years he worked there.
Elwood Norris
Upon conceiving his first commercial invention in 1970, Woody left the University of Washington and embarked on his entrepreneurial career. Among other things, Woody invented the precursor to the Sonogram that is used all over the world today. In addition, Woody holds patents on one of the first cordless microphones, an artificial hip, the world’s first “tapeless” handheld digital recorder, the JABRA cell phone earpiece, a one-man helicopter, a plasma antenna used by the U. S. Air Force, a new type of speaker that creates sound in the air, and many others.
Mr. Elwood “Woody” Norris won the 2005  $500,000      Lemelson-MIT Prize as Inventor of the Year. He has received nearly 70 patents with more than 300 corresponding patents worldwide. Woody is widely recognized as a prolific inventor and a talented technology integrator. His interest in electronics started at a young age, with a rigorous experimentation method of inventing that he continues to this day.



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