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Athletic Hall of Fame

The Hampton Roads Academy Athletic Hall of Fame award was established in winter of 2015 to recognize an individual or individuals of HRA whose accomplishments have brought pride and distinction to HRA athletics. It should serve to inspire our current students to achieve greatness in athletics while embodying the HRA core values.

Athletes and teams will be eligible for nomination at any time beginning 10 years after they have graduated from HRA. Current coaches and administrators are eligible after direct affiliation with the athletic program has ended. Exceptions may be made by unanimous vote by the selection committee.

2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees

Hampton Roads Academy inducts new class to the Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2017 event was held on Saturday, September 23, in the Charles R. Spencer Jr. gym lobby. Friends and families of honorees gathered for the official induction into the Hall of Fame.

Former Coach Ada Scarborough introduced members of the 1969 Field Hockey team and recalled their exciting year, being undefeated and having only one goal scored against them in the entire season.

Those present included Polly Holt `72, Harriet Heldenfels Yake `72, Roberta Fife `71 and Debbie Griffin Tanner `70.
Absent were Beth Darling `72, Robyn Chappell `72, Kate Joyner Bailey `71, Kathryn Trimpi `71, Shirley Chappell Mace `70 and Valerie Jill Postman Podet `70.

David Mumford `77 had the honor of introducing his friend, classmate and teammate, Bill Shelly `77, being inducted for his basketball successes at HRA and Hampden-Sydney College.
Bill continues to hold school records for most points scored in his high school career (1988) and most points scored in one game (47). He received many all conference and MVP awards.

Former Tennis Coach Ray Smith was pleased to introduce inductee Caroline Hammond Varga `03, being recognized for her tennis success at both HRA and UVA. Caroline received all conference honors several times in high school and was three times Daily Press Player of the Year. In college, she set a record for most singles wins by a senior (30). Their plaques now hang in Alumni Hall at HRA.

Click below to read more about the inductees.

William A. Shelly `77

The 1969 HRA Varsity Field Hockey Team

Caroline Hammond Varga `03


Nominations will be accepted for any individual(s) who, through their extraordinary achievement, commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to our athletic program has brought pride and distinction to our school and our community. This would include accomplishments, statistical records, number and stature of awards received, successes in life after graduation including service to HRA and our athletic program, prominence in the community, recognition of the friend/administrator/supporter’s devotion and dedication to HRA athletics.

Nominations will be made on the nomination form found on the HRA website. These forms may be submitted by any member of the HRA community including faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, and members of the surrounding community.

Click here for the online nomination form. 

Click here for a PDF of the nomination form. 

Selection Process

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will read and review the submitted nominations and vote for induction into the Hampton Roads Academy Hall of Fame.


Winners will be inducted at an annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast during Homecoming Weekend.  Recipients will receive a framed recognition plaque to take home. A second plaque will be permanently installed in a designated area in Alumni Hall.

Contact Info

Rachel Hirsch `13
Alumni Relations and Events
Advancement Office 
Phone: (757) 884-9113
Email: rhirsc@hra.org

Online Nomination Form

Click here for the online Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

Printed Nomination Form

School Information

739 Academy Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
P: (757) 884-9100  |  F: (757) 884-9137

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