One of the nation’s oldest high schools honored nine of its most remarkable former students and a teacher Thursday as the Academy of Richmond County welcomed the newest members to the ARC hall of fame.
Inductees at a banquet held at Enterprise Mill included a former congressman, a longtime legislator, a governor, a Grammy Award winner and the manager of a World Series championship team.
“It’s the greatest honor I have in my career,” said an emotional Dr. Lamar Fleming in his acceptance speech.
Many praised ARC’s tradition of strict academics.
“This school made a lasting impression on my life,” said Joseph Jennings, a renowned conductor and music director and now artist in residence at USC Aiken.
The hall of fame was created last year to honor those who made significant contributions to the school or society.
The 12 inaugural inductees included notable alumni and past teachers and coaches.
9 INDUCTEES IN ARC’S HALL OF FAME
• D. Douglas Barnard: From 1977 to 1993, Barnard represented Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. Major accomplishments of his eight terms in office included securing money for road and water projects and for Riverwalk Augusta.
• Maj. George P. Butler: In 1898, Butler started a compulsory military program at ARC. Augusta’s Butler High School is named for him.
• Dr. Hervey Cleckley: An Augusta psychiatrist, Cleckley wrote the best-selling book The Three Faces of Eve with Dr. Corbett H. Thigpen. It later became a movie.
• Jack Connell: For 36 years, Connell served in the Georgia House of Representatives, including the last 26 years as speaker pro tempore, the lawmaking body’s second-ranking officer.
• George W. Crawford: Crawford was the only Whig Party politician to serve as governor of Georgia. He served from 1843-47. He was also a congressman and secretary of war in the Cabinet of President Zachary Taylor.
• Dr. Lamar Fleming: A 1957 ARC graduate, Fleming became the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Emory University.
• Joseph Jennings: A two-time Grammy Award winner, Jennings is the former music director of acclaimed a cappella men’s group Chanticleer and the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus.
• Ruth McAuliffe: A longtime Richmond County educator, McAuliffe taught at ARC for much of her career. She was an award-winning Latin instructor.
• George T. Stallings: Known as the “Miracle Man,” Stallings led the 1914 Boston Braves as manager in a remarkable comeback to win the World Series. He began his baseball career at ARC.