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A portrait of the team, coached by Roy E. Williams. Jerry West is pictured in the center holding the trophy. The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Jerry West, East Bank High School's small starting forward, helped secure the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Coach Roy E. Williams stands behind a microphone to address the crowd. Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to secure its first ever state championship title.West was the team's small starting forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West is pictured throwing a basketball through the basket nonchalantly. He was East Bank High School's small starting forward.West was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season
West poses with his fourth grade teacher, Wilhelmina Johnson, during the ceremony to rename the high school's gym the "Jerry West Gymnasium."
West played as East Bank High School's small starting forward. He led his team to secure its first ever state championship title.He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.