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During the 50th Anniversary celebration of the East Bank High School Alumni Association,  the changing of the town's name from East Bank to West Bank on March 24, 1956 was remembered. The one day renaming was to honor East Bank High School All-State Basketball player Jerry West who lead the Pioneers to a West Virginia State Basketball Championship that year. Jerry West is seated to the left and Mary Pat Maloney is at the podium.
High School Senior Portrait of Jerry West.  West graduated from East Bank High School in 1956 and after a large number of universities showed interest in him, West chose to attend West Virginia University.
Portrait of the East Bank High School Senior Senate
Clinton Jeffreys, mascot for the East Bank High School band, blows a horn to celebrate the homecoming of the State Basktball Champion, East Bank High School, as Susie Williams, age 8, cheers behind him.
Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever state championship victory as its 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.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.
Jerry West, right, shakes hands with Coach Williams, left.West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever state championship victory as its 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.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.
Band members play to celebrate the East Bank High School basketball team winning its first ever state championship title. Young Clinton Jeffreys, mascot for the East Bank High School band, blows a horn to celebrate the homecoming of the State Basktball Champions.
Roy Williams speaks to a crowd in front of the East Bank High School building after the East Bank High School basketball team won its first ever state championship title.Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to victory as its 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.
The group poses for a photograph before being welcomed into the game, where Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever West Virginia state championship title.Pictured from left to right is son of Ethel and Ivan Rose, Ethel Rose, Ivan Rose, and Wilhelmina Williams, wife to East Bank High School basketball coach Roy Williams.
Williams holds up the keys to a brand new Chevy station-wagon, which was bought for basketball coach Roy Williams and his family by the East Bank High School fans.Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever West Virginia state championship title in 1956.
Stover and Green pose with the game ball after securing the state championship victory.Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever West Virginia 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.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.
A crowd celebrates the victory in front of East Bank High School.Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever West Virginia 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.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.
A crowd celebrates the victory in front of the East Bank High School building. Jerry West is pictured in a striped shirt, standing beside a boy holding the trophy on the left of the photograph.West led the East Bank High School basketball team to its first ever West Virginia 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.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.
Jerry West, pictured holding the trophy, poses with his East Bank High School basketball team after winning the state championship. West led his team as the 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.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.
Jerry West attended East Bank High School before moving on to West Virginia University, where he continued his basketball career.West led his team to its first ever state championship title as the 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.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager. West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938 and rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.
Coach Roy Williams is in the back row.  Jerry West is wearing jersey number 12 and is  seated in the front row.
West lead the East Bank High School basketball team to secure it's first ever state championship title as 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.He went on to play for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 and then for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974.
West played as 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.He would go on to play for West Virginia University from 1956-1960, and then for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974.
David was brother to basketball star Jerry West. He died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
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.
West poses with his fourth grade teacher, Wilhelmina Johnson, during the ceremony to rename the high school's gym the "Jerry West Gymnasium."
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
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.
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.