Jerry West Digital Collection

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West was from Chelyan, West Virginia in Kanawha County. He was a graduate of East Bank High School and the older brother of basketball legend Jerry West. In 1951 during the Korean War, David was mortally wounded in action.
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.
Jerry West sits with his son after he broke his thumb while playing with the Lakers.  West's broken thumb prevented him from playing several games that year.
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.