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West, who is holding the ball, attended Chelyan Junior High before attending East Bank High School.
West, left, flies past Louisville's John Turner during the 1959 NCAA Semi-Finals. The Mountaineers won this game 93-78, with 38 points scored by West alone.
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.
West, who is mid-air and ready to shoot the ball, played for East Bank High School as the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1954–56, 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 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.
West is pictured at 7 years old, likely when he was living in Chelyan, W. Va.
West is pictured holding a basketball on the construction site of the L.A. Forum.  He played for the Lakers from 1960-1974.
West's jersey number 44 was officially retired prior to the Mountaineers' basketball game against LSU.
After fourteen years of playing of the team, West rejoined the Lakers as coach for three seasons between 1976 and 1982. He led the team to the playoffs each season.
Jerry West is Number 12 in the front row, second from the right. He played as the team's starting small forward.
Jerry West, pictured holding the trophy, is outside of East Bank High School after leading his team to championship victory. 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.
West, right, is pictured with East Bank coach Roy Williams, who is stressing defense techniques. 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, pictured on the left holding a trophy, is outside of East Bank High School after leading his team to championship victory. 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.
West, left, and Byrd, right, pose together at an unidentified location. Byrd served as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010.
Jerry West, No. 42, is pictured with his high school basketball team and Coach Roy Williams.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.West also led his team to victory at the West Virginia State High School Basketball Championship in 1956, a first for the team.
Chrest was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Fischer was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Akers was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Pauley was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Basham was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
A referee and teammates come to West's aid during a high school basketball game.West was the East Bank High School'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.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
East Bank High School's Gary Stover, No. 17, and Morgantown's Jay Jacobs, No. 3, jump for a rebound during the championship game. Jerry West, not pictured, was also playing at this game as the team's starting small forward.West led East Bank High School to victory at this game, scoring 43 of the 71 points against Morgantown. The final score was 71-56. It was the first time East Bank High School won the state championship title.
Leonord Greer, left, and Robert Buckley, right, are pictured during a drill at practice. The boys were teammates of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 basketball team secured the first ever state championship title for the high school.
Front row, from left to right: Jerry West, Robert Green, Jim Dolen, Rodney Buckley, and Jack Ellis.Second row, from left to right: Jack Landers, Larry Moore, Robert Buckley, Ronald Fisher, and Joe Chrest.Third row, from left to right: Coach Roy E. Williams, Lincoln Lincous, Garry Stover, and team manager Bill Molner.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.