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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.
With this shot, West (No. 12) makes the shot that scores him a new state high school record of 860 points in a season with only 6:50 left in the game. Also on the court is Bob Green (No. 20) of East Bank and Bob Short (No. 24) of Mullens.West was East Bank High School'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.In 1956, West led his team to secure its first ever state championship title.
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 (No. 44) played for the Los Angeles Lakers after his basketball career at West Virginia University from 1960 to 1974. The team is pictured here in an advertisement for United Airline.Pictured on the bottom row, from left to right, is John Tresvant, Fred Hetzel, Wilt Chamberlain, General Manager Fred Schaus, Owner Jack Kent Cooke, Coach Joe Mullaney, Rick Roberson, Happy Hairston, and Keith Erickson.In the top row, from left to right, is Trainer Frank O'Neill, Willie McCarter, Jerry West, Jim McMillian, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley, Earnest Killum, and Gail Goodrich.
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.
Sgt. David West was basketball star Jerry West's older brother. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after dragging a fellow soldier from a rice paddy after he was hit.  David died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
David was brother to basketball star Jerry West. He died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
West is pictured in front of a Japanese structure after he has made a recovery from hepatitis.  He was the older brother of basketball star Jerry West. David was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after dragging a fellow soldier from a rice paddy after he was hit. David died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
West (No. 44) poses on the right with West Virginia University basketball coach Fred Schaus (center) and Willie Akers (left).
West (No. 44) is pictured midair as he prepares to shoot two of his overall thirty-nine points at the game against VMI. The Mountaineers won with a 101-71 victory.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with an unidentified young girl.
West, pictured in the light sweater behind the cash register, listens as a cashier rings up his meal.In his book, "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life", West captions this photograph: "I may look innocent here, but I would occasionally play pranks in the dining hall."
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.
In the front row, left to right, are Coach Tony Gentile (Williamson), Butch Goode (Pineville), George Ritchey (Chattaroy), Jay Jacobs (Morgantown), Mickey Neal (Williamson), Ed Christie (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Coach Tony Folio (Clarksburg-Washington Irving).  In the back row, left to right, are Jim Warren (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Jerry West (East Bank), Howard Hurt (Beckley), Jim McDonald (Bridgeport), Carl Johnson (Williamson), Willie Akers (Mullens), Larry Brothers (Parkersburg), and an unidentified manager.
In the top row, from left to right, is Turk Sine, Kenny Mikes, unidentified, Jerry West, unidentified, Frank Knight, and Walter Nook Smittle, Jr.In the bottom row, from left to right, is Larry Sine, Bucky Bolyard, unidentified, and Jon Huffman.
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.
East Bank High School basketball coach Roy E. Williams, right, shakes the hand of Jerry West, left, in the dressing room after beating Mullens High School in Morgantown and winning the state championship title.West was East Bank'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.
Williams, right, seems to be telling his star, Jerry West, left, not to worry after West fouled out of the game with 5:27 minutes left to play.West lead East Bank High School to secure its 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.
West spent one summer living with the Gattlieb family, who owned Blossom Dairy and Restaurant, during his time playing for the Charleston Summer League. Blossom Dairy and the Gattlieb family sponsored West's summer team.
West, the "tallest player in basketball" at 6'3" keeps Smith from successfully making a shot. At this game, West Virginia University handed Kentucky their fifth home defeat in 15 years.Both West and Smith made the United States Olympic team two years later in 1960.
West (No.44), a twelve-time all-star by the time of this photograph, accelerates past Celtics player John Havlicek.
Mr. and Mrs. West are pictured in the center in between two unidentified gentlemen. The four are standing behind a table covered by basketball star Jerry West's many awards during his college basketball career at West Virginia University.
In the front row, from left to right, is Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Coach Alex Hannum, Lou Hudson, and Dolph Schayes.In the back row, from left to right, is David Bing, Jerry West, Hal Greer, Rick Barry, Connie Hawkins, Earl Monroe, Bob Pettit and Johnny 'Red' Kerr.
Portrait of the basketball star Jerry West, who played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. In 1960, West played on the United States Olympic basketball team.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with Ann Dinardi. West had lived in Dinardi's Beechurst Avenue home during his college basketball days at West Virginia University.
Dinardi and Jerry West, who is kneeling beside her on her right, pose with a group of former West Virginia University basketball players.Dinardi was Jerry West's landlord when he lived on Beechurst Avenue during his college basketball years at WVU. West described her as his "mom away from home."Dinardi passed away at the age of 97 in 2003.
Eulinda Dinardi, sister of Ann Dinardi and basketball star West are pictured in the Dinardi's kitchen reading a newspaper.West described Ann Dinardi as his "mom away from home." She had a special relationship with many of the basketball players because she lived steps away from the Old Field House.  Her home was on Beechurst Avenue.
A poster features Jerry West as a part of the XVIIth Olympiad in Rome in 1960. West played on the U.S. men's Olympic Basketball Team which won every game.  West won the gold medal
Jerry West swept past Bev Vaughan (25) of William and Mary and scored a total of 38 points against William and Mary. WVU won 85-82 in the semi-finals of the 1959 Southern Conference Tournament.
West dribbles the basketball across the court likely at Stansburry Hall
Jerry West and an opponent from GWU both jump toward the basket
West and opponent chase after the ball as it rolls out of bounds during a game
West shoots the ball while opponents attempt to block him during a home WVU game
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
West jumps to block GW's George Marshall and his layup shot during this 1958 game.  WVU won 93 to 66.
WVU had one of the most elite college teams in the country during the West - Smith Era
West scores against Canisius's Greg Britz with a back-handed field goal. WVU won the pictured game, 86 - 66.
West scores a rebound in a Southern Conference tournament against The Citadel. WVU won this game 85-66.
West jumps to block Pitt's Dick Falenski as he attempts to shoot.  The Mountaineers won this game at Pittsburgh, 76-66.
Coach Roy Williams is in the back row.  Jerry West is wearing jersey number 12 and is  seated in the front row.
West shoots a layup in front of a large auditorium of spectators.  West was named All-State from 1953 to 1956 in high school.  He led East Bank High School to the state championship in 1956.
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.
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.