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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.
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.