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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.
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.
Portrait of the East Bank High School Senior Senate