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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.
West, left, and Byrd, right, pose together at an unidentified location. Byrd served as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010.
Because West broke his nose so often while playing basketball, he was made to wear a guard.
Sitting, from left to right, is Manager Ronald Lewellen, Jerry Turner, Butch Goode, Jim Reiss, Jim Warren, Jay Jacobs, and Manager Jim Cook.Standing, from left to right, is Assistant Coach Jim Sottile, Jerry West, Jim Ritchie, Joe Posch, Pat Duffy, Willie Akers, and Coach Quentin Barnette.
West, wearing a patterned blazer, with Jack McCloskey, left, look out onto the court as the game progresses. After fourteen years of playing for the team, West rejoined the Lakers as coach for three seasons between 1976 and 1982. He led the team to the playoffs each season.
West, right, poses with West Virginia University Basketball Coach Fred Schaus, center, and teammate Willie Akers, left, while holding a basketball. West played for West Virginia University before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
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, No. 44 pictured in the forefront, poses with teammate Willie Akers.
The crowd gathered on the East Bank High School lawn to welcome home the state champions.  The State Champions Basketball Game was played at Mountaineer Field House in Morgantown, W. Va.
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 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, left, and Schaus, right, are pictured together smiling.
Jerry West is Number 12 in the front row, second from the right. He played as the team's starting small forward.
West (right) lived in the home of Ann Dinardi (center) which was located on 65 Beechurst Avenue.
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.
West, right, is pictured with Willie Akers, left, and Coach Fred Schaus, center. West played for West Virginia University's basketball team from 1956-1960, before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
West's jersey number 44 was officially retired prior to the Mountaineers' basketball game against LSU.
West, right and Akers played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 leading theMountaineers to two Southern Conference and three NCAA tournament appearances which includes the 1959 Championship game.
West is pictured holding a basketball on the construction site of the L.A. Forum.  He played for the Lakers from 1960-1974.
West is pictured at 7 years old, likely when he was living in Chelyan, W. Va.
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, 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 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, 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.