Jerry West Digital Collection

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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.
Jerry 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
Jerry West sits with his son after he broke his thumb while playing with the Lakers.  West's broken thumb prevented him from playing several games that year.
High School Senior Portrait of Jerry West.  West graduated from East Bank High School in 1956 and after a large number of universities showed interest in him, West chose to attend West Virginia University.
During the 50th Anniversary celebration of the East Bank High School Alumni Association,  the changing of the town's name from East Bank to West Bank on March 24, 1956 was remembered. The one day renaming was to honor East Bank High School All-State Basketball player Jerry West who lead the Pioneers to a West Virginia State Basketball Championship that year. Jerry West is seated to the left and Mary Pat Maloney is at the podium.