Nearly five years ago, an idea was hatched to honor the great athletes that have passed through the halls of Mason City High School. What’s resulted in every year since is a backing that MCHS Athletic Hall of Fame Chairman Phil Johnson and the rest of the committee couldn’t help but smile at.
“Every year I’m just amazed at the Mohawk spirit shown,” Johnson said. “And this wouldn’t be possible without all of the support we’ve received.”
The MCHS Athletic Hall of Fame, which inducted its first members – a class of 10 – in 2014, has been well received by the public in its four years, and the private funding has only helped it to flourish, Johnson said.
In four years, the hall of fame has inducted 20 individuals/teams who built their legacy at Mason City. The goal is to carry this on forever, inducting five members every fall.
“The purpose is to honor the past and inspire the future,” Johnson said.
Since it was started, the high school has added a board of inductees into the gym lobby as well as a digital kiosk filled with information on each inductee and sorted by year they went in.
The nominating process for the 2018 class just opened Nov. 1. Anyone who was previously nominated is nominated for life. Nominations will be accepted for any athlete who is 10 years out of high school, a coach, or any member of the community. Forms are due by Feb. 1.
Nomination forms can be found online by going to masoncityschools.org and clicking the tab on the homepage MCHS Athletic Hall of Fame and going to the heading NOMINATIONS or by picking up a nomination form at Johnson Financial Services located on the third floor of the Brick and Tile Building.
Any questions, please contact Phil Johnson at 641-423-7070.
After the deadline, the committee takes three weeks to research each nomination and then will sit down for a meeting in late February/early March to decide the class. All nominations, whether they were nominated three years ago or on Feb. 1 of 2018, are discussed.
That year’s class is then celebrated on the night of the first home football game.
“It’s just very nice to bring all these people together and pay homage to the past,” Johnson said.