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Dacula High begins work on athletics hall of fame

As people walk into the gym at North Gwinnett, Mark Karen's previous school, they immediately see the school's athletics hall of fame.

Karen, the first-year athletic director at Dacula, envisions a similar scene at his new school, one of the oldest high schools in the area.

"I was approached when I first arrived by several coaches for the need of a hall of fame here at Dacula High School," Karen said. "There has been over 100 years of athletic tradition here and we have our trophy case, but the desire for a hall of fame was evident. I had experience with help at North Gwinnett, getting the yearly inductees into the hall of fame, but never starting one.

"However, I created a basic criteria for inductees which can include former student-athletes, coaches, teams and community members. Then, as we put the committee together, we cleaned up the criteria and we have started the process of collecting nominations."

Work has begun on the Falcons' hall of fame wall in the gym, while Karen and other organizers have formed a committee to take nominees and pare down the inaugural class. They hope to induct the first members near the end of the school year or over the summer.

The committee is seeking nominations from the public for its "First Fifty" class of inductees.

"Then each year after (the inaugural 50), we will induct a small class during the winter time," Karen said.

Karen urged the public to turn in nominations for the new hall of fame. The criteria list and a nomination form are on the high school's athletics website's main page at daculahsathletics.org.