2017-07-19 / School News

Berkeley Springs High School 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame

Herbert Rankin
by Jamie Harris


Herbert Rankin Herbert Rankin Berkeley Springs High School and the Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes Herbert Rankin.

Rankin was a 1958 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School where he was a standout football, basketball and baseball player for the Indians. During Rankin’s senior year he was voted as the Most Athletic, was a member of the Varsity Club and the Future Farmers of America (FFA).

On the gridiron, Rankin played on the offensive line manning the center position for Coaches Alan Goldstrom and Paul “Moose” Hodges and during his senior year Rankin earned one of the captain titles. During his senior year the Indians football team went 7-2 for the season. The Tribe picked up wins over Circleville (26-0), Hancock (25-6), Ridgeley (38-6), Clarke County (9-6), Harpers Ferry (13-7), Hedgesville (13-6) and Moorefield (19- 0).

During the winter months Rankin took his athletic talent to the hardwood where he suited up for the Indians basketball team. Rankin was a physical presence in the paint for the Tribe and controlled the glass for many key rebounds. Rankin’s basketball team his senior season went 13-8.

In the spring, Rankin headed to the baseball diamond where he was a member of the Tribe’s baseball team. Rankin would be a valuable asset to the baseball program with his hard work and dedication.

Upon graduation from Berkeley Springs High School Rankin headed to Shepherd University were ge graduated in 1963 as a Physical

Education major. While at Shepherd, Rankin played football for four years for the Rams and also served as a basketball team manager from 1962-1963. As a member of the football team Rankin played center and also defensive lineman. A highlight to Rankin’s football success was when he was named defensive captain his senior year. Rankin was also a member of the RAMS Club (letterman) for the 1962-1963 school year.

When Rankin graduated from Shepherd, he became a teacher in Morgan County at Paw Paw High School where he coached basketball and baseball.

In 1964 Rankin moved to Orange County, Va. where he started teaching at Orange County High School. Rankin also helped coach football, basketball and track at Orange County. In 1967 Rankin moved to Prospect Heights Middle School where he began a middle school football and basketball program for the boys.

Rankin got married in 1967 to JoAnne. In 1969 Herbert and JoAnne had a son, Herbert R. Rankin, Jr..

Rankin was honored in 1970 when he received the Most Outstanding Young Educator Award from the Orange

County Jaycees. In 1973 Rankin became the Athletic Director at Prospect Heights.

In 1991 Rankin retired from full time teaching, but did not stay away for long as he taught in a special education classroom from 1991- 1999. From 1992-2002 Rankin started working part time at Montpelier the historic home of President James and Dolly Madison.

Today, Rankin spends his time with his two grandchildren Mackenzie and Nolan. He also enjoys to hunt, fish and spending time gardening.

It is with great pleasure that Berkeley Springs High School and the Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes Herbert Rankin to the Class of 2017 and most important of all “Welcome Home Herb”!

The Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame will have their induction ceremony on Saturday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the high school Auditorium. On Friday, September 8 the Class of 2017 Hall of Fame members will be introduced at half time of the Indians and Francis Scott Key football game around 7:45 p.m.

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