Colin Kaepernick’s California high school is set to induct him into its hall of fame, a report says.
The former San Francisco 49er quarterback who became famous for inventing protests during the playing of the national anthem, attended John Pitman High School in Turlock, California, and graduated in 2006. Now the school will add the player and eight other alumni into its hall of fame on November 3, according to The Hill.
Kaepernick played three school sports including baseball, football, and basketball, helping to lead the school to its first playoff win when he was a senior. However, it is his actions since graduation that brought the school’s notice.
The school says that Kaepernick is being inducted into its hall of fame because of his “contribution to the history” of the school’s athletes.
“Colin was chosen, like all the others, for their contribution to the history of athletes here at Pitman,” Pitman High School Athletic Director Dave Wells said. “Of course, he was an outstanding athlete and a three-sport star.”
A former city mayor noted that some might disagree with Kaepernick’s anthem protests, he is still a worthy inductee. “Although citizens differ on his approach, he is still a proud son of Turlock,” John Lazar said.
During his senior year, Kaepernick helped win a 35-14 victory over Lincoln High on Nov. 18, 2005, for his school’s first playoff win. He threw for 1,956 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior year.
According to the Modesto Bee, joining Kaepernick are: Anthony Harding (Football, Class of 2006); Spencer Snodgrass (Baseball and Football, Class of 2006); Lesley Young (Swimming, Class of 2007); Tiare Jennings (Basketball, Soccer, and Softball, Class of 2008); the 2006-2008 Girls’ Water Polo teams; former principal Rod Hollars; former athletic director Jim Parker; and announcer and parent Craig Rojas.
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