Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus (class of 1957) is the first inductee into the newly created Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony on April 19 at the Ohio State Golf Club.
A member of the class of 1957, Nicklaus excelled at not only golf but also basketball.
By the time he graduated, Nicklaus had twice earned individual medalist honors at the state golf championships in 1956 and 1957 (with scores of 144 and 148, respectively) and led his team to win the state team championship in 1956 and place third in 1957. His other high-school golf honors include: district golf champions, 1954 and 1957; City League golf champions, 1954 and 1957; and Central Buckeye League champions, 1954-1957. Nicklaus also won the Tri-State State High School Championship in 1957 and was the individual medalist with a score of 67.
As a sophomore, junior and senior, Nicklaus was selected as all-league in basketball, and he received honorable mention all-Ohio as a shooting guard his senior year.
Nicklaus, known as the "Golden Bear," went on from Upper Arlington High School to win 18 career major championships as a professional golfer.
“I will always be a Golden Bear,” Nicklaus said. “I am really honored to be inducted.”