Athletic Hall of Fame

The Kewanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame is dedicated to the outstanding athletes, teams, coaches and supporters of the Boilermaker community who, through their efforts and achievements have brought honor and recognition to themselves, Kewanee High School, their families and our community. 

THE 2022 KHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held September 17, 2022.  Click here to view the ceremony and inductee interviews.  

The next KHS Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2024.  Check back for further details as the event gets closer.

Click here for the list of 2004 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2006 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2007 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2009 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2011 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2013 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2015 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2017 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2019 inductees.

Click here for the list of 2022 inductees.


                                             Mr. Ed Tunnicliff (KHS Class of 1944) 



          During the summer of 2001, the Costenson brothers David ’67 and Garry ’80 were having a discussion with their father John ’39 about the lack of recognition for the great athletes at Kewanee High School.  John, who was in ill health and passed on not long after, charged his sons with the duty of honoring great Kewanee High School athletes, coaches, friends, and teams.

            The Costenson brothers sought out their friends and fellow Boilermakers to make this happen.  Charter members were Bill Breedlove, John Blachinsky, Jerry Salisbury, and then to follow is now a 17 member strong Hall of Fame committee.

            This labor of love has become a phenomenal success with inductions in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2022.  

            With the support of Kewanee Schools Foundation and CUSD #229, the Hall of Fame ceremonies are a first class weekend for our honorees.

            In 2004, our first induction was held in the lobby of the Petersen Auditorium with past state champions, and the initial class inducted.  In 2006, the induction included a banquet and an expanded program. 

            Due to increased attendance at the ceremonies, the 2007 banquet moved to Good’s Gym at Kewanee High School, with the induction ceremony held in the Petersen Auditorium.

            In 2009, the banquet was dedicated to the late Dot Larson and officially was named as the Dot Larson Memorial Hall of Fame Banquet.  Expanded video presentation was provided at the induction ceremony.

            The 2011 induction ceremony was another memorable evening for those in attendance.  Some of the ceremony's best moments revolved around family.  Phil Miler mastered the ceremony with all the laughs he generated.  Phil's knowledge and delivery of KHS sports history added flair and class to the event.

            The Hall of Fame committee is a volunteer group who gives of their time and effort.  As we have lost members of the group, others have stepped in to fill the void.   The entire group, that “bleeds orange”, is committed to Kewanee sports.  We look forward to the new home and the future of the Kewanee Sports Hall of Fame.  If you would like to nominate an individual, please CLICK HERE for the nomination form.


2019 Hall of Fame
29 Photos  10/23/19
2022 Hall of Fame
25 Photos  11/11/22