Inductee
DAWSON HAWKINS
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states.

His Lincoln Northeast High School team won a Nebraska state prep crown in 1948, just before he left to take over at Peoria Central.

He quickly forged a powerhouse at Central, his 1952-53 team, led by brilliant center Hiles Stout, making it to the championship game of the Illinois state finals at the University of Illinois' old Huff Gym before bowing to LaGrange, 71-60.

Hawkins took three other Peoria Central teams to the state finals and then, switching to Pekin, had five other state appearances, including state championship teams in 1963-64 and 1966-67.


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