About the LGHS Hall of Fame

The Lake Gibson High School Hall of Fame is a tribute to our alumni and faculty who through commitment and dedication have attained exceptional personal or professional achievements and have made significant contributions in either their careers, community, nation, and/or the world.

The Hall of Fame provides for a unique opportunity to honor graduates and faculty for outstanding accomplishments. It will also convey these successes to the present and future students and the faculty of their own achievement possibilities. The Hall of Fame provides a visible record of these remarkable individuals and will serve as an inspiration to Lake Gibson High School students and faculty.

Nomination Process

Nomination forms are available to anyone wishing to nominate a person who has brought great credit to Lake Gibson High School. Candidates should have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments or service in the arts, business, technology, education, public service, or other professions.

Nomination forms are available by calling Lake Gibson High School at (863) 853-6100 or writing Lake Gibson High School at 7007 N. Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809.

2019 Inductees

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Jan Adams

In 1979, Jan transferred from Kathleen High School to become one of the first teachers on faculty at Lake Gibson High School and she got married at the end of the semester. She remained at LG until retirement in 2014 after 40 years of teaching. During her tenure, Jan was the chair of the Business Department, the Director of Polk Academy of Business & Technology, an FBLA sponsor, and sat on the FBLA Board of Directors. (She is listed in the FBLA Hall of Fame.) She was honored to be Lake Gibson’s Teacher of the Year in 1982 and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003. She also helped LG offer dual enrollment courses and has helped students earn AA degrees while still in high school.

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Roy “Butch” Ellison

As a 1983 graduate of Lake Gibson Senior High, Ellison had his own stellar athletic career before he sported the stripes. He was named to multiple collegiate All-Conference and All-Conference Academic teams as a football player at Savannah State University. Upon graduating from SSU, he has spent 31 years in various positions with AT&T, with his most recent as an IT Telephony Infrastructure Engineer. Roy has been honored by other organizations for his commitment and result-oriented abilities. He was inducted into the Central Florida Officials Association in 2017 and honored by the College Football Hall of Fame, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete in 1992. Ellison, now 53, is the Father to two daughters and one son and has five grandchildren. He and his wife Mia reside in Windermere, Florida. He is the son of Louvenia Ellison of Lakeland, Florida.

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Dr. Pam Taub MD, FACC

is a world-renowned cardiologist and researcher.  She is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California (UC), San Diego.  She is also the founder and Director of the Step Family Foundation Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.  Dr. Taub was responsible for all aspects of creating the center.  The mission of the Center is to actively engage patients and the community in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The Center is conducting research on biomarkers and other diagnostics and wearable/mobile technologies that can improve patient outcomes. To view the website for the Cardiovascular Institute click belowHer clinical practice focuses on preventive cardiology.   She has consistently been selected by her peers as a top physician in the San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual survey. She is conducting research studies evaluating biomarkers for cardiovascular risk factor stratification, studying the effects of daily fasting in improving cardiometabolic parameters and examining the effects of a compound in dark chocolate (epicatechin) on mitochondrial function/cellular bioenergetics and exercise capacity, Dr. Taub is widely published and has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Taub has been involved in educating health care providers and the community about cardiovascular disease and frequently gives lectures. She has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show and other programs. Examples of recent media appearances:

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Bonnie Evans

Bonnie has been an active volunteer for Polk County Schools for over 25 years. She has been an Athletic Booster Board Member for Lake Gibson High School since 2002. She has held many board positions including the following: Secretary, Treasurer and is currently the President. Bonnie has coordinated the football program for Lake Gibson since 2002. She was in charge of the membership drive and helped acquire vendors for the “Braves Discount Cards” that helped support LG athletics. Bonnie and her husband Perry help with the annual Booster Club barbecue, which includes them cooking their award-winning food for the event. She continues to be very active with the boosters even though her daughter graduated in 2015.

How to Submit a Nomination

The following criteria are provided for guidance in submitting nominations:

1. The nominee must be either:

  • A graduate of LGHS for at least 10 years
  • A past/ present LGHS faculty member

2. The nominee must have distinguished him/herself in the chosen career or profession by significant accomplishments on a local, state, national or international basis (Known as “Success Model”)

3. The nominee must demonstrate outstanding personal integrity and be recognized and well respected by his/her colleagues, peers and/or the general public (known as “Role Model”)

4. The nominee must display personal attitudes consistent with the ethics and beliefs that reflect the philosophy of LGHS.

5. Nominees may be either living or deceased.

*Nominees not selected for induction in a given year may remain in nomination status for future consideration.