Rob Scott, asst. supt., Davenport

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To honor notable alumni, Davenport Central High School established the area's first Hall of Honor in 1989.

The school was once known as Davenport High School and, historically, was the largest in the region. The 2017 honorees are:

• Jock Mahoney, Class of 1938: Mahoney was a well-rounded student and star athlete in school. Following his service in the Marine Corps during World War II, Mahoney went to Hollywood as a stuntman where his career spanned 40 years.

He was a movie double for Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Randolph Scott and Gregory Peck. Mahoney is best known for his roles in television series, including "The Range Rider and "Yancy Derringer," and his work in two Tarzan feature films, released in 1962 and 1963.

• William B. Hood Jr., Class of 1951: During his high school career, Hood participated in band, orchestra, football, and track and field. He was three-time state champion in the shot put. Hood went on to become a professor and vice president of student affairs at Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, as well as maintaining a private counseling practice.

Hood retired as director of The Harambee House in Cedar Rapids, a neighborhood office providing family and emergency services for high-risk families. He was inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame in 2013, one of the many honors he received during his distinguished career.

• John Bald, Class of 1966: Bald is a nationally known, award-winning nature artist whose paintings and prints are on display in homes, galleries and businesses throughout the United States.

He became a full-time painter in 1972 and with three other artists started the Riverssance Art Festival which is still held annually in the Village of East Davenport. Bald also began the John Bloom project “Watching the Ferry,” now on the Davenport waterfront. He continues to work with the Mississippi Fine Arts Group and donate his time to developing artists.

• Kenneth A. Johnson, Class of 1967: Johnson chose kinetics for his independent research project during his senior year at Central High School and won the Iowa Junior Academy of Science’s Symposium Competition. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his doctorate and went on to become the Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry.

He is currently the Roger Williams Centennial Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. Johnson is chief executive and resident of the KinTek Corporation, serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Pacific Biosciences Inc. and is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

• Burney Pomlee, Class of 1977: Following his graduation from Central, Pomlee played on National Championship Football teams at Ellsworth and Eastern Kentucky colleges. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos. Following his football career, Pomlee spent 34 years as a coach and security officer at Central High School where he served as a mentor to many young people encouraging them to strive to be their best in the classroom, as an athlete and in life.

• Robert G. Scott, Class of 1984: As a Central student Scott played baseball under Hall of Fame Coach Bill Freese and was a co-founder of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Scott taught and coached basketball in Illinois for 13 years before returning to the Davenport Community School District where he served as a teacher and administrator before being named an associate superintendent in 2013. His deep sense of caring for the school has been evident in his behind-the-scenes work to support the construction of the school’s new pool and auditorium, as well as his strong support for the Hall of Honor.

• Chris Townsend, Class of 1990: While a student at Central, Townsend participated in football, track, and served as vice president of the Student Council. Townsend graduated from the University of Iowa and, after gaining experience in the fields of structural and civil engineering, returned home to Davenport to found his own firm, Townsend Engineering.

This engineering firm provides service for private, institutional, and municipal clients in East Central Iowa and Western Illinois. He launched the Central Athletic Booster Golf Outing which has raised more than $93,000 in 11 years. Townsend has also been instrumental in the success of the Blue Devil Athletic Foundation which has raised more than $250,000 in six years for various Blue Devil athletic programs and the school’s feeder programs.

The Hall of Honor recognition and scholarship programs are funded by private contributions and managed by the Davenport School Foundation.

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