60s Recipients.

Elwyn Gaissert

  • Class of 1965
  • earned six varsity letters as an outstanding football and track athlete.  
  • He was considered one of Roswell High’s most versatile football players in the school’s history.  
  • Co-Captain of the Football team in 1963 & 1964
  • Two-time AJC Class B All-State Honorable Mention in 1963 & 1964
  • AJC North Fulton All-Star Team 1964
  • AJC Metro Atlanta All-Star Team 1964
  • Selected by team as Outstanding Back 1963
  • Selected by team as Most Valuable Player in 1964
  • In Track he competed in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, 440 relay, 180 yard low hurdles and Broad Jump with a jump of 20’11” his senior year in 1965
  • Placed 3rd in Class B State 180 yard low hurdles his senior year
  • Two-time MVP Track Athlete in 1964 & 1965
  • Played Freshman Football at University of Georgia for Coach “Doc” Ayers
  • After college joined the United States Navy
  • Became a pilot for Northwestern Airlines and is now retired
  • Very active in the Roswell Rotary Club and is instrumental in the Rotary Club’s Honor Air Program which sponsors and supports WWII Veterans for purposes of visiting the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. each year

Joyce House McDonald

  • Class of 1966
  • Member of the girls’ basketball team for five years from 8th grade to 12th grade
  • Started on the Varsity Girls Basketball Team under the old 3 vs 3 style of play (Girls Basketball converted to the present style in 1975)
  • Joyce graduated holding virtually every Roswell High Girls Basketball Record to include Career Scoring Leader with 1, 023 points
  • Single Season Scoring record of 390 points in 1966 breaking her single-season scoring record of 307 points in 1965
  • Career Points Per Game Leader averaging 20.5 points and Single Game Scoring Leader with 36 points as Roswell defeated Fayette County 59 to 45 on February 11, 1965
  • Joyce’s career scoring record, single season points per game and single game record of 36 points places her among the top five and top ten Girls Basketball records of today which was accomplished without benefit of today’s style of play or three-point shot
  • Twice selected as MVP for the 1964-65 and 1965-66 seasons her junior and senior year
  • Selected “Most Athletic” by the Senior Class of 1966
  • Played for Roswell High School Hall of Fame Coach Richard Smith
  • Attended Tift College
  • Worked for Fulton Board of Education and was selected as Employee of the Year in 2001-02 School Year

Eddie Sullivan

  • 12 Varsity Letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track
  • Played Quarterback, Point Guard, Catcher and Pole Vaulted
  • in 1959 won the State Golden Gloves Boxing Championship for the High School division
  • Quarterback for 1960 team winning 8 games
  • first Roswell Football team to win 8 games in a season
  • lost to Rabun County in Class B State Semi-Finals 28 to 27 in Commerce, Ga. finishing the year at 8 and 3
  • selected MVP for Football in 1961
  • Football Team Co-Captain in 1961
  • twice selected MVP for basketball in 1961 and 1962
  • Basketball Team Captain in 1962
  • member of the 1961 State Champion Track Team as a pole vaulter
  • selected MVP for Baseball in 1961 and Team Captain in 1962
  • for his career he was chosen as MVP a total of four times for three different sports
  • attended Clemson University and played Freshman Football in 1962 for legendary Clemson Coach Frank Howard.

James Thomas

  • 4 year varsity letterman basketball
  • Roswell High School All Time career scoring leader with 1,769 points
  • Single game scored 39 points v. Milton in 1968 for 4th place career
  • MVP basketball 1967 and 1968…
  • AJC Class B All- State 1968
  • Full scholarship to LaSalle College, PA

Tom Bower

  • 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and golf
  • AJC Class B All State LB and Team Captain for 1968 Class B State Champions in football
  • Started RHS school record 45 consecutive games at LB and Offensive Line
  • State Class B Champions in 1968 finishing the season 13-0 as the only undefeated team in RHS history.
  • Member of 1969 Class B State Runner Up baseball team
  • All Metro Atlanta Baseball All Star
  • Selected for GA North v. South All Star baseball game 1969
  • Played football at Wofford College to include NAIA National Championship game versus Texas A&I in 1970
  • MVP in 1971 and 1972
  • Twice selected as State of South Carolina College Defensive Player of the week
  • NAIA Little All American 1972 as DE
  • Selected Phi Beta Kappa 1974
  • Graduate of UGA Law School 1977
  • Member of Wofford College Hall of Fame Class of 1986

Wayne “Pug” Mabry

  • Track: Lettered 4 years
  • Ran Varsity Track in 8th grade – Ran then school record mile in 5:09 and Pole vaulted 9’6”
  • 9th grade State Class B runner-up 440
  • 10th grade State Class B runner-up 440; 1st in Mile relay and 3rd in Broad jump
  • 11th grade State Class B – 1st in 440 and 2nd in Broad jump
  • Set then school records of 48.0 for 440 and 22’ 11” Broad jump
  • 12th grade ran track but did not qualify for Region or State due to illness most of the season
  • Football: Lettered 4 years and played in 44 games with a total of 37 wins.
  • State Class B Champions in 1968 finishing the season 13-0 as the only undefeated team in RHS history.
  • 20 career Interceptions from Safety position
  • School record 10 interceptions Sr. year in 1968
  • 6 career Kickoff’s returns for touchdowns
  • 4 career Punt returns for touchdowns
  • AJC Player of the Week 2x
  • Baseball Lettered 3 years 9th thru 11th grade (didn’t play Sr. Year) /Basketball Lettered 4 years

Denny Smith

  • AJC All State Defensive Lineman and Team Captain for 1968 Class B State Champions in football
  • Selected Best Defensive Lineman Metro Atlanta 1968
  • Five time AJC player of the week 1968
  • Selected for GA North v. South Football All Star Game 1969
  • Three year varsity football record was 32 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie
  • Received football scholarship to Arizona State University

Nolan Smith-Class of 1965…

  • 6 Varsity Letters in Football and Track.
  • Two-way starter as Offensive and Defensive Lineman for 39 Varsity Games from 1961-1964 seasons.
  • Played for Head Coach Ray Sheppard. Selected as Team Captain for his Senior Season in 1964.
  • Received Roswell’s Most Outstanding Lineman Award during both his Junior and Senior years in 1963 and 1964.
  • Selected to the Greater Atlanta All-Star and North Fulton All-Star Teams in 1964.
  • Chosen by the Atlanta Journal- Constitution to the 1964 All-State Team as both an Offensive Tackle and Defensive Guard for his Senior season ln 1964.
  • Widely regarded as one of the best Offensive Lineman in Roswell Football history…Lettered in Track his Junior and Senior years.

Phil Mathis – Class of 1960

  • 11 Varsity Letters in Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Track.
  • Played Football and ran Track under Roswell High Hall of Fame Coach Bill Yoast.
  • Played Baseball and Basketball under Hall of Fame Coach Charles Newton.
  • As a Freshman, he was a member of the 1956 Roswell High Class C State Runner-Up Football Team
  • His Senior year, he received the Most Valuable Player award in both Football and Baseball.
  • Selected by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution to the 1959 Class C All -State Football Team as a QB his Senior season.
  • Member of the 440 yard Relay Team in the very first Roswell Relays Invitational Track Meet in 1958.
  • Member of the 1959 Class C State Championship Track team achieving the first State Championship in any sport in RHS history.
  • Phil entered private business here in Roswell and was a member of both the Roswell Rotary Club and the Roswell Masonic Lodge for 47 years.
  • Phil served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Roswell for 20 years rising to the ranks of Assistant Chief.