2014

The 2014 Rockdale Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony was held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Rockdale High School.

The 2014 Hall of Honor Inductees:
Joe Wayne Cleveland '67
Arlandell "Sonny" Givens '94
Coach Janet Havelka 1990-2007
Larry Jackson '90
Vincent Jimenez '89
Susan Wallis '86
Dexter Wesley '89

Joe Wayne Cleveland '67

No one embodied the term "service to school" more exclusively than Joe Wayne Cleveland. Cleveland began filming the Rockdale Tiger football games in 1969 when it was done with a hand cranked film camera, and at the time of his induction in 2014 had done it for 45 years, having witnessed nearly half of the games the Tigers had played in their history. Cleveland (RHS '67) entered the Hall of Honor as an honorary member for his service to the school, but he was also a standout athlete for the Tigers. As a defensive tackle from 1964 thru 1966, the 220-pound rawboned red head was a two-time, first-team all-district performer as well as being named All-Centex. He was also voted onto the 50th Anniversary All-Battle of the Bell team. He and H. Earl Marion made up a formidable force on the left side of the Tigers line. During the 1966 season, not one touchdown was scored on their side of the field. Cleveland counted his highlights as scoring a touchdown in a 50-0 beat down of Taylor in 1966 and kicking a 42-yard field goal against Hearne in 1965 that was a school record for almost 40 years. "It is impossible to explain how much Joe Wayne has meant to the Rockdale football program over the last 45 years," said Rockdale coach Jeff Miller. "It is hard for most of us to fathom exactly what he has done for this school."

Joe Wayne Cleveland
Joe Wayne Cleveland

Arlandell "Sonny" Givens '94

No matter what challenges the field of play presented, the versatile Sonny Givens was going to excel. The 6-foot-6 Arlandell "Sonny" Givens made his mark in three sports, basketball, football and track. In basketball, Givens (RHS '94) became the Tigers' all-time leader in scoring with 1,524 points, a mark that stood for 16 years. He also had high games of 20 rebounds and 15 blocked shots. In his senior year, he averaged 24 points and 16 rebounds per game and was named first-team all-district and also All-Centex. He was also a pre-season All-State selection. In track, Givens made two appearances at the state track meet in 1992 and 1994 in the triple jump. He captured a silver medal in the event in 1994 and still owned the school record at 48-5 at the time of his induction, a mark he set at the state meet. At the 1994 Rockdale Relays, Givens turned in one of the most dominating performances in Relays history, capturing first place in four events-the high jump, long jump, triple jump and the shot put. No one would eclipse that effort for almost 20 years. Despite standing 6-foot-6, Givens played safety for the Tigers' football team and once returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown-still a school record. He was named first-team all-district and All-Centex in football. After high school, Givens played basketball with South Plains College and then Georgia College. He played professionally in Israel, Italy and Greece.

Sonny Givens
Sonny Givens

Janet Havelka

Her 17 years on the sidelines tied her with the legendary Ernie Laurence for the longest tenure as a coach in RHS history. What she accomplished made her second to none. From 1990 thru 2007, Janet Havelka fashioned a 320-276 record, which at the time of her induction in 2014, made her the winningest coach in girls history. Havelka was hired in 1990 and after a 14-14 inaugural season, her Lady Tigers strung together an impressive run, with 10 playoff teams in 17 years, seven district championships (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), three bi-district titles and area and regional crowns. During their run of five straight district championships from 1993-97, the Lady Tigers reeled off 41 straight district wins. From 1993 through 1998, Rockdale was 56-1 in district play. Her 1999 team reached No. 5 in the state rankings. Havelka was named the district coach of the year five times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000) and Brazos Valley coach of the year once (1999). Four of her players were named first-team All-State. After an outstanding high school career at Jarrell, Havelka played collegiately at Southwestern and was a first-team All-Big State Conference player on the Lady Pirates' Big State Conference championship team.

Janet Havelka
Janet Havelka

Larry Jackson '90

Hard work and determination were guiding forces for Larry Jackson, both on and off the field. Jackson (RHS '90) was a three-sport star at Rockdale and set a school record in the long jump, among his many accomplishments. At the time of his induction (2014), Jackson was eighth on the Tiger career rushing list (2,086 yards) and fourth on the scoring list (27 touchdowns), running for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns in his junior year. He was named a two-way, first-team all-district performer as well as All-Centex. He was also chosen all-district and all-Centex in basketball as well. In track, Jackson still held the record in the long jump at the time of his induction of 24-feet, 3 inches. After high school and with over a dozen Division I scholarship offers, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Jackson joined Tiger teammate and fellow Hall of Honor inductee Dexter Wesley at Texas A&M, where he played linebacker and defensive end for the Aggies and was a four-year letterman as a member of the vaunted "Wrecking Crew" defense. He also played in the Blue-Gray All-Star game. Jackson signed as a free agent out of A&M and played in the NFL for Denver, Miami and Arizona. Though his playing days were over, Jackson was still making his mark on the world of athletics, having been named as the top strength and conditioning coach in the nation in 2013 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, working at his alma mater, Texas A&M. His intensity and no-nonsense work ethic is respected throughout the collegiate community for its overwhelming results.

Larry Jackson
Larry Jackson

Vincent Jimenez '89

Were you to call Vincent Jimenez the best baseball player Rockdale has ever produced, you probably wouldn't get much of an argument from anyone. At the time of his induction in 2014, Jimenez (RHS '89) was the first honoree being selected solely for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond. Jimenez played in the Atlanta Braves organization after an All-State baseball career at Rockdale in which he was named district most valuable player twice. Jimenez still held most of the RHS career hitting records with 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in and season marks with 50 RBI in a season, 11 home runs and eight runs batted in and four hits in a game. His .556 batting average in his senior year was still the best in school history. As a pitcher, he once struck out 14 batters. He once hit back-to-back grand slams in a single game. One of his mammoth home runs was at Texas A&M's Olson Field that cleared the centerfield fence and according to longtime observers, had never been done before-by a professional, college or high school player. It traveled 490 feet. Jimenez was an immediate success as a freshman and hit home runs in six consecutive games (including two grand slams) to lead the Tigers to the playoffs. After high school, the 6-foot-2 shortstop was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round and he played minor league baseball for three years.

Vincent Jimenez
Vincent Jimenez

Susan Wallis '86

An architect of Rockdale's "golden age of tennis", Susan Wallis set standards that have yet to be eclipsed. At the time of her induction (2014), Wallis (RHS '86) was the most decorated female tennis player in school history. Wallis earned trips to the state tournament for four straight years (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986) and made the semifinals three straight years. Wallis-who played collegiately at Tyler College and Sam Houston-won a silver medal in doubles in 1985, while her remaining three appearances were in singles. She captured four straight district championships. At regionals her senior year, she won 48-of-49 games to earn her fourth trip to state. Going undefeated in singles, the baseliner led the Tigers to a third place finish in UIL state team tennis her senior year. She was also a United States Tennis Association junior champion and was ranked 32nd in the nation by the UTSA. At Sam Houston, Wallis collected 40 career wins in singles, which still ranked her in the top 15 in school history at the time of her induction. She produced 34 career wins in doubles which ranked her in the top 10 in the school's history. She won a Southland Conference doubles championship in 1990 and was named the Bearkats' most valuable player after leading the team in wins in both singles and doubles.

Susan Wallis
Susan Wallis

Dexter Wesley '89

To examine Dexter Wesley's worth to the Rockdale sports program, at the time of his induction in 2014, his name was still featured prominently in the school record books. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Wesley (RHS '89) was a three-sport star for the Tigers and earned a silver medal at the state track meet in the shot put and set a school record in the event at 59-7 3/4, set at the state track meet in 1988. It was still the top mark in the year of his induction, 2014. In basketball, Wesley held the school record with 20 rebounds in a game and was a first-team all-district performer. He was named All-State in football as an offensive tackle as well as all-district, all-Centex and all-Brazos Valley. After signing with Texas A&M out of high school, Wesley became an All-Southwest Conference offensive lineman for the Aggies and four-year letterman. During his time with the Aggies, they posted a 41-8 mark with three Southwest Conference titles that included 22 straight conference wins. After college, he signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. After a short stint in Rockdale, Wesley was a coach in the Aldine school district. Wesley joined his mother Annie Bell Wesley and uncle Don Wesley in the Hall of Honor.

Dexter Wesley
Dexter Wesley

Hall of Honor Program 2014 (PDF)

Joe Wayne Cleveland
Joe Wayne Cleveland

Sonny Givens
Sonny Givens

Janet Havelka
Janet Havelka

Larry Jackson
Larry Jackson

Vincent Jimenez
Vincent Jimenez

Susan Wallis
Susan Wallis

Dexter Wesley
Dexter Wesley

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