Jim Barker inducted into Dobyns-Bennett HOF

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Clemson, SC—Clemson University President Jim Barker was inducted into his high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday evening in Kingsport, TN. Barker was a track athlete, competing in the pole vault at Dobyns-Bennett High School. He continued his career in that event as a student-athlete at Clemson in the late 1960s.

“This is a special moment for me,” Barker said in an article in the Kingsport Times News. “I think the committee made a serious mistake in selecting me, but I’m not giving it back.”

Barker joins a long list of well known athletes to be honored by Dobyns-Bennett High School. Former Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Bobby Dodd is an alumnus of the school and a member of its Hall of Fame. Among the inductees with Barker on Thursday night was former Wake Forest basketball player Skip Brown.

Dobyns-Bennett High School is also the alma mater of current Clemson starting defensive back Coty SensabaughCoty Sensabaugh
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, who had the key interception in the final moments of Clemson’s win over Auburn on September 17.

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