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Alan Caperton (Rick Alan West) - Class of 1969


Alan Caperton aka Rick Alan West, 

 Alan was born July 7, 1951, in Wichita, Kan, His family moved to Tulsa when he was 2.  He graduated from Rogers High School in 1968 and then for two years attended Oklahoma State University, where he majored in broadcasting.


 Alan Caperton, whose on-air name is a play on the word "request" with his real first name squeezed in, began his three-decade-long radio career at OSU's rock station, KVRO, in the early 1970s.


He worked as a DJ for stations in Arkansas and Texas before settling in Tulsa in 1979. He lent his friendly voice to morning shows and other programming on country station KVOO, pop station KRAV and oldies station KQLL, among many others.  For the last 13 years, Caperton was a production manager and on-air personality for Clear Channel Communications in Tulsa.  "Being on the radio, playing the music you like in your own hometown -- that's what it's all about," he told the Tulsa World in 1995.

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Class of 1972 - Inducted 2012


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Senior pastor, Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, since 1993, one of Tulsa's largest churches; parish supports 28 families through its Global Outreach program to perform various ministries in 17 countries, including Costa Rica, Mexico,
Ecuador, Guatemala, Estonia, Hungary, the Middle East, Philippines, Tanzania, East Asia, Central Asia, Columbia, and Israel, several traveling world-wide related to their ministry. Asbury members listening to Dr. Tom Harrison on Perceptions or during his Sunday morning sermon hearing him relate amusing stories or seeing his mischievous grin cross his face may think, “Here’s a guy I can relate to.” He speaks from his heart and believes that when he talks to the congregation it’s like talking to his friends or to “friends he hasn’t met yet!" One of his greatest joys comes from visiting with members: “I like hearing what God’s doing in their lives and when they come to Christ. I feel privileged to be a part of the process of changed lives,” he said.


Class of 1975 - Inducted 1989

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Born in Wichita, Kansas, Rader graduated from Rogers High School in Tulsa, where he was a football and baseball standout. He played at Tulsa and was the Golden Hurricane starting quarterback in 1977 and 1978. He threw for 2,674 career yards and guided Tulsa to a 9-2 record in 1978, passing for 1,683 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was drafted in the eleventh round of the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers but was later picked-up by the Giants. Rader was head coach at Tulsa from 1988-99 where he posted a 49-80-1 mark in 12 seasons. He guided the Golden Hurricane to the Independence Bowl in 1989 and the Freedom Bowl in 1991. His 1991 team was ranked 21st nationally and he was selected as Region 4 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year. While head coach at Tulsa, he produced four All-Americans, three first-team Academic All-Americans and 11 NFL draft picks. Dave Rader, the Tide quarterback coach from 1983-85 while current head coach Mike Shula was an Alabama quarterback, is entering his second season in his current stint as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

David Rader, football star, coach, business executive, and author started his football career as a Will Rogers Roper and went on to play quarterback for The University of Tulsa, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1980. In 1979 he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League. He later joined the New York Giants. After brief time in the NFL, David began his coaching career in 1983 at the University of Alabama, where he was the coach of the quarterbacks and then, receivers. In 1986 he became the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State University. David came home to Tulsa in 1987 as the assistant head coach at The University of Tulsa. Being named head coach in 1988 at age 31, he was the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I Football. He remained in that position until 1999. During that time, the Golden Hurricane played in two bowl games (winning the 1991 Freedom Bowl and finishing 22nd in the nation). His teams consistently graduated at a higher rate than the campus norm, defeated teams from much bigger conferences such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas A&M, and had many go on to play in the NFL. David returned to coaching and to the University of Alabama in 2003 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2010, he became co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Mississippi. David is now in Tulsa as vice president of marketing at Pacer Energy Marketing. He and his wife, Janet (WRHS ’75), have three children: sons Daniel and Jordan and daughter Kendal. In the fall of 2011, Rader published his first book, Missing Page from the Playbook: Fundamentals Behind the Physical, Mental and Emotional Elements of Commitment and Emotional Elements of Commitment.

Class of 1988 - Inducted 2011

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Lee Mayberry is one of the most outstanding athletes to have graduated from Will  Rogers High School. He led the 1988 Ropers basketball team to a state championship—to date, the last state championship for the Ropers.
After graduation from Will-on-the-Hill, Lee played four years for the University of  Arkansas and helped the Razorbacks go to the Final Four in Denver in 1990 and win the Southwest Conference title in 1991, Arkansas’ last year in that conference. The following year, the Razorbacks were the Southeastern Conference West champions with a 9-1 record. Lee scored 1,940 points for the Razorbacks. He played on the United States team that won the bronze medal at the Goodwill Games of 1990, in Argentina. Following his college graduation, Lee became a star with the National Basketball Association, playing four years with Milwaukee and three years with Vancouver. In his
first four seasons he played in all 328 games on his team’s schedule—a remarkable achievement for a sport as physically demanding as basketball. Lee’s greatest contribution to the sport, however, may be off the court. In 2002, he co-founded Playing with Purpose, a basketball ministry in Tulsa that helps equip boys  and girls with the tools they need to succeed in basketball, and in life. Playing with Purpose emphasizes excellence in athletics, academics and, most importantly, spirituality. Lee and his wife, Marla, have five daughters…of course—a basketball team.



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