eric Myren - Class of 1981


Eric Myren is one of the most dominant, accomplished soccer players in the history of McLean High School. He led McLean to Northern Region titles in 1978 and 1980, and was a Parade Magazine High School All-American selection.  Myren was the Washington Star Soccer Player of the Year in 1981, and was a Washington Post All-Met selection, along with All-State, All-Region, and All-District.

Myren was also a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation East Region Olympic team for 3 years.

Following his stellar McLean career, Eric went on to star at the University of Connecticut, where he helped the Huskies win a National Championship in his freshman season.  He was named MVP of that title game, and played in 3 Final Fours in his 4 seasons at UCONN.  He was an All-New England selection 3 times in college, and was drafted by the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1985.

We are proud to have Eric Myren inducted into the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Steve luxford - Class of 1964

Football, Basketball, Baseball

Steve Luxford is one of the all-time great running backs in McLean history, and he and teammate Bill Dow were the first All-State players at McLean.  Luxford was also a Washington Post First-Team All-Metropolitan selection as he helped the Highlanders to an 8-1-1 record and a share of the Northern Virginia Championship in 1963. 

Luxford was chosen as the top player in the DC suburbs by the Touchdown Club and received the Joseph T. Sanford Memorial Trophy for the honor. In 10 games, he rushed for 1,164 yards on 231 carries with 17 touchdowns. He even threw for 600 yards and a touchdown as well. 

He went on to star at Dartmouth, where he played offense and defense and led them to Ivy League titles in 1966 and 1967. As a senior, Luxford was awarded the Bob Blackman Award given to the player who contributes most to the success of the team. 

We congratulate Steve on an illustrious career and welcome him to the McLean Athletic Hall of Fame!

Dorean Kass - Class of 1996


One of the most dominant linemen in McLean High School history, Dorean Kass enjoyed a 4-year varsity football career. He helped the Highlanders to a 12-1 record in 1995 and district and regional titles and a berth in the Virginia State Semi-Finals.  

He was a First-Team All-Met selection by the Washington Post, as well as an All-State, All-Region and All-District selection.  Kass registered 139 tackles, 14 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries as defensive tackle, and was the Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year in 1995. Kass was also named Blue Chip All-American. In addition to his defensive exploits, Dorean was an honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post as an offensive lineman. 

His defensive line dominance opened many potential Division I football doors, but Kass chose to play at Stanford University.  Dorean started at defensive tackle for Stanford in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin, something no McLean player has ever done. Against Notre Dame in a nationally televised game, Dorean had 19 tackles.  He was a First-Team All-Academic PAC 10 selection and also helped his team win the Sun Bowl.

We are proud to induct Dorean Kass to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Dicky Rickbeil - Class of 1963


Dicky Rickbeil became the first State Champion in the history of McLean High School, capturing the 1963 112-pound wrestling title. He was the outstanding wrestler in Northern Virginia in 1962 and 1963 and helped put wrestling on the map at McLean.  Also a track standout at McLean, Dicky was a 2-time Northern Virginia wrestling champion and the McLean Most Valuable Wrestler for 2 years.  

We are proud to welcome Dicky Rickbeil to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Terry Grefe - Class of 1963

Football, Basketball, Baseball

Terry Grefe is one of McLean's best all-around athletes of all time.  He was a standout at quarterback, running back and defensive back in football, at guard in basketball, and as a feared baseball infielder and pitcher. As a quarterback, he helped McLean to 6-3-1 records in 1961 and 1962. He averaged 17 points per game and was a 2-time MVP at McLean and All-Northern Virginia player in basketball.  Terry was also an All-NOVA football and baseball player, and went on to play baseball and basketball at George Washington University, where he scored 1,006 points in 4 years in basketball, including 17 points per game as a senior. He was also a baseball MVP at GW, where they played their home baseball games on the White House ellipse. Terry was also named to the GW All-Time baseball team. 

We are proud to welcome Terry Grefe to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Jenny TEstrake - Class of 1996

Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Basketball

Jenny TeStrake enjoyed a stellar career at McLean High School as a 3-sport athlete. She was a 4-year varsity lacrosse player and led the Highlanders to their first-ever Region title in 1996.  TeStrake was a First-Team Washington Post All-Met selection and a 2-time All Northern Region selection. 

In addition, TeStrake was a field hockey standout, earning Honorable Mention from the Washington Post All-Met team. 

Jenny went on to play lacrosse at Loyola (MD) where her teams were consistently ranked in the top 10 nationwide.  She was a 2-time captain at Loyola, and played in 3 Final Fours. In 1998, she was named to the All-American team by the IWLCA and her teammates and coaches elected her as the Most Dedicated Player. TeStrake was also a 3-time All-CAA Conference selection and was on the CAA All-Tournament team. Jenny also received the Ernest Lagna Award for Best Female Student-Athlete at Loyola, and coaches youth lacrosse today.

We are proud to induct Jenny TeStrake into the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Gayle Smith - Class of 1986

Soccer, Field Hockey

Gayle Smith is one of the most dominant soccer players in McLean High School history, and was the 1986 Virginia State Player of the Year.  Smith was also a First Team All-Met by the Washington Post, All-Region and All-District, and was a 4-year starter at McLean.  Gayle was also named a Top 10 Soccer MVP by Soccer America. She was also a field hockey standout at McLean. 

Following her great soccer career at McLean, Smith went on to star at the University of Virginia, where she was the first-ever female soccer athlete to receive a full athletic scholarship.  Gayle was an All-ACC, All-South, and All-Region selection and a finalist for the Hermann Award to the nation's top college soccer player. At UVA, she had 34 goals and 22 assists -- 90 points -- good enough for 5th all time in scoring. 

Smith was on the U.S. National Team in 1991-1992, and played in several Olympic Festivals. She also played the Washington Mustangs, a men's professional team of USISL.  Since 1989, Gayle has coached youth soccer and is currently the head women's soccer coach at Marymount University in Arlington.

We are pleased to have Gayle Smith enter the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Mike Simons- Class of 1971


Mike Simons may be the best basketball player in the history of McLean High School. In fact, he is the only basketball player to be a First-Team Washington Post All-Met selection. He was the only player from Northern Virginia on the All-Met team, and was also All-State, All-Region, and All-District. Mike averaged over 20 points and 15 rebounds per game, and held the overall scoring record from 1971 to 1983.  Simons also has the school rebounding record for a single game with 27.

Simons led the Highlanders to their first basketball district title in school history in 1971, when he poured in 33 points in a dramatic 70-66 win over Marshall. 

Following his great basketball career at McLean, Mike went on to play at Stanford University, where as a senior he was named Most Inspirational Player by his teammates. 

We are proud to welcome Mike Simons to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

lavon Carter - class of 1996


Lavon Carter is one of best quarterbacks in McLean High School history, earning the nickname "The Rifleman." He enjoyed perhaps the best season ever at McLean in 1995, throwing for 21 touchdowns against just 4 interceptions. He is the only quarterback to be a Washington Post First-Team All-Metropolitan selection.  He was the leading passer in the DC Metro area as senior, leading the Highlanders to a 12-1 record and district and region titles.  

Carter took over as a starter midway through the 1994 season, and as a senior a year later, threw for 1,543 in 10 regular season games.

In addition to being an All-Met, he was All-State, All-Region, and was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Liberty District. He was the Channel 9 Player of the Year and was chosen on the George Michael Golden 11 Team. He earned Player of the Year Honors for the Fairfax County Football Hall of Fame, and was the first McLean player to earn a spot in the Chesapeake Classic all-star game, a game in which he started at quarterback. 

We are excited to induct Lavon Carter into the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Bill Dow - Class of 1964

Football, Basketball, Baseball

Few players arrive mid-season and make the impact Bill Dow did.  In 1962, Dow's father received naval orders to come to the DC area and Bill had to leave his Oak Harbor, Washington high school team after several games.  McLean head coach Mickey Simpson saw Dow was a special player when he arrived in the middle of the 1962 season and Dow turned in a year and a half of dominant football at defensive end and offensive line.  He was a dominant defensive end and he and teammate Steve Luxford are the first two McLean football players to make first-team All-State. 

As a junior, he helped McLean to a 6-3-1 record in 1962 and as a senior in 1963, an 8-1-1 record and a share of the Fairfax County football championship.  Dow registered 76 tackles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 3 blocked punts in 1963 and earned Washington Post Player of the Week honors. 

Dow started in basketball and baseball and served as McLean captain.  His exploits didn't end at McLean, however, as Bill became a star at the U.S. Naval Academy. Bill Dow remains the last athlete at the Naval Academy to letter in 3 sports, but football is where he is most remembered.  An All-American selection, Dow carried nicknames like "Detour Dow", "the Man Named Desire", and "Barricade Bill." Navy Head Coach Bill Elias called him a "250 pound player in a 207 pound frame."

At Navy he won the Cooke Memorial Football Award to the player with the most character and leadership to promote team spirit.  He was also awarded the Thompson Trophy given to the Midshipmen who best promotes athletics at the Naval Academy. In 2009, Dow was selected to the Navy Memorial Stadium 50th Anniversary Team. He also held one of the 6 highest leadership positions at the Naval Academy. We thank Bill for his 8 years of service to our country in the Navy and we are proud to welcome him home to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

jo Boobas - Class of 1983

Soccer, Field Hockey, Basketball, Track

Jo Boobas is one of the best all-around athletes in McLean High School history, excelling in 4 sports.  She was a Washington Post All-Met soccer player and is one of the school's all-time leading scorers with 170 points. Boobas was also a 2-time All-Region and 3-time All-District selection. 

As a field hockey standout and team MVP, Boobas helped the 1982 Highlanders to a Northern Region title and a state runner-up and was an All-Region and All-District selection.  Also an All-District basketball player, Boobas was also the team's MVP and leading scorer her senior season. 

Boobas went on to star at the University of North Carolina with McLean teammate and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Marcia McDermott. From 1983-86, UNC women's soccer won 3 NCAA titles and appeared in all 4 finals.  In Boobas' 4 years there, UNC was 85-3-3 and they never lost a home game. She scored 31 goals and had 27 assists in her collegiate career and was a member of the U.S. East Soccer team that won a bronze medal at the U.S. Olympic Committee National Sports Festival. In addition, Boobas was a 1985 College Cup selection.

We congratulate Jo Boobas on a terrific career at McLean and in college, and we are pleased to induct her into the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 



Elliott Mcbride - Class of 1961

Football, Basketball, Baseball

Elliott McBride was a 3-sport star at McLean High School, excelling at halfback, safety and quarterback on the gridiron, high-scoring guard in basketball, and prolific on the baseball diamond.  McBride re-wrote the scoring records in basketball at McLean. He broke the then-record for single-game points with 31 (no 3-point line then) and was an all-Northern Virginia selection and Honorable Mention All-Met. As a baseball standout, McBride starred not only for McLean, but also for the State Champion Falls Church Babe Ruth team that played in the National World Series. 

Elliott went on to play basketball at Duke University, becoming the only McLean basketball player to ever play in the ACC.  

We are proud to welcome Elliott McBride to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

celebrating and honoring the Best in McLean History

Demby Helwig Banbury


For over 20 years, Demby Helwig Banbury was a championship coach at McLean High School, capturing titles in 3 different sports. 

In her first year as a field hockey coach at McLean, she teamed with Marsha Ehrsam as co-head coaches and helped the Highlanders capture the 1986 Virginia State Championship.  It was the first State title at McLean High School and Demby and Marsha were named Co-Head Coaches of the Year by the Washington Post.  

As head field hockey coach, Demby captured 3 district titles, in addition to the region and state titles of 1986. Serving as head coach of the swim and dive team, she won 2 district titles, and as girls lacrosse coach, McLean won 4 district titles and the 1996 Northern Region title.  She also enjoyed a winning percentage of over .600 in girls tennis.  

Demby also served as Assistant Athletic Director at McLean and helped contribute to the many upgrades to the school grounds and athletic facilities during her tenure. 

We are pleased to welcome Demby Helwig Banbury to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

Greg Myren - Class of 1976


Greg "Greco" Myren was one of the first soccer stars at McLean High School and as a new program in the early 1970s, helped put the Highlanders on the map as a soccer power.  As a senior, Myren was the Washington Post All-Metropolitan Soccer Player of the Year, and was an All-American selection.  In addition, he was All-State, All-Region, All-District, and All-South. He led the Highlanders to the 1975 Northern Virginia Championship as a senior and was named McLean High School Athlete of The Year for the 1975-76 school year. 

Myren was also a star for the U-19 Annandale club team that won a National Championship. During the awards ceremony, Pele presented the gold medal to Myren.

Greco went on to star at North Carolina State University, where he was team MVP in 1977, the team's leading scorer and an All-ACC selection. He came back to the area and has coached soccer for many years, including several teams with former McLean head coach and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Ted Pease. 

We are pleased and honored to welcome Greg Myren to the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Karl Buckwalter - Class of 1981

Athlete and Coach

Not only is Karl Buckwalter one of the greatest players in McLean High School history, he's also the winningest football coach as well. He is the only Hall of Fame inductee to be both athlete and coach at McLean. As a player, he was feared defensive back, earning the Northern Region Player of the Year honors in 1980.  He led the Highlanders to a 10-0 regular season, and the school's first playoff appearance ever.  His 2 interceptions in a thrilling 15-14 win over Madison helped McLean to its first-ever Great Falls District championship. He was a Washington Star First Team All-Met selection, and a second team Washington Post All-Met pick.  An All-State selection, he was named to George Michael's Channel 4 Super 22 team. His 10 interceptions as a senior in 1980 is believed to be a McLean High School record.

Karl was also an All-District fullback and sweeper in soccer, helping McLean to region titles in 1978 and 1980. Buckwalter went on to play football at Northern State University in South Dakota before returning to McLean to coach.

In 1987, Karl returned to the Highlander House as a football assistant and in 1990, became head coach of his alma mater. After dealing with the tragic loss of McLean defensive lineman David Robinson during his very first practice as a head coach in August 1990, Buckwalter helped the team and McLean High School community regroup. Restoring immediate respectability to the program, he helped put McLean on the football map. His 1992 went back to the Northern Region playoffs for the first time since his 1980 team, and won the school's first-ever postseason game that season.  After losing in the regional championship in '92, Karl began building a program that would contend for a state title in 1995.

The 1995 team will forever be remembered as one of the most dominant, explosive football teams in McLean High School history.  Along the way to their 12-1 season and district and region titles, the '95 team pulled off exciting one-point wins over Stuart, traditional region power Lake Braddock, and Madison.  The Madison win was on the 40th Anniversary Homecoming celebration of McLean High School and may have been the most attended game in school history. Buckwalter also led McLean to playoff appearance in 1996 and 1997 and is the only McLean coach to take 4 teams to the playoffs. 

Buckwalter was the 1995 Washington Post and Virginia State Coach of the Year, and also received Coach of the Year honors with the Timmy Award from the National Touchdown Club. 

We are proud to have Karl Buckwalter inducted into the McLean High School Hall of Fame!

Everett Cloud - Class of 1957

Football, Basketball, Baseball

Everett Cloud is the first superstar athlete in McLean HIgh School history. A 1957 graduate, Everett was an All-Met running back, all Northern Virginia basketball player, and All-Northern Virginia baseball player. His two nicknames were "Mr. McLean" and "Mr. Everything." Everett led the McLean Eagles to a 10-0 record in the fall of 1956, in just their second year.  His dominance as a running back was the talk of the DC Metro area in the 1950s and his exploits led him to the University of Maryland, where he was a football captain and standout.  He was drafted by both the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills of the NFL and AFL, respectively, but he declined the professional football path and returned to the area and began a coaching and teaching career.  He helped open Marshall High School, becoming an assistant football coach in 1962, and later head coach, then went on to serve as an assistant at Annandale under legendary coach Bob Hardage from 1973-1988, where they won numerous district, region, and State titles. Everett was elected to the Fairfax County Football Coaches Hall of Fame. 

We are proud to induct Everett Cloud into the McLean High School Athletic Hall of Fame!