Laurel High Well Represented in News Journal's Top 100 Most Accomplished Athletes in Delaware History
On Monday, September 20, The Morning News Journal announced its list of Delaware's Most Accomplished Athletes of All Time...and Laurel High School saw two members of its "Athletics Hallway of Fame" crack the list.
Coming in at #79 was Julie Dayton. Dayton earned 12 varsity letters in field hockey, basketball and softball before graduating from Laurel in 1976. She then starred in field hockey and lacrosse at Longwood College, becoming its first lacrosse All-American. That led to a 10-year hitch on the U.S. team, including the silver medalist 1986 World Cup team
Ronnie Waller came in at #32. The Laurel High quarterback set state records as a senior in 1950 with 213 points and 30 touchdowns. He was first-team All-State as a junior and senior at a time when just 11 players received such distinction. Waller then starred as a running back at Maryland, winning a national championship in 1953 and being an All-ACC pick in 1954. He also played on the Terps’ national title lacrosse team in 1954. Waller was then All-Pro as a Los Angeles Rams rookie in 1955, rushing for 713 yards and seven touchdowns. His 76-yard run in a 42-17 rout of the Green Bay Packers was the NFL’s longest of the 1957 season, but knee injuries cut his career short. He's the first of only two Delawareans inducted to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Ms. Dayton and the Waller Family!