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Celebrating our Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

On May 14, 2022, we celebrated our Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year’s inductees were all multi-sport athletes during their time at Cincinnati Country Day School.  

The Class of 2020 inductees are:
Max Dietz ’10
Chris Griffith ’81
Ellie Off Pomeroy ’96

The Class of 2021 inductees are:
Bob Buechner ’65
JR Foster ’98
Susan Pepper ’95

“The bonds that sports help to create are enduring and indelible,” said Head of School Rob Zimmerman ’98. “Sports is one of the rare experiences in life that can break down divisions, bring people together, and create personal and institutional bonds which are not easily torn asunder.”

Bob Buechner '65 participated in basketball, tennis, and golf. He helped lead the basketball team to a district championship. He was one of the top-ranked junior golfers in Cincinnati as well as one of the top doubles tennis players in Southwest Ohio. He was also an assistant boys basketball coach for eight years.

Chris Griffith '81 participated in basketball and track. He received All-MVC honors and All-City honors in basketball and track. He was a two-time state qualifier in track and placed 4th at the state meet. He held the school record in the high jump for 20 years. The rumor is that he might just be the first Country Day student-athlete to dunk a basketball.

Susan Pepper '95 participated in cross country, track, and swimming. She is a Heinichen Award recipient, which is presented to top female athletes at Country Day. She was MVC champion for three years in cross country and track and received All-City honors in cross country and track. She was a two-time state qualifier in cross country and track and placed 6th at the state meet.

Ellie Off Pomeroy '96 participated in tennis, basketball, and softball. She is a Heinichen Award recipient, which is presented to top female athletes at Country Day. She received All-MVC honors and All-District honors in tennis, basketball, and softball. She was named First Team All-State in softball and was a state qualifier in tennis.

JR Foster '98 participated in soccer and track. He received All-MVC honors and All-District honors in soccer and track and All-City honors in soccer. He was team captain in soccer and was also named MVP.

Max Dietz '10 participated in football and baseball. He is a McDaniel Award recipient, which is presented to top male athletes at Country Day. He received All-MVC honors and All-City honors in football and baseball. He was named First Team All-State in football and gained over 5,000 all-purpose yards and scored 58 touchdowns.

“Athletics are an essential component of the whole child education we value here at Country Day, and especially its ability to create leaders,” continued Zimmerman. “A look at our honorees shows that Country Day has always helped to develop not just multi-sports athletes, but also multi-talented leaders.”

Congratulations to all the inductees. Click here for pictures and a recording of the event.