Former Pointer Dr. Ron Toothaker was inducted along with two other individuals to the Northside High School Hall of Honor during a pre-game ceremony at Mayo-Thompson Stadium back on Oct. 19.
Toothaker coached the Grizzlies from 1978-80 and was part of the 1980 state championship coaching staff. He was joined by Bill C. Breedlove, a former assistant football coach and head baseball coach, and T.C. Cummings, a former defensive standout for the Grizzlies and part of the OSU defense during the late 1980s. Cummings has coached for the Jeffrey Boys & Girls Club for 21 years.
Toothaker graduated from Van Buren in 1950 where he played for the legendary coach Claire Bates.
He was an assistant coach at Arkansas Tech, Harrison and Northside before being named the head football coach for the Grizzlies. Toothaker and his coaching staff of Gary Branch, Fred Davis, Doug McKinney, Champ Thomas, and Breedlove were part of bringing home the Class 5A state football title.
Toothaker was named the Times Record as Coach of the Year and as Co-Coach of the Year by one of the Little Rock papers.
After graduating from Tech with a degree in physical education, Toothaker earned his masters and doctorate degrees in education at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
He was named to the Arkansas Democrat first team as the center in 1949 along with Floyd Sagley (offensive back) and Kemp Gordon (offensive end). Van Buren had six players recognized that year including Johnson Gunn, Glen Harvey, Kenneth Linsey and Sam (Sammy) McIntyre.
He currently resides in Fayetteville with his wife, Barbara and has one daughter and three grandchildren.