By Mackie Grady Posted February 23, 2020
Last weekend at the last home basketball games, three individuals were inducted into the Lowry High School Hall of Fame. The three honored were Sergio Cabada, Don Walton, and Raymond Parks.
The first inductee is Sergio Cabada who is now the LHS School Resource Officer and assistant track coach this year. Cabada was acknowledged for his cross country school record.
Sergio Cabada is considered one of the greatest distance runners to ever wear blue and gold. The 1997 graduate still holds the school record and two state championships in the 1600 and holds the school record and one state championship in the 3200.
As a cross-country runner Cabada lead the team to the legendary state cross-country championship in 1995 as well as individually finishing 2nd at state two years in a row. Cabada was also the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Lowry High School Raymond Hooft Award.
Cabada then went on and continued his running career in Gresham, Oregon.
After graduating from LHS, Cabada continued his running career for Mt. Hood Community College. In college, Sergio attained national recognition as being one of the top distance runners at all levels in the Pacific Northwest.
Don Walton is the CAD teacher at the high school along with the Athletic Director.
Next inductee “Colorado Kid” Don Walton. After a successful mining career, this former college baseball player thankfully went into the field of education as a teacher of Math and Drafting. For the last 20 years, a constant at sporting events at Lowry High School has been Don Walton.
From cutting grass on the soccer, football, and baseball fields to cleaning up the gym floors to announcing games to setting up transportation and fields to making sure everything is perfect for game day; Walton wears many hats and in his humble words continually states; “I do it for the kids so they have the opportunity to compete.”
Walton has been a part of Lowry athletics whether it be coaching or supporting the teams.
Mr. Walton has been an active member of our community donating countless hours toward youth athletics. Walton has also coached baseball and basketball at LHS for 12 years and helped carry on the proud tradition of Lowry Athletics by being the Athletic Director for the past seven years.
In 2017, Walton was named the 3A Nevada Athletic Director of the year. Walton has been a proud member of the Lowry High School Family in which he’s taken great pride in.
The next inductee is Raymond Parks. Parks is the current principal at LHS.
The “Can Do Man” is Raymond Harold Parks. Parks has been in the Humboldt County School District for 28 years, and as principal, he took the graduation rate from 61% up to a staggering 93%.
Parks is the current President of the Winnemucca Boys and Girls Club where he spearheaded the 7.5 million dollar fundraising campaign to get the club going.
He has been in the Winnemucca Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years.
He has been a crucial member of the Winnemucca Century Club for Lowry Athletics for 27 years and was President for 14 years.
Parks has been selected by his peers to be the President of the NIAA 3A League for Athletics in the state of Nevada for the past seven years and currently sits on the State Realignment Committee for Athletics.
Along with coaching in the past, Parks still manages to put kids first and make sure that education is the first priority.
Parks has been involved in bringing countless high school athletic events and regional tournaments to Winnemucca.
Parks was a football coach at Lowry for eight years and four as the head coach. He was also the assistant track coach for six years and has been the starter for the Junior High and Lowry track meets for the past 28 years.
He is constantly trying to improve all of Lowry’s facilities as he also spearheaded the multi-million dollar all-weather track and light project. He did the same for the courtyard and auditorium LHS restorations for the staff, students, and community of Lowry. The most important attribute is he puts kids first and foremost.