2015 Inductees




Lee Pace


Lee Pace was a 1975 graduate of HHS. After high school, he received his degree in journalism from the University of North carolina. He is a writer and has written several books including three about the Pinehurst Golf Course. Lee is also active with the UNC sports program and its Athletic Department, especially Carolina football. He continues to demonstrate the best of Bearcat tradition and the best of Hendersonville High School.


Chris Ferguson


Chris Ferguson graduated from HHS in 1975. At Hendersonville, he distinguished himself as one of the most talented multi-sport athletes to graduate from our school. Chris continued this legacy by becoming one of the most respected assistant basketball coaches in Division 1. He is a role model and represents the type of individual that makes HHS and its history so important. Chris continues to be a Bearcat through and through.


Melissa Maurer


Melissa Maurer is a 1978 graduate of Hendersonville High School. Besides owning her own business, she has been an active member of the community with her civic activities. These include being a Girl Scout leader, Red Cross volunteer, and Boys and Girls Club volunteer. Her commitment to education includes serving on the school board for the past 16 years. In 2014, Melissa was the recipient of the Clifton Shipman Award for continued services to Henderson County.


Rt. Rev. James Magness


Right Reverend James Magness graduated from Hendersonville in 1964. After graduating from HHS, he served in the Navy, graduated from Western Carolina University, continued serving in the Navy Reserve and serving in the Episcopal Church.  Since then he has become the second highest bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States.  Rev. Magness is also active in civic activities including working with the homeless, those in prison, and those in need overseas. He continues to be a proud Bearcat.