The Denham Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame and its title sponsor, Sport-N-Center, will open nominations for the fifth class of inductees.

Nominations for the class of 2015 will be accepted until March 31.

“It’s hard to believe the Hall of Fame has come so far in such a short time,” said Kelly Jones, Denham Springs High School principal.

“After we asked Butch Wax, Pee Way Day, Jim Spring and Robert Graves to form a steering committee, it just took off.

“They developed solid nomination and selection ground rules that have protected the process from controversy and, in cooperation with the Denham Springs Athletic Association, we have ended each yearly cycle with a first-class induction banquet at Forrest Grove Plantation. We are the most proud of the widespread community support the Hall of Fame enjoys and also the integrity of the selection process that has earned the public’s trust.”

Forty-three sports figures have been inducted, Spring said.

One star athlete, former Australian exchange student Katrina Hibbert, has been selected but not yet inducted due to scheduling and travel difficulties, he said. During the past four years, 33 athletes, eight coaches and two supporters have been enshrined. Two of these were inducted in the dual category of athlete-coach.

Anyone with an interest in Yellow Jacket athletics may submit a nomination; however, individuals may not nominate themselves, a news release from Springs said. Nominations must conform to the Hall of Fame nomination guidelines available at www.denhamhs.lpsb.org or by picking up a copy at the school office.

Nominations cannot be accepted by email or fax. Because guidelines require an 8-by-10-inch photograph of the candidate, nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered to the athletic director at DSHS, 1000 N. Range Ave., Denham Springs, LA 70726. Submissions must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 31 to be considered.

Once all nominations have been received and screened for completeness, the Selection Committee will meet to review the submission and vote on candidates for induction this fall. Nominees who are not selected will remain active candidates and be voted on annually for five years, Spring said.

Individuals nominated but not selected for the classes of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 need not be renominated. However, if additional documentation has become available that will strengthen their file, it should be submitted to the address noted above, he said.

The Hall of Fame serves as a symbol of appreciation to the athletes, coaches and supporters whose outstanding contributions meet the criteria for selection in these three categories, Spring said. Male and female athletes will be representative of all varsity sports. Nominees, both living and deceased, will be considered from all eras of DSHS athletics.

The Denham Springs Athletic Association will once again partner with the high school to host the annual fall banquet, where inductees will be honored.

They also will be presented during halftime of the first Yellow Jacket home football game of the season.

For information, contact Spring at (225) 588-0366.