High School Athletic Hall of Fame Design Ideas

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Finding the right way to display your hall of fame information can be a challenge, as these displays can come in a large variety of shapes, materials, and designs. We gathered a few of our favorite hall of fame designs and broke them down by different unique styles. These stand-out design examples help illustrate the wide array of recognition display options.


A picture board is perhaps the most familiar way to set up an athletic hall of fame. It’s an updated version of the dusty and inconsistent framed pictures found throughout hall of fame cabinets across the country. The pictures feature acrylic frames that are pre-mounted to the board and can be made to fit any size photo. Pertinent information about each athlete or team can be included underneath the photo. This can include their name, sports played, grad year, and accomplishments.


This is a pretty typical example of a picture board hall of fame. In addition to the typical logo, colors, and branding elements, this board also includes a brief explainer paragraph. Each inductee is featured with an individual headshot and basic info.


This next hall of fame is similar to the first picture board with a few key differences. Firstly, there is a brief bio paragraph included under each picture enriching viewer’s experience. Secondly, the display is built at a grand and visually impressive scale that has immediate impact in the athletic lobby.


Mounted-plaque hall of fame boards are the most popular display with high school and college athletic directors. A high-end look is created by suspending laser-cut acrylic plaques over a background panel with aluminum standoff hardware.

This style display creates visual interest through depth on the board. Inductee names can either be added to the plaques in a running list by induction year, or you can dedicate a separate plaque for each athlete. This second approach allows more room to include content such as additional photos or biographical information.


This mounted-plaque style hall of fame is a great example. Each plaque contains two years of inductee names listed following the year of induction. Plenty of room has been left for future hall of famers. We typically recommend leaving room for about 10 years of growth. One unique feature of this design is that each plaques is custom routed to include the Ram logo extending from the top.


The next example is similar to hall of fame shown above, but what makes this board unique is the background panel. This custom feature has been routed to look just like the individual plaques. The Jaguar logo breaks out of the typical rectangular shape creating a clean, professional look.


This grand hall of fame display is framed nicely around an existing television displaying hall of fame related images, video, and other content. While this display includes all the bells and whistles, it is important to note the modular design. Breaking up the design into smaller sections not only looks great and fills a large wall space, it allows for easy expansion in the future. When you run out of room on existing panels, you can simply order a new section at a fraction of the cost of completely new signage.


The last style of hall of fame to consider is an add-a-name style wrestling record board. This style hall of fame board typically set up as a running list of inductees organized by induction year. Add-a-name hall of fame boards are great for customers that have limited wall space available. This can also be a good cost-effective option for tighter budgets.


Found in programs across the nation, this board is a typical example of a hall of fame set up as an add-a-name board. Inductees are listed chronologically in a running list that includes name, sport(s), and induction year. The adhesive-backed lettering comes pre-spaced, making it extremely easy to add future classes as they are inducted.


This add-a-name hall of fame was built in sections like the mounted-plaque style shown earlier. A separate header sign floats above three separate track and field boards listing the program’s inductees. A “Coaches” section is featured in this design along with a sponsor sign displayed below.

Interested in getting a conversation started about the options for your school’s hall of fame? We would be happy to answer questions and get started on a free proof and quote proposal for the project.

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