Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame

April 13, 2015 Hall of Fame Working


Information about Nominee:

Name: Perky Bryant

PO Box 187
106 Park Drive
Loyall, KY 40854

Information about Person Making the Nomination:

Name: Stacy Noah

546 Hwy 1084
Baxter, KY 40806

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Primary KHSAA Basketball Region: 13

Secondary KHSAA Basketball Region: 0


High School Attended: Evarts High School

Year of Graduation: 1960

Nominee's Accomplishments at the High School Level in Kentucky:

Perky Bryant's high school career was stellar. As a 175-pound halfback, he led one of the greatest football teams in Evarts history to an 11-1 record during his season. Finishing second in the Cumberland Valley Conference, EHS's only loss of the season was to the eventual Class A state championship team. Bryant scored 202 points his senior season, earned 13 varsity letters in four sports at EHS, and powered his way to the end zone with huge contributions for team wins during numerous games (39 points out of 48/ 33 out of 40). His biggest accomplishment was being recognized by the Louisville Courier-Journal as the 15th Best High School Football Player in the state of Kentucky for the 1950's decade. The honor was overwhelming for Bryant considering the number of players, for a 10-year period, that was considered for the award. Perky Bryant was a standout multi-sport athlete at Evarts High School in Harlan County; however, football was his greatest love. His father was a coal miner and his mother a homemaker. He grew up in a coal camp known as Number 2 Camp in Kenvir and worked at a grocery store all day on Saturdays and then would play hard-nosed football at night. Despite living in a small town, Bryant's athletic prowess gained him statewide attention and he continued playing the game of football at the University of Kentucky after graduating Evarts High School in 1960. His grit and drive were evidenced as he had great success at UK as a member of the fabled "Thin Thirty" Wildcats. In 1962, Charlie Bradshaw became coach and Bradshaw's first win came in Detroit, Michigan over Detroit by a score of 27-8. Junior Perky Bryant scored three touchdowns against the Titans. He was a three-year letterman on the UK Varsity Team in 1961-1963. In 1962, he was the leading scorer for UK.

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Date Submitted: November 1, 2022