by Anthony Scherer
For New Pittsburgh Courier
The Penn Hills Hall of Fame recently inducted two more men who contributed on the field, but have contributed more off the field.
Howard R. Slaughter Jr., PhD and Darnell Kimbrew were inducted earlier this year at the Churchill Valley Country Club.
“The ceremony was very humbling,” said Slaughter. “It really shows that hard work pays off.”
HOWARD R. SLAUGHTER JR. and DARNELL KIMBREW
Slaughter graduated in 1975, but before doing that he played nose guard in 1974 and 1975. He lettered in both his junior and senior year in football while on the wrestling team and throwing the shot-put.
He graduated from Carlow College with Bachelor of Arts degree. He later earned a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Public Management in 1995 and he earned his MBA from Point Park University in 2001. In 2006 he earned his Doctor of Science degree from Robert Morris University.
Not only was Slaughter an excellent athlete and student, but he has also been a person that others could look up too as well. He is a recipient of a New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence Award and Renaissance Publications Black Trailblazers Award. He volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina for residents in the 9th Ward. He also served his country in the Army and Navy, where he received two honorable discharges.
Darnell Kimbrew graduated in 1988, but before doing so ran track and played football.
“I was surprised when I was told,” said Kimbrew. “The ceremony was really nice and we had a mentor. It was very top notch in my book.”
In 1985 Kimbrew was the first freshman sprinter in Penn Hills history. He qualified for the WPIAL finals all four years in various events such as 100, 200, 400, 4X100, and 4X400. He was three time WPIAL champion in the 4X100 and 4X400. He was a three time state medalist and still holds three indoor track records. He lettered in track all four years.
It wasn’t just track where Kimbrew dominated, he was also an accomplished football player. He played running back, wide receiver and safety. In his senior year he was named 2nd team WPIAL and 1st team Post-Gazette at wide receiver. During his senior year he scored a 77 yard touchdown against the number one team in the country, North Hills.
After graduation he attended Slippery Rock University and majored in Political Science. He still ran track and was a member of the winning 4X400 Penn relay team. He transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Affairs in International Affairs.
Kimbrew lives in South Florida now and works for Broward County Government Purchasing Division. He volunteers his time as the Business Development Director for Midas Athletics, which is a non-profit that helps athletes gain scholarships for college. He also works with Stanback Athletics, which promotes sports for kids.
He is also a State of Florida certified mediator, an active member in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and an Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver.
These two men have proven that with hard work and dedication that you can improve your own life as well as others.