Retired Lowell High School Athletic Director Don Bales has been selected as one of five inductees in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's Hall of Fame class for 2013.
Bales retired in 2010 after 36 years in education and interscholastic athletics. Bales served at Lowell High School for 29 years.
Bales began his career as a cross country, baseball and basketball coach in the Portage Township Schools, where he served from 1974 to 1979. From 1979 to 1981, he taught and coached varsity basketball at Tri-Creek Schools.
Bales created the first Lowell High School student handbook, established the school's athletic hall of fame, designed and wrote a sportsmanship guide and developed coach mentoring and orientation programs. He was also instrumental in the renovation of the school's athletic facilities in the early 2000s.
Bales, a 1970 graduate of Hebron High School, graduated in 1974 from Indiana Central College with a degree in physical education, health and biology. In 1979, he earned a master's degree in secondary education at Indiana University Northwest in Gary.
Bales served on the NIAAA Board of Directors from 1995 to 1999 including one term as president. Since 2000, Bales has been the chairman of the organization's Leadership Training Institute State Coordinators.
He has been presented with numerous awards from the NIAAA and other athletic organizations over the years.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 17 in Anaheim, Calif.