Superman, Kansas, Menningers Headed To Hall Of Fame

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Heros and a superhero are among this year's inductees to the Kansas Hall of Fame.

The 2013 class of laureates was announced Thursday at the Great Overland Station.

They include the First Kansas Colored Infantry and the character Superman, who grew up as Clark Kent in a small Kansas town.

Also inducted this year will be the rock band Kansas, who met as students at Topeka West High school; mental health pioneers doctors C.F., Karl and Will Menninger; and the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith.

Event organizers say, before the hall started in 2011, there was no way to honor Kansans in general.

"I think it's very important that our good, strong, solid values are represented and that we can share those with the young people and share ways in which they too can achieve their dreams," said Beth Fager, one of the hall's founders. "It provides role models for them."

The induction ceremony is June 21st.