(Lafayette High SChool, Lexington, KY)
He helped lead his Lafayette Generals to the state championship in 1953. In addition to being named to the All-Tournament team, Vernon also received high school All-American status. He was named to the All-State Teams both in 1953 and 1954. Vernon was also named the first Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 1954, and went on to have an outstanding career at the University of Kentucky.