He was delighted after receiving this honour because according to him, he was a 'misfit' in school. He was quoted saying, “The one thing that comes to mind is extreme gratitude to be honoured here at the school that I was hiding in for most of the time I was here. I hated my school - literally. I was a misfit, I didn't fit in, didn't wanna fit in."
"I hid as much as possible in my music and listening to music. Yes, I did have to show up in classes and get credits and things, just to make it through, but I really did not feel like I identified with anyone. (So) to be back here, being included in the Hall Of Fame, is completely surreal..." The Press Telegram quotes James as saying.
Other people those who were included in the School's Hall of Fame were Pete Yoder, Kathleen Tuttle, Brad Elrod, Donna Boose, James Zupancic.