The Waterloo Wonders Historic Marker
From 1934-1935, Waterloo High School had only 26 male students enrolled yet they possessed one of the greatest mens basketball teams in the State of Ohio. Waterloo High School was demolished, but this marker preserves the history of the basketball team that was known as the Waterloo Wonders or the Wonder Five. They won two class B state championships in 1934 and 1935. Their winning record was an impressive 94-3. The team defeated many class A schools, as well as, college teams. Four of the five high school players continued on to play professional basketball after they graduated, and the Waterloo Wonders not only beat many teams but filled the stands owing to their reputation for trick plays.
Backstory and Context
The Wonder Five consisted of Curtis McMahon, Team Captain, 5'11", Beryl Drummond, 5'8", Orlyn Roberts, 5'11", Wyman Roberts, 5'11", and Steward Wiseman, 5'7." Magellan Hairston, the coach of the team was also the high school principal. To say that these five men and their coach were an excellent basketball team is a bit of an understatement. The Wonder Five played only two seasons of basketball together yet won 97 games and only lost three. The team at one time had a fifty-six game winning streak. The team won the Class B State Championship in 1934 and 1935.
Waterloo Wonders. Lawrence County Register. . Accessed August 01, 2018. https://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/history/people/waterloo-wonders/.