John turned out to be a great high school basketball player. John began high school here in 1925 and would go on to graduate in 1928. Throughout his time in high school, John led his team to three state championships in a row. Out of the three times they went to the championship, they won it twice. He was the high school’s star player and would end up getting recruited to play at Purdue University. The gymnasium is now in his name along with his signature on the court.
While in High School, he would meet the love of his life, Nellie Riley. The two decided to marry as soon as John finished college. According to John, it was love at first sight between the two.