TIME LINE OF GREATNESS
1956 State Track Champions (Coach Ralph Steben)
State Champs Mile Relay (Charles Collins, Nick Thomas, Robert Green, Fred
State Champion 100 yard dash Leroy Jackson 9.9
State Champion long jump Fred Macklin 21’ 5 5/8” , 5th in 440 yard dash
3rd in State Frank Carra 120 high hurdles
5th in State Tony Bartalini shot put
1957 State Track Champions (Coach Ralph Steben)
State Champion 440 yd dash Fred Macklin 48.9 AND Long jump 22’ 6 3/8”
State Champions 880 yd relay (Larry Clark, Leroy Jackson, Starling Jenkins, Jim
State Champions Mile relay (John Llorca, Fred Macklin, Bob Thompson, Edward
3rd in State 120 high hurdles Bob Thompson
3rd in State high jump Homer Thurman
1958 State Track Champions (Coach Ralph Steben)
State Champion 100 yd dash Leroy Jackson 10.3 State Champion 880 yd dash Lynn Griffin 1:57.6
State Champions 880 Relay (Roger Elliott, Bruce Forbes, Elzie Higginbottom,
State Champions Mile relay (Lynn Griffin, Elzie Higginbottom, Homer Thurman, Ed West,) 3:24.4
State Champion High jump Homer Thurman 6’3”
3rd in State Pole vault Issac Jefferson
3rd in State Long jump Homer Thurman
3rd in State Shot put Ron Barbizzi
1959 Issac Jefferson set the National Interscholastic Indoor Pole Vault record at 13’4 3’8”
State Track Champions (Coach Ralph Steben)
State Champion 440 yd. dash Elzie Higginbottom 49.5
State Champions 880 Relay State Champs (Zeke Corbin , Robert Cosenza, Roger Elliott, Homer Thurman) 1:31.9
State Champion Shot put Ron Barbizzi 58’2”
2nd in State Mile relay
3rd in State High jump Jim Pouncey (tied)
5th in State Long jump Homer Thurman
5th in State Discus Chuck Boling
2nd in State 100 yd. dash Roger Elliott
3rd in State 880 yd. run Lynn Griffin
State qualifiers – Bob Boling, Tony Zona, and John Persiani
Grady McCullum '59
"greatest disappoint in my basketball life was losing a Bloom basketball final"
Homer Thurman is still considered as one of the greatest all around athletes in the history of Bloom HS. Homer set nearly all of Bloom’s basketball records while he was in school. He was on the varsity for four years and led his team into the state tournament twice. Homer was also the Illinois State High Jump Champion as well as a member of the state champion mile relay team. In football, he was an all state defensive safety.
FOUR PEAT 1956-1959 STATE TRACK CHAMPIONS TEAMS
GREATEST BLOOM STUDENT ATHLETE OF ALL TIMES ?
Leroy Jackson (born December 8, 1939 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Western Illinois University and is a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame.
On Dec. 8, 1962, his 23rd birthday, Jackson caught an 85-yard touchdown pass for the Redskins from quarterback Norm Snead in a 34-21 loss to the Baltimore Colts. He had been a first-round NFL draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, the 11th player selected in the 1962 draft.
Jackson was the Illinois state champion in the 100 yard dash three years in a row for Bloom High School from 1956-58.
Bloom Greatest Track & Field History
Football 1957-58 season
1957 was the best team in Bloom’s history. It was the first team to post a perfect score. The team also surpassed the school and league scoring marks, totaling 265 points for the whole season and 226 for conference competition. The individual scoring record of 73 was smashed by halfback Leroy Jackson who scored 90. In offensive gains, Bloom advanced the ball over 3000 yards and the defense held opponents to 1000 yards.
Six members were all conference, and 6 more honorable mention. Leroy Jackson was named left half-back on the all-state team , special mention to Chuck Green, Homer Thurman, Roger Elliott and honorable mention to Chuck Boling.
Head coach was C.M. Sarff with assistants Jacobeit and Piazza.
Bloom's Greatest Football Team in Illinois History
THE GOLDEN YEARS OF BLOOM SPORTS
Controversy all season was on Bill's height stated from 6'6" to 6'10". Bloom's measuring stick only went to 6'6". The Broadcaster went out and measured him at 6'9" short!
1959 Homer Thurman's senior year, first year coach Phil Hey led the team to 20-5. Thurman, Howard Perkins, Jerry Vickery, dunker Bill Woislaw, and junior Dan Maga made up a starting 5 that averaged well over 6 feet.
The '56 team were known as the tallest Trojans and won Conference, Regional and Sectional. Captain Grady McCollum was known as the "human pogo stick". The team lost in the Sweet Sixteen which was the farthest Bloom had gone since 1940.
The '57 season brought championships in the South Suburban, District and Sectional. Trojans were 27-2 and set a new record of 1839 points. Colangelo and Bell
Homer Thurman '59
Bobby Bell '57
Elzie Higginbottom @ Wisconsin
What is tradition? Webster defines it as "an inherited pattern of thought or action." It is something that is built brick by brick over a period of time, not one year by one team. The Yankees are tradition. The Cubs aren't. Notre Dame is tradition. Northwestern isn't. Mount Carmel is tradition. Bloom should be.
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