John Heath
John Heath

 

 

John Heath (1924)

John Heath was a star halfback and record-breaking track and field competitor. He played on the 1923 football team and had a short but brilliant career with the Maroons after transferring from Monticello at the semester break of junior year. Heath finished fifth in the state high hurdles that first semester, then ran wild as a halfback in the fall of 1923. He was the 'whole show' in a 13-0 victory over Urbana, passing and running. Heath's 35-yard field goal beat Terre Haute Wiley in a 17-14 contest, stamping his triple-threat abilities. In 1924, he established a state meet record of 183-9 in the javelin (12 feet past the previous record) and finished second in the high hurdles finals. Heath went on to be an outstanding college athlete at High Point (N.C.), captaining and starring for a championship team his senior year.