Hall of Fame induction: 2019
Was one of Delaware’s most dominant high school high jumper, whose state record has lasted longer than any other record in any event and became one of the best high jumpers in University of Delaware annals.
While attending Tower Hill High School in 1981 John jumped 6 feet 11¼ inches at the Division 2 state championship meet and set the outdoor high school mark that has endured since. Earlier that spring, broke records in every major state meet by jumping 6’9” at the Howard Relays, 6’10” at the Dover Relays, 6’8¾” at the New Castle County Meet and at the Independent Conference meet, 6’8¼” and jumped 6’10” at the state Meet of Champions. Additionally, he won the Greater Philadelphia Coaches Meet in the high jump. During his career he exceeded 6’8” in seven major meets. Only seven other jumpers have ever done so once.
While attending the University of Delaware he jumped 6’6″ outdoors as a junior in 1985 and 6’9¾” as a senior indoors at the Princeton Relays in 1986.