Hall of Fame induction: 1999
The late Chic Reed remains a great name from the past that old-timers still mention. This Middletown High School boy won the National high School high jump championship, sponsored by the AAU, in 1940 at Madison Square Garden with a record jump of 6′ 0″. That record is said to have lasted in Delaware for 22 years and was set when Reed used the western roll.
Reed was Delaware state high school champion in both the high jump and broad jump in 1938, 1939, and 1940. He set a state record of 5’10½” in 1938, and a meet record an inch higher the following year at the state meet.
Reed also won a total of four New Castle County meet championships in the broad jump and high jump in 1938 and 1939. In 1938 at the age of 16, Reed broad jumped 22′ 3½” at the Tome School interscholastic meet. Chic had a best of 6’ 3¼” in the high jump and a broad jump of 22’ 8½” in 1940.