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John Hill

Key Accomplishments:
  • Set 200M record of 22.0 in 1954, a record which has remained unbroken for over 50 years
  • Record breaker in the 100, 200, 880, and Mile Relay.
  • Placed 3rd at the State Finals in the 100 and 220 yard dashes in 1954
  • Recorded at 9.8 in the the 100 yard dash during the AAU State Finals
  • Captained the 1954 track team that won the Rochester and Goshen Relays
  • 3-time CIC Champion
  • 4-time State Qualifier

    After 55 years, you
can still look up in the hallway
at RHS and see John Hill’s
name as the 200 Meter record
holder for boy’s track. Back
in 1954, John probably did not
even know what a meter
was…he did however travel
200 yards in 22.0 seconds flat
to make him one of the fastest
Zebras in history!
    John was a three sport
athlete at Rochester during his
high school career. He played
basketball under Coach Bob
Matthias and was a two year
varsity letter-winner. John
was a member of the 1950
football team that was the first
since the depression years and
he was a senior on the Central
Indiana Conference champs
(8-0-1) under Coach Bob
Matthias. That team finished
the season with an 8-0-1
record.

    With John as a team
captain and leading the way in
the dashes, the 1954 track
team was reported to be one of
the best ever. The Zebras won
the Rochester Relays and were
champs in the very prestigious
Goshen Relays in 1954. In
track John and his teammates
set records in the 100 Dash,
the 200 Dash, the 880 Relay,
and the Mile Relay. He was a
three time CIC champion and
a four time state qualifier in
Track. John earned Bronze
medals in the 100 yard dash
and the 220 yard dash in 1954.
After graduation, John was
timed at 9.8 in the 100 yard
dash at the State AAU
championships.

    Upon graduation, John
attended Purdue University
from 1954-1956. He earned
the three degrees from Ball
State University before being
awarded his doctorate in
Educational Administration
from Ball State in 1983.
Dr. John Hill and his
wife, Carole Ann live in
Muncie. Their daughter is
Mrs. Christina Pippen. John
and Carole Anne have two
grandchildren.
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