MCSHOF Class of 2020
William Lowe Bryan, Bloomington High School
Only Monroe County native to be IU president, term as president (1902-37) longest in school history and greatest in expansion of academic offerings, including key role in landing medical school … only athletic letterman (baseball 1884) to be IU president … led expansion of IU athletic program and facilities to meet Big Ten standards … started with faculty and students in post-World War I fund-raising campaign that produced first Memorial Stadium for football, Memorial Union, and first women’s dormitory … as student, helped launch Indiana Daily Student, wrote daily student-aimed column for IDS during presidency … Bryan Hall, Bryan House, Bryan Park, Bryan Street all named for him.
James Harold "Bat" Buress Jr., Bloomington High School '53 - Wrestling
First African American to win an Indiana high school wrestling championship (127 pounds, 1953), beat reigning state champion John Neubauer of Lafayette Jeff in finals, 7-3 … coached by Hall of Famer Clifford “Two-Bits” Myers … teammate John Ramsey said “Bat never weighed more than 130 but hit like 180” … After Army service, worked 21 years as engineer in South Bend School Corporation – ushered Notre Dame football games for 20 years … inducted Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame 2011 … died at 82 in 2016, survived by wife Annette, 3 sons and 3 daughters. He was very active as “HiY, Orchestra, B-Men, Commercial Club, Student Council, Football, Track and Wrestling” were listed as his school activities.
Preston Eagleson, Bloomington High School - Football
First African-American letter winner at IU (football, 1894, also played baseball but no letter given) … first African-American to receive IU master’s degree … son of Bloomington barber, member of family that accumulated more than 20 IU degrees (including great-granddaughter Cora Bridgewaters, first African-American IU trustee . . . married, father of 3 children … 2-year high school principal in Bloomington, later at high school in St. Louis … ordained minister, died at 35 in 1911 … buried in Rose Hall Cemetery . . . IUPUI gives annual Preston Eagleson Award to student whose essay best advances understanding of the African-American experience.
Jane Foddrill, Bloomington High School '33
16-time City women’s golf champion, including last 11 straight (1954-64) in which she competed … championship trophy named for her … she and husband Otis Foddrill spent last years attending every City Tournament and championing the tournament’s heritage … born Freeda (Jane) Blackwell in Bedford … died in Bloomington at 82 April 7, 1998, buried in Clover Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg.
Harlan Logan, Bloomington High School '22 - Basketball
Star of BHS Final 4 team (lost at State to Franklin “Wonder 5”) … at IU, All-Big Ten, No. 2 conference scorer as junior … passed up senior year to be IU’s sixth Rhodes Scholar, still only one ever from basketball program … career-high 19 points in comeback (from 10 points down) to beat Purdue, 39-36 …also lettered tennis, track at IU (1924-25) … Arbutus called him “deadly from almost any spot on the floor – did some of the finest quick passing ever seen in the conference – a great tip-shot artist under the basket, and a lightning feeder to the other scoring stars” … IU’s first head tennis coach (1930), also basketball assistant … outstanding career in publishing (Look Magazine editor), New Hampshire politics (Speaker of House, state legislature) … inducted IU Athletics Hall of Fame 2011.
Juliette Maxwell, Bloomington High School '35
Third generation of esteemed IU family, father Dr. James Maxwell and grandfather Dr. David Maxwell each presidents of IU Board of Trustees, Maxwell Hall named for them (David first board president, 18-20-1837 … David (second mayor of Bloomington) reverently called “Mr. Indiana University” … Juliette (actually named Martha) 1883 IU graduate in physical training . . . first director IU Department of Physical Training for Women … key advocate for IU Women’s Gymnasium Program, coach of 1902 IU “girls champion” (Arbutus 1902) basketball team … success of IU program attracted women athletes from state and region to Bloomington to participate, ultimately led to formation of Women’s Athletic Association at IU 8 years before national formation … June 6, 1922, she and Lillian Berry became first women given rank of full professor at IU … died at 87 in 1939 at Battle Creek, Mich., buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.
Chauncey McDaniel, Bloomington High School '35
After outstanding career at BHS and IU, became a charter-member Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Famer coaching 4 state-champion teams at Southport … just second coach to win 4 titles (joining own BHS coach Harold Mumby) and still one of just 6 to do it … placed at state for Panthers all 4 high school years, second (1933) and third (1934) for state championship teams and 165-pound champion in 1935 … joined brother Charlie at IU, 2-time Big Ten champion, All-American for finishing third in 1940 NCAA for NCAA-runner up team … state championships at Southport were in 1951, ’54, ’55 and ’64; runner up 4 other years … named national high school Wrestling Coach of Year (1978), received Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s “Twin Tony” Award for career contributions … died at 84 in 1999.
Pauline Siebenthal (Bridehager), Bloomington High School '12 - Track
Born in Vevay July 11, 1895, family in Bloomington by 1900 census … graduated BHS, attended IU … at 19, cleared 6-1 at meet in New York to set unsanctioned “world” women’s pole vault record’ (first internationally recognized women’s world record in event in 1994, Sun Carvon, China, 13-3¼) … featured in New York Times article May 21, 1915, on meet planned in Indiana to get sanction for record … attended IU, director of physical training at Connersville High School, later director park recreation program in Indianapolis … lawyer, 50-year member Indiana Bar Association … died at 86 in 1981 … 2019 inducted Indiana Track Hall of Fame as Pioneer of the Sport.
Phil Talbot, Bloomington High School ’27 - Golf
11-time City Golf Tournament champion, including record 9 in a row (1935-43), only one of those matches going to final hole … 4-time runner up … in tournament Hall of Fame, men’s championship trophy named for him … 2-year letterman (1930-31) captain, IU golf team … coached Hoosier golf team to 4-4 record in 1932 … State Amateur runner-up 3 times (1931, ’32, ’37) … Indiana Elks champion 1951 … died at 87 in 1995.
Born in Turkey in 1900, immigrated with family to Philadelphia 1907 … 1918 named top high school graduate in Philadelphia, winning fully-paid 4-year scholarship University of Pennsylvania … after getting two degrees there, came to Bloomington with RCA … formed own company 1947 and pioneered in development of FM radio, TV, early color TV (mid-1960s) … for 7 years (1966-73) owner-publisher Bloomington Courier-Tribune newspaper … in Monroe County Hall of Fame, plaque calls him “enterpriser” whose radio stations “started local broadcast of IU basketball games, high school football, basketball games.” … died at 87 Oct. 7, 1987.