JOHNSON, RALPH E.

RALPH E. JOHNSON  (Deceased)

Inducted:  July 27, 1973 in Bloomington, IN

Date of Birth:  December 23, 1906

High School Attended:  Austin, IN               Graduated:  1931

College Attended: Central Normal College, Danville                Graduated:  1935

Coaching Experience:  Head basketball coach and teacher at Austin and Stilesville High Schools 5 years; became first basketball coach at Speedway High School in 1935; organized first football team at Speedway in 1940, playing 6-man teams because school was so small; transitioned to 11-man football in 1944; head football coach at Speedway 1940-1973, with a record of 241-60-6 and an all-time winning percentage of 80%.

Coaching Honors:  Speedway football field was renamed "Ralph E. Johnson Field" upon his retirement in 1973; team was undefeated in his final season; teams had many county and Mid-State Conference titles.

Special Recognition:  Upon his retirement, he received a Special Citizen’s Award from Governor Bowen; presented with Service Award by sportswriter Bill Benner on behalf of the Indianapolis Star-News; town of Speedway honored him with a Ralph Johnson Week and Ralph Johnson Day on December 13, 1972; named to Speedway's inaugural Town Hall of Fame in January, 1973.

Family:  Wife, Lois; son, Bob, and daughters, Sue and Jane Ann.

Coach Johnson passed away November 17, 1992.