JOHN R. TATUM  (Deceased)

Inducted:  January 19, 1974 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth:  May 10, 1911 Monroe County, IN

High School Attended:  Bloomington, IN      Graduated:  1933

High School Honors:  Played football; wrestling champion in 145 lb. class.
College Attended:  Indiana University         Graduated:  1937

College Honors:  Member of football and wrestling squads.

Coaching Experience:  Assistant football coach at Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, 1937-1940; won City Title in 1937; head coach of Wabash Community 1941-1962; won CIAC Conference once; runner-up many times.

Coaching Honors:  Won more than 100 games at same school; lectured at IHSAA Coaching School; received recognition plaques from Wabash Community Clubs on three occasions.

Special Recognition:  Required all players to wear face protectors before it was made mandatory; was first to fake with the ball instead of with the hand; officiated in football, basketball, and wrestling for over 35 years; was frequent speaker at football banquets. 

Coach Tatum passed away September 1, 1981.