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Lamoni Community School Newsleter

Lamoni School Honors Track Star Jack Parker

1936 Olympic Decathlon Winners
L-R: Jack Parker (Bronze), Glenn Morris (Gold) and Robert Clark (Silver)
Members of the American Olympic Team, August 15, 1936, Berlin, Germany

Lamoni's greatest athlete was Jack PARKER. In 1933, while still in high school, Jack established himself as the best all-round performer in the state of Iowa. An example of this ability was at the Creston Relays where he entered six events. . . winning all six. Moving on to th stae championships (all schools were entered in the same class at that time), Lamoni placed second behind a large and strong team from Clinton. The eastern Iowa school compiled 21 points, followed by 18 for the Demons . . . all Lamoni points earned by Jack PARKER.

His ability earned him an invitation to the national high school finals in Chicago where he placed second in the nation in the long jump with a leap of 23'1". The winner - a young many by the name of Jesse Owens!

PARKER'S career continued as L. D. WELDON convinced PARKER to come to Sacramento City College. After establishing more records at the California school, PARKER earned a berth on the famous Olympic squad that confronted the Nazi regime in Berlin in 1936. The result is history, as PARKER made it a clean sweep for the Americans by capturing the bronze medal in the Delathlon before the world's best.

Young PARKER'S ability was never fully realized as the war quelled any further hope of furture exploit. There is little doubt that had PARKER had the opportunity to develop his skills he could have become the best in the world.

Jack graduated from Lamoni High School in 1933. He was married and had three daughters. Relatives remember that he spent much of his life in Caramenta, CA as well as years in Colorado and Arizona managing bowling alleys. Jack died on May 29, 1964. Jack was an uncle to Lamoni resident Keith ELLIOTT.

The school has just completed a new display honoring Jack's accomplishments. Stop by the school and take a look at the display in the hallway by the gymnasium.

NOTE: Jack PARKER was born in Beaver, Oklahoma, on September 27, 1915.
~ SR/Olympic Sports Reference

Transcription by Sharon R Becker, August of 2013