Hall of Fame Inductee - Coach George Latham
Latham, a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of
Fame, compiled a 250-80 record while coaching Quincy High School from
1945-56. He was the winningest coach in school history when he left, a
mark since eclipsed by fellow Hall of Famers Sherrill Hanks and Jerry
Leggett. Latham guided the Blue Devils to a third-place finish in the
single-class state tournament in 1951 and a second-place finish in 1952,
when Quincy was upset by tiny Hebron in the title game. His 1951-52
team included All-State center Bruce Brothers, forwards Jack Gower and
Charlie Fast, and the backcourt duo of Phil Harvey and Dick Thompson.
Latham also served as athletic director at Quincy High School, and for
eight years also was the head football coach. "Coaching football and
basketball would almost be impossible now," he said at the time of his
induction in 1985. After taking the Blue Devils to the Sweet 16 for the
eight and final time in his final season, Latham left for Waukegan,
where he oversaw five departments. He later was named principal of
Waukegan East High School and subsequently became assistant
superintendent. Latham was born in the southern Illinois town of
Galacia, but moved to Montana when he was 4. He was a mult-sport athlete
at Livingston (Mont.) High School, and the basketball team finished
fourth in the state tournament his senior season. He later played
varsity football and junior varsity basketball at Illinois State
University before embarking upon his coaching and teaching career.
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