|John Edward Gross
|McKinley High 1920
|GROSS MAKES FINE
RECORD FOR TECH
Tech High will miss Johnny Gross track
Captain for the next two years. The
youngster who has made athletic history
for the McKinley High teams for the past
four years has graduated. Just where he
intends going to college is not known.
Gross on his high school performances,
is a marvel of endurance. Without special
training or preparation he was able to win
consistantly. It is doubtful if any other high
school track athlete in the history of the
meets here ever made such a record.
As a member of Tech’s track team over a
four-year stretch, Gross was beaten in but
one race in which he entered. That was in
the half mile race in 1916, when he ran
second to Monroe Sheehan. In that race
Gross forced Sheehan to set a new record.
Gross has won sixteen gold medals during
his high school career. He won every mile
and half mile race entered, finishing up his
career by breaking the high school mile
record in going the distance in 5:45:0.
previous to this he ran the winning mile at
Tome in 4:42:0
(Published: The Washington Times – D.C.
Wed. July 7, 1920)