Jon Gurban

Jon Gurban

Athlete Class of 1967

feel I've won the lottery! Not the money one; the important one; life. I grew up at a great time, in a great place with great people. And I am very grateful.

I attended Fulton Elementary School where it became apparent that I had a future in administration as I spent an inordinate amount of time in the Principal's Office. This trend continued through high school culminating in becoming Superintendent of the award winning Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board.

Athletically I enjoyed all sports, but was particularly fond of basketball. Lettering 3 years, All-City (2 years) and All State my senior year. Coach Williams (shown above) said I was the first Southwest Hoopster to be recognized on various All State Teams. I attended the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. I was team captain my final two years and All Conference. Our team played in the National Championship Game (and lost), I later coached the U of Manitoba (Under 20 yrs.) team to the National Championship. My basketball playing days weren't quite over as I played senior ball and won the National Senior Men's Championship in 1976.

I have been inducted to three Halls of Fame; Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame as a Coach, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (team) and the United States Slo Pitch Softball Association (builder). I belong to the Royal Order of the Buffalo (Manitoba) which I think must be related to the lodge that Kramden & Norton (of the Honeymooners) belong too!