Name: Hale Swanson
Year Inducted: 1978
Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago Heights) Bloom High School
The University of Illinois
Hale Swanson was the first all-state basketball player at (Chicago Hts.) Bloom HS. Twice Hale was named to the All South Suburban League and all-state teams in 1931 and 1932. An all-around athlete, Swanson was a three year letterman in both basketball and baseball at the University of Illinois. Later he played professionally with the Hammond (IN) Caesars. Then for 20 years, Hale was a high school official. For 12 of those years he also officiated in the Big Ten Conference. Professionally, Hale was an industrial engineer with Ford Motor Co.