IBCA Hall of Fame

Homer Thurman

Name: Homer Thurman

Year Inducted: 1973

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago Heights) Bloom High School


Homer Thurman is still considered as one of the greatest all around athletes in the history of Bloom HS.  Homer set nearly all of Bloom’s basketball records while he was in school.  He was on the varsity for four years and led his team into the state tournament twice.  Homer was also the Illinois State High Jump Champion as well as a member of the state champion mile relay team.  In football, he was an all area defensive safety.  At the time of his induction in 1973, Homer was thought to be living in California.  Alan Macey, a sportswriter with the Chicago Heights Star and the Southtown Star from 1976 to 2011, tried to find Thurman.  Near the end of his career, Chicago Heights Star assigned him to do a series on the great athletes of the south suburbs titled "Do you remember?" Macey tried unsuccessfully to find Homer and even put a former FBI agent on Thurman's trail, but he kept running into one dead end after another.  At this time, it is unknown what became of one of Illinois’ greatest high school players.