Friends of Basketball


Harold E. Bower

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations: LaPlace High School
Hartsburg-Emden High School
Washburn High School
Morton (IL) High School

Biography: Harold E. Bower was associated with high school sports for 70 years. A graduate of Orangeville High School and Mount Morris College, Bower served a high school coach at LaPLace (1928-30), Hartsburg Emden (1930-38), Washburn (1938-43), and LaRose (1943-50). Bower, then moved to Morton (IL) as a junior high science teacher. There he served as a timer for more than 900 high school and junior high basketball games. He timed three junior high state tournaments and two high school state meets. Harold truly embodies the meaning of a “Friend of Basketball”.