Year Inducted: 1997
Schools / Organizations: (Chicago) St. Elizabeth High School
Big Ten, NCAA
Biography: Art White was a 1947 graduate of (Chicago) St. Elizabeth High School and a 1951 graduate of Loyola University. Art coached basketball at his alma mater, St. Elizabeth from 1953-1958. He saw his teams win two Chicago City Championships and three Chicago Catholic League Championships. A member of the Central Officials Association and the Metropolitan Officials Association, Art became the first African American to officiate in the Big Ten Conference in 1967. As a Big Ten official, Art was selected to officiate for 12 NCAA tournaments. Three times he was assigned to be on the floor for NCAA semi-final match-ups. After 15 years as a sales representative for the Anheuser-Busch Company, Art became their first black distributer in the country. Art White was inducted into the Chicago League’s Hall of Fame in 1970 and in 1976 became a member of the Loyola University Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a basketball player there. Art White died on July 24, 1991 at the age of 63.