John King graduated from Waseca High School in 1957 and received an A.B. Degree from Dartmouth College in 1961. He received his Masters in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1963. He joins his fellow classmates, Bob Johnson and Jerry Slattery in the Hall of Fame.
John was one of the best all-around athletes at Waseca High School, playing in four sports. He earned 14 letters; three in track, three in basketball, three in football and five in baseball.
In baseball, John was a five-year letter winner as the Jays ace chucker. The southpaw pitcher compiled an enviable record on the mound. In his senior year, He was co-captain, batted .307 and his team, coached by Howard McPartland, placed second in the conference.
John earned three letters in basketball as a guard. His senior year, Waseca completed one of the most successful seasons in some time. The Jays set a new team record for points scored in a single game at 84. It also climaxed the end of a successful 11 years for “Whitey” Aamot as Central’s basketball coach and the start of Manny Beckmann’s basketball dynasty.
In track, John was the discus thrower. In his senior year, he set a new school record with a toss of 142 feet 1 inch. John placed first in the District and second in the Region, earning a trip to the state tournament. The Bluejay thinclads, under coach Manny Beckman, completed the most successful track season in Central’s history. The Jays were champions of the South Central conference and sent two track stars, John King and Charlie Robinson to state.
John had an outstanding football career at Waseca, earning three letters. He was a halfback, quarterback and a defensive back. John helped the Jays to three consecutive South Central conference championships under coach Neil Davis. In his senior year, the team rolled through eight straight games without a defeat. Central was ranked 11th in the state and extended their winning streak to 13 games. In those three seasons, Central had a 20-2-2 record. This team scored 190 points and allowed only 38 on defense. John King received honorable mention All-State honors.
John was Senior Class President, honor student and received the Student-Athlete Award. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council.
Currently, John is Principal of John G. King Associates LLC. He has served on five Board of Directors, received the University of Minnesota James A. Hamilton Award; and in 2005, was the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s “Distinguished Service Award”. John and his wife Jane, live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have two daughters, Sara and Jennifer and three grandchildren.