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Mike Farroh

Inducted 1982

Michigan City High School Class of 1927

Biography

Mike Farroh was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on September 28, 1908. He graduated from Michigan City High School in 1927 and from the University of Iowa in 1931 (BS) and 1935 (MA). Mike served as football, basketball, track and golf coach at Elgin High School from 1935-42. He was an all—state halfback at Michigan City High School in 1926. He followed up that honor by earning an All-Big Ten halfback slot while playing football at the University of Iowa in 1929 and was elected captain of Iowa's 1930 grid team. He earned five letters in football, basketball and track at UI. His first teaching assignment was at Independence, Iowa, where he coached high school and junior college teams in three sports from 1932—35. He took both the Independence High School and Junior College basketball teams to Iowa State Tournaments in 1935. While basketball coach at Elgin High School, Mike's teams accumulated a 58-23 (.716) record. His heavyweight basketball team in 1938—39 had a 10—2 mark and tied Rockford for the Big Eight championship. He coached the 1940—41 EHS frosh—soph cagers to a league title with an 8-2 record. His track team won the Kane County championship in 1938. Mike served in the United States Navy from 1943—46 attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He returned to Elgin High School in 1946 as a physical education instructor and director of intramural athletics. He was athletic director at Elgin High School from 1954-62 and then at Larkin High School from 1962 to his retirement in 1969.