John H. Laporte, Jr. ’63
Nine-Letter Man Excels in His Chosen Sports. In the 1963 Bluebook, John “Jack” Laporte wrote that Pingry offers challenges that will prepare each student better for later life. Jack faced each of his athletic challenges with the maturity and skill that made him a leader, and helped his teammates become champions. Jack was a member of two record-breaking soccer teams - in 1961 the team’s record of 12-1-1 was the most winning in Pingry’s already impressive history. His senior year the team broke this record with an undefeated season of 10-0-3 and won the New Jersey Independent Schools’ Championship. On the diamond, Jack’s skills in the outfield and at the plate contributed to the success of the baseball team for three years. However, it was on the wrestling mat that Jack showed his true strength. In the four years he wrestled for Pingry, he climbed from fourth in state to winning the state championship at 123 pounds in his senior year. He lent his leadership skills to the team as captain during the 1962-1963 season when the Pingry grapplers won an unprecedented third in the state rankings. Jack was also a four-year member of student government, Blue Key, glee club, and sang with both the Balladeers and Buttondowns.