John R. Tinker '32
Title: Class of 1995

John Tinker, you were an athlete for all seasons, competing in football, track, swimming, and baseball during the course of your four years at WPI. In football, which you played all four years, you earned the nickname "Mudhorse" after you single-handedly won your last game for WPI, a contest against RPI by scoring the only touchdown and by blocking a pass that represented Rensselaer's only chance to get on the scoreboard.

When football season ended, you took to the pool, where you also made a name for yourself. A freestyler, you were a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the New England Intercollegiate Championship in 1930. You also swam in an invitational meet at the dedication of the Lincoln Square Boys Club and in many AAU meets around the state.

Your involvement with athletes continued through a long career as a teacher and a coach. In 1937 you started teaching mechanical engineering, algebra, geometry and driver education at Gardner (Mass.) High School, where you also coached football, basketball, baseball, and boys swimming. In your 29 years as swimming coach, you founded the Boys Massachusetts State High School Swim Championship and helped found the New England High School and Prep School Boys Swimming Championship. The Gardner boys team won the state meet 13 times under your guidance and tied for another state championship.

In 1982, you were inducted into the Eastern Massachusetts High School Swimming Hall of Fame. Your 14 years as a football coach-including a year of coaching at Cushing Academy during World War II-won you induction into the Gardner High School Football Hall of Fame in 1993. In addition to your other accomplishments, you were an official basketball referee for 30 years and an official baseball umpire for many years.

John Tinker, it is an honor to recognize your achievements as a WPI student-athlete and your lifetime of devotion to high school athletics by inducting you into the Athletic Hall of Fame.