Hall of Fame – Jim Perkins (1996)

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Jim Perkins

Oak Park River Forest High School
Inducted 1996

Jim served as athletic director at Riverside-Brookfield High School form 1960 to 1970 and at Oak Park River Forest High School from 1970 until his retirement in 1979. Jim truly is the “Founding father of the State Athletic Directors Associations as we know them. He is created with organizing the first meeting in 1965. He came up with idea of having an annual state convention. He was the first president of our association in 1965-66. In 1966, he was one of two athletic directors to be called to Washington D.C. and was giving the responsibility of bringing together the athletic directors throughout the country in order to form both state and national organizations. Jim then traveled over 65,000 miles throughout the country completing this task. Jim feels that it was through this effort and along with working with various groups such as AAPHERD, Presidents Council for Physical Fitness, and NCSSAD to new a few, they were able to bring to the American people the importance of exercise. In 1968, he was chosen as the first president of the national interscholastic athletic administrators association. In 1971, he was chosen as the “Midwest Athletic Director of the Year’. In 1979, he was chosen as the “outstanding athletic director of the ear.” In 1980, he was chosen as the National High School Coaches Association “Midwest director of the year.” Jim is another Illinois Athletic Director who has received the NIAAA Distinguishes Service Award.