John Thompson (2001)
A 1924 graduate of Hendrix College, John was state high point man for four years in Arkansas state meets. He finished seventh in the U.S. Olympic decathlon in 1924 even though he fell in the hurdles; otherwise he would have finished second.
He held six college records.
As coach at Fort Smith, his team broke Little Rock school's record of 97 straight track victories when the Fort Smith Grizzlies won the 1946 conference meet.
John is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.