Theodore Roosevelt High School

Sport: Track & Field

John R. Campbell is a former track and field coach.  In 1958, he began his career at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana.  He taught Health and coached both wrestling and football.  In 1970, he became Roosevelt’s Head Track Coach and Athletic Director.  In Track & Field, he won a total of twelve state championship titles (nine of them consecutively) in 1970, 1971, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989. Campbell coached fourteen Sectional Championships, sixteen Regional Championships and twenty-five Individual State Champions.  He was a fifteen-time Goshen Relays winning coach, and he was named National Coach of the Year three times for Districts #2 and #4 by the National Coaches Association.  Campbell was named Indiana Track Coach of the Year eleven times. In 1986, the Hudson Campbell Sports and Fitness Center in Gary, Indiana was named in Campbell’s honor by then City of Gary Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher.  In 1989, he was inducted into the National Federation of High Schools Hall of Fame.  In 1995, Campbell was inducted into the Benedict College Athletic Hall of Fame. Also in 1995, Campbell was inducted into the Indiana Track & Field Hall of Fame by the Track Coaches Association, and in 2004, Campbell was named Indiana Track Coach of the Century by the IHSAA.