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Inductee Profile

Gordy Grilley


Gordy graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1943 and lettered in track all 4 years, and football and basketball 3 years. In track, he won every race that he ran in but one. In the 1942 state track meet (the only one held during the war years), Gordy finished second in the mile. During his high school career, on a cinder track, Gordy ran a 4:44 mile. At that time the world record was 4:06. His time stood as a school record until 1966. Gordy started all three years in basketball and football. He was selected by the late Warren Leary as a “Running Back on Warren’s Grid Greats of Yesterday” team. As a running back, he was a catalyst in the team’s 5 and 0 Ho’N record and 5 and 1 all, in 1942. After graduation, Gordy joined the Navy, serving on an LST Landing Craft and taking part in three major landings in the Pacific. After the war, Gordy enrolled in college at River Falls, where he lettered three years as an offensive and defensive back, making All-Conference in 1947. After college graduation in 1950, Gordy became a teacher at Clear Lake High School, coached football, basketball and track for four years. He then moved on to Milltown High School where he was an assistant football coach. During this time, Gordy started a track program and coached their team for eight years. Milltown consolidated with Balsam Lake High School to become Unity High School, where he served as Guidance Counselor for 22 years before retiring in Rice Lake. Gordy passed away in 1997.

Gordy Grilley
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