NeveHarms If you couldn't see the scoreboard, you could tell how much longer the game was by the length of Dr. Kenny's cigar. He always brought one for each half.
A lifelong Peorian, Dr James N. Kenny, Sr. graduated from Spalding where he participated in football and boxing. He graduated from Notre Dame with a B.S. in Biological Services, and received his M.D. from St. Louis University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946, attaining the rank of Captain.
Completing his internship and residency in General Surgery in 1950, he practiced surgery in Peoria until 1990, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
A "fill-in" for Dr Cusack, he took over the Spalding Irish job in 1966 and served until 1986. He took care of injuries, supplied the team with Gatorade, and furnished player photos at the end of season Sports Banquet. Three sons played football for Spalding, and two daughters were cheerleaders.
In 1976, Dr. Kenny received the University of Notre Dame Award of the Year for his commitment to family, his contributions to his community, and his desire to help and serve his fellow man. He was commended for the unselfish and charitable work that he performed throughout his career.
If you couldn't see the scoreboard, you could tell how much longer the game was by the length of Dr. Kenny's cigar. He always brought one for each half.
1953 Peoria Central Basketball Team
First Row (left to right): Jerry Lewis, Jim Shively, Chet Ziegler
The Lions ended a 29-4 season with a 72-60 state title loss to undefeated LaGrange. Still, a 2nd place state finish, along with city, Greater Peoria conference, and Big 12 titles, made this one of the area's best-ever high school teams. Coached by Dawdy Hawkins and assisted by Bruce Saurs, the team featured Hiles Stout, Alan Swanson, Jim Ashby and Hal Douglas with a supporting cast of Nick Panos, Jerry Green and Gary Trotter. It was the highest state finish for Central since 1908.