John P. Gorham

About This Inductee

John participated in track and field at Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth. As a junior he was the PIAA District 2 AAA Champion in the long jump and the triple jump and placed 6th in the long jump at the Pennsylvania State Championships. As a senior John was again PIAA District 2 Champion in the long jump and triple jump and placed 2nd in the 100 meter dash. His long jump school and district record of twenty-four feet still stands today. During his senior year at the state level he was semi-finalist in the 100 meters, placed 6th in the triple jump, and won the Pennsylvania High School State Title in the long jump. John continued his education at Penn University during which he had several major accomplishments. In his first two years he was an IC4A champion, Penn State Open Champion, and member of the All Eastern track and field team. During John’s sophomore outdoor season, he earned his first Division I All-American honors placing as the 8th American at the National meet. During his junior year he was named Big Ten Athlete of the week several times, won the IC4A Championships with a field house record of 25’4”, and placed multiple times at the Big Ten Championships. On the National level John excelled during his junior year. He again earned his 2nd and 4rd Division I All-American honors by placing 7th indoor and 6th outdoor at the National track and field championships. During his senior year John placed several times at the Big Ten Championships. On the National Level he excelled yet again having earned two Division I All-American Certificates in the long jump, making him a four-time Division I All-American. Following college John competed on the professional level for several years. In 2000 he was a USA Track and Field Indoor and Outdoor competitor, and in 2002 he placed 7th at the USA Indoor National Track and Field Championships. Also in 2002 he jumped 25’3” at Cornell University, which was a field house record. Throughout his post collegiate jumping career, John had many victories and established several track records. His biggest accomplishment came in 2004 when he jumped 25’10”, giving him a top-24 ranking in the United States, and qualifying him for the 2004 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials. John went on to compete at the trials held in Sacramento. Currently, John is the Principal at Greater Nanticoke Area High School. He is the son of John and Peggy Gorham and ha one sister named Jennifer. John resides in Kingston with his wife Tracey and their four children, twins Cole and Jack 9, Noah 6, and newborn daughter Gracen 4 months.