Class of 1951
Jack Fox graduated from Monett in the Class of 1951. He lettered in football and basketball all four years of high school. Jack was also a tennis player. Fox was a distinguished athlete. During his senior year, he won the Big 8 Singles Championship. His team was also one of three high school teams to be undefeated (10-0) conference championship, including wins over Springfield and Jefferson City. At the end of his senior year, Jack was selected as a High School All-American. He was also invited to a High School All-American game in Oklahoma.
Jack Fox attended the University of Missouri from 1951-1955. He played football and started in his first game as a freshman. Later, he started games in all four years, playing both ways as a halfback and defensive back. At the end of his college career, he decided to join the military and become a fighter pilot.
Upon returning to Monett after serving in the military, Fox later began the first Monett Pee-Wee Football team and directed it for several years. Mr. Fox was an instrumental member of the Monett Schools Board of Education in 1968 when the Burl Fowler football stadium was approved and built. He recently served on the committee to raise funds to place artificial turf on the Burl Fowler Stadium. He and his wife made a generous donation toward this effort.
Jack believes that sports created many life-changing opportunities that he wouldn't have had if it weren't for those programs, coaches, and teammates, which turned into lifelong friends.
"I would like to thank the selection committee as well as the people that nominated me. Very gratifying to be awarded this honor." -Jack Fox