Thornridge: The Perfect Season In Black And White
by Scott Lynn
In the early 1970s, the United States was much the same as in the radical '60s; Americans dying in Vietnam, anti-war demonstrations on college campuses, conflict between blacks and whites in most major cities. In predominantly white Dolton, a south Chicago suburb, busing had come to Thornridge High School. Black students from nearby Phoenix now attended school with whites...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published November 19th 2009 by Authorhouse
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This book is an excellent example of how to do local history right. Lynn was exhaustive in his quotations, allowing the Thoridge High players and coaches to speak for themselves, along with gathering the remarks of many others connected to the perfect season: rival players and coaches, family members of the Thornridge players, and Illinois media members who covered the team during their 1971-72 season. Lynn is not a professional historian (he is a sportscaster) but he understands how to tell a s...more
If you lived in the Chicago-land area in the 1970's and followed high school sports this book is a MUST READ. If you attended Thornridge High School during this era - this book is a nostalgic trip through the triumph of State Basketball Championships and more importantly the triumph of sports and teamwork over adversity and racism. If you like sports history and are not from this era or the Chicago area this book is still a good read. Thanks Scott Lynn for writing about MY HIGH SCHOOL!