The late John E. “Jack” Martin, formerly of Cranston, was a longtime schoolboy sports editor of the Journal-Bulletin. He was often referred to as “the father of Interscholastic Leagues in Rhode Island”, and is credited with the establishment of the Schoolboy Injury Fund and the Journal-Bulletin honor-roll for athletes. He served as Executive Secretary of the Principles Committee for Secondary Schools in Rhode Island, and chaired the committee which conducted the very popular “Sunday in the Park” Programs conducted during WWII. He directed the Journal Canteen, a center of hospitality for gentlemen in the service, and was a scholastic official’s commissioner who was inducted into the Gridiron Hall of Fame in 1971.
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