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Was Ed Norris, FHS Class of 1935, the First Super Athlete at Fenwick?


Norris (center) is congratulated by legendary Fenwick coaches Tony Lawless (left) and Dan O'Brien during the 1973 Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The late Ed "Moose" Norris ’35 was captain of the first Fenwick basketball team to win a State championship, and he was the first Fenwick student to be All-State in football and basketball and All-American in basketball. A multi-talented individual, Norris also served as senior class secretary.

"He was a member of the contingent of recruited athletes nationally to compete with great teams of national reputation for public-relations purposes," recalled Dan O’Brien '34, who was a year ahead of Norris at FHS. “Ed was the only athlete to be consensus regular in football, basketball and baseball.” 

Moose's stellar sports career continued at DePaul University -- he's in their Hall of Fame. During World War II, Norris was a recruit at Great Lakes Naval Station. Later in life, he coached and scouted for the Friars. This past January, Coach Norris earned posthumous induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.



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