2017

Sports Legend

John B. “Jack” Elliott, Class of 1951 

John B. Elliott, or “Jack”, as most people know him, began his athletic career in the Hamburg Elementary School intramurals, playing basketball and softball under the supervision of Arthur Howe. At Hamburg High, Jack concentrated on track and cross-country. He was a 4-year letterman on the track team under Coach Rodiek, and in 1950, was part of the team that set a school record for being undefeated in 8 meets, and being named WNY Intermediate Conference Champions, as well as Section VI A Champions of WNY. Jack was the Conference Champion in the high jump event, and was elected captain of both the track and cross-country team in his senior year, receiving the H. Craig Parker Award as outstanding athlete and sportsman in 1951. Jack continued his track career at the University of Buffalo, where he was team high scorer for 3 consecutive years and in 1985 received recognition for his athletic achievement, by being inducted into the University of Buffalo Athletic Hall of Fame. He went on to graduate for UB Law School in 1957 and after entered the U.S. Army and served 2 years in Frankfort, Germany during the Cold War. When he returned to the U.S., he began his law practice with offices in Hamburg and East Aurora, which he continues currently.