Class of 1928
Maynard D. Morrison
All-State athlete at Royal Oak High School
All-American football player at the University of Michigan
Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame Inductee, 1998
Maynard Davis Morrison graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1928. His friends often called him "Doc" after his father, J. S. Morrison MD, who was one of the founders of the city and an officer on the school board. It was Dr. J. S. Morrison who established the Morrison Trophy Award which is awarded annually to the most outstanding athlete in the high school graduation class. Maynard was one of the first recipients.
Many regard Maynard Morrison as the greatest football player to ever wear the Blue and White colors of the high school. He played fullback for ROHS for four years, and was the first in the city to be selected for the first team All-State team. He also was the catcher for the high school baseball team that won the state championship in 1927.
Mr. Morrison enrolled at the University of Michigan and played fullback and linebacker. At the end of the 1929 season, his coach Harry Kipke said Morrison was the best back to wear the Michigan uniform in 15 years. However, in 1930, Kipke moved Morrison to the center position where he earned All-Big Ten status. The following year he earned All American status.
Maynard Morrison when on to teach mathematics and coach football at Lansing Eastern High School after a brief career in pro football. In Lansing he served many years as a volunteer with the Lansing Teachers Credit Union. In 1982 he was inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor and in 2005 he was selected as one of the 100 greatest Michigan football players of all time, ranking 50th on the all-time team.
Maynard D. Morrison was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 1998.