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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Class of 2019 Highlands Athletic Hall of Fame: John Bankemper

Class of 2019

John Bankemper graduated from Highlands in 1983 and was a two-sport star in both football and track.  He was an All-State performer in both his junior and senior seasons.   As a senior, he led Highlands to an undefeated (15-0) AAA State Championship in 1982 and a USA Today National ranking.  During his outstanding career, he was recognized both locally and statewide, garnering several accolades: AP 1st team all-state, Northern Kentucky Coaches Association Top 22, Kentucky Post Top 24, Enquirer Player of the Year in NKY, Recreation Bowl Star of Stars, and a Kentucky Football Coaches AAA All Star, just to name a few.

In the 1981 AAA State Championship victory over Elizabethtown, John ran for 254 yards on 20 carries averaging 12.7 yards per carry. In the 1982 season he led the state in scoring with 30 touchdowns and a two point conversion totaling 182 points.

In track, John ran the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles winning All State honors in 1981 and 1983. He set a sectional record in 14.7 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles that stood for 20 years.

In 2014 he was elected to the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

After graduation, John attended University of Kentucky and graduated in 1987 with a B.A. in Political Science.  John enjoyed a successful career in Information Technology and sold technology products, services and solutions while working for Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Pomeroy and most recently Cisco, where he worked until he retired.  He currently resides in Fort Thomas, KY and has 4 children: Spencer, Peyton, Aubrey, and Isabel.

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