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Henry Porter
Henry Porter

Peoria, Ill.

Baseball (1913)

Inducted: 1972

1913 ISU graduate ... enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass ... member of the Helms Athletic Hall of Fame ... executive secretary of the National Federation of High School Associations from 1940-58 ... an innovator, he designed the fan-shaped backboard in 1933, eliminated the center jump circle and introduced the 10-second line ... proposed adoption of a molded, seamless ball ... wrote the first high school rulebook in 1936 ... died in 1975 at the age of 84.