John Washington

John Washington has been inducted into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding career as a football defensive back for South Garland High School and Tulane University and as a four-time regional champion hurdler for the Colonels. Washington currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Community Relations for the Garland Independent School District. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Services from Tulane and earned a Masters degree in Education Administration from East Texas State University. As a student at South Garland High School, he was named an all-district defensive back in 1970 when the Colonels were bi-district champions. As a starting defensive back at Tulane, he was credited with 31 tackles in 1972, 42 in 1973, when Tulane had a record of nine wins and only three losses and played the University of Houston in the post-season Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, and 30 in 1974. After his senior season he was named Tulane's most outstanding defensive back. He received honorable mention recognition on the All-South Independent Football Team and played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game. Washington was a defensive back for the NFL Los Angeles Rams in 1975 and in 1976-1977 was a defensive back in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders. At South Garland High School, Washington also was outstanding in track. In 1970 as a junior he won the 120-yard high hurdles and the 330-yard intermediate hurdles at both the district and regional meets and was third in the intermediate hurdles at the state meet. As a senior in 1971, he won the high hurdles at the prestigious Texas Relays and repeated his hurdles championships at both the district and regional meets.