MIke Stark

Inducted in 2004

If Mike Stark had simply done the things he did in the world of Syracuse sports, he would be worthy of recognition. Fact is, he did so many things so well, his induction into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame may be somewhat late.

Let’s look at his record. Want to do it by sport or decades? Okay, sports - Football, Basketball and Baseball. Mike went from Madison Junior High School to Vocational High. He played three years of varsity hoops, three years of baseball and a year of varsity football; Mike also volunteered as Manager of the football team for two years.

In basketball, Mike was an All-City selectee from 1943 to 1945 and led the league in scoring his senior year. Vocational won City League titles his junior and senior years. On the diamond, he was also All-City and his team took the championship in 1943-44. Football was just as successful, making All-City as a quarterback of the league winning Vocational team in 1944.

After a stint in the US Army Field Artillery. Mike played baseball and basketball for Syracuse University where he received his BA and MS degrees respectfully. He played in the NIT tournament in 1946 and 1950.

Mike enjoyed teaching and spent his professional career in the classroom from Cape Vincent Central School to Canajoharie Central to Nottingham, Lincoln Elementary and finally to Grant Middle School. Through the years he taught physical education and then became the Vice-Principal at Grant Middle School.

Starkie as his peers called him, enjoyed a stellar carrier as a basketball and football official. Mike officiated hundreds of ECAC Division I, II and III basketball games and even more league play-offs game in City, County, Parochial Leagues and several Sectional Championship basketball games. In 1982, Mike’s ECAC football officiating career was culminated as he officiated in the Peach Bowl game in Atlanta, Georgia (Tennessee vs. Iowa).

In 1992 the Blind Men & Criers honored Mike when he received the Joe Schwarzer Award. He continues his love of sports and enjoys mentoring young officials.

Mike was inducted into the NYSPHSAA Section III Hall of Fame in 2002.

Since retiring from the Syracuse School District in 1990, Mike has been employed at Handcock & Esterbrook as a courier.